I am Caridad Saenz, here to support, guide, empower you on this pregnancy journey. I am with you during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and when you have those concerns after birth.
I have given birth 6 times and have supported hundreds of women on their own journeys.
As a Gentle and Connected Living Coach and guiding mothers during their pregnancy and Birth, I am able to bring support, comfort techniques, education, guidance and Love to every couple by using all that I have learned in almost two decades of parenting, learning, growing, and constantly challenging myself to find new ways to support my clients because I AM A DOULA. EMPOWEREDGENTLEBIRTH.com
Are you getting close to your due date or have reached it? Pack a picnic bag with snacks and water (always stay hydrated and pack nutrient rich snacks to stay nourished and full of energy). Going for a quiet stroll or walk on the beach with your birth partner will increase your sense of calm and quiet, increasing those love hormones needed to get you ready for a quiet and stress free birth. Walking on sand is unbalanced and This posture may help your body prepare to deliver your baby by: 🌊 allowing gravity to help your baby get deeper into your pelvis. 🌊opening the pelvic outlet and gradually shifting baby down. 🌊allowing baby’s head to put gentle pressure on your cervix (which may help your body dilate/efface). You may find that with the extra weight you are carrying in your belly during pregnancy that you are unsteady on your feet when walking like this. Take someone along with you to steady yourself, if needed. Most of all, enjoy this time and know you will holding your new child in your arms soon enough. #abudhabibirth #hireadoula #abudhabidoula #yourabudhabidoula #yourabudhabidoulas #uaebirth #lovebirth #empoweredgentlebirth Caridad Saenz
Skin-to-skin contact is usually referred to as the practice where a baby is dried and laid directly on their mother's bare chest after birth, both of them covered in a warm blanket and left for at least an hour or until after the first feed. For baby: ❤️Better able to absorb and digest nutrients ❤️Better body temperature maintenance ❤️Cries less often ❤️Demonstrate improved weight gain ❤️Experience more stable heartbeat and breathing ❤️Higher blood oxygen levels ❤️Long-term benefits, such as improved brain development and function as well as parental attachment ❤️More successful at breastfeeding immediately after birth ❤️Spend increased time in the very important deep sleep and quiet alert states ❤️Thermoregulation ❤️Stronger immune systems For mother: ❤️Experience more positive breastfeeding ❤️Improved breast milk production ❤️Likely to have reduced postpartum bleeding and lower risk of postpartum depression Dads can also pass on the same benefits as moms do in terms of helping to regulate their baby's temperature and heartbeat. Plus, while dad's spending some one-on-one bonding time with the baby, mom will be able to get a little rest, too. Later on, dads can also do skin-to-skin while bottle feeding EMPOWEREDGENTLEBIRTH.com Caridad Saenz
What's something exciting your business offers? Say it here. 🛁 BATHING For the first year of life, your baby will only need to be bathed every 2-3 days. Sponge baths are a good way to help you and your baby become accustomed to the new routine. Limit bathing to sponge baths—not tub baths—until your baby’s umbilical cord drops off. 🛁 There is no one right way to bathe a baby, but there are some basic guidelines to follow. As you become more comfortable with your baby, you can adapt these guidelines to fit your baby’s needs: ⭐️Bathe your baby in a warm environment ⭐️When washing the genitals, always wipe girls from front to back. When bathing a boy, never forcefully push back the foreskin on an uncircumcised penis. Keep the water temperature comfortably warm, not hot ⭐️Have bath supplies ready before beginning the bath. ⭐️To avoid heat loss, wash the baby’s hair last ⭐️To keep baby warm after a bath, cover her head with a dry towel ⭐️Wash the baby’s face first, using plain water and a washcloth. Wash your baby’s eyes from the inner corner to the outer, using different parts of the washcloth for each eye. ⭐️Use a mild non-deodorant soap ⭐️Wash the rest of the body working downwards towards the baby’s feet ⭐️Pay special attention to folds and creases. ☀️FINGERNAIL CARE: Babies will scratch their faces if their nails are too long. You can file the baby’s nails with a soft emery board, or use nail clippers specific to babies. TIP: Handle baby’s nails once baby is asleep or with someone else’s help. #empoweredgentlebirth #yourabudhabidoulas #yourabudhabidoula #virtualdoula #abudhabibirth #uaebirth Caridad Saenz EMPOWEREDGENTLEBIRTH.com
When babies are born early, have health problems, or a difficult birth they go to the hospital's NICU. NICU stands for "neonatal intensive care unit." There, babies get around-the-clock care from a team of experts. Most of these babies go to the NICU (NIK-yoo) within 24 hours of birth. How long they stay depends on their health condition. Some babies stay only a few hours or days; others stay weeks or months. #nicu #prematurebaby #yourabudhabidoula #birthing #empoweredgentlebirth #hope #strongmom EMPOWEREDGENTLEBIRTH.com Caridad Saenz
A normal pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks from the first day of your last menstrual period (LMP). Pregnancy is assumed to start 2 weeks after the first day of the LMP. Therefore, an extra 2 weeks is counted at the beginning of your pregnancy when you are not actually pregnant. Pregnancy “officially” lasts 10 months (40 weeks)—not 9 months—because of these extra weeks. Pregnancy can be divided into weeks and sometimes days. A pregnancy that is “36 and 3/7 weeks” means “36 weeks and 3 days of pregnancy.” The 40 weeks of pregnancy often are grouped into three trimesters. Here’s how the trimesters are defined: First trimester (first day of LMP to 13 weeks and 6 days): The time when fertilization and major organ development occurs. Second trimester (14 weeks and 0 days to 27 weeks and 6 days): The time of rapid growth and development. Third trimester (28 weeks and 0 days to 40 weeks and 6 days): The time when the baby’s weight increases and the organs mature so they will be ready to function after birth. What is the estimated due date? The day your baby is due is called the estimated due date (EDD). Only about 1 in 20 women give birth on their due dates. Still, the EDD is useful for a number of reasons. It determines your baby’s gestational age throughout pregnancy so that the baby’s growth can be tracked. It also provides a timeline for certain tests that you will have throughout your pregnancy. How is my estimated due date calculated? Your EDD is calculated from the first day of your LMP. But when the date of the LMP is uncertain, an ultrasound exam may be done during the first trimester to estimate the due date. If you have had in vitro fertilization (IVF), the EDD is set by the age of the embryo and the date that the embryo is transferred to the uterus. #empoweredgentlebirth #hireadoula #yourabudhabibirth #yourabudhabirths #abudhabibirth #doula #virtualdoula #uaebirth CaridadSaenz.com