Why are you always on about women Stan?

“Why are you always on about women, Stan?” Some of you may not be familiar with Monty Python or the  scene above from their film, Life of Brian.If you are not familiar with Monty Python,  please correct your deficiency of comedy history knowledge as soon as possbile. That said, I cut my comic teeth on Monty Python. My preteen imagination was endlesslessly entertained by the dry, often slapstick British humor while the more adult themes went right over my head. For decades now I find space in conversations to insert Monty Python quotes, the title above being no exception. So, for decades, the deeper meaning of this piece of comic history was so blantantly obvious, it escaped me. Why are you always on about women, Stan? We’ve watched women mobilize. We’ve watched the Women(‘s) March. We’ve watched the women turn feminist and fight for equal rights to gain miles, lose inches, rise and vocalize again. And again. And again. And it’s not going to stop until women are no longer marginalized. When women have full rights over their bodies, their choices, their careers. When women are no longer silenced – either in private, by families or employers, or in public by policy or by Mitch McConnel on the Senate floor. The backlash is always fascinating. After the Women’s […]

Craniosacral for Babies?

Yes! Craniosacral for newborns is highly recommended. Think of all the changes a body goes through to get here, out into the world?! Also highly recommended for “difficult situations,” CST can quickly help babies correct latching issues, ease digestive upsets and sleep better. Below is an article from Carol Brussel, BA, IBCLC of La Leche League International. Considering CranioSacral Therapy in Difficult Situations Carol Brussel, BA, IBCLC Denver CO USA From: LEAVEN, Vol. 37 No. 4, August-September 2001, pp. 82-83. When a baby is unable to nurse or nurses so poorly that he causes pain to his mother, he presents a true challenge. A mother who experiences pain or who perceives that her baby is not breastfeeding effectively is a mother who is at risk of prematurely weaning this baby (Riordan and Auerbach 1999). After working through all of the usual avenues of information and resources that can help in this kind of situation, some Leaders have found a new therapy, called CranioSacral Therapy (CST), can be helpful. CST is a light-touch manual therapy used to encourage the body’s self-correcting mechanisms. Generally using about five grams of pressure, or about the weight of a small coin, the practitioner evaluates the body’s craniosacral system. This system plays a vital role in […]

Defining Normal Birth

Our midwifery organizations teamed up: the American College of Nurse Midwifes, the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives and the Midwives Alliance of North America, to discuss and articulate what defines “normal, physiological birth.” The definition came to include some things most would expect such as a labor that is allowed to begin and progress on its own. Other aspects of their definition were much more empowering. For example, one of the defining refrains of the past century in America has been, “Mom is ok and baby is healthy, what more is there?” as a benchmark for “normal” birth. This is now being reflected by a much truer statement: a normal birth can leave us “Feeling physically and emotionally well and confident as mothers.” Read the rest here: NormalBirth_ConsumerDoc To find out more: ourmomentoftruth.midwife.org

The Very First Sunrise

The text from the midwife woke me up like I’d never been asleep at 2:45AM. I situated my house for my absence, donned my scrubs and traveled the empty predawn streets to meet the first time parents. Everyone was in the bedroom when I arrived. Grandma was coaching mom through each breath by stroking her hair and guiding her to ‘stay in control, blow it out.’ Dad was looking a bit lost on mom’s other side. This baby had been warming up for days. For the last several nights contractions would start, be enough to be distracting until early morning when mom would fall asleep. Today, however, contractions had started earlier on in the afternoon and weren’t slowing down. They had started during an unplanned trip to the emergency room (unrelated to the pregnancy) and continued through a trip to the grocery store, it seemed as if baby had decided today was the day. It’s not often I’m called to assist a birth as early as 6cm dilation but contractions were coming faster than “Friedman’s Curve” would predict them. The midwife had been with family since 1:00am that night, watching and waiting. Grandma’s hand was glued to her daughter’s forehead and stroking her hair. She was making sure mom was […]

Milk Makin’ Cookies

Finally, an awesome recipe that is delicious, health conscious and fits most diets: it’s gluten free and vegan if you replace the egg with arrowroot or egg replacer and adjust your flax meal/wheatgerm ratio milk makin cookiesHearty and effective it incorporates the tried and true ingredients and mixes it up for a superb taste and texture. Mix it up even more with substitutions like almonds instead of walnuts, add some raisins or chocolate chips. To get really, really yummy, replace the apple sauce with banana and the coconut oil with peanut butter! Lactation Cookie Recipe 1 1/2 C Rolled Oats (gluten free if need be) 1/2 C Flax Meal (brown or golden, your choice) 1/4 C Wheatgerm 4 Tbs (heaping) Brewers Yeast 1tsp Cinnamon 1tsp Baking Soda 1/2tsp Baking Powder a pinch of salt 1/4 C Coconut Oil 1/3 C Honey 1/2 C Applesauce 1 egg In a food processor, combine 1/2 cup oats and the rest of the dry ingredients, process until oats are broken down. Add the rest of the oats, pulse to combine. Cream the liquid ingredients separately then add the wet ingredients and walnuts (or berries or chocolate chips) to the dry mixture. Mix thoroughly and pat into balls, flattening them on a cookie sheet with […]

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