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How Menstruation and Breastfeeding Affect Each Other

How Menstruation and Breastfeeding Affect Each Other

The intricacies of the human body are almost magical, with no one system or function working entirely on its own. Within a mother’s body, the processes that lead to menstruation, pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding are all interconnected. Just a handful of hormones can dictate each of these functions, with different organs and actions responding in their own way. A fascinating and, sometimes, bewildering example of this is the relationship between menstruation and breastfeeding.

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Herb Spotlight: Calendula Benefits

Herb Spotlight: Calendula Benefits

I combined calendula with other herbs in our postpartum herb bath to help aid in rapid perineal recovery and soothe hemorrhoids after giving birth. Calendula is also in our Nipple Salve, Diaper Salve and Healing Salve because it helps repair sore nipples, inflamed skin caused by diaper rash and it works as first aid skin care.  Calendula is why our Cesarean Recovery Spray leaves your incision feeling fresh and clean as your body heals.

Let me tell you a little more about this delightful plant and why you might want to grow some yourself...

 

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Writing a Homebirth Birth Plan

Writing a Homebirth Birth Plan

Today, I'm happy to have a guest post featured at The Birth Hour, all about writing a homebirth birth plan. I love the process of anticipation that comes before birth. The way a mama prepares, expects, and dreams of birth is absolutely beautiful, and I am honored to be witness to it. The birth plan is often a central part of this process, no matter where you plan to give birth. Over the years, I’ve helped hundreds of women through the process of writing a homebirth birth plan, and I’ve narrowed it down to some simple steps for you.

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Digestive Issues in Pregnancy

Digestive Issues in Pregnancy

You’re queasy. You’ve vomited more than you have in years. Your organs have shifted. You’re hungry but also can’t eat much at once. Everything in your digestive system is in flux (yes, sometimes re-flux!) while you’re pregnant. Next to sleep issues, digestive issues in pregnancy may be some of the most universal unpleasant effects. Let’s take a look at some of the most common digestive issues in pregnancy and ways that you can prevent or limit them.

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How to Prepare for a Planned C-Section

How to Prepare for a Planned C-Section

A midwife or doula’s goal is to see every woman birth in safe, empowering, and beautiful ways. Sometimes, for various reasons, that looks like a Cesarean section, and sometimes that includes planned C-sections. There is no reason to expect less of your birth experience in the case of a planned C-section. When a C-section is the planned birth process, you have some more freedom to work with your doctor than in the case of an emergency.

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What to Expect When Going Overdue

What to Expect When Going Overdue

Anticipation is a lovely part of pregnancy, and it’s even better when put into proper context. Week by week pregnancy updates. Preparing for baby’s arrival. Picturing their birth month. Counting down. Measuring, planning, tracking growth. The estimated due date is a helpful way to track progress, as long as we remember that forty weeks is an average duration of pregnancy. In other words, many babies are born before forty weeks, and many are born after. Today, we’re going to cover what you need to know about going over your due date.

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Have a Healthy Fit Pregnancy

Have a Healthy Fit Pregnancy

We strive for a healthy, fit pregnancy for so many reasons, not just physical health. Pregnancy is a time of joy and personal growth, of beauty and discomfort, of stretching and changing, all wrapped up in the journey to meet a brand new little person. It’s not only about eating well and moving your body. It’s a whole-person effort.

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After Birth Perineal Care Essentials

After Birth Perineal Care Essentials

One of my clients was asked by a friend, “What is the biggest difference in your body before and after birth?” First and foremost, let me remind you how amazing your body is. Your pelvic floor, vagina, and perineum are made to give birth. Having realistic expectations and some basic supplies will help you prepare.

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How to Induce Labor Naturally

How to Induce Labor Naturally

As a midwife and an herbalist, I’m frequently asked how to induce labor naturally. I understand the angst and worry that comes when we think baby should be here by now, especially if you are getting pressure from your doctor to induce your labor. So, if you are going to attempt to induce labor with natural methods, these are some things you might try first.

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How To Choose The Right Care Provider For Your Pregnancy and Birth

How To Choose The Right Care Provider For Your Pregnancy and Birth

In this blog post, I am not able to teach you how to get a good job, or tell you if you should get married or not, nor can I help you find the right house to raise a family in, but I can help you find the right care provider.

And through my Birth Song Blog Pregnancy Series, I can help you figure out how you want your birth and postpartum experience to be.  I can help you have realistic expectations of what pregnancy, birth, postpartum, breastfeeding and natural parenting are like.  And most importantly how discover and to stay connected with your true self through out the entire process.

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