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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.

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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:

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Prenatal Exercise: True or False?

Callie Corless

#1 ACOG recommends women exercise 30 minutes a day on most if not all days of the week.

True! Additionally, in December 2015, ACOG released a document which recommended that healthy pregnant and postpartum women should participate in "moderate-intensity aerobic activity" exercise at minimum 150 minutes a week, with activity spread throughout the week. They also mention for women who maintained a high level of exercise before pregnancy, they can continue to exercise normally provided they keep in contact with their provider about when and how to adjust their exercise regimen if necessary. In short, during a healthy pregnancy, reducing or stopping exercise altogether is not only discouraged, it isn't good for mom or baby!


#2 You should only exercise as much as you did before you were pregnant.

False. This statement can be misleading. Recommendations state that healthy pregnant women should maintain their current level of exercise. Pregnant women will sometimes falsely believe this means they need to limit their exercise for their entire pregnancy if they didn't participate in regular exercise before pregnancy. This mindset is not good for moms or babies! Healthy pregnant women can start "with as little as 5 minutes a of exercise a day and add 5 minutes each week until [they] can stay active for 30 minutes a day."  Building up your exercise to the recommended amount is not only deemed safe, it is best for pregnant mothers who have the all clear from their provider. 


#3 Exercising during pregnancy may help prevent or treat gestational diabetes.

True! This is listed as one of the benefits of exercising during pregnancy from "Exercising During Pregnancy" by ACOG in August 2011.


#4 Exercising prevents diastasis recti(separation of the ab muscles).

Both true and false. Exercising the abdominals correctly can help prevent a large gap and decrease your chance of developing diastasis recti. On the other hand, separation is normal since it is caused by the uterus pushing against the abdominal wall and pushing the abdominal muscles apart and sometimes happens regardless of how you exercise. In some women, these muscles will knit back together on their own after birth. In other cases, where there is a large gap, it is wise to visit a PT(Physical Therapist) who can help in healing the separation.


#5 Your level of exercise while pregnant can increase your ability to cope with labor.

True! Again, ACOG confirms this! Regular exercise can increase your stamina which is very important for withstanding the potential rigours of labor and birth. This can have a ripple effect into a smoother transition into the postpartum stage, which can help with breastfeeding and postpartum recovery, and result in a reduction in the risk of developing PPD- Postpartum Depression. 

~Callie Corless - Birth Doula and Prenatal Dance Instructor in Dallas - Fort Worth, TX