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Period Blood

What Your Period Blood Says About You

When you think about your period, what feelings come up? Annoyed? Irritated? Excited? If you feel like rolling your eyes or groaning at the thought, I urge you to think differently about your monthly flow. Your menstrual cycle is truly a window into your body and overall health. In fact, …

Relationships with a New Baby

Navigating Important Relationships with a New Baby

When a child is born, so is a mother. Getting to know yourself as a mother can be challenging, and on top of that add in the complexity of how this transition impacts your other relationships with a new baby. Let’s examine some of the ways that your relationships may …

How to Navigate Research

How to Navigate Research

The motherhood transition comes with a need to make a continuous stream of choices.  This decision making can be guided by both intuition and knowledge. They complement each other as they ebb and flow on different topics and at different times in motherhood. Acknowledging the value and importance of both …

Preparing For A Vaginal Birth After Tearing Or Episiotomy

Preparing For A Vaginal Birth After Tearing Or Episiotomy

In an ideal world, no birthing person would suffer vaginal or perineal trauma during birth, either spontaneous or by episiotomy. The reality is, these things do occur and can be quite traumatizing. If you are among those that has had to recover from a vaginal/perineal tear or episiotomy, the thought …

Pros and Cons in Choosing a Birthing Location

Where to Birth?

Pros and Cons in Choosing a Birthing Location: Hospital, Birth Center (hospital or free standing), Home Birth, or Unassisted   Congratulations! You’re pregnant, have a million things on your checklist, and you’re whittling away at them while you can. But should birthing location be a question of consideration? When our …

Must Reads for Birth Partners

Must Reads for Birth Partners

Is your birth partner wishing they could learn more to support you during your motherhood transition? Check out this list of “must reads!”   The Birth Partner – This birth classic written by Penny Simkin talks about preparation for labor, when to know labor has started, epidurals and other medications …

How I Reversed Lupus

About that Lupus Thing

I’ve had several questions about how I reversed Lupus. I also was diagnosed with a second autoimmune condition called Sjogren’s Syndrome, but since no one knows what that is, I rarely talked about it. But that’s also no longer present. I was diagnosed with these autoimmune conditions in January 2017 …

The Benefits of Lifting Weights for Women

The Benefits of Lifting Weights for Women

  Women Lifting Heavy? Until recent years women weren’t typically all about the barbells and squat racks. Even today, as weightlifting is becoming more normal for women, we are still surrounded by stereotypical ideas about what fitness should look like for us and we are faced with unrealistic ideas of …

Blue Light Might Be Keeping You and Baby Awake

Help Baby Sleep: How Blue Light Might Be Keeping You and Baby Awake

Perhaps you have heard that late night TV and web-browsing are bad for sleep, but when you’re already up feeding baby, what’s the harm in catching up on Instagram or watching the last episode of your favorite show?     Becoming a parent means, among so many other things, developing …

GBS Positive

I Tested GBS Positive, Now What?

Pregnant women are tested for Group B Streptococcus (Group B Strep, GBS) during the last trimester of pregnancy – typically around 35-37 weeks gestation. Most providers solely recommend IV antibiotics during labor, but some women express concerns regarding side effects of this treatment, including being tied to an IV during …