I won't repeat the video verbiage here, but I did want to drive home a few things. First, I want to share encourage to every woman about how it's not only possible to have a beautiful and empowered birthing experience, but their right. It makes me angry how uneducated and miseducated I was about what … Continue reading Video: Plant Based Postpartum Recovery at 2 Weeks
I was standing in the kitchen talking with Brian about the birth experience I wanted to have this time. My second natural, home birth and I knew what to expect -the feelings, the challenges, the process. All things I had missed with my medicated hospital births for my first two children. This time around I had … Continue reading Truly Anne’s Peaceful Natural Home Birth | Riding The Waves
Miss Truly Anne arrived in beautiful style Sunday night, a day or two before her expected date. Her birth story is pretty special -aren't all babies?- and I am excited to share it and what I learned and how different it was from my previous three births, but right now I am balancing snuggling, feeding, … Continue reading Truly Welcome
I woke up ridiculously early again today. Just couldn't go back to sleep. So I doodled around online, worked on some projects, took myself for a walk to see the sunrise, came home and painted a canvas.As I approached the house after my walk, I stopped and stared. Inside held 4 people I love, a … Continue reading 38 Weeks Pregnant | The Push-Pull of Waiting | Maternity Portraits
When I hit about 35-36 weeks of pregnancy, changes really started to emerge. It's common knowledge that your ligaments loosen during pregnancy in preparation for birth. You need that extra give as bones spread, making room for baby evacuation. Something I guess I forgot is the very real, very odd sensations these changes create. Getting … Continue reading 3rd Trimester Tips | Easing Discomfort During the Last Weeks of Pregnancy
Reading Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin, I kept seeing references to women "giving some" to their husbands during labor. Yeah, my mind when there, too. What in the heck are they talking about -surely not that, I mean, she's in labor and they're encouraging her to "give some" to her man? Right NOW?! No, … Continue reading Wait, you want me to do what? During Labor?!
My youngest sister had a baby. During a visit a year later, while I was pregnant with my third child, she casually mentioned something I've heard so often, and actually held as a personal opinion. "Well, when you have a baby, your body changes. You never go back to looking the same." The conversation was … Continue reading Pregnancy and Weight Training: Dos and Don’ts | Plant Based Weight Training