What value does a Doula bring to a birth?


When you hire a doula, you are hiring someone who has dedicated their lives to learning about the care and support of birthing individuals and their families.

What value would you put on a product that could shorten your labor, provide a more positive outlook on your birth and postpartum period, and substantially lower your chance of having a cesarean that isn’t medically necessary?

What if I told you there is a way to have all those things and more, and it will change your life forever? What if I told you it’s as simple as hiring a doula?

In a Cochrane review from 2013 women with doulas were shown to:

Be more likely to give birth spontaneously, i.e. give birth without cesarean, vacuum, or forceps
Be less likely to use pain medications
Be more satisfied with their overall birth experience and the days immediately postpartum
Have shorter labors
Have babies that were less likely to have low five-minute Apgar scores

A doula is not just another member of your birth team. A doula’s sole purpose is to form a relationship with you and your partner in order to better support you throughout your pregnancy, labor and delivery, and early postpartum period.

Nurses and doctors provide wonderful medical care; however, they have multiple patients and cannot be by your side through your entire labor. Your doula will be by your side the moment you need her, whether that is at your home or hospital, and through the duration of your labor. The value of hiring someone who is there for you from start to finish is immeasurable.

Your needs, wants, and desires come first. Doulas are there to cheer you on, support your decisions, ensure you have someone to lean on, provide security, and help research information. They are there to help your partner connect with you deeper so that he/she can support you more fully.

I have worked hard to facilitate professional, supportive relationships with the care providers in the community. When you hire a doula, you are hiring someone who has dedicated their lives to learning about the care and support of birthing individuals and their families. You are hiring someone who is knowledgeable, certified, and experienced in this field of expertise and that is priceless!

Smoothies

Banana Kale Protein Smoothie

1 1/2 oz kale, 1 banana – peeled, 1 nectarine – pitted, 1 tbsp hemp seeds

Orange Carrot Smoothie

3 med. carrots – chopped, 1 orange – peeled, ½ cup grape tomatoes, 1 tbsp hemp seeds

Carrot Cake Smoothie

5 oz carrots – chopped, 1 banana – peeled, 3 tbsp walnuts, 1 tsp cinnamon

Green Apple Smoothie

1 Handful baby spinach, 1 green apple, 2 stalks celery, 1 tsp cinnamon, water + ice.

Citrus Beet Smoothie

½  beet – scrubbed, chopped,1 handful baby spinach,1 lemon – juiced, 1/2 inch ginger, 1 tbsp flaxseed, 1 cup water + 1 cup ice

Apple Walnut Smoothie

1 1/2 oz collard greens, 1 orange – peeled, 1 apple – chopped, 3 tbsp walnuts, 1 tbsp flaxseed, 1 cup water + 1 cup ice

Apple Strawberry Smoothie

1 small zucchini – chopped, 1 apple – chopped, 4-5 strawberries

Green Smoothie

1 handful collard greens, 1 handful baby spinach, 2 mini cucumbers – chopped, 1 tbsp hemp seed

Jewly’s Fall Favorite Smoothie

2 carrots – chopped, 1 apple – chopped, 1 tsp cinnamon, 3 tbsp walnuts

Citrus Kale Smoothie

1 ½ cup kale, 1 cup cantaloupe, 1 pear – chopped, 1 lime – peeled, 1 tbsp chia seeds

Cleansing Veggie Smoothie

Handful baby spinach, ½ golden beet – chopped, 2 stalks celery – chopped, 1 persian cucumber – chopped, 1/2 lemon – juiced, 1/2 inch ginger – peeled

Creamy Orange Kiwi Smoothie

3 med. Carrots chopped, 1 orange – peeled, 1 kiwi – peeled, 3 tbsp almonds




Reduce Joint Pain During Pregnancy Naturally


Arthritis is primarily a disease of inflammation and what you eat is important to your health and healing.

Arthritis and joint pain are not uncommon these days with a huge percentage of people who suffer all these ailments without knowing there are effective natural remedies. This is especially true for expectant mothers who most likely think that it’s a normal occurrence because of extra body weight during pregnancy or any other such time for that matter. For arthritis sufferers in general, this is a leading cause of disability. It seems modern medicine is powerless against it and has little to offer except pain killers.

The keyword is inflammation !

Arthritis is primarily a disease of inflammation and what you eat is important to your health and healing. There is no need of suffering as a result of this. There are effective natural remedies for reducing joint pain. One of the most effective way to overcome inflammation is when the first symptoms appear, simply by avoiding inflammatory food.

Change of Diet and Lifestyle
Joint pain during pregnancy can be reduced by changing diet and lifestyle. Try out some safe exercises like walking, jogging, swimming and any other that your Ob or Midwife recommend as this can help you to become less sedentary. Try to drink a reasonable amount of water. It helps to flush out harmful toxins in the body which can cause inflammation.

Add This to Your Diet
When you change your diet to reduce joint pain during pregnancy start with foods that are rich in vitamins A, C, E and B complex. Include foods such as: ancient grains, natural dairy products, pasture raised meats and eggs, and nuts. Also, eat foods rich in zinc to offer natural relief from joint pain. Some types of fish like wild caught tuna, salmon, herring, and sardines have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Turmeric and Ginger also have anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger makes tasty tea which provides a soothing relief of joint pain as well as an upset tummy or nausea.

Foods to Avoid
Public enemy number 1: SODA yes, even diet soda. Drinking sodas causes weight gain and contributes to type 2-diabetes, but it doesn’t stop there. It causes many other far-reaching health problems including arthritis. Soda can cause osteoporosis because it contains phosphoric acid which gives soda its tangy taste.

Foods to avoid: Corn and soybean oil, cottonseed, safflower, canola and sunflower oils. Other arthritis and pain activator are: Processed snacks, crackers, chips, granola and energy bars, any deep fried and fast foods, baked goods and cookies, mayonnaise, margarine. Plants that may aggravate arthritis pain are: Potatoes, chili peppers, green and red bell peppers, tomatoes, as well as products made from hot sauce, ketchup, dried red pepper flakes etc. By cutting out most of these foods you will find your inflammation and joint pain improving or disappearing.

As every day becomes less painful and more enjoyable you will gain pleasure and peace of mind. Let’s hope this will help you to navigate some of the more common discomforts of pregnancy. See the Recipes Category under my blog Posts.

Fighting nausea without medication

Of the many symptoms suffered during pregnancy, nausea may be the most notorious… and the most elusive symptom to wrangle under control!

Finding a safe, natural, and effective way to manage nausea without irritating your baby doesn’t have to be that difficult. Here are a few ideas you may want to explore:

Ginger is a frequently used as a safe and natural alternative. Just be careful if you have low blood pressure issues, or are taking blood thinners.

Peppermint is another home remedy that many people have success with. Keeping a tin of Altoids around is a convenient approach. Essential oils for internal use or aromatherapy may be effective. Peppermint tea can also be very helpful.

Acupuncture might appeal to the more adventurous expectant mother as a viable alternative. If the needles scare you, then perhaps Acupressure is another avenue to alleviate the symptoms of nausea without drugs.

Lemon may help symptoms. A fresh slice in a ginger or peppermint tea, or as aromatherapy might do wonders for expectant moms.

Meditation is another technique that has shown positive results. Mindfulness meditation often focuses on breathing techniques and positive mental imagery to distract oneself from the source of physical discomfort.

Expectant mothers have come up with some ingenious ways to fight nausea long before the advent of modern medicine. If taking an over-the-counter medicine, or something prescription strength simply isn’t in the cards for you, then hopefully these ideas will help you find a suitable option for fighting nausea that works for your pregnancy goals.