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Nourishment is the New Routine in Prenatal Care

Safe doesn’t exist.  But, nourished bodies do. If you haven’t heard me say it before, you’re hearing it now.  There are no guarantees in maternity care (or life).  Much of western standard routines have no basis in evidence and even those that are supported with evidence have no guarantees of being able to prevent or […]

Home Birth Supplies & Emergency Birth Prep

For women planning a home birth since early in their pregnancy, or through a desire late in pregnancy to be in the comfort of their own home, planning for a home birth can seem exciting.  However, for families that might need to make a quick change of plans due to fear of their desired birth […]

COVID-19 in Pregnancy

The COVID, or coronavirus, pandemic is a hot-top no matter where you look.  While toilet paper might be a big concern for many families, and at-risk populations may fear the severity of the disease, let’s talk about some practical things you can do to when pregnant to prevent COVID from stressing your pregnancy and birth. […]

Transformaide Labor Tea

Hydration during labor is very important.  Hydration in labor feels good.  Hydration in labor keeps us safe.  Hydration in labor nourishes baby.  Hydration in labor prevents complications.  Hydration in the form of commercial sports drinks…  meh, not so good. So, what’s the alternative?  Fortunately, there are a lot of natural commercial drinks available, but they […]

Motivational Tea Scrolls {FREE DOWNLOAD}

You may find more wisdom here: Westernized Parenting Postpartum Anxiety Natural Prevention and Treatment 5 Must Do Prenatal Movements 101 Reasons to take a Perinatal Education Series like Esali Birth Land of Milk & Honey Nursing Chai

What I Learned from the Dr Jack Newman Breastfeeding Centre

Breastfeeding struggles are the same across the modern world. Last week, I visited the Dr. Jack Newman International Breastfeeding Centre in Toronto, Canada.  Making beds up in the clinic rooms, talking to moms about their struggles (even the ones who had absolutely no clue just how famous this tiny little clinic was), holding flashlights for […]

Herbs Safe for Pregnancy

Pregnancy safe herbs are easy to find.  If you’re pregnant, this may be the first time you’ve tasted the herbal waters as you look for ways to improve your nourishment or find a warm alternative to your morning cuppa.  Learning more about how to safely select and use herbs in pregnancy and throughout the childbearing […]

Mushroom Herbal Coffee (and Hot Chocolate) Recipe

Mushroom Coffee?  Herbal Coffee?  Mushroom Hot Chocolate?  No way, you say? Coffee.  Caffeine.  Morning Cuppa.  Chai.  [Black] Tea.  What is it about those deep dark flavorful aromas that we love to fill our sit down and sip time?  Why is it that with all the energy-boosting methods out there, we turn to caffeine the most?  […]

What a Doula Does

A doula perinatal mentor is like your best friend.  Remember that love you had growing up with a friend that would listen to all your stories, ideas, and imaginary worlds you snail-mailed to each other?  Remember when you were sad, and she gave you a hug?  Remember when you had a question, and she’d help […]

Birth Location Selection Guide

Choosing the best birth location for your birth is an individual choice.  Having a friend or family member that liked a birth location won’t tell you what that birth location can do for you.  The best way to choose the best birth location for your birth is to take a tour of the location and […]

Childbirth Care Provider Selection Guide

Choosing the best care provider for your birth is an individual choice.  Having a friend or family member that liked a care provider won’t tell you what that care provider can do for you.  The best way to choose the best care provider for your birth is to interview at least one home birth provider […]

6 Foods to Add for a Healthy Pregnancy

What’s your food vice?  What is your food you feel you need every day, multiple times a day, or multiple times a week that isn’t totally nourishing?  No worries – we’re going to focus on foods to add for a healthy pregnancy, not foods to eliminate. It’s easy to tell someone what not to do.  […]

3 Wholesome Foods for Pregnancy, Labor, and Postpartum

Healthy eating isn’t always easy when it comes to all the new trendy diet plans.  It seems like the only options are elimination, pre-mixed shakes and caffeine, or counting calories.  None of these options are very practical to get someone started for a life-long habit of wholesome selections that don’t deplete the body in some […]

