“When you change the way you view birth, the way you birth will change.” ~Marie Mongan
I strongly believe it is your birth right to feel positive, calm and empowered about your pregnancy, your birth, your postpartum and your role as a parent. And I would love to support you in achieving that....... Hello and welcome to Roots & Treetops!
Nice to meet you! My name is Nina Alawo, owner and founder of Roots & Treetops. I am a qualified hypnobirthing teacher of the Calm Births Hypnobirthing course which is recognised and accredited by The Royal College of Midwives and I am an EFT practitioner (Emotional Freedom Techniques); trained and qualified in 2009/2010:
I am German and have lived on the beautiful Emerald Isle for 10 years before making the UK my home in 2012. I live in Kent with my husband and our one year old daughter.
The mind-body connection fascinates me. I have always had an interest in how our mind and thinking controls and defines our reality. A lot of our limitations in life, if not all, are a result of our conditioned belief system which leaves us projecting negative thoughts onto present and future events. Many personal life events that had me struggling to the core and eventually I embarked onto a number of alternative study courses (Kinesiology, EFT, Coaching, to name a few) in order to take my knowledge and own healing deeper. Alternative approaches interest me for the simple reason: we are all part of nature and in tune with nature we can heal.
My vision: I see life like a tree: If our roots stretch deeply into nourishing and nurturing soil (= a healthy and empowering belief system), our mind-body-soul (= trunk) will grow and expand into endless possibilities (= branches). We allow seasons to happen (= changes) as with each season we will grow into something bigger and more beautiful. My services aim to bring awareness back to your body, mind and soul. Together we will work on rediscovering your innate powers, your instincts and intuition. We will focus on eliminating fears that are a result of either past events or a self-limiting belief system you have.
Lastly, a few random facts about me:
- I love getting up early and watch the world wake up
- My husband and I are an online love story
- I love chocolate, my guilt pleasure
- I adore my feminine cycle
- I love walking barefoot
- I am a libra
I look forward to connecting with you and supporting you on your journey into parenthood!
What is Hypnobirthing?
Hypnobirthing is quite simply a way of helping women and their chosen birth partners prepare for a positive birth—and a positive birth will always mean something different to everyone.
A waterbirth at home can be a hypnobirth? Yes.
An emergency belly birth ( C-section ) or elective belly birth can be a hypnobirth? Absolutely.
A birth that needs to be induced and with an epidural can also be a hypnobirth? Yes.
About the Calm Births Course:
The Calm Births Course is a birth education programme designed to help you achieve the calm, gentle and safe birth that your body was designed for - no matter what turns your birthing might take. The Calm Births Hypnobirthing course has been created by Hannah Barnes, founder of Calm Births Hypnobirthing, former midwife and mother of three.
The Calm Births Preparation Course is a course of either 4 sessions (1,5 – 2 hours each) or two days (five hours each including an hour lunch) and lots of relaxation practice at home for you and your chosen birth partner. The course is delivered face to face in a group setting (limited to four couples), or taught privately in your home or online where you can stay in the comfort of your home.
My classes are relaxed, cosy, fun and I always make sure there is plenty of time for questions and discussions. And if you are taking part in a group course, I’ll make sure to allow time for you to get to know the other couples and share your experiences.
Birth is normal and natural and that is the foundation of any of my classes. We are all in this together.
You will learn how and why birthing doesn't need to be painful, about the physiology and hormones involved and what you can do to be in control of your birth. These tools, along with other techniques for birthing, will empower you to have the safe, calm and gentle birth you deserve. This course is designed to work for you regardless of the way your baby comes into the world, whether it be a vaginal birth or a caesarean, at home or in a birth centre or in hospital.
We will also cover:
- How to release any fears or negative feelings you may have around birth
- How to naturally start your labour when baby is ready
- Breathing techniques for labour and to birth your baby
- A simple massage technique to avoid the chances of episiotomy
- How to stay calm and in control of your baby's birth
- How to reduce the need for medication.
Who is the course for?
There is no ideal time to start the course, but it’s usually best after 20 weeks. It is for any kind of birth in any kind of setting.
What are the benefits?
The benefits to a woman, her baby and her birth partner are many, primarily these are:
- Fewer instrumental or surgical births
- Shorter labours
- High success rate in turning breech babies
- Less pain perceived in labour
- Lessens fatigue during labour
- Less need for episiotomy
- Dad or birth partner are an integral part of the process & know what to do - they’re not a helpless bystander
- Hypnobirthing babies are calmer, better sleepers and generally have higher Apgar scores at birth
POSTNATAL SUPPORT DIGITAL KIT
I have also teamed up with the lovely ladies at Komu to bring you the ultimate baby preparation experience to support you with your newborn in those early days, weeks and months. So, as well as my hypnobirthing course, you will also receive access to the invaluable postnatal preparation online Digital Kit (worth £30). Created by a Midwife and a mum, it includes a series of videos and audios featuring more than eight hours of practical tools and instructional advice from Midwives and postnatal support experts. Divided into easy to digest sections it includes:
- On the postnatal ward and those early days and weeks at home
- Baby's health and wellbeing
- Feeding your baby; breast, bottle and weaning
- How to get your baby to sleep and safely
- Postnatal fitness, yoga and wellbeing
- Maternal mental health
- Navigating relationship challenges
- Preparing your dog to meet your newborn
- and much more...
EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)
Often referred to as "Psychological acupressure" or “accupuncture without needles”, the technique works by releasing blockages within the energy system which are the source of emotional intensity and discomfort.
These blockages in our energy system, in addition to challenging us emotionally, often lead to limiting beliefs and behaviours and an inability to live life harmoniously. Resulting symptoms are either emotional and/ or physical and include lack of confidence and self esteem, feeling stuck anxious or depressed, or the emergence of compulsive and addictive behaviours.
EFT restores awareness and trust in the natural healing abilities of our mind and body, providing ground-breaking opportunities to achieving physical and emotional well-being in a faster time frame. Because the techniques are so simple, they can be used effectively as a self-help tool, which empowers people to actively contribute to their own healing and development process.
How does EFT work?
Working on it's discovery statement that:
"Our negative emotions are caused by a disruption in the body's energy system"
EFT works to clear such disruptions and eliminate the resulting emotional response or intensity to restore emotional harmony and offer relief from physical discomfort.
This is done by focusing on the specific problem whilst tapping with fingers on the end points of energy meridians. The combination of sending kinetic energy to our energy system, whilst uncovering and focusing on root causes, facilitates a "straightening out" of the energy system thereby eliminating the "short circuit" to the body's learnt response or negative emotion.
EFT for parents-to-be
If you have suffered or are suffering from birth trauma (either your own birth or giving birth), baby loss, PTSD, anxiety, fear of getting pregnant, fear of giving birth, then you will feel a shift and benefits from these techniques. And once learned, it is yours for life. Add it to your toolbox, along with your hypnobirthing tools!
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My online classes are held via Skype or Hangout and consist of four sessions, each being between 1-2 hours long. You can stay in the comfort of your own home, relaxed on the sofa or your birth ball.
You will receive your special course goody bag in advance by post and you will have access to all MP3’s (and the Komu postnatal support kit if you choose it) immediately after class one.
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My group classes vary between two full days or four separate sessions. Classes spread over two full days are 5 hours each, including one hour lunch break. Four separate sessions are between 1,5 – 2 hours each.
You will receive your special course goody bag on day 1 / session 1 and you will have access to all the MP3’s (and the Komu postnatal support kit if you choose it) immediately at the end of day 1 / session 1.
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Private classes are held in your own home and are spread over two days. I choose to teach you over two days so that you are overwhelmed with information and considering you are pregnant, concentration levels will drop at some point. However, if you to complete the course in one day, we can certainly look at options that work for you.
You will receive your special course goody bag on day 1 and you will have access to all the MP3 and the Komu postnatal support kit (FREE for private clients) immediately at the end of day 1.
ESSENTIAL OILS FOR MUM & BABY & FAMILY
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seed, bark, leaf, rind, flower and other parts of the plant. In addition to giving plants their distinctive smells, essential oils help to keep plants healthy by protecting against fungus, ailments and predators, while playing a vital role in plant pollination. Essential oils are 50-70 times more powerful and potent than herbs. One drop of Peppermint essential oil equals 28 cups of peppermint tea.
Not all essential oils are created equally. When choosing essential oils, ensure that you understand WHERE they are sourced from, WHAT their testing policy and procedures are and HOW the essential oils are extracted. Key factors to look for: Sourced - From the indigenous regions to ensure the highest possible restorative benefits Extracted – Either steam distilled or cold pressed to uphold the highest possible restorative properties Tested – Multiple levels of testing done during each stage from harvest to bottle to ensure absolute purity.
How to use essential oils?
Aromatically is the first way to use essential oils. We can use a diffuser to diffuse oils into the air. With most diffusers, you add a little bit of water and a few drops of oil. I recommend a diffuser to every mom throughout pregnancy to help with a restful night's sleep and creating a feeling of calmness in labor. Some of the many benefits of diffusing essential oils are: Purify the air Aid in respiratory function Affect the mood Reach limbic system quickly Ability to inhale straight from the bottle or your hands.
Typically you can apply essential oils to the area of need. If my head hurts, I put it on my head. If I have a tummy-ache, I’m going to rub it on my tummy. There are a few exceptions, but for the most part, you can put them where you need to. They are not eye-drops or eardrops so do not put them directly in your eyes or directly in your ears. BUT… you can put them around your ears. If you are not sure where to put them you can always put them on the bottoms of your feet as they are easily absorbed into your system and very quickly affect every cell in your body. One thing to keep in mind is dilution. You should dilute with fractionated coconut oil during pregnancy and for little ones to accommodate for more sensitive skin.
