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October

Thrush Treatment and Prevention While Breastfeeding

Thrush is an overgrowth of yeast in a baby’s mouth which often transfers onto mom’s nipples.  For a breastfeeding mother, this can mean a lot of discomfort and often an end to the breastfeeding relationship if it doesn’t get diagnosed or remedied.  It is quite common for providers lacking breastfeeding skills to improperly diagnose thrush and many moms are told to not treat it or that the white in the baby’s mouth is from milk.  This is unfortunate as many thrush treatments are available without any harmful side effects that

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Date Sweetened No Bake Cookies Esali Birth

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October

Delicious Date Sweetened Nut Butter No Bake Cookies

I love food – all of it.  There are things I don’t like of course, but I don’t discriminate based on savory, sweet, salty, crunchy, gooey, chewey, comforty…. YUMMY food!  I also really don’t like processed sugar.  My family started cutting back the sweets and baked goods years ago, and my kids especially don’t get many sweets compared to others.  They could literally probably name every piece of candy they’ve ever had and know which holiday or event it coincided with.  I’m a full time work-at-home-homeschooling mom – I don’t

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Audible Books for Doulas Esali Birth

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September

Listen to these Audible Books for Doulas

Audible books for doulas are a great way to add depth to professional doula training, continuing education, and pleasure reading for birth pros including midwives and birth educators.  I’m a fan of Kindle books, digital books, and other ebook options and we use our local digital library regularly for homeschooling and general reading.  However, it isn’t often I want a digital reference book for herbalism, midwifery, or birth wisdom where I can’t hold it in my hand, easily share, and have when the batteries run out.  I have on many

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17

September

12 Tips for Prepping Postpartum Meals

Not everyone can hire a postpartum doula, nor has the family and friends able, willing or experienced to help during the postpartum weeks.  Often, Dad must return to work within a week and Mom is left alone at home.  Even with two parents home, taking care of one child, let alone multiple, can be an overwhelming task.  Reality is, we just weren’t meant to do so much on our own, despite the number of years the western world has been putting independence on a pedestal.  Unfortunately, our culture is seeing

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11

September

4 Special Ways to Involve Siblings at Birth

There are a lot of discussions about the ways to involve siblings at birth: Should we?  Is it harmful?  Will they bother mom too much?  Will they be scarred for life?  Most of these questions stem from a culture that puts a veil over a lot of normal life functions and discussions and instead plays pretend, leaves little Tommy with a sitter, or simply lies to avoid uncomfortable conversations.  Don’t get me wrong, there are simply some events where parents just need the space to be in their own mind

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05

September

Flu Fighting Favorites for Pregnancy

It’s getting close to the colder months as we wind down summer and that means it’s time to start thinking about prenatal flu remedies.  Why now and not in winter?  Now is when we prevent our bodies from being overtaken by cold and flu viruses, especially if you’ve been indulging a little too much this year.  A body that is balanced and working well is a body that doesn’t “get sick.”  Getting sick basically means the body is using so much of it’s energy for other tasks that it is

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August

3 Super Easy DIY Herbal Remedies for New Moms

For many of us, pregnancy is the first time in our life we start thinking in more natural ways.  Maybe we swayed towards DIY or natural before, but being a new mom really makes us start thinking about our impact the choices we make have on others.  Here are some must-have DIY Herbal Remedies for New Moms you can use in pregnancy, for babies, in your diaper bag, and beyond.

Chamomile Oil – DIY Herbal Remedies for New Moms

German Chamomile is one of the most well known “child’s herbs” that is

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21

August

Iron Supplement Natural Options that Won’t Constipate

Receiving an iron supplement is incredibly common in modern pregnancies.  The intention is that they will prevent prenatal anemia and as such prevent complications of childbirth such as postpartum hemorrhage.  Unfortunately, much of modern obstetrics have totally missed the mark on perinatal health and wellness, especially when it comes to iron supplement options, necessities, and certainly prevention.

Is my iron supplement necessary during pregnancy?

Your body only contains around 3-5 grams of iron and it is said that pregnant women need to consume approximately 30 mg daily of iron to retain this

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07

August

Allergies in Pregnancy and Tips for Soothing

Allergies in pregnancy are common, often even being felt for the first time in our lives.  Why is this?  Our energy is being used to grow a baby, and that means balanced nutrition is even more crucial than before.  Likewise, allergies may continue on after pregnancy if you remained stressed, overscheduled, or low on nourishment.

Basics of Allergies in Pregnancy

First things first.  Look at your schedule.  Are you working full time?  How much help do you have with the normal daily tasks of your life?  Are you running around, joining all

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birth sucks Esali Birth

17

July

Birth Sucks Sometimes – Our Secret Garden

Ever just felt like pregnancy and birth sucks and you’re tired of keeping those thoughts to yourself?

Along the wall, behind the ivy, you’ll find a hidden door… inside is a hidden world of ancient beauty, anticipation and hard work.

In this garden, anything goes.

You’re excited.  You’ve plastered your walls with positive mantra posters.  You’ve encouraged all your friends to take birth classes.  You have a doula.  Maybe you’re birthing in a birth center or at home.  You think positive about your pregnancy and birth.  You’ve prepped for natural birth.  Maybe you’ve

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