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Los Angeles or bust!

About to head out the door to the conference, but first: A few snapshots from yesterday, a day of travel with Peggy: heading down the New Mexico highway to the airport; passing time while waiting to board our plane by showing Peggy how to calibrate her laptop monitor; scenes from King’s Fish House, where the fish is so fresh they have to update the menu twice a day (and where these desert dwellers ate some really good fish!)     This entry was posted on Friday, October 8th, 2010 at 10:20 am and... read more

and now for something completely different

No, you’re right. That doesn’t look like Santa Fe. And right now this doesn’t look like my usual day-to-day life. Peggy (Mothering Editor and Publisher Peggy O’Mara) and I just got in to Los Angeles— after an adventure-packed day of travel and good company—to attend the 7th International Black Midwives and Healers Conference. I’ll be trying to blog, though I still don’t have my beloved laptop back. (I’m using a hand-cranked PowerBook from the Victorian era, on loan from our Mac guy) (I joke, but I’m very grateful. It’s an extra computer he just happened to... read more

Fertility Drinks

Goji berries. Broccoli. Celery. Sea Veggies. Those are just some of the nourishing foods reputed to enhance fertility. But what you drink has an impact, too. As I type away in my home writing office, I like to sip, sip, sip from a mug throughout the day (and, when I work late, throughout the evening). Because I’m trying to conceive, I wanted to examine what I should be putting into that mug – and what I should be leaving out. Here’s a look at some beverages with advice from fertility nutritionists: Water with Healing Herbs and Spices Probably the best... read more

Awakening

By Bethany Fitzpatrick Web Exclusive December 1, 2008 In the dream, my limbs feel heavy with sleep or the fatigue of travel. I am riding with my family in the brown Chevy van my parents once owned. The seats are plush, the floor carpeted, the windows lined with velour curtains—all the consistent, creamy brown of washed river sand. My sisters present me with a car seat holding a newborn baby. "She's a girl, and she's yours," they say, but I don't remember. I grow confused. The air inside the van grows viscous. We're traveling so quickly. I want to secure the carrier, to... read more

Nourish Yourself: Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids

We talked about the importance of omega-3 essential fatty acids to general health in the early weeks. It’s worth revisiting now because omega-3 is particularly important for pregnant women in the third trimester, and for women who are breastfeeding. These are the times when the baby’s brain is developing at an amazing rate. Babies deficient in omega-3 may have a greater risk of autism, attention deficit disorder, and depression, or adult degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s or Lou Gehrig’s disease.You can find omega-3 in these foods: Oily, cold-water fish, such... read more

A Honeymoon Baby

I love weddings. This weekend my friend Amy married her sweetheart Jim. Ron and I spent Saturday evening celebrating with them at a gorgeous resort in Charlotte, North Carolina. When we walked into the reception area, we saw a Wishing Tree. Guests could write little notes—thoughts, advice, wishes—that the couple would read later. I knew exactly what I wanted to say: Start trying for babies…NOW! The Wishing Tree Like Amy, I was in my 30s when I married. Ron wanted go for the honeymoon baby. Not me. I wanted to cultivate our marriage.... read more

Last Days at The Farm

Last days   Last night I was lying in bed trying to sleep but just kept thinking -Ina May Gaskin taught me how to measure fundal height!  It was like a dream-or actually it was a dream and I made it a reality.  I think about all of the lives that have been changed by coming to The Farm for a workshop.  Some women have come here thinking they wanted to be a midwife and maybe changed... read more

The Farm Midwives

The Farm-Day 4 A surprise When we think of The Farm most of us think of Ina May.  Even if you have read Spiritual Midwifery and have met the other midwives we don’t always remember their names.  After this trip I know that I will never forget Pamela Hunt.  She was on the original caravan with Ina May and Stephen-she was one of the original midwives.  She is the epitome of everything you would imagine a midwife to be-sweet, compassionate, funny, intelligent, knowledgeable, skilled, excellent teacher, otherworldly and let’s face it the woman loves to... read more

now, about that September-October cover—

# #   # # # # # # # # # #   # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # For the cover of our annual pregnancy issue, we’re featuring new mama Aine Rock, photographed by photographer Mark Segal in his Chicago studio. Check out more of Mark’s work here. # Tags: 163, Aine Rock, cover, issue 163, mark segal, September-October 2010 This... read more

The Farm Midwifery Center-Day 1

Chiggers, Tics, & Birth All I kept hearing about from the day I received my enrollment packet to the day I arrived in the home where we would be staying on the farm was to watch out for chiggers and tics. The woman at the welcome center asked “did the midwives tell you about chiggers and tics-well we got em, oh and snakes too.” I had visions of little tiny critters waiting for me on the doorstep in the morning when I left and in the evening when I returned-I packed bug repellent (from Whole Foods of course) and purchased some farm made “bug off sulfur... read more

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