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Posted in Birth Centers, Breastfeeding Support, Chiropractors, Coffee and Tea, Doulas & Childbirth Classes, Energy Medicine, Food and Nutrition, Fun Stuff for Kids, Health and Safety, Homebirth Midwives, Homeopaths/Herbalists, Local "Green" Events, Natural Baby Care, Natural Childbirth, Natural Pregnancy, Natural Products, Pediatricians on March 19, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Homebirth Midwives, Birth Centers, Doulas & Childbirth Classes, Natural Baby Care, Natural Pregnancy, tagged natural childbirth, HypnoBirthing, Hypnobabies, childbirth hypnosis, childbirth classes, childbirth education on July 26, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Words such as HYPNOSIS… CHILDBIRTH HYPNOSIS… HYPNOBIRTHING… HYPNOBABIES…
Often conjure images of old movies, silly sitcom plots, grown men dancing like ballerinas, little babies staring at swinging pocket watch, or poor birthing women clucking like chickens. Yet, as leery as people often are about the ‘H’-word, anyone who has ever wondered how the heck they are already at their exit while driving down I-4 has simply entered into a state of everyday hypnosis. Ditto for someone who is caught daydreaming or is completely engrossed in a movie, book, or video game. And who hasn’t drifted off during a really boring conversation? Again, everyday hypnosis. Hypnosis is simply a state of deep relaxation and focused concentration. It is a natural state anyone can access if they want to.
So, what is the one word besides “BREATHE” that can cause a laboring woman to issue threats of rendering her partner sterile if he says it to her one more time?– “RELAX!”. Yet how many of us know how to even begin to relax or what true relaxation actually feels like? Add to this the fact that we live in a country which bombards us with TV commercials for the newest wonder drug promising an instant, effortless fix for tired, overworked, stressed-out people. No need to change your lifestyle or learn relaxation &/or stress reduction techniques—just use the drugs. Hmmm… seems familiar. That is also the prevailing attitude around birth. Unfortunately, many people are shocked and, even worse, often scornful to hear a woman is choosing to give birth without an epidural or some sort of pain medication. So often pregnant women hear someone almost gleefully exclaim, “You just wait, you will be screaming for that epidural the minute you hit the hospital sidewalk!”? Few understand that mainstream birthing practices coupled with a woman’s own attitudes, fears, beliefs, and expectations play such a huge role in birthing. Feeling safe, supported, honored, and confident makes all the difference in being able to give birth ‘naturally’. Pair these factors with deep relaxation skills and slow deep breathing practices that come easily as habit, and a woman has the edge she needs to give birth without medication and often quite comfortably.
The gift of hypnosis is the profound relaxation and fear release techniques it provides. (The same medical hypnosis techniques used to create anesthesia in such cases as pain relief for burn victims, dentistry, and minor surgery aren’t too shabby either.) And truth be known, those Lamaze instructors are right, the way to a more comfortable birth is not to get pregnant in the first place. Oops, just kidding—relaxation and breathing techniques. While most childbirth education programs teach many wonderful relaxation ideas and tools, they lack the proper compounding and practice necessary to build a relaxation HABIT within the body. Nor do they provide access to the most powerful of all tools: your imagination- your subconscious mind. The subconscious is the part of your mind that influences how you think, how you feel, the choices you make, and the habits you hold. Hypnosis allows access to your most important ally. With access granted you can release limiting beliefs, fears, and negative programming, thus creating positive change and expectation. Hypnosis also enhances the mind-body connection. It can do such things as reduce stress, speed healing, increase a nursing woman’s milk supply, or even alter the perception of pain. Another benefit of hypnosis is that when someone is in this relaxed state, breathing automatically deepens and slows. This contrasts markedly with the fast paced, upper-chest breathing taught in traditional Lamaze classes. Over time shallow breathing results in emotional distress and physical exhaustion. A woman loses oxygen, energy, and perspective. Just attempting to remember the contrived patterns is enough to produce panic in most laboring women, and it has also been know to contribute to the broken fingers of well meaning birth coaches.
The beauty of childbirth hypnosis is the greater comfort and control it affords a woman during her birth process. Comfort, focus and control not typically realized by other birthing women. The benefits also extend to her baby. The practices of profound relaxation, deep slow breathing, and positive expectations during pregnancy and birth reduce the amount of stress hormones that can negatively impact the mother and her child. A HypnoBirthing mommy is better able to enjoy her pregnancy and dare I say, joyously anticipate giving birth. But perhaps the greatest benefit is the life enhancing skills she now forever more possesses. And who wouldn’t want to cluck like a chicken while giving birth? ; ) ; )
Y360 Health is hosting a “Raising Healthy Kids Workshop” on Saturday, June 25th at 11:30am. The workshop will be presented by Dr. Leif Martensson, a Chiropractor at Y360 Health. Dr. Martensson will present topics on family health and wellness including information on childhood vaccines, the effects of posture on children, and the top healthiest snacks kids will love.
