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How An Energy Healer Helped Alleviate My Toddler's Tantrums

Uncategorized Oct 16, 2019

A mother’s intuition is one of the strongest forces out there and it wasn’t until I tapped into mine that things started shifting. After months...

How An Energy Healer Helped Alleviate My Toddler’s Tantrums

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V- Steam or Yoni Steam (aka Vaginal Steam)

Uncategorized Aug 02, 2019

I think it's safe to assume that the majority of women in America have not heard of a V-steam or Yoni (Sanskrit word meaning womb or vagina) Steam though Gwyneth Paltrow and Christy Teigen recently sang its praises. I did not hear about it from them. I heard about this practice from my acupuncturist, whom I've known for over 10 years (as featured in the bonus portion of the course) and whom I trust completely. His wife had recently became certified to offer and practice this therapy. I learned about it a few months ago and  was curious so I decided to give it a try. If it's a safe, natural and holistic treatment, I'm willing to try almost anything. 

The treatment involved disrobing completely and wearing a gown on top while sitting on a box with a whole in it.  Stay with me here. Inside the box is a pot of steaming water filled with feel good herbs. I was sitting on the box over the pot of steam for about 20 minutes though this may vary based on your...

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Do You Have Your Dream Team, Mama?

Uncategorized Aug 01, 2019

A dear friend of mine is pregnant and was sharing how anxious the registry is making her. Do you remember those days? Funny how not stressful it seems when you're on the other side but nesting is a thing y'all. (Aside: We used babylist for our registry, which I loved because it didn't limit us to one store). I told her not to stress about the things she should buy and acquire but instead focus on supportive services. The truth is there is very little that you NEED after baby comes (though there are lots of nice to haves). What you NEED are services that will help you heal physically, emotionally, and mentally.

We don't have the benefit of having a nurse check on us for a year after baby comes like they do in Canada or covered physical therapy to help our pelvic floor recover like they do in France or having mom and baby massaged and bathed for months after birth like they do in India. After baby arrives we're on our own to figure it out or suffer.

There is so much time, money, and...

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The Loss Art of Singing to our Babies

Uncategorized Jul 31, 2019

A recent poll of 2,000 people found that millennials are ditching the bedtime ritual of singing lullabies and are singing less often to their kids than previous generations and it's having a detrimental effect. Only a third of people are singing to their kids! The benefits of singing range from improved bonding and language development to reduced stress and anxiety.

Listen. I'll be the first to admit that most nursery rhymes are pretty dark, violent and messed up. Doesn't it seem like death and disease are present in all of of them? And lullabies aren't exactly taught or passed down. How would one learn if no one has taught them?

My daughter is a toddler now and I've been singing to her every night since she was an infant. Now, I was lucky. When I was in college, my first niece was born and came to live with us while her parents had to work. My mom was raising her with the help of me, my dad, and my other sister. Of course, I witnessed the beauty and power of baby...

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Voluntary House Arrest

Uncategorized Jul 31, 2019

I want to share one of the best decisions we made in those first few months after our baby girl was born. We were reluctant and, at times, wanted to throw in the towel, but, in hindsight, we're so glad we listened to my mom on this one. 

In many parts of India, after a baby is born, the mother and child will not leave the home and not have visitors for the first 100 days.  Only immediate family could visit. We adopted this practice. This was hard for some friends and relatives and for us, who so needed the social interaction and just a break from the grueling time of caring for a newborn. 

Doctors visits were expected so that wasn't off the table but, otherwise, our friends didn't meet our precious daughter until she was almost 4 months old.  And we're so glad. As the mom, my job was to focus on taking care of my daughter while my husband and mother helped take care of her and me. I didn't have to worry about hosting anyone, asking people to come or leave at...

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Raising a Super Baby (in an ideal world)

Uncategorized Jul 31, 2019

I was recently asked by an enthusiastic client what else I would recommend by way of natural and holistic parenting. I sent her a dream list and said to her what I will say to you. Many of these strategies and approaches were commonplace in a different time and different place. There is value to bringing them back for the health of your family. However, the reason they disappeared aside from greedy corporations was that our lifestyles changed. Women were now working and nuclear families were the norm. When you're not raising your child in and with a village, these things are so much harder. And don't get me started at the atrocious policies in this country that don't give women adequate (if any) maternity leave or support after having a baby or being able to breastfeed.

If you are able to incorporate these practices, given all the challenges I just mentioned, excellent. If you are unable to, it doesn't mean anything about how amazing of a mom or parent you are. The fact that...

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