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ENERGY MUSE Mindful Mom Mala Necklace Review & Giveaway

April 24, 2016

Hey mamas! I’m starting off the week with a giveaway and special offer you don’t want to miss! A long-time Energy Muse devotee, I was excited to receive their new Mindful Mom Mala Necklace and Bracelet. Co-created by Lori Bregman (fellow doula, life coach and author of The Mindful Mom-to-Be) and Heather Askinosie, these pieces help to promote mindfulness for mothers during pregnancy and motherhood. As a birth doula, wife and mother of two boys, I give a lot of energy to others. Practicing self-care,…

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Benjamin’s Birth Story

January 29, 2015

Not too soon before Benjamin was conceived, I miscarried. It was an early loss, but I was devastated. As a birth worker, I knew miscarriages weren’t uncommon and believed it was nature’s way of making sure that the baby was compatible with life. Still, I couldn’t help but wonder if it was something I did. As a Lactation Educator, I believe the vast majority of women are able to conceive and sustain pregnancies while breastfeeding, but the intense contractions I experienced in those early weeks of pregnancy while…

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Acupuncture for Fertility, Conception, Pregnancy & Childbirth

March 1, 2014

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine? Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM is an ancient healing art and one of the oldest forms of healing, dating back to over 3,000 years. TCM is based on ancient Chinese Theories that focus on the whole body, by stimulating the body’s own innate healing abilities. What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is a natural approach to diagnosing, treating, preventing disease and promoting our well-being as well as addressing the causes and symptoms of illness. This occurs by…

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Crystals and Gemstones for Childbirth, Postpartum & Beyond

December 29, 2013

I have been drawn to crystals and gemstones since I was a child.  They are one of Mother Earth’s most beautiful and awe-inspiring objects of desire.  Beyond their beauty, each stone possesses a profound mystical and healing benefit that can manifest energies to create abundance, healing and harmony in your life. When selecting crystals and gemstones, choose one that offers a vibrational match to your frequency.  This is best accomplished by holding the crystal in your hand (if you’re buying it…

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Visiting Families with Newborn Babies

November 3, 2013

In times past, extended families lived closer together and communities were tighter-knit providing villages of built-in postpartum support. Women who had just given birth would stay indoors for 40 days to rest, regain her strength, and bond with her baby while family members and women in the community would support her.  The below suggestions are meant to help and support new mamas and families who have just experienced a very physical and emotional life-changing event. Schedule visits in advance instead of dropping by unannounced…

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Essential Nutrients for Conception, Pregnancy, Breastfeeding & Beyond

September 5, 2013

Eating a well-rounded and wholesome diet is particularly important before, during, and after pregnancy. Since I’m currently pregnant with our second baby, I am especially mindful of eating nourishing, holistic and delicious foods throughout the process. I would like to share some key foods and nutrients that are essential for a healthy pregnancy and baby. High quality protein. I eat mostly an organic, plant-based diet containing protein-rich foods such as soaked ancient and spouted and whole grains, legumes such as lentils…

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Creating A Positive & Fulfilling Birth Experience

June 1, 2012

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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