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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…