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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Using Essential Oils to Reach Your Wellness Goals

Essential oils are more powerful than you think.

Swapping some household solvents, cosmetics and over the counter medications with some all natural essential oil blends can help you reach your goals of living a healthier and more balanced lifestyle.

Essential oils aren’t just hype, they’re proven holistic treatments that really work. Like any medicine, cosmetic or topical product, everyone’s skin is different and may respond to essential oil treatments differently.

Find the Right Oils for You

Identify ways you’d like to switch to a healthier lifestyle. Are you looking for safer cleaning products? Tired of harmful chemicals in your hair and skin care routine? Trying to cure aches, pains, scratches and scrapes the all natural way?

No matter how you’re looking to make a change, essential oils can be your guide into living healthier and cleaner. Identify your goals and essential oils distributors will provide you a breakdown of the individual health benefits of each individual oil or blend. Be careful to choose only pure oils and extracts and beware of cheap imitations that might contain harmful fillers. You can ask your Midwife for essential oil suggestions pertaining to health during pregnancy too!

Cosmetics

Essential oils are awesome alternatives for creams and cleansers that strip your hair and skin of the good, causing breakouts and uneven tone. Oils like lavender will clear up breakouts and basil oil will wake up tired skin. A dab of cinnamon essential oil will even give your lips a plumper and fuller look. Lavender and black cumin seed essential oils are great for clearing up dry scalp and dandruff. Making the switch to essential oils can help you break away from expensive, ineffective and processed cosmetics.

First Aid

There’s tons of medicinal uses for essential oils and they’ve been used for thousands of years as powerful defense against bacteria and infections. You can use  to clean wounds, dress burns and insect bites and even sunburns. Oils can help alleviate muscle pain, headaches, sinus congestion and cold sores.

Household

Essential Oils can make your cleaning routine a whole lot safer for you and your family. Diffuse some essential oils in the air for some aromatherapy or use them diluted in a mist bottle to freshen up your space. Lemon essential oil eliminates odors and can polish wood furniture. Some essential oils can also give your laundry a boost or give you a beautifully scented DIY laundry detergent free of harsh dyes and fragrances.

Essential oils can give you the boost you need to start living a cleaner, healthier lifestyle.

You don’t need to fill your skin and your home with chemicals to look better and feel better. Armed with a variety of essential oils, you can reach your health goals and resolutions this year of making smarter choices for the environment and your family.

To Hat or Not to Hat

It’s National Hat Day and although we appreciate the value of a a great hat, there’s a time and a place.

It has become customary to put a little knit cap on your baby’s brand new noggin to keep them nice and toasty just after birth. Although it sounds like a great plan to keep your baby warm, it can actually disrupt valuable bonding and hormone production, and may result in an overheated baby!

We all love that sweet baby smell.. Johnsons and Johnsons tried to bottle it.. there’s a reason why we love to smell babies, especially our own!

Skin to skin contact has some incredible benefits immediately after birth and as your baby is getting introduced to their new environment. This contact benefits the mother as much as baby, and begins the bonding process that will be important during their breastfeeding journey. Skin to skin improves a baby’s respiration, regulates their body temperature and reduces stress and anxiety. The first hour after birth is important for the infant as it’s their first opportunity to become acquainted with their parents, allowing them to become more emotionally stable and confident as they age.

When your are skin to skin with your baby and able to smell your baby, your body releases Oxytocin, the hormone that rules labor and is known as the LOVE hormone. Smelling your babys head releases oxytocin, which helps your uterus contract, helps expel your placenta and minimize bleeding. Oxytocin also helps you fall in love with your baby.

So why do they put a hat on your baby?

The head and face are important for a newborn’s natural instincts to acquaint with the mother’s scent, warmth and heartbeat. Newborns will nuzzle into their mother’s chest and and begin searching for their mother’s breast. Oxytocin is a powerful hormone released in the mother when her baby’s scent is nearby, that triggers the final stages of labor and increases milk production. This is one of the many beautifully simple ways that nature has perfected the childbirth process, and that cute tiny hat is getting in the way!

When mom is available, she can regulate her baby’s temperature with her OWN BODY and no hat is needed. Yes.. that’s right.. when baby is skin to skin with mom, mothers temp will increase or decrease to heat or cool her baby! Pretty incredible!

So when should you choose a hat?

If your baby is born premature, underweight or has certain medical complication, a hat may be a good idea. In some of these situations, the mother or baby is not well enough to utilize skin to skin contactWhen skin to skin contact isn’t possible, hats, swaddling and warmers might be the only way to regulate your newborn’s temperature. If baby is able to be held, but mom isn’t available, Dad or another family member or friend can hold baby skin to skin.

This period after birth is unique and shouldn’t be interrupted by anything, including a tiny hat.

Some birth professionals say that babies remember birth. This period of bonding is unique in that it is the first impression your baby has of this great big new world. These impressions are theoretically associated with the way adults perceive the world, so we should make it count!

Besides, there’s plenty of opportunities for cute hats once your baby is a little older.

Staying Healthy During the Holidays

When you get stressed, you get sick.

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays upon us, stress levels are up and everyone’s getting sick.

Its no mistake that the common cold and flu are at an all time high this time of year. Immune systems are low and with all the traveling and picking up germs you’re bound to get the sniffles just in time for the holidays.

Taking extra care of yourself during the holiday season will keep sickness at bay and you feeling merry and bright for all your holiday parties and traditions.

Immune System Boosting Superfoods

There’s plenty of delicious food to indulge in during the holidays, most of which unfortunately doesn’t provide you with the nutrients you need to naturally boost your immune system. Incorporate antioxidant rich foods like citrus and green leafy veggies to give your system the fighting chance it needs. A daily dose of probiotics in foods like yogurt will keep your digestive system on track and breaking down indulgent foods like those extra cookies you snuck at the company party. You are what you eat, so make a conscious effort to balance your party eats with a healthy variety of nutrient rich food.

