Giveaway: massage OR online gift card

Mamahhh Nashville Giveaway

I don't know about you, but I could use a great massage! Which leads me to this: As the new year gets rolling, I’m tweaking my yoga class schedule and workshop offerings to better meet the needs of women in Nashville. I’m also working on a few new online offerings for the year. I’d love to have your guidance about how to be a useful part of your pregnancy, parenting, and self-care experience. So I’m asking whether you can spare a few minutes to complete the following survey about in-person Nashville classes and online events open to mamas everywhere: http://bit.ly/MamahhhSurvey For your … [Read more...]

On Labor Day, A Birth Rally

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On Labor Day, women and families in more than 100 cities around the country rallied for what ought to be a given: evidence-based maternity care. In my hometown, Nashville TN, more than a hundred people gathered along West End in Centennial Park for our Rally for Change —organized by local doula Holly Heveron-Smith. The solid show of support speaks to the vibrant and dedicated community of birth doulas, midwives, educators, and advocates who dedicate themselves to making birth better for women and their babies. The demands of evidence-based maternity care aren't extreme: No inductions … [Read more...]

Mamahhh, in a Wordle

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So for the past month, I've been blogging daily as part of the 2012 Blogathon, hostessed by the generous Michelle Rafter. I've tried many a blog challenge, but Michelle's is the only one that holds me accountable and keeps me writing. Can I just say, that even though I made my living solely as a writer and editor for years, blogging daily is HARD. Some days, it makes mothering feel easy! Then, there are days like today, when we take a little break, sit back, and enjoy a change in perspective. Courtesy of Wordle.net, I got a visual at-a-glance of what we talk about here at Mamahhh. See for … [Read more...]

Prenatal Yoga Moves for Labor

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Whether or not you’re a prenatal yoga regular, these moves can help you stay focused and at ease as you progress through labor. Lunges – lunge up and downs stairs (carefully!), stepping sideways (feet parallel with the front edge of the step, so you're facing the side of the stairwell) with a deep lunge to encourage your pelvis to open, creating more space for baby. Hands and knees – a great laboring position for receiving hip counterpressure during contractions, great for keeping your gaze down and inward to keep you feeling grounded, a good place to circle your hips and release tension … [Read more...]

Before the Birth Plan, A Pregnancy Plan

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I’m worried about the state of birth in our society. Fewer doctors know what drug-free childbirth looks like. Vaginal births are on the decline in too many places. More moms think their care providers are going to educate them about childbirth during the already too-short appointments dedicated to checking on mom’s and baby’s prenatal health. And it feels a lot like we’re conceding birth as a medical event, rather than protecting it as the wholly natural and empowering experience it can be. Let’s be clear: I don’t believe the only “good” birth is a natural birth. I don’t think OBs are the … [Read more...]