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Posted on January 25th, 2013 by | 76 views | 0 comments
By Ilana Machoverhttp://homepage.ntlworld.com  I have always been interested in the problem of breech babies, 2 having been one myself. We do not know for certain what causes most babies to settle in the head-down position after months of floating and turning in the womb: it seems to be a programm...
Posted on March 24th, 2015 by | 48 views | comments
Archetypal Symbols Within Nature: A Hidden Source of Meaning in the Journey of Pregnancy and Motherhood   According to Rubin, “childbearing requires an exchange of a known self in a known world for an unknown self in an unknown world” (1984, p. 52). It has been argued that the backdrop of pregnan...
Posted on April 29th, 2013 by | 37 views | comments
by Katherine Leonard of Holistic Nourishment  Nutritional Guidelines For Those Thinking of Pregnancy Recent research has discovered the nutrient environment of a growing fetus and baby significantly impacts genetic expression. Overall health and risk of disease are in part dependent on the mother’...
Posted on April 13th, 2013 by | 31 views | comments
by Layla Adonai  Honoring the truth about the intensity of childbirth and all that happens to bring a child into this world is at the core of my service. In my work as a Holistic Empowered Family Planner I am inspired to help create a new birth culture that prepares more consciously for the other s...
Posted on September 9th, 2013 by | 27 views | 2 comments
 Perineal Massage Touching the Sacred Gateway, By Jamie Mossay of Embracing Labor One of the most common fears surrounding the birth process for pregnant women is that the tissues of her perineal area (particularly between the vagina/vaginal opening and the rectum/anus) will “tear.”  It has become...
Posted on September 3rd, 2013 by | 25 views | 5 comments
Chiropractic adjustments are one of the best things a mom can do during her pregnancy.  A well-adjusted spine is necessary for optimizing health during pregnancy, optimizing the baby’s development, as well as creating conditions favoring a positive birth outcome. One of the most effective techniques...
Posted on March 10th, 2014 by | 21 views | comments
Sweet Spot - Sleep Begets Sleep It is amazing how this works!  What time does your baby go to sleep at night?  Is it too late?  Did you miss the “sweet spot” sleepy window?  For babies six months or older consider a bedtime between 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Helping your baby get the proper amount of sleep ca...
Posted on February 28th, 2013 by | 20 views | comments
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 7 million women in the United States alone have been labeled with an impaired ability to conceive a child, and of these women, over 2 million have been deemed infertile. (A couple is labeled as infertile after having unprot...
Posted on October 10th, 2013 by | 20 views | 3 comments
We as doulas are often asked many of the same initial questions. So, I thought we could answer some of those questions up front for you. But I wanted to give everyone a better understanding. Just as each mother is similar but unique, so is a doula. These answers are from two separate doulas (not me)...
Posted on September 18th, 2013 by | 19 views | comments
Guest post authored by Laura Schmalfeldt, labor & birth doula at Embracing Labor. That's right, I'm sitting in my big comfy bed, while my beautiful children nap, researching and writing about poop. This is my life.  I am currently in the beginning stages of potty training my little boy. (insert si...
Posted on April 20th, 2013 by | 18 views | comments
The sacred power of childbirth has been a rite of passage for women since the beginning of time.  The magical wonder as a child grows in our womb, our body knowing exactly what it is doing and how it is done, without any thought.  The immense perfection of how we are designed to create this ultimate ...
Posted on January 3rd, 2014 by | 18 views | comments
Gone are the days when we could consider pregnancy a 9-month “grace period” before the job of parenting begins. Mounting research tells us that lifelong wellbeing, including mental health, begins in the womb, and everything parents do – beginning even before conception — shapes their children in cri...