Thursday, August 16, 2018

Pre-Natal Yoga Tips

Prenatal Yoga

                       Practicing Yoga during your pregnancy is great for your mind body and soul. It is an easy way to be active during pregnancy and can be done anywhere, anytime you want. No unnecessary equipment or heavy lifting; Just the baby, you and some relaxation time. You might even enjoy listening to some soothing music to get into relaxation mode. Yoga is a way for you to strengthen your body and help relieve tension and increase circulation all throughout the body. It also aids with sleep improvement, reduces stress and anxiety, increases the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles need for childbirth. This all will help lead you to the path of having a stronger, healthy and happier pregnancy.

                        During your pregnancy your body is going through extensive changes and at times you might feel uncomfortable and experience growing pains, like lower back and neck pains. This is where the beneficial part of yoga comes into play; doing a few simple yoga poses each day can help alleviates those pains. While also alleviating pains you are learning how to breath which is called; Pranayama is the formal practice of controlling the breath. Learning how to control your breath sounds funny, but it will very helpful once the time comes to give birth. Using breathing techniques will ensure that adequate oxygen flows through the body. This is most crucial during pregnancy, where the unborn child completely depends on you for supply of oxygen. During labor using the breathing techniques will help you stay calm and centered which will help the baby stay calm as well and will not introduce any stress into the environment at time of birth.

                         Before you start this journey it is important that you find the right yoga practice for you. Whether it will be a yoga studio, finding a DVD or developing your own practice at home. It is very important that you listen to your body and do what feels right for you.

Here are 5 simple yoga poses that can alleviate back and neck pain and increase circulation thought the body;

  1. Side Angle Pose; Relieves stiffness in the shoulders and back & strengthens the legs, knees, and ankle 

  2. Triangle Pose; This wide stance and full body extension, you will find yourself with more balance and strength. When you feel tense or a little out of control, this is a great go to pose.
3. Sitting Side Stretch; Stretches the spine, shoulders, and hamstrings, Stimulates abdominal organs such as the liver and kidneys helps Improves digestion

4.  Cat / Cow Poses; gently rocking between cat and cow poses will work to warm up the spine and stretch the body, this will help alleviate back pain.

5.  Child Pose; helps relax the lower back, slowly opens your hips and allows your arms to get a good stretch as well. It’s also a great “take a break” pose. Use this when pure exhaustion creeps in and all you want to do is take a nap!

3 Breathing Techniques;

  1. Think of the word "relax"; It has two syllables, "re" and "lax". As you breathe in, think "re" to yourself, and as you breathe out, think "lax". Don't let your mind wander away from repeating the word "relax"' in tune with your breathing. When you breathe out, try to let go of any tensions in your body. Focus on the muscles that you know become tense when you're stressed. Remember, every time you breathe out, "laaaax". The out-breath is the one to focus on, as the in-breath takes care of itself.
  2. Counted breathing; As you breathe in, count slowly up to three or four, or whatever number seems comfortable for you. As you breathe out, count to three or four again. You may find that it's more comfortable to breathe in to a count of three and out to a count of four.
  3. Breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth; Keep your mouth very soft as you sigh the breath out. Breathe in through your nose, and out through your mouth. You may find it helpful to make a sound on the out-breath, such as "oooooooh", or "aaaaaah". Between contractions, have sips of water to prevent your mouth from becoming dry.


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Melissa Brisman Proudly Recognizes the Efforts of the many participants in the New Jersey Gestational Carrier Agreement Act (A-1704)

TRENTON, New Jersey (May 30, 2018) –Governor Phil Murphy signed into law the Gestational Carrier Agreement Bill sponsored by Assemblywomen Valerie Huttle, Annette Quijano and Mila Jasey.   The law will protect all parties involved in gestational carrier arrangements as well as promote the best interests of the children who will be born as a result. Gestational Carrier Contracts will be enforceable, and Intended Parents and Gestational Carriers will have the legal protections that were denied to them previously.


New Jersey insurance regulations define a gestational carrier as “a woman who has become pregnant with an embryo or embryos that are not part of her genetic or biologic entity, and who intends to give the child to the biological parents after birth.”  Under the New Jersey insurance regulations, many medical insurance policies are required to pay for gestational carrier procedures.  What had been missing in New Jersey is a law to protect the parties once these procedures result in a pregnancy and birth.


“This law corrects the problem of allowing gestational carrier arrangements to take place in New Jersey without legal protection for the parties, including the gestational carrier.” said Melissa Brisman, a New Jersey based reproductive attorney, who assisted with the drafting of the this law.


A pre-birth order under these circumstances clarifies and recognizes the rights of the various parties and the anticipated child.  It provides a measure of security to the intended parents, gestational carrier, and child.  Intended parents are given their rights as parents with all the resultant legal obligations of care and support for their child.  A pre-birth determination of parentage provides direction for hospitals and medical staff as to who may be present for delivery and immediately thereafter, and is a great aid in seeking consent and instructions as to the medical care for the child.  The order establishing legal parentage also allows for the parents to add their child to their medical insurance policy, apply for a Social Security Number for the child, make income tax return decisions, and obtain a passport for the child, etc.


“Finally New Jersey has followed the lead of many of our surrounding states.  It was imperative that this law  passed in order to provide distinction in the legal relationship between the gestational carrier and the parents of the child she is carrying.  This law promotes family building and should be viewed favorably by all ” argues Attorney Melissa Brisman.


Reproductive Possibilities is an agency owned by Melissa Brisman that facilitates gestational carrier arrangements.  Ms. Brisman has been involved in over 2,000 gestational carrier arrangements.  The women who are kind and caring enough to help a family have a child often tell us of the tremendous joy they feel by giving the gift of life to their intended parents.  These women are medically and psychologically screened and are well prepared for their journeys.  They do not create a maternal bond with the child as they enter into this relationship fully aware that the child is not theirs.  This law now protects them as well, once they make an informed decision to become a gestational carrier.


“It is astonishing that I have lived and worked in New Jersey most of my life, and the passion I have for helping parents realize their dreams of becoming a family could not be completed within my home state.  I have argued and won landmark cases in many other states and am so proud to now be able to add New Jersey to that list,” said Melissa Brisman who is blessed with a family of three children, all carried by gestational carriers.  “My family would not be here today without the wonderful gift of two compassionate women.  Having to find my carriers in other states made my personal journey a bit harder.  It would have been amazing for them to have lived in New Jersey so that I might have participated even more with my pregnancies.”


Melissa Brisman is a member of the New Jersey Academy of Adoption Attorney (“NJAA”), which assisted Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle with the drafting of the New Jersey Gestational Carrier Agreement Act (A-1704) and the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (“AAARTA”).


Melissa Brisman has worked in the field of third party reproduction and helped couples become parents since 1997.  She graduated Valedictorian from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with honors from Harvard Law School.  She is an attorney admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, and is a licensed certified public accountant.  She is sole owner of Reproductive Possibilities, LLC, an agency that facilitates gestational carrier arrangements and Melissa B. Brisman, Esq., LLC, which handles legal work related to third party reproduction and adoption.