Warming Womb Wellness

So I’m currently snowed in for 2016 blizzard on the North East and decided to take some time to mix up some yumminess to nourish my womb! I decided to make some delicious warming hibiscus (sorrell). I love hibiscus and it is well known for being high in Vitamin C and antioxidants. It has also been shown to lower high blood pressure and cholesterol. This recipe adds the healing properties of honey, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon. All of which have anti-inflammatory properties and warming properties to help build up your Qi and keep your blood flowing and nourishing to your womb. Many of the ingredients have anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties as well. As always…drink with intention! Drink up, enjoy, and keep your wombs warm and healthy!   *I don’t measure when I cook, I cook by sight so these are not exact measurements.* Womb Warming Hibiscus Drink 1 c. hibiscus 1 gallon water 2.5 inches fresh ginger, sliced 6-8 whole allspice berries 3 whole nutmeg 4 cinnamon sticks 2 c. honey (sweeten to taste) I dump everything except the honey into a large soup pot and bring it just up to a boil and then turn it down and simmer for approximately an hour (you can go longer if you want it stronger, but I like to reuse my ingredients). I add the honey while it’s still warm and then strain it into a container. You can reuse the ingredients for a second weaker batch, but make sure to let it steep a lot longer… Pour. Enjoy. Drink with healing... read more

Benefits of Vaginal/Womb Steaming

Since the dawn of humanity there have always been healers in every community. These healers were revered as important members of society, because they possessed extensive knowledge of the plants and their healing powers. Traditional healers spent countless hours, formulating and experimenting with ways to use these plants, to heal the members of their communities. They also taught the peoples the importance of using the plants to maintain vitality, which today is known as preventative medicine.  Mayan healers and midwives used bajos, an ancient healing practice. Bajos (ba-hoes) is a Spanish word that translates to Vaginal Steam Bath. Traditional Korean healers used this healing method as well, they call it chai-yok. Healers use vaginal steaming to aid women with chronic fertility issues, as well as to maintain healthy fertility. When you have a Womb Steam it brings heat to the womb. The womb’s specific purpose is to carry life-force, as such, it is a warm organ and requires heat to keep it in top shape! The use of specific herbs adds layers of different healing benefits, depending on the fertility-related health condition being treated. Different herbs have different healing actions. Typically more than one herb was chosen and formulated in a blend, specific to the woman’s unique fertility needs. The combination of herbs work to nourish, tone, heal, bring in fresh oxygenated blood, promote cleansing, and make supple the vaginal and uterine tissues. The moist heat opens the pores of the the tissues it comes into contact with. The water vapor carries the medicinal benefits of the plants, including volatile oils. This is absorbed into the tissues and enters... read more

It’s been awhile….

I used to love that song by Staind and it was running through my head as I stared at my screen trying to figure out what I could post before my son wakes back up to nurse… The problem with blogging is that I have so many ideas that I want to share and they all take time to elaborate so I end up not flushing them all the way out and then just not posting anything… I am determined to break free from my slump..but I am wavering on what I want to post. “Cause it’s always raining in my head”..sorry another random Staind reference. Not quite sure why their songs are running through my head this evening. I’m going to blame the Sepia homeopathic I took this afternoon. LOL I think I would briefly like to discuss Brain Waves. There are four levels of brain wave states that I am going to discuss. They are Beta, Alpha, Theta, and Delta. There is also Gamma, but that won’t really apply to this discussion. Sounds a bit like a sorority doesn’t it? Beta is the active brain wave state when we are going about our busy lives. Those brain waves cycle at 12-40 cycles per second. This is get ‘er dun mode. The cycle beneath that is Alpha. We typically go into Alpha brain wave states when we are daydreaming or meditating. Alpha brain waves are around 8-13 cycles per second. Then down lower we go to Theta. This is when you are completely relaxed, that space right before sleep when you are semi-conscious but in a dream-like state.... read more

When a doula gets doula’d

A doula is a person (typically a woman) who sits with a woman during labor and supports her in a variety of ways through what is often a trying or difficult time in her life and tries to make it as easy as possible so that she comes out on the other side of it all the better for the experience. I wanted to share one of those times, I felt one of my clients did just that for me… I have been blessed in my doula practice that I have been able to serve an international base of clients. Through many of them I have been blessed to learn many different cultural remedies for common pregnancy ailments, postpartum rituals, and recipes for the many meals I have been served. It is often glaring to me the lack of a hospitality that we have here in the U.S. I am often stunned by the amazing lengths that I am treated by the mommas that I feel I am supposed to be serving and end up serving me. One of my fondest memories was a Malay mom. This was her third baby and I would visit her on a monthly basis. She would always fix me large elaborate meals when I came and I got to know her and her family very well. She fixed a variety of Indian and Malay dishes for me because her husband was Indian. This was some of the most delicious food I have tasted in my life. I still miss her cooking 7 years later… I sometimes felt we spent as much time talking... read more

Bellydancing for Birth

Watch the pelvic bones of these skeletons and all of the wonderful stretching and movement that takes place during a belly dance. This can be a great fun exercise during pregnancy and there are even some videos for bellydance specific to birth.  At the very least, listen to some great music and get your hips rocking, your baby will thank you for rocking them into an optimal position to help with an easier... read more

The Beauty of Breastfeeding

I love breastfeeding my infant (he’s 4 months old). It brings me an almost zen-like feeling to watch him grow and know that it’s my body nourishing him. Breastfeeding also causes me to slow down, to set my internal clock slower and move to my baby’s rhythm. When I have had to be away from him and I’m only pumping, I always feel like there is something missing. I can get very caught up in whatever I am doing and start going at the adult grown-up pace. This does not jive with the time experience of babies. They are slower and (I believe) experience the passage of time differently than we do. Breastfeeding causes me to slow down and reconnect with my baby at different points during the day. It is my time to check in with him and really feel how he is doing. Does he look like he’s coming down with something, has he been a little grumpy, is he in a happy mood? These are all things that I read by my baby’s cues. I also feel that I am much more intuned with him and all the oxytocin flowing between the two of us I fall in love all over again. Studies have been done that show that when mothers and babies stare in each other’s eyes and engage in back and forth communication that both of their brain wave patterns move in synch with one another! (crazy right?) You and your baby are literally in synch with one another…if only we could do that more with teenagers…but I digress. The mother-baby dyad is an... read more

Shiphrah and Puah…

The earliest documentation of African midwifery can be found in the book of Exodus I verses; 15-21 dated 1500 BC; … And the King of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah. And he said, “When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but it be a daughter, then she shall live”. But the midwives feared God, and did not as the King commanded them, but saved the men children alive. And the King called for the midwives, and said unto them, “Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men children alive”? And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered before the midwives come in unto them.” Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty. and it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses. *Taken from Sarahn Henderson’s Essay, “The Cauling of Midwife: A historical journey of Midwifery through the hands of midwives of African descent.”*   Read More About Shiphrah and... read more

An Example of Why I LOVE Rumi…

Every midwife knows that not until a mother’s womb softens from the pain of labour will a way unfold and the infant find that opening to be born. Oh friend! There is treasure in your heart, it is heavy with child. Listen. All the awakened ones, like trusted midwives are saying, ‘welcome this pain.’ It opens the dark passage of Grace. ~... read more