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Motherhood Wellness

Postpartum Herbal Bath Recipe for Healing & Comfort

October 18, 2013
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Herbal baths are sure promoters of postpartum healing and comfort. Useful for the reduction of soreness in the perineal area, as well as the healing of tears, stitches, hemorrhoids and swelling, they are relaxing and antiseptic. This herbal infusion from Naturally Healthy Babies and Children: A Commonsense Guide to Herbal Remedies, Nutrition, and Health by midwife and herbalist Aviva Jill Romm can be added to bathwater or poured it into a rinse bottle and squeezed over the perineal area. Herbs can be found locally…

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Motherhood

Your Own Song

July 19, 2012
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A woman in my local Holistic Mom’s Network chapter shared a beautiful story about how a certain African tribe comes together and uses song to remind us of who we really are. Touching my heart with inspiring words of wisdom, I share this story with you. There is a tribe in Africa where the birth date of a child is not counted on the day of his birth or when he was conceived, but on the day he was a…

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Creating A Positive & Fulfilling Birth Experience

June 1, 2012
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I believe for women to feel good about our births, we need to own our births by being prepared, well-informed, and making sure we have the right kind of support. Although there is much about the labor and birthing process that we cannot predict or control, we can empower ourselves by choosing baby and mother-friendly care providers and hospitals/birth centers, knowing our options, being an active part of the decision-making process and trusting in our ability to birth– all which will enable us…

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Judah’s Birth Story

December 21, 2011
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When I became pregnant with Judah in 2010 there was an increasing awareness of birth culture and choices in childbirth in the United States. With unnecessary interventions on the rise, documentaries like The Business of Being Born, books like Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth, and January Harshe’s Birth Without Fear movement aimed to restore childbirth as a natural human experience versus a medical emergency.  Idealistically I wanted to birth with the midwives at Ina May’s Farm in Tennessee, but realistically I wanted to have a natural, or physiological childbirth in…

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