Feeding You & Baby: From 1st to 4th Trimester
It all starts with you mama…..
Whether you are a parent yet or not, I’m sure you can agree that one of your top priorities is the health of your future child, and, that in a perfect world you’d want them to become a healthy and adventurous eater. Plenty of parents can relate to wanting the world for their child and with that comes some unrealistic expectations of the type of “eater” they will become. Sure it would be nice if we could somehow program them to grow up loving to eat all kinds of kale and dragonfruit, but the truth is we haven’t yet figured that part out.
Finding Your Circle
We had our first LIVE MindfulMoms™ Circle this morning, IT WAS AWESOME!!! What is MindfulMoms™ Circle you may be thinking….
MindfulMoms™ Circle was created for moms who want to be around other moms who don’t feel the need to judge others, don’t want to feel judged, are done with limiting thoughts that hold them back, want to shed any guilt they may have, want to feel vulnerable enough to ask for help and open enough to offer help when they can. The Circle was created so moms feel safe to ask for what they need without feeling guilty, and feel ok when that help comes their way. We created The Circle…. FOR YOU!!!!
Chiropractic Adjustments During Labor
If asked to describe myself at the height of my postpartum anxiety using just one word, I think I would have said alone. In reality, I was never alone. Ever. Yet, I had never felt as lonely as I did for those few months. As a new mom, I missed aspects of my “old” life. I missed my job which for me meant being surrounded by others and constantly engaging in conversation. I missed my pre-baby relationships, especially the one I had with my husband. I missed time to myself. I missed having the answers. I wasn’t sure who I even was or how to describe what I was feeling. I felt disconnected from myself and overwhelmed. I was totally alone. Plus, I doubted myself and questioned my abilities in my new role. I compared myself to others to see how I was doing or to try and make myself feel better. Since I was afraid that I wasn’t doing very well, I isolated myself throughout the winter. I rationalized that I didn’t want my infant son to get sick, but in reality, it was my own self that drove us to seclusion. I avoided going to mom or baby activities for fear that someone might judge me as a mom. In actuality, the only one judging me was myself, but I didn’t realize that yet.
When You Shouldn't "Ask Your Doctor"
At 12:41am on January 21, 2019 a very special little boy was born. Cobi Gray did not want to be born like any other little human… he waited for a total lunar eclipse, a blood moon, to make his grand entrance into the world. In the early evening of January 20th we went to the birthing center since my client’s contractions were coming consistently every 5 minutes. The midwife we first saw at the birthing center checked this laboring mom to see how dilated she was and to check what station the baby was in. She was concerned by how high up Cobi was, and privately expressed to me that she felt medical interventions may be needed to assist her baby into the world. This warrior mama had a good cry at the news she was still only 4cm dilated and her baby had not dropped into her pelvis. Then she wiped her tears and got to work.
From Employee to Entrepreneur
From what to do when a fever spikes, to when to vaccinate, to how to feed your child, parents tend to unconditionally follow their pediatrician’s advice. Wouldn’t it be great if there was one single person that could answer all our burning questions about raising kids with proven research on every possible topic? Sounds too good to be true, because well, it is!
How to Make Your Wishes Come True
In 2014, I decided I was going to stop working for a boss. I was tired of hearing the same thing over and over again, “Dailyn, you’re going to earn this much and you will be making a lot more on commission”. I showed up from 9-5 or sometimes even longer and I went home tired and dissatisfied because I wasn’t getting compensated enough for my hard work. On top of that, my creative spirit was being crushed since I knew that I should have pursued something more creatively-inclined. I said, “This is it, I feel like a caged bird, and I’m not coming to work, I quit!” That was the best thing I ever did. Sometimes you need to have a little bit of faith. See, I was doing graphic design on the side but I didn’t trust my abilities to make a living out of it, but I decided to give it a shot anyways.
Call the Doula!
A Simple Trick For Manifesting What You Want Into Your Life
Hi y’all! My name is Jen Watt. Much like most of you I wear many different hats. I am a wife, a mom to three young kids, an entrepreneur, a certified prenatal yoga teacher, a certified doula, an educator, a coach, a student, a Dashboardian, AND… I am an expert in manifesting!
