A woman who is currently using NFP reports “Besides the cost of a checkup, NFP is totally free. There are no paid subscriptions to a monthly pill pack. NFP also allows me the opportunity to understand my body and how it works. I track my cycle every day and see changes in cervical discharge. This helps me understand what is happening with my body in general, and my fertility cycle. Perhaps the most fulfilling part of practicing NFP is the authentic, loving, and communicative relationship it promotes.” […]
So, why the restriction on eating during labor? A little bit of history is needed to understand the answer. As labor and birth moved from home to hospital in the first quarter of the 20th century, a variety of anesthetics were tried with laboring women to limit (or eliminate) pain. Some of the anesthesia used put women to sleep during labor and increased the risk of aspiration – the entry of fluids or food from the gastrointestinal tract to the respiratory system, a potentially life threatening occurrence. […]
More and more women are exploring plant healing. Often, pregnancy and parenting are times in a women’s life when she begins to explore the use of herbs for herself and her family. Women sometimes find these remedies to be more helpful than the western medicine alternative, or have fewer side effects. Some women like the idea that they can make the remedies themselves at home. Preparing her own food or medicine can be a very empowering act for a woman as she prepares to bring new life into the world. […]
What is one thing you can do or say now or in the future to express how you feel or felt, to communicate your needs, wants, or expectations? What new thing are you willing to try? Whom do you need for support? Write it down; maybe even draw an image of this interaction. Who else is there, where are you, what does it look like for you to say what you need or want to say?
Regardless of any interaction you have had or will have in the future, what is still true about you as a mom, dad, parent or person, no matter what? What do you always know about yourself that comes from a place of valuing yourself as an individual? How can you bring that to each interaction you have? […]
There are so many factors impacting perinatal mental health and illness. (Perinatal refers to the period of time from conception to a year or so after birth) Universal screening is one way to begin to identify it, but let’s have a bigger, more complex conversation; one that involves both the normal feelings of loss that come with the transformation to parenthood, and that involves the cultural forces that are likely involved in the experience of perinatal mental health and illness. […]
The first thing parents will often do is load themselves with lots of information from books. And while this is an important way to be informed and understand the process of labor and birth in our culture, it is important to not stop there. Parents can ask each other questions about what they need and want in labor, birth and parenting, discuss what is important to them, journal, create something special, draw or paint, spend time in nature and practice mindfulness. These are all ways that parents can begin to connect with their wishes and worries and build on their coping, flexibility and resourcefulness. […]
It is no secret that babies greatly benefit from breastfeeding and that according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, as well as the American Academy of Family Practice Physicians, breast milk is considered the ideal food for infants in their first year of life. […]