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Callie Corless                                                                                          

Comprehensive Childbirth Classes - Birth Doula Services                                        

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Denton, TX

Callie provides childbirth classes in North Dallas and Flower Mound, TX and birth doula services in the Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex. The Swaying Doula provides birth services for pregnant mothers and their families, as well as prenatal exercise and dance fitness to help pregnant mothers have a healthy pregnancy and prepare their bodies for labor, birth, and postpartum recovery.

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The Swaying Doula - birth, pregnancy, and breastfeeding information and natural birth classes in the Dallas Fort Worth Texas area including Flower Mound, Highland Village, Denton, Coppell, Lewisville, Grapevine, Irving, Plano, Frisco, and The Colony TX.

Meet Heidi McBain - Professional Counseling For Women

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Birth and Postpartum can be very rewarding times in a woman’s life - but they can also be challenging! Heidi McBain is a professional counselor offering services for pregnant and postpartum mothers - and women in all stages of life. She is joining us today to tell us a little more about herself and her practice, and how her passion for maternal health provides an amazing resource in the surrounding areas of the Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex.

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Tell us a bit about yourself, Heidi!

I’ve been married for 16 years, and we have two school-aged kids and a chocolate Labrador Retriever (my running buddy!).

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Where are you from?

I’ve lived in Illinois, Maryland, New Mexico, Texas and California, as well as overseas in France and Peru. My family currently lives in Flower Mound, Texas.

Where are you practicing now?

My online video counseling private practice is based out of Flower Mound, Texas. However, because I’m a Texas Licensed Professional Counselor and Texas Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I’m able to see clients throughout the entire state of Texas.

What services do you offer?

I only see women in my private practice, and specialize in Maternal Mental Health, Postpartum Anxiety/Depression and Grief and Loss.

What sparked your interest in serving expecting and postpartum mothers?

I’m a mom of two, and it wasn’t an easy road for us. Months and months of trying to get pregnant, a late miscarriage between our kids, which led to needing my own grief support from a therapist, as well as support when I was pregnant again. I had A LOT of anxiety with that pregnancy, something that is very normal after a pregnancy loss, but not often talked about openly. My own journey led me to Postpartum Support International (PSI). I have advanced training in Perinatal Mood Disorders through PSI, so I can best help and support other moms through their own difficult times.

Who can benefit from your services?

Women who are currently experiencing a major life change/life transition, moms at any stage of motherhood, women who are experience grief and loss in their life, and pregnant/new moms who are struggling with anxiety and/or depression.

~A big thanks to Heidi for joining us and sharing about her practice; we are excited to have her here in North Dallas!

To contact Heidi or learn more about her services, visit her website here: https://heidimcbain.com/

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How to RELAX – Tips For Birth, Tips For the Mom Life!

Callie Corless

 Relaxation for birth can lead to less pain, shorter labors, and a more satisfying birth experience. 

Relaxation for birth can lead to less pain, shorter labors, and a more satisfying birth experience. 

Relaxation comes in handy (read: IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY) for so many things related to parenthood – postpartum, colicky newborns, headstrong toddlers…

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Whether you are pregnant with your first and preparing for your birth, or a busy mom of multiple children (or a human being...), relaxation is an important tool for life!

When I became a Birth Boot Camp Instructor, I discovered that relaxation would be a big part of the birth classes I teach in Denton, TX. I was a little wary at first since relaxation was not my strong suit. (Confession: I am the conductor of the anxiety train.) During my original training, and after practicing the relaxation exercises, I was sold on how effective and important relaxation was to a healthy, happy birth. But I still did NOT get it. How??!? I was determined to become a relaxation guru.

I went on a google frenzy, and here are a few quick relaxation tips I’ve picked up along the way:

Stop and B R E A T H E 

If you were to stop at any given time during the day, what would your breathing really be like? Slow and steady? Or shallow and irregular? I do breath checks throughout the day, and most of the time I notice I “catch” my breath and hold it. When I take in a deep breath, and slowly let it go, I notice my stress levels go down. My shoulders drop and relax, my jaw loosens. So much changes when we really BREATHE. Imagine how much easier birth could be if careful, intentional breathing became a habit. 

Don’t be afraid of scripts 

When I was pregnant with my first baby, I bought a book of a popular birthing method that included a CD of a birth script/relaxation. I was supposed to listen and practice regularly and then my baby was going to come into the world with a calm, peaceful, half-asleep mother(okay, I exaggerate, but you get the point). There was one problem; I could not stand the voice on the recording! Listening to this recording became a chore, and once I realized that it caused more agitation then relaxation, I needed to move onto something else. But before you give up on relaxations, consider this – sometimes you need to shop around. Keep trying until you find something you like! I sometimes peruse YouTube for meditations to help me fall asleep. Sometimes I start and stop a dozen before settling on one I like (What can I say? I’m picky about voices!). If you want some birth specific recordings to try, there are some great birth script downloads on the Birth Boot Camp website: I use these sometimes in class. You can purchase Birth Relaxations here
Another great option? Have your partner read them to you. A familiar voice might be just what you need.

Picture a river 

This is a trick I heard from a few different sources. Do you ever have a hard time falling asleep, because a thousand things suddenly come to mind? I often jolt up in bed at least once as I’m falling asleep because I forgot to put dinner in the fridge, or I didn’t send that email I’d been meaning to… so this trick is good for the anxiety ridden and busy minded.
Instead of fighting off thoughts and trying to "clear your mind", which doesn’t work very well, picture a river that floats by in front of you. When a thought comes, you simply imagine taking it and placing it in the river, and watch it float away. If it comes again, you just repeat. Place it in the river, watch it float away. The more you practice this, the more you create pathways for your brain to let go of thoughts quicker. Keep at it. It will get easier! 

3 Simple Things To Add To Your Birth Bag

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1. Hair Ties

Have you ever gone to a workout and realized just how important that little band of elastic is? Hair plastered to the side of your face, stray strands falling in your eyes - majorly annoying. Birth is another equally bad time to forget a hair tie. Pack a few extras in your bag asap. You won’t regret it.

2. Depends

I brought this up at a visit with a client recently and they scoffed a bit at the suggestion. Then we discussed what it’s like if your water breaks early on in labor, and you’re leaking everywhere you go. Yeah. The benefits of not having to worry about constantly changing pads/clothes, and the many other charms of having these on hand soon won her over. Plus, they beat those flimsy mesh panties you get at the hospital any day!

3. Phone Charger

It’s no secret most of us really like our phones. But if you want to catch a sweet moment in labor, or tell family when the little one has arrived - only to find your battery is dead? Not good! It’s even worth it to buy an extra to keep in your bag so there’s no last minute scramble when it’s go time. 

Now go and have an AMAZING birth!