It’s been awhile….

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....
When a doula gets doula’d

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...

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...
Shiphrah and Puah…

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...