Mothering

I recently attended a moving and incredibly supportive workshop for expectant parents and birth workers about VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) and cesarean births. Choices in Childbirth, a well respected childbirth advocacy group, gathered a versatile group of speakers including VBAC moms, Sarah Pancake- a...

As the warmer days are finally upon us, it is important to stay hydrated, especially for new moms and moms-to- be. Make sure you drink plenty of water. Pregnant mamas: Did you know dehydration can cause early contractions? It is recommended to drink eight 8 ounces...

Last night, a friend and I were discussing the different factors that help shape one’s perception of birth. There are so many influences that come into play: depictions of labor and birth in movies and TV, friends reliving their birth stories and family members sharing...

This may sound like an odd idea, but trust me, it is worth the effort! Fill up a tube sock with dry rice or barley, enough to make a supple pack. Sew the end securely closed. For those who like a particular scent, experiment with...

In our prenatal yoga classes, a portion of time is devoted to abdominal toning- specifically the transverse abdominis. These are the deepest layer of the anterior abdominal muscles; the muscles fibers run from side to side. I often describe these muscles as functioning like a...

Prenatal Moms-to-Be…Be sure to get your birth ball and rock your hips on it regularly and you can bring it to the hospital, too! New Moms…when your baby is being fussy, gently bounce on the ball. Babies really love the movement! ...

Guest Blogger: Jyothi Larson Yoga improves heart health. A yoga practice reduces stress and reduces blood pressure, ultimately reducing the risk of heart disease. Studies published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found yoga to have a significant benefit on cardiovascular health (Lakkireddy et al, 2011;...

A few months ago during the beginning of one our prenatal yoga community classes, a new student caught my attention. I am not sure what it was about her that I focused on, there was nothing peculiar about her that spoke out to me, just...