Choice to Make Birth Choices

You ALWAYS have a choice in birth, in pregnancy, as a parent.  Always.  Even when it appears that there are no choices available for your birth, you still get to make the choice to make a choice, or not.  You get to decide if you want to learn something new, try something untried, travel, be […]

5 Ways to Create a Healthy Birth in Any Birth Location

It is common for mothers to hear the word “doula” and a birth story that goes along with it and believe the doula was the most important part of the positive birth experience.  While a doula does provide a level of trust and comfort to a mother, this would be typical of most anyone that […]

Birth Baggage and How to Unpack

Birth baggage, we all carry it even when we’re planning a first birth.  We’ve seen a movie, read a book, heard someone’s birth story.  We’ve listened to our mother or father tell our own birth stories.  Perhaps we even have suppressed memories from our birth that we don’t even know we’re remembering and reliving. No […]

Historical Influences on Birth

Historical Birth Influences – what are they? So many times, our modern culture focuses on the fact that cesareans are now a choice and the technology and skills have improved.  So many times, birth in the modern world is promoted because we have epidurals and obstetricians and… well, those aspects cannot be denied.  However, I […]

New Beginnings New Approaches to Birth

Well hello 2018!  It’s been a glorious week.  We’ve seen glitter snow, went sleigh riding, and at my house we’ve started new community adventures. What is new for you in this new year?  What are you adding new to your TTC, pregnancy, birth, postpartum, breastfeeding and parenting routine?  What new outlooks do you have for […]

6 Magical Methods to Speed up Labor Naturally

In a medical setting, keeping labor to a 12 hour time frame is fairly typical to move patients in and out and avoid long-drawn out labors.  Many times providers and facilities are using a very outdated (misled) method of assessing labor and have coupled that with techniques of increasing facility income by number of patients […]

5 Ways Doulas say Thanks

Doulas can have a challenging job and networking is vital to a positive imagine throughout the community.  Speak up for the families, and you’re bound to get some negative perspectives on your work in the birth industry, depending on the perspectives of the birth professionals where you work.  Lay low and you may not be […]

Increase Milk Supply While Breastfeeding

Many breastfeeding mothers of the western and modern world wonder how to increase milk supply.  Maybe you were given a nipple shield quickly after birth or you use a pacifier (for any reason).  Maybe you’re just trying to keep baby on a routine schedule, night weaning or feel overwhelmed and need a break.  These are […]

DIY Prenatal Care Builds Confidence

You may find more wisdom here: 20 Reasons Not to Take a Childbirth Class Iron Supplement Natural Options that Won’t Constipate Home Birth Supplies & Emergency Birth Prep Postpartum Anxiety Natural Prevention and Treatment 3 Super Easy DIY Herbal Remedies for New Moms

Postpartum Anxiety Natural Prevention and Treatment

Postpartum anxiety is an ever growing illness, particularly in western cultures and stemming from western lifestyles that create adrenal fatigue, exhaustion, overload and shutdown.  Due to the nature of our culture, more women experience postpartum anxiety than men, but this is certainly an illness that can be seen in dads and other supportive persons of […]

How to Push Baby Without Suggestions

How to Push Baby You know you better than anyone else.  You can push baby without any direction – in the most gentle way or with all your might.  Yes, even as a first time mother.  If you remember nothing else for birth, this is the most important.  It isn’t about empowerment – it is […]

10 Most Thoughtful Gifts for Doulas and Midwives

Gifts for doulas and midwives aren’t just for the holidays but a lovely gesture to say, “Thank You” for their support.  Doulas and midwives love hearing from the families they have supported and seeing where their new journey is taking them.  Here are 10 extra thoughtful gifts for doulas and midwives that really show insight […]

Relieve Pregnancy Headache Naturally

Headaches in pregnancy are common, but as with most “symptoms” of pregnancy, they shouldn’t be expected.   In most cases, pregnancy headaches are caused from dehydration and hormonal imbalances – not just from pregnancy changes but underlying nutritional issues.  There are a lot of natural ways to remedy a pregnancy headache; here are a few. Hydrate […]

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 […]

