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Finding Stress Relief After Child Birth
Ask any woman who's been through it and chances are she will tell you - giving birth to a baby is about as far from relaxing as you can imagine. But while the actual delivery places incomparable stress on your body, the benefit of getting your mind to relax before and after and, yes, even during, birth can be extremely beneficial to both mom and baby.
Stress - whether emotional, physical or both - brings with it a host of side effects. These can include increased heart rate and blood pressure; shallower and more rapid breathing; increased muscle tension; sweating; nausea; fatigue; and, over an extended period of time, can make you more susceptible to illness. Given all of these effects of stress on our bodies, you can see why it would be crucial to decrease stress as much as possible when you are trying to adjust to new motherhood and bond with your baby.
The benefits of relaxation are far-reaching and include slower breathing and heart rate; reduced tension in muscles; increased energy; and an improved immune system. For a new mom, this can translate to:
- Reduced anxiety
- Decreased recovery time after labor
- Decrease in aches and pains due to less muscle tension
- Improved sleep
While these are fantastic benefits for mom, the best part is that these benefits get passed on to baby. Newborns sense their mother's stress and a relaxed mom enables a baby to bond and feed more easily. A mother's sense of calm can also help her baby relax, leading to more rest for both of them.
In recognition of the benefits of stress relief and relaxation during and after child birth, Dignity Health Mercy Hospital of Folsom, in partnership with Serenity Spa and Soul Yoga, has announced the launch of its Spa Service Package in its Family Birth Center. The Spa Service Package provides multiple touch-therapy options - including reflexology, various targeted massages and aromatherapy - to mothers staying at the hospital following the birth of a child.
"Giving birth to a child is a wonderful, but also physically and emotionally draining experience," said Kristi Svee-Stranberg, director of the Mercy Hospital of Folsom Family Birth Center. "At Mercy Hospital of Folsom, we are doing all that we can to provide the mothers who give birth here with a unique, personal and restorative experience. We want our new moms to experience true relaxation so they can feel prepared and renewed for the journey they have started with their new baby."
This is the latest in a series of service offerings that Mercy Hospital of Folsom is providing to patients in its Family Birth Center. Mercy Hospital of Folsom's Family Birth Center features priority parking for expectant mothers, all private rooms, free WiFi, an iPod docking station in each room, an extensive DVD library and an organic spa kit for mothers to take home after being discharged from the hospital.
Mercy Hospital of Folsom provides mothers with a music therapist upon request and has an exclusive contract with Bella Baby, a local, photojournalist-style photographer, which provides a free photo session for each baby born at Mercy Folsom. Now, with the addition of the Spa Service Package, mothers giving birth at Mercy Hospital of Folsom are gifted 20 minutes of aromatherapy, steam restoration or healing touch - including massage on their hands, feet, neck, shoulders or scalp.
All wonderful ways to help welcome new life to a world - and a new mom to her new role! If you're thinking about embarking on the journey of parenthood, we've planned a special evening just for you! Join us for Baby Steps - a fun, educational event that will give you the opportunity to meet with obstetricians affiliated with the Dignity Health hospital nearest you. During the evening you can also discover the many fabulous amenities offered at our hospitals while enjoying appetizers and beverages. You will also have the opportunity to take a tour of our beautiful Family Birth Center. Register here.