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Baby Naming 101

By Melissa Scholes Young Web Exclusive - September 8, 2008 "Oh! When are you due?" The stranger reaches over and grips my belly between both hands. There is rubbing. There is patting. A stranger's finger is caressing my belly button. "Any day now..." I muster a smile and jiggle my five-year-old's hand. I'm sending her a message that now would be the perfect time for an inappropriately loud question or a temper tantrum—anything to get me away from this inevitable conversation. "Is it a boy or a girl?" I want to tell the stranger it's an alien or better... read more

Ecstatic Birth

Ecstatic Birth: The Hormonal Blueprint of Labor By Sarah J. BuckleyIssue 111, March/April 2002 Giving birth in ecstasy: this is our birthright and our body's intent. Mother Nature, in her wisdom, prescribes birthing hormones that take us outside (ec) our usual state (stasis) so that we can be transformed on every level as we enter motherhood. This exquisite hormonal orchestration unfolds optimally when birth is undisturbed, enhancing safety for both mother and baby. Science is also increasingly discovering what we realize as mothers- that our way of birth affects us... read more

Music for New Mamas

By Taz TagoreWeb Exclusive - September 1, 2009 Music, like birth, is an enigma. Neuroscientists can’t pin down a specific part of the brain that is dedicated to music. Music moves like an apparition through our brain, lighting up neural circuits here, disappearing, then reappearing elsewhere to work its magic. Similarly, we can’t seem to come up with a scientific way to predict how a birth will unfold. Part of the miracle of childbirth is that it is always a surprise. Like childbirth, music’s impact is far-reaching. Music touches our physical bodies, stirs our emotions,... read more

Heavenly Scents

Your sense of smell is heightened during pregnancy. You may be intensely attracted to some odors and strongly repelled by others. To keep the air in your home or office appealing, use an aromatic diffuser or simply place a few drops of essential oil in a bowl of water so that they can evaporate, naturally scenting the room. You can also boil a pot of water on the stove and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the pot. To make a recipe effective in alleviating morning sickness and headache, use 3 drops of lavender (Lavendula ... read more

Reconceiving Conception: 5 Likely Suspects in Unexplained Infertility (Part 2)

In part one we touched on such under-considered aspects as environmental toxins, nutrition, and immune issues that can have a negative effect on healthy fertility. (And commenter Anna helpfully added that there has been an association made in animal testing between GMO foods and infertility.) Two other fruitful areas to explore when faced with the dismaying diagnosis of unexplained infertility — or to optimally foster healthy fertility — are frequently overlooked entirely: electromagnetic fields, and the staggering power of our minds to influence our... read more

A Motherhood Affirmation

There are affirmations for birth and pregnancy and life in general.  There does however seem to be a dearth of motherhood affirmations.  And boy, I sure could use one ever now and again.  So here is one, just for you. I am a mother. Working each day to care, love, and teach. Then love some more. I reach for my children. They know that I am there. That I love them, accept them, as human beings. As precious. As important. I am constantly learning from them. From... read more

How to Meditate: A Guide for Pregnant Women

Did you know that meditation can help provide the strength and courage necessary for an empowering labour? Better yet, it can have a profound impact on your growing baby’s consciousness. Read on to learn how to meditate and the benefits for pregnant women and their babies. First let’s talk about what meditation isn’t. Meditation isn’t about dressing in the latest Bye kids. Mom is going to her cave. yoga fashion and sitting on a mountaintop while birds chirp melodically and whales call out your name. It’s not about locking yourself away... read more

Reconceiving Conception: 5 Likely Suspects in Unexplained Infertility (Part 1)

Maybe you’ve been trying for a year or more to get pregnant and it’s not happening. Maybe you’ve gotten checked out and been given that frustrating non-diagnosis of medically unexplained infertility. They don’t know what’s wrong. You don’t know what’s wrong. What you do know is that you just want to get pregnant! Once fertility treatment came into its own around twenty years ago, that is where the attention and research money for infertility went. Reproductive medicine has become a major industry — that is to say, the business of getting you pregnant through... read more

Safer deliveries for South Sudan’s new mothers

Arek Akot Mawien after giving birth to her daughter Ajok. (Photo: Peter Biro/IRC) AWEIL, South Sudan – Ripping up clouds of red dust, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) ambulance flies along the potholed roads leading to the South Sudanese town of Aweil. Inside, 19-year-old Arek Mawien lies on a stretcher grimacing in pain as she struggles to give birth to her first baby. “She came into our health center yesterday and has been in labor for 24 hours,” explains Joseph Remi, the IRC’s health manager in the isolated village of Malualkon,... read more

Best Homebirth Articles and Discussions

  Aqua Baby: Birthing at Home Following the wonderful advice of a friend, I went to visit a midwife for my pregnancy. Her office walls were covered with a multitude of photos of babies she'd helped to deliver. I knew I had made the right choice.               Feature Articles Candles Not Required I am not the product of hippie parents and I don't consider myself righteous. Yet my child was born at home. Intentionally. Preparing the House for... read more

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