Dodging Germs While Out and About

There’s so much to do and so many errands to run, forcing you to head out into the germy wasteland that is the mall and supermarket. Instead of putting yourself on the front lines, try shopping online in the comfort of your thoroughly sanitized home. Your treasures arrive conveniently at your door and you can avoid the crowds, lines and frustration of the holiday shopping scene. If you do have to go out, stay prepared. Wash your hands and get fresh air frequently and avoid touching your face! Germs enter your body through your eyes, nose and mouth so keep those yucky hands off your beautiful clean face.

Practice a Healthy Amount of Self Care

Take care of yourself? Who has the time!

Well actually, a sprinkle of self care into your daily routine takes no time at all and will help you banish stress and feeling great all season. Take the time to relax and unwind at the end of the day, and stretch out your breakfast to enjoy your morning cup of coffee. The holidays are stressful because of the constant need to get everything right and it really wears you down. Take a step back and do things that you enjoy, even if it means putting down the wrapping paper and the tinsel for a while.

Who wants to start 2017 sick in bed?

Taking some extra precautions and focusing on your health this season will keep you from catching the flu or a nasty cold; the gift that keeps giving. Eat right, get some fresh air and be a little more conscious and you’ll feel extra festive for all of those upcoming holiday parties and obligations.

Tissues aren’t a cute accessory for your holiday outfit, so leave the red nose to Rudolph.

New Year’s Resolutions for New Moms

As 2016 draws to a close, we’re taking the opportunity to celebrate all the beautiful babies, strong mothers and loving families that made our year a little brighter.

Every year we make a long list of resolutions to start off on the right foot and make changes to be the best we can be. If you spent your holidays welcoming a new baby or expecting one any day now, your resolutions might look a little different than they did last year.

Before you fill up a long list of things you’d like to change, consider how far you’ve come and ways to make you feel accomplished every day on this long road ahead. 

Emotional Health

Having a new baby can be stressful. Emotionally draining as well as physically, it’s important to take the opportunity to de-stress every chance you get. Take the opportunity to relax and recover each day, starting with some positive affirmations for the day ahead and winding down for bed while you’re thinking about all the tiny accomplishments you’ve made. Don’t get caught up in the little things and always reassure yourself that you’re doing the best you can when you start to feel overwhelmed.

Physical Health

Once your baby arrives, your body has plenty of recovering to do. Nourish yourself from the inside out, choosing foods and meal plans that offer sustainable energy and the nutrients you need. If you’re breastfeeding, certain foods will encourage lactation and even boost your immune system. You might feel anxious to loose that baby weight, but don’t rush yourself. Take it slow when it’s time to start an exercise routine to avoid injuries and even walking around the park is a great place to start. Make some resolutions that help you incorporate healthier lifestyle choices each day and you’ll have all the energy you need to care for your new baby.

Self Care

Self care is one of the most important areas to focus on when you’re newly postpartum. As a mom you’ll always put your kids first, but it’s important to practice a little self love too. Every day you should incorporate some relaxation strategies and confidence boosters to help keep you feeling your best. It can be as easy as treating yourself to a cup of coffee in the morning and curling up to your favorite book or TV show before bed. Take some time putting yourself together, even if it’s a little extra makeup just to run errands. When you’re in touch with self care strategies, you’ll feel beautiful, confident, empowered and ready to take on anything.

No matter what you choose to incorporate into your resolutions for the New Year, remember to focus on what’s most important to you.

You’ve come so far and accomplished so much to be proud of!

We wish you and your family a happy and healthy New Year and look forward to the beautiful babies that 2017 will bring.

Natural Birth is Possible

Natural Birth IS Possible!

Our bodies transform in amazing ways to grow, give birth to, and breastfeed our babies. Many women experience anxiety about birth and are frightened about the pain of labor. This fear may keep expectant mothers from thinking they are capable of delivering their baby without pain medication. However, a natural, drug-free birth can be a safer option for both mother and baby. And it’s something women have been doing since the beginning of time!

“We are the only species that can doubt it’s capacity to give birth.” Ina May Gaskin

Your jouney to a natural and non-medicated birth begins with choosing a supportive care provider and comfortable birth environment. Add in prenatal education with a focus on natural birth along with encouraging labor support and you’ve created a strong, supportive foundation that will give you comfort and confidence as you birth your baby.

Women are strong.

Our Childbirth Education classes are included as part of our Midwifery Care at Birthways because we, as Midwives, see the direct benefit of mothers being informed about birth and their options for care. Our classes will strengthen your knowledge about birth and share valuable comfort measures to support you through birth and into Motherhood.

The truth is, you absolutely can do this!

Our team is here to provide families with the information and resources they need to have a natural birth experience. With our Midwives at Birthways or in your home, you can follow the rhythm of your own labor. You can eat & drink as you desire, move around freely, and give birth in whatever position works for you and your baby. Having the freedom to move as you see fit makes coping with labor easier. Many women find the use of water, both the shower and the tub, comforting during labor, so much so that many of our mothers choose to have a waterbirth.

The way you give birth is up to you.. our team is here to support you every step of the way!

The Midwives at Birthways Family Birth Center believe in your ability to give birth. We believe that women are strong. We believe that women want the best for their babies. We believe all women should have the opportunity to choose how and where they want to give birth. We believe there is a time and a place for every intervention and the wisdom is in knowing when to use them. We believe that women and babies deserve to be treated with compassion and respect. We believe in YOU!

Your body is incredible and you are stronger than you think you are!

If you’re interested in pursuing a natural birth, Birthways Family Birth Center can help you take the first step.

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