Connecting with baby before birth

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Connecting with baby before birth

Parents and babies definitely connect before the birth. We now know that emotional life of the baby starts at about 6 months of gestation. Science has done so much for us in the past 15 years in proving to us that babies can hear, that they have preferences, they have likes and dislikes and that they really connect with their parents. And no wonder that after the baby’s born, that when the baby’s placed in one of the parents’ chest, they soothe, because they can hear the sounds of their heartbeat that feels so familiar and safe. They can smell their parents and they recognize that voice. It is very common after the birth that the baby may be looking to one side and then the parent starts to talk here and then the newborn immediately looks for that voice and finds that face. It’s extremely beautiful to see that. So the bond in between babies and parents start way before childbirth.

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Ana Paula Markel is the mother of four children. Having experienced two cesarean births, a medicated vaginal birth and a natural birth (in that order,) Ana Paula discovered a passionate interest in the childbirth process. Her goal is to assist mothers and families to explore the many options available in childbirth and to take responsibility for their choices.

Ana Paula has been teaching a very fun and active childbirth preparation workshop in Los Angeles for the past nine years and has supported hundreds of families during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. Ana is also a doula trainer for DONA International and has been mentoring new doulas for the past six years. Ana Paula is honored to serve as Director of International Development for DONA International and to be on the advisory board for PAM (Pregnancy Awareness month.) In 2008 Ana founded BINI Birth, a center in Los Angeles dedicated to the childbirth education field, doula training and green pregnancy retail. BINI offers a variety of classes for pregnant couples and new parents. BINI offers yoga, Hypnobirthing, breastfeeding classes and support groups for new mothers and Ana’s very popular workshops. BINI Birth is also the premiere doula referral service in Los Angeles. Ana Paula is passionate about connecting families of all backgrounds with their ideal birth support.

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