The Five Senses And Your Birth

by Nicholeon August 05,2014 in BirthHealth and WellnessKangaroo CareMommy Care

  Whether you are laboring at home, or in a hospital or birthing center, with a little planning and preparation, you can create more comfort, pleasure and support for yourself during your labor and after your birth. A great place to start is to focus on the five senses: sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell. […]

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Ode To My Soft Tummy

by Heatheron August 05,2014 in BirthHealth and WellnessMommy CareUncategorized

Daily Mom Affirmation: Tummy

  Ode to My Tummy Oh sweet softness, you are the cuddleWhen my media-conditioned mind doubts your power, Your jiggles are met with toddler kisses and you bless us with giggles Oh sweet softness, you are the proofWhen there are second-thoughts about whether or not I was the one,Your stretched loveliness reminds me of my life-making […]

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Is There a Right Time For Baby no. 2?

by Heatheron February 05,2014 in BirthFamily JourneyGrowthHealth and WellnessNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

child spacing, sibling

As my daughter heads towards 19 months, my fertility in full swing, my age continuing to rise, I am thinking a lot about when to have our next child. In all honesty, I also feel a little spirit knocking on the door a bit, so am thoughtfully weighing how long I’d like to ask him/her […]

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What a Mother Needs Most During Birth May Surprise You

by Heatheron January 24,2014 in BirthMommy CareNatural Parenting Style

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  Important preface: This article is written to bring more thoughtful dialogue to the issue of birth assistance for healthy pregnant mothers and their healthy birthing babies. It does not serve to slight any mother for any choice, nor does it presume in the light of some pre-determined health risks, that every birth can be […]

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Why All This Parenting Style Stuff Matters Even When It Feels Like It Shouldn’t

by Heatheron July 25,2013 in BirthChild DevelopmentFamily JourneyHealth and WellnessNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

Today, I saw an intense image pop up in my Facebook stream, shared by a page dedicated to supporting mothers with breastfeeding challenges. It showed an emaciated mother with very little breast tissue (mostly skin) breastfeeding a similarly thin child. Naturally, many of the comments the post illicited expressed guilt about fretting over low breast […]

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Will Your Birth Experience Reflect Your Life Habits?

by Heatheron July 02,2013 in BirthFamily JourneyNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

A doula friend of mine and I were sitting at my dining room table the other day talking about birth. Among the myriad aspects of birth practices, cultural norms and personal experiences we were sharing about, we marveled at how in birth, there is no place to go; in birth we shine as a great […]

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Healing After an Unplanned Cesarean Birth

by Nicholeon March 24,2013 in BirthHealth and WellnessMommy BloggersMommy Care

We all make plans for our births. Whether we explore the many options that we have available to us by researching, discussing and preparing for our ideal birth, or if we choose (yes, it is still a choice) for a more “procedural birth” going ahead with your particular hospital’s standards or those of your attending […]

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Our Unassisted Home Birth: A Family Affair

by Jillon January 16,2013 in BirthFamily JourneyNatural Parenting Style

    I wanted to have an unassisted birth pretty much as soon as I found out it was possible. Now in hindsight it’s one of those things that I can’t believe I never thought of myself. I never thought I would want a homebirth or to homeschool my children when my first child was […]

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Book Review: The Other Baby Book, A Natural Approach to Baby’s First Year

by Nicholeon January 08,2013 in Baby_WearingBehind the ScenesBirthBreastfeedingChild DevelopmentHealth and WellnessMommy CareNatural Parenting StyleParenthoodResearch

Ready to get your cradle rocked? The Other Baby Books, A Natural Approach to Baby’s First Year, greets readers with this inviting question, before jumping into a wide range of family-centered topics that are delivered by the wonderfully likable voices of writers, Megan Massaro and Miriam Katz. The Other Baby Book creates a community of […]

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World Prematurity Day and Kangaroo Care

by Nicholeon December 02,2012 in BirthKangaroo CareNatural Parenting StyleUncategorized

The second annual World Prematurity Day was observed on November 17, 2012. The World Health Organization (WHO), as well as numerous countries around the world continue to work to bring attention and change to the global challenge of the preterm births, which is the leading cause of neonatal mortality and the number two cause of […]

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