You Are Unique. Your Pregnancy Care Should Be, Too.

November 15, 2018 NH Women Magazine

Let’s consider the many decisions you will have to make before your baby is born. You will decide whether working with an OB/GYN or certified nurse-midwife is best for you. You will contemplate giving birth in the comfort of your home or in the hospital. You will imagine what your baby’s nursery will look like, and what name you will give your precious bundle of joy.  You likely will not wonder which model of pregnancy care will best align with your lifestyle. But you should. […]

Trying to Get Pregnant

Reconnecting With Your Own Rhythm for Healing and Family Planning

May 19, 2017 NH Women Magazine

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.” […]

Hospital Food Options

CMC Exclusive: Eating During Labor

May 11, 2017 NH Women Magazine

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. […]

Natural Medicine

CMC Exclusive: Exploring Plant Medicine for Pregnancy and Birth

October 10, 2016 NH Women Magazine

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. […]

Pregnant Woman Holding a Help Sign

Perinatal Mental Health

March 1, 2016 NH Women Magazine

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. […]

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