Empowering Fearless Birth Giveaway!

a Rafflecopter giveaway Mamas, grab your chance to WIN a FREE COUPLES PASS to the Empowering Fearless Birth conference in middle Tennessee! Parents-to-be & new parents, this event will be packed with birth- & baby-related health  & wellness companies, plus a full slate of free classes going on all day... Mark your calendar: March 8th, 2014 Empowering Fearless Birth -- Tennessee!! Local parent & birth focused vendors Empowering keynote speakers Classes for expecting couples and parents Q&A Panels with local parents Screening of "BIRTH STORY: Ina May and … [Read more...]

Essential Oils for Birth

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Brittany Anderson--board certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, birth doula, integrative health coach--is a holistic practitioner who blends the wisdom of ancient tradition with the advances of Western innovation. Recently, she's added essential oils into her personal health and well-being practice, and she's incorporated them into the work she does with friends, family, and clients. Her experience? She feels better, her husband feels better, and the women she works with in pregnancy and birth feel better. Even her father, after years of conventional medical care, has come around to the … [Read more...]

Mother’s Circle: Release Your Fears

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Will my baby be OK?  Will I need a Cesarean section? How many more nights will this baby want to nurse every hour? How am I going to make it through the day? Can we afford that?   Will my job still be there? Will I have a good relationship with my kids when they grow up? Does my spouse even like me any more?! What are we going to do when... {sign up for the 'releasing fears' mother's circle below!} Breathe, mama. Enjoy a soft sigh, and let yourself rest a minute. The endless questions, anxieties, and worries are expressions of fear. Some fears are personal, reflections of our own … [Read more...]

Inspired: Doula Alisa Blackwood

Upgrade your daily routine with a dash of inspiration! Here’s a quick look at why women do the work they do! Meet the Woman: Alisa Blackwood, 36, mother of two, doula (works privately and as a volunteer doula), birth photographer, journalist, yoga teacher. Lives in Minneapolis. Birth advocate since 2007. Alisa, what inspired you to become a doula?  I'm lucky to have a mother who ADORED being pregnant. I grew up hearing about how beautiful she felt while pregnant—and in pictures she positively glowed—so I never thought of pregnancy as a time to feel fat or yucky. (Though I understand, … [Read more...]

New Birth Choices for Moms and Doulas

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Pregnant moms and doulas in Nashville have a new option for birth support: Hospital-based doula programs are springing up at a couple hospitals around town. Free doulas?! Whether or not you love the idea, there are a wealth of considerations to be made beyond the price tag. Doula rates span quite a range, from about $300 to over $1000. To learn more about free-for-families hospital-based doulas, and volunteer doula programs in particular, I checked in with my friend and colleague Alisa Blackwood, a, volunteer in the Woodwinds Health Campus doula program in Minneapolis since 2007. A … [Read more...]