By Andrea Summers
I was thrilled when Judy asked me to guest post about my home births to share with you all. I don’t have any amazing home birth stories like I read so many times, but each of my births hold a special place in my heart and I’m happy to briefly let . . . → Read More: Homebirth: One Mom’s Journey Through Four Births
One of the only things I accurately predicted about new motherhood was that breastfeeding was something I couldn’t study from a book beforehand. Sure, I knew the basics of it all and had a bare-bones understanding of human lactation, but nothing quite prepared me for what it would feel like to nurse that baby…all . . . → Read More: Breastfeeding Blog Hop: Good Beginnings
What are the best gifts for a breastfeeding mother?
I thought a lot about this question as I prepared for the arrival of my second child and people asked me what we needed. We needed nothing at all for him! But what would I have if I could receive any gift? What would be . . . → Read More: Breastfeeding Blog Hop: Gifts for the Breastfeeding Mother
Sami Rank, MS, L.AC, practices acupuncture and herbal medicine in Phoenix, Arizona at 3 Treasures Acupuncture. She’s mama to two breastfed boys, Ananda (7) and Narayan (3). (Full disclosure: She’s also my sister) In the past, I’ve asked her to give me treatments for relaxation and some lower back pain. It’s pretty soothing! Recently, . . . → Read More: Using Acupuncture to Support Pregnancy and Nursing
Recently, I was invited to coffee and conversation with the legendary Penny Simkin. Penny is a physical therapist, internationally known speaker, birth educator, doula, doula-trainer, co-author of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn, and author of The Birth Partner.
I was invited amongst a room of doulas, midwives, and childbirth educators because I am a . . . → Read More: Coffee Talk with Penny Simkin
Did you know that only 5% of hospitals in the US carry the Baby-Friendly Designation? Insist that your local hospital start working toward becoming baby-friendly. Watch this cute video detailing how an ideal birth at a baby-friendly hospital would look.
Is your local hospital a baby-friendly hospital?
In today’s society, with so many births occurring in hospitals and so many interventions being implemented, birth has become a “treatment” instead of the natural process that our species has been doing since the beginning of our time on this planet. One of the things that we have lost sight of in the birthing . . . → Read More: Delayed Cord Clamping