How to Have an Independent Birth

Independent birth is a new term overtaking the unassisted birth world.  Many actually imagine the choice of indie birth to be one where a mother is alone during birth or without a care provider or at home or any specific set of “guidelines” that indicate you can use the trendy term.  However, independent birth is […]

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 […]

Listen to these Audible Books for Doulas

You may find more wisdom here: 10 Most Thoughtful Gifts for Doulas and Midwives Homebirth Backup 5 Books to Start Gestating your Birth Mentoring and Pregnancy Knowledge A Doula’s Role in Birth 5 Ways Doulas say Thanks

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

PGP and SPD Pain and 5 Tips for Comfort

PGP (Pelvic Girdle Pain) and SPD (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction) occur when there is some sort of strain on the muscles and ligaments that support the pelvis, typically resulting from a lifetime of misalignment causing weakness, particularly in upper body and core strength as well as pelvic tilt.  PGP is a generic term for all pelvis […]

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. […]

25 Reasons Home Birth Might be Right for You

Home Birth on Your Research List? While I don’t encourage clients to “plan” for a specific style of birth, deciding a comfortable birth location is a part of the prenatal research process.  The fact is, we can’t plan birth – we can’t dictate exactly what will happen including the place we will actually birth – […]

Banana Sweetened Recipes for a Healthy Sweet Fix

Banana sweetened foods are the perfect fix for your sweet tooth with the ability to add moisture and denisty, the caramelization we love from crystal sugar, plus fiber and nutrients crucial to smooth digestion without added sugar.  Most “no-sugar” recipes use synthetic sugars, processed stevia, honey, or maple syrup, but those condensed forms don’t provide […]

Doula Bag – Items to Support Laboring Mothers

Labor Doula Bag Basics When it comes to the basics, your doula bag should carry items for you (food, extra clothes, unique tools for supporting…etc.).  A labor bag that the parents pack should carry items for them (think toiletries, extra clothes, birth ball, food, money…etc.).  The best items in a doula bag or general labor […]

Prenatal Acne Natural Remedies and Prevention

Prenatal acne doesn’t have to be an expected part of pregnancy Most symptoms of underlying conditions in pregnancy are treated the same – as an expected part of this phase of life.  Like these other symptoms, prenatal acne is an indicator of more than a skin-deep issue.  It isn’t uncommon, either, for us to have […]

Estimated Due Date {EDD} Inaccuracies

Due Date Inaccuracies and Methods of Guessing Baby’s Birth Time First things first, EDD actually doesn’t mean “Due Date” it means Estimated Date of Delivery.  That’s just as disgusting though, really, all the numbers just point to a big jumbled mess of misinformation.  However, an estimate is sometimes very helpful because it not only allows […]

Mommy Brain Tips for Better Postpartum

Mommy Brain have you in a fog these days?  It’s no secret mothers (and fathers) experience a brain change after welcoming a child into their lives.  It starts with hormonal changes during pregnancy, and the neurological development often shifts the focus of prior careers and hobbies to survival – sometimes to the extreme of adrenal […]

Plugged Ducts Treatment and Prevention While Breastfeeding

Plugged Ducts Prevention and Treatment Tips The best remedy for plugged ducts is prevention which starts with the first latch in the first hour or so after birth, adequate support during those first days, and no practices that limit the baby’s time at the breast.  Moms need to understand basic milk removal early in the […]

U.S. Women Have Higher Chance of Vaginal Birth When Choosing Home Birth

Vaginal Birth Location Vaginal birth location is influenced by many factors.  U.S. Women can expect an approximate 94% chance of vaginal birth when planning to birth at home.  Only approximately 68% of women planning hospital birth will have a vaginal birth in the hospital. Amnesty International reported in 2011 that cesarean births were at an […]

Prenatal Vitamins and Supplements – Are they Necessary?

