Giveaway: Birth Goddess

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For my friend Allison's blessingway, I found a turquoise birth goddess to add to her birthing necklace. I loved the simplicity and the symbolism of the pendant, so when I purchased Allison's, I also got one for myself and one to share  -- maybe with you, in today's giveaway! I love turquoise for its healing properties, and of course, I'm absolutely smitten with all things birthy and symbolic. The goddess (she's about 1-1/2 inches) could be placed on an altar, worn as a necklace on her own, or placed in a collectibles box. The folks at the Native American Gallery in Athens, Ga., wrapped the … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Prepare for Natural Birth

5 Ways to Prepare for Natural Birth

During introductions in the prenatal yoga classes I teach, there’s often a mom-to-be or two who say they’re “thinking about” natural childbirth, or they “might try for a natural birth.” That kind of hedging makes me feel nervous for them. Natural birth isn’t something that most women can just “try.” It’s a powerful, physical experience, and one that calls for physical and emotional, even spiritual, dedication and preparation. Natural birth is possible—and for far more than the 14% of women who experience it, I believe. But you have to get ready for it. Few and far between are the mamas whose … [Read more...]

5 Faves: Birth, Breastfeeding, and Mothering

Five Faves: Birth, Breastfeeding, Parenting facebook fanpages

In honor of Cinco de Mayo on this lovely 5/5, here’s a list of 5 of my favorite birthy and early parenting Facebook fan pages: Birthing from Within Childbirth Connection Kelly Mom Attachment Parenting International Momma Zen   Birthing from Within Birthing From Within provides books, products, certification programs, and events for anyone interested in childbirth. We are on the cutting edge, offering mindful, compassionate and dynamic childbirth and parenting preparation. Find a wonderful class or doula near you! Take a workshop and change your perspective on what birth … [Read more...]

Interview: Birth Advocate Rebecca Quintana

Interview: Birth Advocate Rebecca Quintana

In the spirit of celebrating my mama’s right to imperfection, here today is a profile I intended to share *last month.* In honor of Cesarean Awareness Month, I'd like to introduce you to the remarkable Rebecca Quintana. Rebecca Quintana is an inspirational ICAN birth advocate here in Athens, Georgia, and I think she beautifully embodies the volunteer esprit de corps that energizes the International Cesarean Awareness Network.  She is a DONA-certified birth doula who homeschools her six children (ages 1 to 19). Rebecca also helps her husband operate the family drywall business. All things … [Read more...]