Grief Work is Life Work

Got a chance to talk at the Breastfeeding Beyond the Hospital Stay conference this week in Seattle. No action shots this timeūüėŹ . One of my favorite things to delve into right now is our secondary trauma as caring professionals. The grit and the sheer will that has to be part of our sustainability. And …

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In an effort to walk my talk

"One Minute is Better Than Zero Minutes." I say that often, probably every day. ¬†And I believe it. ¬†There are articles out there that discuss the cumulative effect of meditation or prayer, exercise, healthier eating, and even sleep. ¬†But that isn't the only reason why I believe it and say it. The goal for myself …

Midwifing the Midwife

It goes without saying that there are dozens of people who make it possible for midwives to be there for families. ¬†And it's not just being able to pick up where we leave off. ¬†It's continuing to be on even when we return home and to work without sleep and still drifting between reality and …

This whole food allergy thing is nuts

If you were listening to NPR this week (listen here), you may have heard that feeding babies peanut products¬†prior to 12 months of age is actually preventive in terms of developing true allergies to peanuts. ¬†Not too long ago, we were recommending to parents that they wait until¬†3 years old to start nuts. ¬†Then the …

Postpartum ‘Must Haves’ That Have Nothing To Do With Buying Stuff

I would love to replace the typical birth registry of items that all new parents "need". Instead, I want new parents to receive a different kind of checklist. ¬†A checklist that would include ways to prepare for parenthood and postpartum that could actually help prevent postpartum depression, isolation, and suffering. ¬†And yes, hand-me-downs would still …

What’s D got to do with me?

Vitamin D: why do we talk about it so much and what does it have to do with your winter time health? The way that our bodies make Vitamin D endogenously (on our own & without supplements) is through sun or UV exposure. If you can get outside for 15-60 minutes a day for some …

Felled by the Fall?

Over the past few weeks cold and flu season has kicked into full gear, as it generally does. Between the darkness, kids back to school, being indoors more and getting less fresh air, and sugar-filled holiday season, our immune systems have a tough time warding off illness. Even though it is inconvenient and uncomfortable, getting …

My top 5 ‘get well’ tricks…

Many people ask me what I do with my own family, whether it comes to vaccinations, diet and nutrition, or managing illnesses. ¬†I will confess that we have stayed incredibly healthy for the last 7 years, until now....these last two months have knocked us down and dragged us out. Since we have a veritable natural …