Prenatal vitamins and supplements seem to be a main food group in many modern cultures, but are they really necessary? Nourishment is certainly an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and that most definitely includes pregnancy.  Prenatal vitamins, mostly for folic acid, are commonly recommended to all women of childbearing age with the idea to […]

Mother’s Day Esali 5k 2017 Race Results

Wow, what a day!  Such beautiful weather and so many out enjoying the race for SO MANY wonderful reasons.  I LOVE hearing WHY people attend our race… not just because they’re racing – but because they’re racing FOR someone… or with someone… or for many people.  The stories are always a great part of being […]

Postpartum Meals – Sausage and Kale Soup

You may find more wisdom here: 12 Tips for Prepping Postpartum Meals Flu Fighting Favorites for Pregnancy 3 Wholesome Foods for Pregnancy, Labor, and Postpartum Postpartum Anxiety Natural Prevention and Treatment Bone Stock

Esali Birth to Host 9th Annual Mother’s Day 5k for Birth and Breastfeeding

PRESS RELEASE – Ravenswood, WV – March 24, 2017 – Esali Birth to host 9th Annual Mother’s Day 5k in Belpre, OH on Mother’s Day Sunday, May 14th at the Civitan Park. The MD5k is a stroller-friendly beginner’s level course with walker and runner categories, along the Ohio River and is part of the River […]

5 Must Do Prenatal Movements

Prenatal movement is equally necessary for a healthy birth as nutrition.  Unfortunately, chiropractic care has been touted as the supreme fix for prenatal discomfort.  While chiropractic care can certainly have its benefits and uses for pregnancy, it is often a result of poor movement practices that cause the misalignment in the first place and without […]

Belly to Belly Breastfeeding

Laid back nursing and biological breastfeeding positions might not always come easy.  You may not always have a couch to lean back on or a bed to side nurse.  What if you’re living life normally, out at a restaurant, or just want to change positions and nurse in an upright position?  Check out this video […]

Detoxing and Fasting while Breastfeeding or Pregnant

Detox in the Childbearing Years Whether it’s routine seasonal cleaning or a general new awareness of the importance of detoxification – detox programs are a hot topic for millennials and the foundation of so many modern health trends.  Reducing toxins improves whole body function, including optimal immune function.  Get sick a lot and/or generally feel […]

Belly Dancing for Birth

I’m sure you’ve seen videos of the mommas dancing their way through their labors and births.  I’m sure you’ve found it funny, maybe you even tried it.  Maybe you’re one of the ones that found amazing benefits, even just for comfort, from moving your pelvis.  In fact, most of us that have tried this in […]

The Newborn’s Liver

As I sit here this morning… much earlier than I’d like after a night without the kids… drinking an herbal energizing, cleansing, and nourishing tea blend… I start thinking about how many newborns are diagnosed with “reflux” without ever getting down to the root cause.  I’m not really sure what prompted the thought, but nevertheless, […]

Brewer Diet

Dr. Brewer no doubt did a lot of research on nutritional links to prenatal health.  He was a wise man to stress the importance of nutritional intake to prevent complications.  However, it is important to keep a few things in mind if advocating his specific diet plan… such as actually knowing what you’re advocating, believing […]

A Letter to Mothers

Dear Amazing You, There is only one you.  There is only one of each child.  They are each different.  They are each created from a warm womb filled with more than nutrition.  Their genes have been influenced for many generations, especially since their grandmother’s pregnancy.  Her health and experience has influenced who they are today.  […]

New Look at Women’s Health

OK, so, not so new in the grand scheme of things, but to many women out there, they are given the same ole’ same ole’ treatments for symptoms when underlying problems exist.  In this post, I’m just going to list some commonly misdiagnosed and mistreated women’s health issues with some correlating articles for your research.  Start […]

Sleep Cycles

ID-10073852Waking up groggy? Feeling de-energized? Annoyed and hateful when something, or someone, wakes you up? Any depression symptoms? It’s time to check your sleep cycles!

Pregnancy Blessingway Host

Blessingways honor and support a mother through one of the most empowering experiences of her life.  Unlike a babyshower, a blessingway focuses on the mother to provider her with positive energy and a circle of support during the perinatal stages. The goal of a blessingway is to create an empowering and positive energy within your […]

Postpartum Belly Binding

You may find more wisdom here: Doula Mentoring or Birth Class Series? Belly Mapping, is your body going in the right direction? Postpartum Anxiety Natural Prevention and Treatment Doula Bag – Items to Support Laboring Mothers Should I even get a doula?