What is Toxoplasmosis and Can It Hurt Me or My Baby?
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What is Toxoplasmosis? Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by the microscopic parasite Toxoplasma Gondii.  It is found primarily in the feces of cats, in contaminated water, soil, or produce, and in raw or undercooked meats.  About half of toxoplasmosis infections are caused by eating infected meat but pregnant women are usually warned about staying away from their kitty’s…

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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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This week’s wanderings – 3.19.16

Every week I plan to post links to various blog posts I find on the internet that interest me.  They may be posts that just resonate with me right then, or maybe have a similar subject to posts I may have posted in the previous week.  Either way, I see them as beneficial and helpful, and…

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Mental and Spiritual Preparation for Motherhood
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Being a mother doesn’t necessarily come naturally. Obviously the physical attributes are there or you wouldn’t be pregnant. But mentally and spiritually requires more than just getting pregnant and putting together a nursery. Everyone thinks it comes naturally to be a mother. In some regards it does. Our bodies produce all the right love hormones…

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What is the Zika Virus and Should You Worry?

Right now everyone is concerned with the Zika virus.  With it’s origination in South America, it seems like something you’d only read about in the papers.  However, with modern transportation bringing our countries closer, it’s starting to make its way up north to North America. What is it and can it hurt you or your…

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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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Losing Weight After Having A Baby

There is a new diet out there all the pregnant/nursing women are raving about.  It’s call the Trim Healthy Mama plan.  I’m sure many of you already know about it and many of you may already be following it.  This diet is high in protein, healthy fats, and healthy grains.  There is a little bit…

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What’s in a doula’s birth bag?

A lot of people wonder what doulas carry in their doula bag of tricks. What surprises many is that the majority of what we carry we don’t even use at the birth. Our most important tool is our hands. This tool is always available to comfort and support the mother. Sometimes though, mom may need…

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