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Don't Throw Out Your Turkey Bones

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Right now the media is full of recipes for leftover turkey. What all can you do with leftover turkey? It’s endless! You can find recipes for turkey enchiladas, turkey quesadillas, turkey chili verde, turkey stir-fry, turkey soups, turkey casseroles, turkey tetrazzini, turkey spaghetti, turkey...

But I want to give a shout out to the bones. Don’t throw out the turkey bones! They can make a very nourishing broth to be used for illnesses or recipes that call for broth.

After you’ve pulled all the meat off the turkey, put the bones in a large stock pot. I add an onion or two, a bulb of garlic, peppers, celery, herbs like rosemary or thyme...whatever I have on hand. Add 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar to help draw the minerals out of the bones. Fill the pot with water, covering the bones. Simmer all day. After it has cooled, strain the liquid into containers, and store them in the freezer.
Whenever I need a recipe that calls for broth, or when someone in my family becomes ill, I pull this b…

Your Due Date May Be Like the First Day of Fall

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Many of my friends have been anticipating the first day of fall for weeks now. My Facebook newsfeed has been overtaken by pumpkin spice memes, pumpkins, hoodies, football, bonfires, boots...and TODAY is the long-awaited first day of fall!

 Except nothing resembling "fall" is happening outside. It's 94 degrees out. I'm even going to skip the football game this evening; I'm afraid I'll melt. (Go, Yellowjackets!)

Everybody who's been in Arkansas for any length of time knows to not expect Fall at the end of September. We already know it's going to be awhile longer before we start feeling fall temperatures. Even though we know that, it's still a little of a bummer when the first day of fall gets here...and it's still summer.

It reminds me of the end of my pregnancies. After my second pregnancy, I had come to expect that I would go past my "due date," and by a lot. Not days, but weeks. I was already in the habit of giving a "due mont…

National Day of Encouragement

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Whatever comes your way today...you can do it. You will get through it. You have what it takes. Just breathe.

Is Water Birth a Safe Option?

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Image courtesy of Catherine Anne Photography
One of our frequently asked questions is, "Do you do water births?"
The answer is yes, we do! Laboring and/or birthing in the water is a popular option among our home birth clients.  We have two birth pools, which we loan out at no charge (there is a $30 charge for the disposable liner.) We will give you instructions on setting it up, how to fill it, when to fill it, how to drain it, and anything else you need to know.

The above photo is one of our tubs in use. The water is approximately chest deep and covers your belly when full. (That's me in the photo. I loved my waterbirths!)

Another question we are frequently asked is, "What do you think about waterbirth? Is it safe?"

The short answer is yes, we believe waterbirth is safe, based on our experience, along with the current literature. We have seen that immersing in a tub of warm water benefits laboring mothers by helping them relax, helping them to get into comf…

Healthy Chocolate Milkshake

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It seems like I am on a never-ending quest for healhy snacks. Not just healthy, but also delicious--I want them to be more enticing than the less-healthy snacks I crave. And kid-approved, too. Oh, and let's not forget frugal...keeping enough snacks to satisfy all my hungry mouths during the summer can amount to a nice chunk of change.

Yes, such a snack exists.

I present to you...healthy chocolate milkshakes.
Easy to make... One banana  A dollop of peanut butter A tsp cocoa powder A cup of milk (regular, almond, coconut, whatever you prefer) A cup of ice Blend until creamy. Adjust the milk and/or ice to your desired consistency. Add a little stevia or a squeeze of honey if you want yours a little sweeter.
The overripe bananas that the kids won't touch are perfect for this. Slice them up, stick them in a plate on the freezer, and use them when ready. You can store them in a ziplock after they are frozen, but mine never stick around that long. Frozen ripe bananas blend up nicely…

Why Hire An Apprentice Midwife?

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The word "midwife" means "with woman." Midwives have been attending births for centuries and are known for providing personal attention and warm, compassionate care to mothers and babies.

An apprentice midwife is a midwife-in-training and practices under the direct supervision of an experienced midwife. I am permitted by the health department to practice midwifery under the supervision of Deb Phillips, LLM, CPM. I am also working toward the credential of Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), which is awarded by the North American Registry of Midwives. I am at the phase of my apprenticeship where I am stepping into the "primary" role, with Deb assisting and supervising. While I am seeking my own clients, Deb will be present with me at prenatal visits and births until I am licensed, and even beyond that, as needed. Midwives typically attend births in pairs, rather than alone.

Why would you want to hire an apprentice to attend your homebirth?
In a nutshell, w…

World Doula Week

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In February of 2017, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued an opinion statement on approaches to limiting interventions during labor. Among their recommendations and conclusions was that continuous one-on-one emotional support by support personnel (doulas!) benefits laboring women.
"Evidence suggests that, in addition to regular nursing care, continuous one-to-one emotional support provided by support personnel, such as a doula, is associated with improved outcomes for women in labor. Benefits found in randomized trials include shortened labor, decreased need for analgesia, fewer operative deliveries, and fewer reports of dissatisfaction with the experience of labor (1, 17). As summarized in a Cochrane evidence review, a woman who received continuous support was less likely to have a cesarean delivery (RR, 0.78; 95% CI, 0.67–0.91) or a newborn with a low 5-minute Apgar score (fixed-effect, RR, 0.69; 95% CI, 0.50–0.95) (1). Continuous support for a labor…

My Journey to Becoming a Lactation Consultant

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When I stumbled into motherhood for the first time at age 20, I didn’t even consider breastfeeding. I remember being asked “breast or bottle?” by the nurses at the doctor’s office and the hospital. I remember reading materials from the doctor’s office that indicated there must be some women out there who fed their babies from their breasts. But I didn’t personally know any of them. All my friends and all the adult women I knew bottle fed. (I still didn’t think of my friends and myself as “adults.”)

 When I had my second baby, as a 27-year-old RN by that time, I had learned more about the benefits of breastfeeding, and my friends had begun to breastfeed their babies. I hesitantly told my husband that I was thinking of breastfeeding, uncertain of how he would feel about it. It turned out his own mother had breastfed him and his five siblings, and he assumed that this was what I would do. We attended a breastfeeding class together at the hospital where we both worked, where I was given…