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The one thing we can all do for our growing sweet peas is make an effort to eat well. As we come into the summer season, there is the opportunity to purchase from local farmers at community markets, and there are LOTS of sales at the stores.
If you need to watch the budget, check out your grocery store circulars that come in the mail. I also like the EWG Dirty Dozen list. You can see it online or download it as an "app" on the smart phone. I use it to make the most of our grocery money. Any produce that is on the "dirty dozen" list is a known high-pesticide crop. Food on that list is produce that we will purchase in the organic section. Anything else on our list we buy from the conventional produce area in the grocery store or farmer's market.
We also offer our students the Brewer Pregnancy Plan as a guideline for daily nutrition. It is a conscientious focus on high protein and whole food so that multi-vitamins become the gap filler and not the only source of vitamins and minerals during pregnancy. You can read more about the Brewer eating plane HERE and HERE.
What's one small thing you can do this week to make better food choices while you are pregnant and/or breastfeeding?
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April's "Inside Look" feature is an amazing new service available to all pregnant mothers in Maricopa County, Arizona. It is offered by the midwife at Moxie Midwifery, Jennifer Hoperich. The circle meets in Tempe, conveniently located off the I-10 freeway and Warner Road. We have had the pleasure of experiencing Jennifer's amazing work in meditation. In a perfect world, every mama would be able to attend at least one of her Meditation for Mama circle sessions.
Tell me about the meditation circle - what's the intention? Who can attend?
The intention of the circle is to provide a safe and nourishing space for pregnant women to learn about and practice meditation as well as to deeply connect with their babies, themselves, and each other. All pregnant women are welcomed into the circle, regardless of when, how, where, or with whom they are birthing.
What are the benefits of meditation? How is it beneficial during pregnancy?
We know that any physical symptom or disease that stress causes or exacerbates can be alleviated by meditation. This includes high blood pressure, anxiety, insomnia, etc. Meditation assists with all of these, inducing better sleep, allowing for higher satisfaction with life in general, increasing patience and focus, and improving relationships with friends, family and coworkers. These benefits can certainly be appreciated and enjoyed in pregnancy.
In addition, it is my personal belief that babies who receive the benefits of the mamas meditating have a head start in life. When they have been bathed with “happy hormones” from the beginning that becomes a baby’s baseline, their “norm.” If this can continue into their birth process, all the better! As they learn and grow, and as they seek out a partner and an occupation, if they have safety, LOVE and harmony as their foundation, that is what they will seek out. The aim of Meditation for Mamas is not just peace and calm now. The aim, quite literally, is world peace, one human being at a time. Peace on Earth begins with birth. In addition to the health benefits mentioned, pregnant mamas getting together create community. And community is essential to a happy and healthy pregnancy and postpartum period.
The only contraindications would be for women who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness in which periods of sustained self-reflection could be harmful, such as Multiple Personality Disorder or Schizophrenia with active psychosis. Women of all abilities and mobilities are welcomed. Meditation can be done seated in a chair, on the floor, or even lying down.
What is your favorite aspect of this kind of group?
I love the permission in the space to just "be". And, I love seeing mamas taking the time to connect with their babies without any distractions.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about joining and has never done meditation before?
There is absolutely no experience necessary! We cover the basics of meditation, including relaxed breathing, at every class. Some participants meditate every day, while others only meditate during class. Pregnancy is the perfect time to start new healthy habits. It's often a time where mamas start eating more organic foods, exercising more regularly, and taking better care of themselves overall. Adding in a meditation routine during pregnancy not only benefits the woman and her baby, but also everyone else in her life... her other children, her spouse, coworkers, etc. And, we know that it typically takes 21 days to build a habit. So, once women are meditating regularly in pregnancy, they are much more likely to be successful in continuing the practice, after they give birth. And, children who witness their parents meditating are more likely to pick it up themselves. So, it's a win for the entire family!
When and Where do you meet? How much does it cost? What does a mama need to bring/wear to be comfortable?
We meet at Moxie Midwifery, 8400 S. Kyrene Rd. Ste. 120 Tempe, AZ 85284, every Monday at 6:30pm. The group is free, and participants are encouraged to bring a water bottle, a favorite pillow, and a blanket. And, all of those things are also provided, if they forget!
Meditation is a powerful de-stressing and balancing tool that is helpful to and accessible by all people, all walks of life, all demographics, all socio economic categories, and all religions. I am excited to share it with pregnant mamas in the Valley!
For more information about Moxie Meditation you can click the links below:
HERE IS A VLOG FROM LAST YEAR THAT I SHARED AFTER A MEDITATION SESSION WITH JENNIFER - SHE IS AMAZING!!
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I continue to search for words that are not "Birth Bumper Stickers", and instead allow for a mother to reflect and find meaning for herself and her particular birth journey.
Today I was feeling like a little Georgia O'Keefe was called for - so many of her images are about openings, and that is exactly what I invite you to do as you experience pregnancy and birth journey: open ourselves to the experience and embrace the lessons that lie within it.
No matter how we birth, after the Birth-Day, we all become parents. There is no pass or fail as far as that goes. Set yourself up with the words that encourage you to be the best parent for your baby, from pregnancy, birth and beyond.
What are words that encouraged you?
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Dr. Bradley's natural birth principles are centered around supporting the laboring mother without interrupting her labor. He describes the six needs of a laboring mother in his book, Husband-Coached Childbirth (you can find a brief synopsis HERE).
I always enjoy reading other authors who promote the same philosophy from their unique experience and perspective. One of the books that was part of our re-certification a couple of years ago (that I now get to share with students through our lending library) is Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering, written by Sarah J. Buckley, MD.
Today's mantra was inspired by some of her writing on undisturbed birth from that book. If you can't find it in your book store or local library, you can enjoy most of the book via Google books.
Here is the excerpt that struck a chord with me today:
These words were especially poignant today since we had a class reunion with our Winter 2013-14 class last evening. We always learn something new from all the birth stories that are shared. Some moms reported pain, others called it intense, others did not mention it at all - what ever it was for them, it was their birth and they will remember the details for a long time.
Help the mama in your life embrace her birth peak performance while holding the space for her to have the amazing experience of an undisturbed birth.