Turn the Lights Down Low and Let the Oxytocin Flow!
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Childbirth is a very quiet, intimate experience, not only for the mother but for the baby and those attending the birth.  During intimate times it’s fitting to have the lights down low as this actually helps labor progress. But, why is this and what causes it? Oxytocin, the love hormone, is released during labor, intimacy,…

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What is Raspberry Leaf Tea and How Can It Help You and Your Baby?
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I’ve been drinking red raspberry leaf tea since I gave birth to Therese, my third.  After she was born I proceeded to hemorrage.  Keep in mind that I home birth.  I’ll never forget the look on my husband’s face when my midwife asked him to pray for me.  His whole face went pale and expressionless…

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Pro’s and Con’s of Eating Your Placenta
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I encapsulate placenta’s for my clients. I do this because I believe that some women need the extra hormones, protein, and nutrients after giving birth to properly heal.  I know many women (most probably) are grossed out by the idea of consuming their placenta (called placentophagy) but many consider it after experiencing depression, or a low…

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Why I Home Birth

Home.  This is where I prefer to birth.  I realize not everyone is physically able to do the same or are comfortable with this idea but for my situation this has always been ideal.   Home is where a woman feels most comfortable.  She can go where she pleases and do as she pleases.  She…

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What to pack in your hospital birth bag

If you’re planning on having your baby at the hospital or birth center you will need to pack a few things to bring with you. You will want to have these items ready to go just in case you go into labor early. Some of the essentials would be: *  Your photo ID and any…

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A Recipe for the ULTIMATE Afterpain Tincture!
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When I was expecting Judith (#12) I wanted to have something to help with the after pain contractions after the birth.  As we don’t have much money I decided to make it myself.   Please understand when you first start out using herbs, making tinctures, etc. the cost can seem quite high.  I purchase my herbs…

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