Our Unassisted Homebirth

by Heatheron August 28,2012 in Behind the ScenesBirthFamily JourneyNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

On July 15, 2012 at 2:05 pm we welcomed into the world our darling daughter, Violeta. She arrived after two hours of hard labor and two and a half hours of pushing, all twenty four hours after premature rupture of the membranes (water breaking) the morning before. Here’s how it all went: On Saturday morning, […]

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Ease Postpartum Depression and Discomfort with Belly Wrapping

by Nicholeon June 19,2012 in BirthHealth and WellnessLearningMommy CareNatural Parenting Style

During my pregnancy, I planned ahead for postpartum support that would benefit my mind, body and spirit. Along with healing and rejuvenation, avoiding postpartum depression and promoting my breastmilk supply were two biggies for me. My son was born in early December, which is a winter month for us here in Colorado. It was just […]

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Five Fun Things You Don’t Need, But Might Want For Your Homebirth

by Bunmion April 10,2012 in BirthFamily JourneyNatural Parenting Style

I’ve already blogged about Five things You Need For Your Unassisted Birth and while there aren’t many tangible items you actually need to give birth to a baby, there are a few things you might want to have. None of these are particularly costly. They can make having your baby at home that much more […]

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Preemie Care: Mother’s Impact is Awesome

by Elizabethon March 14,2012 in Baby_WearingBirthFamily JourneyFeatured BlogHealth and WellnessKangaroo CareMoms Who Inspire

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In the NICU, the primary value is high tech nursing.  The preemie is the patient.  His care is the priority.  He is considered as independent of the mother when he leaves the womb.  Mother often stands on the periphery as an outsider while the nurses take control and care for the baby.  But, get this. […]

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All Sorts of Things To Do With That Placenta After Birth

by Heatheron March 11,2012 in BirthHealth and WellnessNatural Parenting Style

My partner and I took a long road trip to visit friends in the south of Chile last week. They live in the country surrounded by dairy farms and sprouting fields. We visited one of the farms to buy some of their great cheese and enjoyed the fields filled with pasturing cows. Apparently as part […]

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Post-Birth Body Image: Celebrating Self Acceptance, Daring for Self-Love

by Nicholeon March 08,2012 in BirthHealth and WellnessMommy CareParenthood

Every woman comes to pregnancy with a body that is uniquely her own, and with a mind and personal history all her own. Some women come into pregnancy with a body that they love being in. Some begin with something a little less than love; maybe with a strong like for your legs, or another […]

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What is a Blessingway Birth Ritual Celebration?

by Jillon February 26,2012 in BirthFamily JourneyMommy CareNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

Not sure what a Blessingway is? Imagine being in your final weeks of pregnancy surrounded by the women you love – fellow moms, sisters, friends (I decided to have my two daughters attend mine). They are gathered to celebrate you and encourage you on your journey to motherhood. As opposed to a shower where the […]

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Need a Positive Birthing Boost? Sing Out!

by Bunmion February 17,2012 in BirthFamily JourneyMoms Who InspireNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

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One of my favorite YouTube homebirth videos features a laboring woman singing. You can see on her face when she’s having contractions and it’s beautifully clear that her song is helping her work through the tension. I find this video wonderfully calming. It’s an affirmation in itself. The birth process can be full of faith, […]

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10 Positive Affirmations for Homebirth and Unassisted Birth

by Bunmion February 12,2012 in BirthHealth and WellnessNatural Parenting StyleParenthood

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Making the decision to have your baby at home isn’t as radical as it was 15 years ago but there will still be a few people who cock their heads and look at you like you’ve lost your mind. If you’ve ever seen a birth reenactment or portray on television, it’s not hard to understand […]

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Pregnancy and the Nutrition of Our Experiences

by Nicholeon February 07,2012 in BirthHealth and WellnessMommy CareParenthood

When we are pregnant, it is easy to think of feeding our bodies a diet rich in clean, healthy foods. We try to avoid processed foods for the most part, instead choosing whole foods to keep our own bodies strong and healthy, and to keep our absorption and digestion functioning well. The quality of water, […]

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