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Bend & Blossom Prepares Women For All Stages of Pregnancy, Easing Pain and Other Side Effects

By Kelly Church

Bend & Blossom in both Monmouth County and Morris County, NJ is an all-encompassing facility to help women prepare for childbirth, physically and mentally. With a series of classes and services available, parents-to-be and new parents can prepare for the birth of their child and come back for postnatal yoga and mother-baby bonding. Nicole Buratti, owner, registered prenatal yoga teacher, doula and HypnoBirthing practitioner, believes that preparing for childbirth is actually preparing for lifelong change.

"Once we become parents, our lives are never the same, in a good way," Buratti said. "We work with families to welcome this change and to know exactly what to expect at every step of the journey."

Women who want to become pregnant can seek the help of Bend & Blossom for fertility. Through fertility coaching and classes, women who are getting ready to conceive can learn more about their options and make the best choices for their bodies. Should it be necessary, Buratti also volunteers to accompany her clients to other fertility appointments.

Once women become pregnant, Buratti provides prenatal yoga classes. The philosophy at Bend & Blossom is that regular yoga practice provides relaxing benefits to the body, for both mother and baby, and many discomforts that are the result of pregnancy can be relieved. Women have experienced relief from nausea, constipation, back pain, sciatica and even varicose veins. Prenatal yoga, however, is just one of the classes that Buratti offers at Bend & Blossom.

"We offer prenatal yoga classes, HypnoBirthing classes, Lamaze classes, breastfeeding education and support, and, of course, the best doula services in the state," Buratti said.

HypnoBirthing is both a philosophy and a technique. It's an old technique from the early 1900s that teaches women that in the absence of fear and tension, or special medical circumstances, severe pain does not have to be an accompaniment of labor. HypnoBirthing classes help mothers let go of fear and tension to minimize pain during birth. HypnoBirthing techniques have shown to shorten the first stage of labor by several hours, eliminate fatigue during labor and lead to a quicker recovery.

"My philosophy of birth is that birth is a natural even that should be celebrated, not feared," Buratti said. "Our national cesarean rate is 25% higher than the CDC and WHO recommends. It clearly comes down to lack of support and education surrounding pregnancy and birth. Bend & Blossom doulas and educators are here to ease this transition, to support you through the entire process, and to educate families and the community about birth."

To find out how Bend & Blossom can help you during any stage of pregnancy and see the class schedule, visit bendandblossom.com.

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