Y360 Health is a chiropractic center focusing on overall health and wellness for your entire family. Headed by Dr. Dan Yachter, they believe in treating the root cause of sickness and disease and not just the symptoms.
Their workshop will be held in the Y360 Health Center located on Lake Emma Road in Lake Mary. Register to attend the workshop by calling them at (407) 333-2277 or visit their website at http://www.y360health.com.
Y360 Health Center
3621 Lake Emma Road
Lake Mary, FL 32746
The use of cloth diapers gives parents the opportunity to help the environment and provide a healthy alternative to disposables for their children. If you are considering cloth diapering or would just like to learn more about it, BabyBottomsBoutique is now offering free private consultations in Central Florida. BabyBottomsBoutique also holds free monthly parenting workshops. Workshop topics include cloth diapering, breastfeeding, baby wearing, natural childbirth, and making your own baby food. For more information, dates for parenting workshops, or to schedule a consultation, contact Kelly Martin.
Juicing is a Great Way to Salvage Your Fruit
If you are like me, you hardly ever buy a piece of fruit that is not organically grown. As much as you pay for the good stuff, you know that waste is not an option. It just costs too darn much to toss it!
Once fruit is past the point of eating it as is, there are many ways you can still use it. Today, I’m here to share with you a few ideas that have served me (and saved me) well on my own organic journey:
- Juice it. You know how expensive organic juice is. If you happen to find yourself with a bag of apples or oranges, or perhaps an assortment of various fruits that will blend well, juice is your easiest option. If you only have a few pieces, you can freeze the juice and blend it with additional juice that you make later. Either way, you win; you’ll bank a bit of juice that you won’t have to buy at the store.
- Cook it up in a flavorful fruit cobbler, pie, tart or other baked fruit dessert.
- Stir small pieces into plain or vanilla yogurt.
- Add it to a gelatin salad.
- Make jam, jelly or fruit compote for pancakes.
- Cook up some baby food for the little ones. Freeze it in ice cube trays to create small portions for tiny tummies.
- Freeze the fruit to bake with later. Here’s my husband’s favorite organic banana bread recipe. No one will ever know your secret.
- Finally, freeze fruits in small chunks to use in smoothies. I’ll share my favorite recipe below.
Have you got any other ideas? We’d love to hear from you if you can contribute more ideas. The more the merrier.
Carrie’s Breakfast Smoothie (serves 1-2)
1-2 tablespoons frozen, organic orange juice
1 medium frozen, organic banana, sliced or in small chunks, slightly thawed
1/4-1/3 cup frozen organic pineapple chunks, slightly thawed
½-1 cup lowfat, organic milk
1 Tablespoon Benefiber, for extra gusto!
Blend all ingredients together in a mixer or food processor, until evenly mixed and ready to drink through a straw. Enjoy!
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Do you use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)? Do you tell your doctor what you are using? If not, you could be at risk for dangerous interactions!
What exactly is complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)?
Complementary is defined as a treatment used in addition to conventional medicine.
Alternative is defined as a treatment used instead of conventional medicine.
What are some examples of CAM?
- herbs and vitamin supplements
- spiritual healing and prayer
- special diets
Multiple studies have shown that the most common types of CAM used in the United States involve taking a vitamin, dietary supplement, or an herb (Cheung, Wyman, Halcon, 2007, p. 1003).
Who uses CAM?!
Lots of people! Some studies have indicated that as many as 75% of people have used some form of CAM over the last year.
What’s the big deal? If this is all natural stuff, how could this hurt me?
Great question! Natural supplements and medicines definitely have their place in keeping us healthy and treating our ailments. BUT many patients don’t realize that their CAM use is significant to their conventional treatment they receive from their doctor, and unfortunately many doctors don’t think to ask what non-prescription items their patients are taking (Cheung, Wyman, & Halcon, 2007, p. 115).
Here are just a few examples of how taking natural products in conjunction with prescription treatment can hurt you:
- Some herbs can increase bleeding time, so taking a prescription anti-coagulant at the same time could case a life-threatening hemorrhage (Lindquist, Tracy, Savik, & Shigeaki, 2005, p. 63).