GOTTA KEEP ME REGULATED
The Greek word “doula” translated actually means female slave or servant. That is what being a doula means, being a servant to someone who is in labor and giving birth. I believe Ina May Gaskin’s was the one to say, “If a woman doesn’t look like a goddess in labor then someone isn’t treating her right.”
Want an Easier Birth? Research Says Chiropractic Care Can Help!
For the most part, I’ve always had a pretty normal cycle, until I hit 37. Then things started to get a little crazy. At first, I thought it was just a heavy month because the next month would be totally fine. Or it would be fine for a couple months and then super heavy again. It was weird. But then it started to be like every month. NOOOOO! My cycle would be so heavy for like an hour or two that I was afraid to go out! Well, enough was enough. I had to admit that something had to change. SO... I went to my natural solutions first and broke into my dōTERRA essential oil stash.
A recent study demonstrated that women who receive chiropractic adjustments throughout pregnancy report faster, easier deliveries. First time mothers under chiropractic care reported a 24% shorter labor time (8-9 hour average) than those not seeing a chiropractor (14 hours). Second time moms experienced a 39% shorter labor time on average.
The Only Freestanding Birth Center in New Jersey Is Officially Open!
Have you ever felt stuck? Have you ever wondered how you were going to continue with your life and career with children in the picture, especially now that your mindset has done a complete 180 shift? That's exactly what Hanina Osborn wrote about in her raw testimony describing her experience with "feeling stuck." Read about Hanina's complete life 180 from being a public school English Language Arts Educator to an Essential Oil Educator and doTERRA Wellness Advocate, as well as a thriving stay-at-home mother of two young energetic boys.
The Secret to Finding Balance Between Family & Career
Our Birthing Center combined the comforts and privacy of a home-birth with the safety and security of a hospital birth. Our Birthing Center empowers women to create the birth experience they desire in a safe and warm environment. Our Birthing Center will deliver care in a home-like setting where trained practitioners will provide family-centered care to healthy pregnant women.
My Journey to Becoming a Lactation Consultant
“Balance” ha! What a fallacy that word is when it comes to your career and your family. I find that I’m either 100% focused on my business or 100% focused on my kids. I cannot use 50% of my energy for either of these facets. So how do you turn one on and one off, and how do you find time to just focus on your own personal mental well-being? Well, that’s the key, isn’t it? It’s a pendulum, sometimes it sways on the career end, sometimes it’s on the family end, and sometimes it’s just right and you get to go inward for your own mental peace. If we dissect the word balance and think of how things in nature like trees, find balance, we will discover what we have always known, that balance comes from our grounding, our foundation, our roots.
Excerpt From Mindful Mommy-10 Secrets For Healing Your Mind, Body, And Spirit
I can pinpoint the exact moment my journey to a career as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (aka an IBCLC) began: 10 PM on February 24, 2011. The second time I tried to latch my newborn son Callum—my first baby—and failed miserably. We both failed. I was clueless, despite prenatal breastfeeding class and reading several books. He angrily refused my breast with ferocious cries and surprisingly strong baby biceps.
The Case for a New Labor (and Delivery) Movement in America
It’s 3 am. I’m standing in my dimly lit kitchen, crying, holding my hungry, screaming 2-week old baby girl, Hayley. I am attempting to make a bottle with one hand, my boobs are killing me and I’m frustrated that my breast milk alone isn’t enough to keep Hayley full. Upstairs my two other little girls are sleeping in their beds. I hope they stay asleep because I just couldn’t handle having another kid awake right now.
How to Set Your Perfect Birth Scene
According to the Center for Disease Control, the number of births by caesarean section in 2014 was 32.2%. This is greater than twice the 10-15% target rate of the World Health Organization, which reports that when the caesarean rate exceeds 10% there is no further improvement in infant or maternal mortality.
Three Babies, Three Very Different Births
My sister was 38 weeks pregnant when her husband walked out on her. She was left with a house to maintain, a puppy to care for and a baby ready to enter the world any day.
I’ve given birth three times – each time a different way. So, which way would I choose if I had to do it again? Naturally, hands down, and here’s why.