Kansas City Royals Make 2015 Playoffs


As a child of the 80’s, and more specifically as a lifelong Kansas Citian raised in the 80’s, I can’t tell you how excited I am.  Securing their spot in only 152 games makes this the 3rd earliest the team has ever secured their playoffs spot.  We are on fire!!!  Every local sports blogger is probably going to write a piece about how the boys in blue got here, but I bet none of them will tie it to pregnancy and positive birth – but I’m going to.  

First and most obvious is practice.  Numerous stories have been done on how hard these guys work.  They work in the off season, during spring training, on their days off, and before every game.  They take batting practice daily.  Pitchers practice their pitches, and Salvy practices catching.  These players worked hard and it has paid off.  Practice makes perfect – or at least better than your opponent.  It doesn’t take a genius to know that there’s really no way to physically practice for labor the way that sports players practice for a game.  But through visualization, you can get your brain all the practice you’ll ever need to become a pro at delivering babies.  GentleBirth teaches expectant couples how to harness the power of their mind and get really good at giving birth even if they’ve never done it before.  


The Royals also no doubt used Mindfulness to get to where they are.  Mindfulness is the act of remaining in the present moment.  Not focusing on what happened last game, last inning, or even last pitch.  The Royals have certainly used this to keep their longest losing streak to 4.  In the past 5 years their losing streaks have progressively gotten better with a high of 12 loses in a row.  Once you lose one or two games, it’s easy to focus on those losses and start to feel like you can’t win another game, but the Royals have figured out how to turn it around.  Using the Mindfulness taught in GentleBirth, expectant parents can do the same thing during labor.  Sometimes, while in the hospital things may not go according to plan.  Mindfulness helps a couple bring themselves back to present and stay in the moment – not focusing on the last contraction or the next contraction, but only focused on what is happening right then.


I have to believe that the Royals used at least a little Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT.  CBT encourages participants to be aware of their negative thoughts and change their perspective.  The saying, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right” is a perfect example of what CBT encourages people to do.  CBT is  huge part of the mind game that goes into any sport, and it’s a huge piece of having a positive birthing experience.  GentleBirth teaches couples to use CBT to combat the Negative Nellys and the Stinkin’ Thinkin’ that might lead them to believe they can’t achieve the birth experience they want.  


Finally, I can promise you the Royals used a whole lot of Sports Psychology to achieve this crowning moment.  Sports psychology ecompasses several different things, from the clothes you wear, to the way you stand, from the self talk, and preparation rituals, to mental focus and visualization exercises.  Baseball has been referred to as one of the most superstitious sports.  Each player has his own unique warm up routine, or lucky charm, or way of standing to help him play his best.  GentleBirth teaches pregnant couples why these things seem to work and how to use them to have the best birth experience for them.  

The boys in blue are well on their way to having the best season they’ve had in decades, and using some of the very same tools, you can be well on your way toward having the most positive birthing experience you desire.

Authored by Brook Town

Heidi ShulistaKansas City Royals Make 2015 Playoffs

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