- Licorice is sometimes used to settle an upset stomach, but if you have high blood pressure, beware! Licorice can also raise your blood pressure (Jonas, 2001, p. 211).
- Many women use black cohosh to treat symptoms of menopause, but it also may “adversely affect hormone-sensitive cancers such as breast and ovarian cancers (Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, 2005).
- Anti-oxidants are fantastic, but they don’t mix with some cancer treatments! Radiation therapy is used to intentionally damage DNA in cancer cells, but if you use anti-oxidants at the same time, the necessary damage can’t happen (Vapiwala, Mick, Hampshire, Metz, & DeNittis, 2006, p. 472).
How can I find out if the medicines I take can be taken with my natural supplements, vitamins, herbs, and treatments?
Talk to your doctor! Every time you go to your doctor, you should update him/her on the substances that you are taking into your body (including what you rub onto your skin!). Unfortunately not all conventional doctors are aware of possible interactions, so you should also tell your pharmacist when you go to fill a prescription.
You can also do some homework yourself. Check out these great (and reputable!) sources of information about natural medicine alternatives and potential interactions with conventional drugs:
- PDRHealth: search this database for information about drug interactions with herbs and supplements.
- National Cancer Institute: search this database for information about the compatibility of CAM and cancer treatments.
- Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: search this database for comprehensive information about natural medicine alternatives and potential interactions with conventional drugs.
Stay safe! Talk to your doctor and pharmacist and do your homework!
Cheung, C., Wyman, J., & Halcon, L. (2007, November). Use of complementary and alternative therapies in community-dwelling older adults. Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, 13(9), 997-1006. Retrieved May 18, 2009, doi:10.1089/acm.2007.0527
Jonas, W. (2001, September). Advising patients on the use of complementary and alternative medicine. Applied Psychophysiology & Biofeedback, 26(3), 205-214. Retrieved June 1, 2009, from Academic Search Premier database.
Lindquist, R., Tracy, M., Savik, K., & Watanuki, S. (2005, April). Regional use of complementary and alternative therapies by critical care nurses. Critical Care Nurse, 25(2), 63-75. Retrieved May 18, 2009, from Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition database.
Vapiwala, N., Mick, R., Hampshire, M., Metz, J., & Denittis, A. (2006, November). Patient initation of complementary and alternative medical therapies (CAM) following cancer diagnosis. Cancer Journal, 12 (6), 467-474. Retrieved May 14, 2009, from Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition database.
The following was submitted by a guest author, Crystal Cipriani.
After I recovered, I talked to everyone that used cloth diapers and did a ton of research online. I ended up using the most expensive all-in-one diaper – Fuzzi Bunz. These come in great colors and were easy enough to use. They resist staining well and hold up over time. They also had a great resale value if in good condition. We used these exclusively and miracle of miracles, the rashes and infections went away. I’m not sure how they’ve changed over the years, it’s been a good five years since I bought mine and they may have changed. For the better or worse, I don’t know.
So, now we’re back in cloth diapers and I stay away from the ants.
The State of Florida is a great place for moms looking for a home birth midwife. Florida has established laws and regulations that govern midwifery, making it legal. During my years as a Licensed Midwife I am often asked questions like, what is the difference between midwives, what type of training do midwives have, and how do all these acronyms affect my choices in Florida? So let me elaborate on paths to midwifery to help you understand all those letters behind our names!
There are several types of Midwives through out the nation. There are Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM), Licensed Midwives (LM), Certified Professional Midwives (CPM) and Lay midwives. In the State of Florida only two types of Midwives are legal to practice, CNM’s and LM’s. This is where it all gets a bit interesting! In Florida, in order to be a LM, you must also become a CPM, even though you couldn’t be a CPM by itself in Florida. Let me explain further.
Certified Nurse Midwives have gone through a educational process that includes becoming an RN, and then continuing on through a Master’s degree program in Nursing, with a focus on Midwifery. This program can take up to 6 years or longer to complete. The focus of Nurse Midwifery is in primary care, and not just midwifery. They are not independent practitioners and need to have physician oversight. However, they do have additional privileges that other midwives do not, such as the ability to write prescriptions, and deliver babies in the hospital. They are legal in all 50 states. They may also be known as Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners or ANRP’s depending on their education path. There are very few, if any CNM’s that are currently attending homebirths in Florida. There are many that are Birth Center Midwives. The vast majority practice in the hospital setting.
Licensed Midwives are also required to complete an education process to become licensed by the State of Florida. Licensed Midwifery is not legal in all 50 states. Florida LM’s are legal, independent practitioners and do not require physician oversight. They are able to care for low risk pregnant moms only. LM’s do not have prescription privileges and while they are legally allowed to deliver babies in a hospital, no hospital uses LM’s, and most prefer homebirth to hospital practice.
