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Are Childbirth Classes Necessary?

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We are surrounded by information! Between Google, Pinterest, blogs, and other social media, it seems you have all the information you need to know about having a baby right there at your fingertips.


Maybe your friend, who had an unmedicated birth last year, has a ton of books you can borrow, and she can give you the scoop on what giving birth feels like.  Maybe you are planning to get an epidural as soon as you feel contractions, and you figure the nurses will tell you what you need to know. Besides, you and your partner are both pretty busy. How are you going to find time to squeeze in a class?
Is it really necessary to take a childbirth class?
Well, no, it's not necessary--you are going to give birth whether you take a class or not! But there are advantages to preparing yourself before you give birth..
The most important reason to take a class with a live instructor is to prepare yourself for the realities of today's healthcare system. The vast majority of Labor & Delive…

Have You Met NORA?

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If not, let me introduce you!

 NORA is an infusion we recommend to our pregnant clients, made from a blend of nettle leaf, oatstraw, red raspberry leaf, and alfalfa. This delicious infusion will help keep you hydrated, nourished, and may help with some of common minor discomforts of pregnancy. We recommend drinking a quart daily, beginning in the second trimester of pregnancy and continuing while you are breastfeeding.

 Stinging Nettle Leaf (Urtica dioica) is one of the most nutritious plants, containing calcium, potassium, protein, beta carotene, trace minerals, iron, and vitamins A, C, D, and K. It is used as a blood builder to treat anemia and promote circulation, to increase milk supply, and decrease menstrual bleeding or bleeding after childbirth.

Oatstraw (Avena sativa) is one of my favorite herbs. Not only is it very nourishing, it is calming and mood-stabilizing. Prepared as an infusion, it provides protein, is high in B vitamins (except B12), calcium, magnesium, and contain…

What If You're Not Happy To Be Pregnant?

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I have a little tradition on New Year’s Day of reflecting back over the previous years, as I plan for the year ahead. I browse our photos and scrapbooks, and I read through my Facebook memories.

I noticed that that on this day in 2013, my midwife was visiting our home for a postpartum visit, newborn screen, and signing the birth certificate for our seventh baby. (The Baby turned five years old a couple days ago!) There were many joyful posts and pictures of the new baby.

Reading through all the joyful posts about the baby’s birth, I still remember...
nine months prior to that...
sitting alone in my bedroom with the door locked, watching that positive line grow darker on the pregnancy test. I couldn’t breathe.

Honestly, I had a meltdown.

I had suffered postpartum depression with my previous two pregnancies, panic attacks with the last one, the baby had just turned a year old, and I was just beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
I didn’t see how I could possibly go throu…