Internally is a method that is specific to the purist and highest therapeutic grade of oils you can get. A good way to tell if it is safe for internal use is to look for a supplement box on the label. You can add oils to water, drop them underneath your tongue, or you can put them in a capsule. I love lemon, lime, grapefruit, and wild orange in my glass or stainless steal water bottle. By taking them internally it helps support your internal systems. Essential oils work so quickly that in 22 seconds the molecules reach the brain. In 2 minutes they are found in the bloodstream and in 20 minutes they affect every cell in the body.
Are essential oils safe during pregnancy & breastfeeding?
The short answer to this question is to avoid Clary Sage and Jasmine during pregnancy until full term and Peppermint while breastfeeding. You may see mixed information out there in different books about oils and their safety in pregnancy and with your newborn. Please understand these books were written with all oil users in mind. They will be ultra conservative because their readers may not necessarily be dōTERRA users.
Peppermint is a caution only for lactating moms, but only a minor caution - it is safe, but it "may" decrease milk supply for some. When you see peppermint in a blend there is usually such a small amount you shouldn’t notice any decrease. Other than that, oils are very well founded during pregnancy. In the end, always follow your own intuition.
You are the one who was given stewardship over your body, and everyBODY is different, so do what you feel comfortable with.
Here are some tips for your pregnancy journey…
Sore & Tender Breasts:
- Lavender:Massage, diluted into breasts to soothe discomfort
- Ylang Ylang:Massage, diluted into breasts to soothe discomfort
- Roman Chamomile:Massaged, diluted over the breasts and nipples to ease sore nipples
- Ginger:Diffuse or breathe from bottle. Massage, diluted onto ears, down jaw bone and on reflex points of the feet
- Roman Chamomile:Diffuse or add several drops to epsom salts before bathing
- Lavender:Diffuse or add several drops to epsom salts before bathing
- Lemon:Diffuse. Massage, diluted onto ears, down jaw bone and on reflex points of the feet, or add several drops to epsom salts before bathing. Make a DIY inhaler with 15 drops Lemon essential oil on an organic cotton pad and add into an aromatherapy inhaler or peg the cotton ball to your car air vent
- Citrus Bliss:Diffuse
- Peppermint:Diffuse & massage, diluted to back of your neck and behind ears
- Lavender, Sadalwood and/ or Ginger:Massaged into chest, back of neck, hands and feet
- Lemon:Massage, diluted clockwise into abdomen
- Peppermint:Massage, diluted clockwise into abdomen
- Ginger:Massage, diluted clockwise into abdomen
- Wild Orange:Massage, diluted clockwise into abdomen
- DigestZen:Massage, diluted clockwise into abdomen
- Citrus Bliss:Diffuse. Massage, diluted into the neck, wrists, soles of feet
- Wild Orange:Diffuse. Massage diluted into the neck, wrists, soles of feet
- Ylang Ylang:Diffuse. Massage diluted into the neck, wrists, soles of feet
- Frankincense:Diffuse, and massage diluted into the neck, wrists, soles of feet
- Fresh celery and ginger root into a green smoothie or juice daily
- Grapefruit:Massage, diluted into legs and feet
- Geranium (past first tri):Massage, diluted into legs and feet
- Citrus Bliss:Massage, diluted into hands and inhale. Or massage, diluted into back of neck, shoulders or back
- Wild Orange::Massage, diluted into hands and inhale. Or massage, diluted into back of neck, shoulders or back
- Lemon:Massage, diluted into hands and inhale. Or massage, diluted into back of neck, shoulders or back
- Grapefruit:Massage, diluted into hands and inhale. Or massage, diluted into back of neck, shoulders or back
- Peppermint:Massage, diluted into hands and inhale. Or massage, diluted into back of neck, shoulders or back
Headaches:Add any combo (6-7 drops in total)into diffuser, or roll on (diluted) to your temples and back of neck:
- Add 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar in warm water (some boiling, the rest room temp) and drink before meals
- Peppermint or DigestZen:Add a drop in 500mls warm water with ¼- ½ tsp coconut oil (as emulsifier) and drink
Muscle / Leg Cramps:
- Ensure you’re taking Magnesium
- Soak feet in warm foot bath with 1 cup epsom salts, 1 drop Peppermint, Lavender & Roman Chamomile or massage Peppermint, Lavender & Roman Chamomile with 30mls fractionated coconut oil, into legs after a nightly shower Blocked Nose
- Inhale Peppermint or Lemon straight from the bottle
- Lavender, Frankincense:Massage, diluted onto back
- Wild Orange (can be mixed with Lavender or Frankincense):Massage, diluted onto back
- Frankincense:Massage, diluted onto affected area daily
- Frankincense, Geranium; Lavender:Massage, diluted onto affected area daily
- Frankincense:Massage, diluted onto affected area daily
- Frankincense, Geranium; Lavender:Massage, diluted onto affected area daily
Note: These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
- Melissa Ambrosini
- Modern Essentials, 5th edition
- Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth & Babies, Stephanie Fritz
- Dr Axe, https://draxe.com/essential-oil-safety/
- Dr Eric Z: https://drericz.com/essential-oils-for-pregnancy/
I would love to hear from you!
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