The road to becoming a licensed midwife requires a 3 year educational process. This 3 year program is comprehensive and includes hard sciences like biology, embryology and soft sciences like psychology. It of course also covers extended course work in midwifery and newborn care. LM students are required to be skilled in determining risk status, normal pregnancy, labor & delivery, postpartum and newborn care. They are well versed in complication management as well. During their 3 years in school they will observe 25 births out of the hospital, and then deliver 50 babies under the supervision of a Licensed Midwife. Once a LM student has graduated, they are required to take the state test, this is where that CPM credential comes in to play.
The North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) is an international certification agency whose mission is to establish and administer certification for the credential “Certified Professional Midwife” (CPM). CPM certification validates entry-level knowledge, skills, and experience vital to responsible midwifery practice.
Many States, including Florida, use this as their licensure exam. So in addition to meeting the minimum Florida requirements for licensure, you must also meet the NARM national requirements. So each midwife in Florida is an LM, CPM. ( ahhh ..So that’s what all those initials are!) In order to maintain these, each midwife must also have a minimum number of continuing education credits each year. Some midwives also have extra training, such as being an EMT or other certification that add to the value of their services. All licensed and certified midwives are required to have certification in CPR and Neo Natal Resuscitation.
Lay midwives are those women who have no formal training, but have apprenticed with experienced midwives. These ladies gain their education through self study and observation, and then by doing. Often they become CPM’s, through NARM, although some do not and practice without a formal license in those states where that is legal. This type of midwifery is not legal in Florida.
When choosing a midwife it is important to understand the type of midwife and her training. You can feel confident that whether you choose a CNM or a Florida Licensed Midwife you are in very capable and trained hands to guide you through your journey in childbirth.
Robyn Mattox, LM, CPM, EMT
Got one for a birth fair later in September sponsored by Central Florida Birth Network. It looks like fun!
Maitland, FL 32751
Common Sense Media offers reviews of movies, television shows, video games, and websites that are geared towards children. The “Common Sense Tips for a Healthy Media Diet” provide concerned parents with guidelines for managing the media their children encounter each day. Parents who are interested in the latest research will find it here as well as opportunities to get involved with the national movement to raise “media-savvy” kids. A parent’s account can be personalized according to the age of their children, making it easier to access the wealth of information available on the site.
The National Institute on Media and the Family was founded in 1996 by Dr. David Walsh, best-selling author and international speaker. The organization’s website is an excellent resource for parents, providing current research regarding children and television as well as common sense advice. The Institute is working towards reduced screen time for young children with programs like “Switch” which helps educate parents on the media and its effect on preschoolers. The Media Wise website covers more than just TV; it also includes information for parents on music, video games, and the internet.
The TV Turnoff Network is a valuable resource for parents who are attempting to decrease their children’s time in front of the television. A thirty page guide to “tv-free” fun can be found on their website and downloaded for free. Mazes, word searches, and art activities are included in the handy guide as well as a list of related books to check out at the library. The website features directions for “TV-proofing” your home in order to reduce screen time and increase time spent playing games, reading, and being together as a family.
In closing, it is important to note that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends absolutely no television viewing for children under the age of 2 and that children should not have television sets in their bedrooms. The AAP policy statement on the topic of children and television recognizes that violent programming and commercials that glamorize drug use can indeed impact young minds. The increase in childhood obesity has been linked to excessive television viewing. Ads for fattening, sugary foods which are geared towards children, even toddlers, are also cause for concern. It is estimated that the average American child watches 3 hours of TV a day while the AAP recommends a maximum of 2 hours of quality programming. “The Smart Parent’s Guide to Kids’ TV” can be found on their website and includes current statistics about television viewing and as well as recommendations for parents.
Mainstream rating systems are not always enough. I can honestly say that I have disagreed with a movie’s rating on multiple occasions. Because I have been surprised in the past by content that we were not ready for our children to view, I now do my research before purchasing a video game or visiting the theater. Of all the websites designed for this purpose, my favorites are Common Sense Media and BeliefNet’s Movie Mom. I like that their reviews are not focused on entertainment value; instead, they provide detailed information about content in the movie that one may perceive as objectionable. This information makes it possible for parents to make informed decisions about their children’s media diet with just a few keystrokes!
Have you used any of these websites in the past to choose books, movies, or video games for your children? Are there other sites you’d recommend to Central FL Green Guide readers? Please share if you have a moment.