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Practical Wisdom for Today's Growing Family

December 15, 2015
by naomi
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Sex and Birth. They are Not Really All that Different [VIDEO]

I’ve been a big fan of Michel Odent for years, the french obstetrician and childbirth specialist. He has had some very daring things to say about the labor and birth process and the chief hormone that’s at play: oxytocin.

Image credit to: Neurosculpting Institute

Image credit to: Neurosculpting Institute

Now, anyone who’s had even a cursory level of education about chemicals, hormones and the body is likely familiar with the hormone oxytocin as it is referred to as the “love hormone.” Continue Reading →

April 27, 2015
by naomi
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The Upside of Stress During Pregnancy

pregnant_sleep_problemsWe’ve heard it a hundred times that stress during pregnancy is bad for your baby, which for most of us moms, well, stresses us out! Because there has not been one pregnancy since the beginning of time that came with zero stress. At least not any kind of a realistic, attainable reality for the overwhelming majority of us. So when a well-meaning mom hears that she’s hurt her baby it piles on the mama-guilt that seems to come effortlessly from the moment we see those two pink lines.

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January 26, 2015
by naomi
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My favorite Sounds to Labor To

“What do you listen to while laboring?”

Sounds like a simple question but I find that I am often either answering or suggesting this to people so I thought I would give it the honor of it’s own post. For me, I like to keep it simple and I like the freedom of being able to think about or do whatever I want while I’m in labor. Continue Reading →

December 16, 2014
by naomi
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The Myth of Telling People “Too Early”

I’m not sure how everyone else experiences it, but I know when I see those two pink lines I want to tell the WORLD!! It is TORTURE for me not to. But then that little voice comes in and starts up with, “I don’t want to tell anyone ‘too early’ just in case…”

Well, to that little voice in my head, and in so many others, I say “just in case WHAT??” Continue Reading →

December 5, 2014
by naomi
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The One that Made Me a Mom

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On my birthday, 10 days “overdue”

I’ve written many stories for this blog. Many personal experiences and have felt strengthened in sharing of myself in some of my most raw, vulnerable times. But I’ve started from the now and worked my way backward in many ways. There is one story that has been glaringly missing and that is the one about me becoming a mom for the first time. Continue Reading →

November 21, 2014
by naomi
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To Induce or Not to Induce?

baby with booksInduction is a topic that I have spent a bit of time researching as I have never had a baby with a pregnancy last shorter than 42 weeks 2 days and my longest was 43 weeks and 4 days. So it’s come up each and every time. And each and every time I have a competent care provider working with me to make sure that we are both healthy and sound. Continue Reading →

November 6, 2014
by naomi
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Pregnant and Sad: Antepartum Depression Discussed

pregnantsad2Let’s talk about some hard things. Let’s talk about Antepartum Depression. Let’s talk about being sad when you’re pregnant. Let’s talk about some of the things that nobody talks about.

When I was pregnant with my third child I suffered from very severe depression. I’ve never spoken about this publicly and feel little bit nervous opening up about it. Continue Reading →

October 12, 2014
by naomi
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My Cholestasis Journey

Cholestasis… pronounced kō-lə-ˈstā-səs. It just SOUNDS awful. And it is. The itching …. oh the ITCHING! And it’s worse on the palms of your hands and the bottoms of your feet. You see, you itch because of your blood, not your skin, so no amount of itching will relieve it. Oatmeal baths, lotions, and even anti-itching medications — useless and the medication can even be harmful so don’t do it. If you’ve ever experienced it you know I could go on and on about it and STILL not do it justice. Continue Reading →

October 9, 2014
by naomi
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When Your Gallbladder Yells at You

I know that this is a birth blog but also touches quite a bit on health. And many mothers have gallbladder issues during, after or just generally around having babies. So I thought I would share a bit of my experience and what I’ve learned.

About a year ago I had a really nasty gallbladder attack. It came on Thanksgiving Day actually and felt like I was just really “bloated” most of the day. It was annoying but became increasingly uncomfortable. Until I was actually concerned that something was wrong. But, we had spent all day working and slaving over a totally gluten-free and nearly Primal Thanksgiving dinner — I figured “to heck with my body I’m gonna EAT!”

That was a bad idea.

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