Soothing relief, naturally!
If you have bottom or vaginal pain or bruising after birth (or even hemmorrhoids), a soothing sitz bath can help tremendously. Sitz baths submerge the entire bottom into a warm, herbal liquid that heals and soothes. This can be done right in the bathtub, with a bowl suspended in your toilet, on a portable commode or even via a cotton compress.
Some ingredients you may find helpful, are:
Choose your herbs in 1/4 cup increments, to equal about two cups total. Steep (like you're making tea) with hot water, strain, and add to your portable sitz container or your bathrub (add water to cover your bottom). Finally, add 1/2 cup of sea or Epsom salts to the mixture.
Many of these herbs are available at your local health food stores, online at specialty shops, and of course Frontier and Amazon.
A Natural Hospital Birth
A fast and furious birth as told in pictures.
Hannah Grace joined her parents and proud big brother at home in the Lehigh Valley.
Holiday Magic at The Gin Mill & Grille
This years MBN Moms Holiday Party was held at The Gin Mill & Grille in Northampton. The venue was perfect and the owner was very accommodating to our needs.
We had some amazing Business Sponsors this year, without them this event would not have been possible! Each family who registered for the party received a Holiday Gift Bag filled with goodies from the Sponsors AND received raffle tickets if they brought pajama donations for Concern for Kids of PA.
In no particular order, I'd like to thank thank the following people or businesses for their contributions:
We raised about $150 for Concern via raffle ticket sales and donated a TON of new and gently used pajamas to for their needs.
From my family to yours, Happy New Year and may 2017 be another fantastic year for all.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Last weekend, I had the honor of working alongside Purple Salon & Spa owner, Ashley Riehl, on a fundraiser for domestic violence - Cuts, Cocktails, and Cupcakes for a Cause!
Ashley, her mother Heidi Markow, and stylist Jennifer Muntean took appointments all afternoon doing haircuts, purple extensions, and waxing services. We set up a Kids Zone upstairs with Halloween-inspired crafts and also did manicures with natural nail polish. Vendors on site sold hot dogs, cupcakes, clothing, baby products, childrens books, and provided services such as chair massages and henna.
Proceeds benefitted the Beginning Over Foundation - a local charity started by Ashley's own mother in response to her sisters death in 2005 from domestic violence.
The fundraiser was a huge success and we never could have accomplished it all without the support from the following businesses and friends/family, in no particular order:
Purple Salon & Spa
Ana McCaw Weathers
Revitalize With Rebekah
Jessica Fenon Photography
Sugar Babe Cupcakes
Travelers Song Henna
Fairlee Godshall, in remembrance of Kimberlee
Jillian Bickel & Family
...... and everyone who came out to purchase products and services! THANK YOU!
Therapeutic Massage for Pregnancy
Structural Joint Balancing can help alleviate some of the discomforts associated with pregnancy. By keeping the body balanced and functional it is able to handle the ongoing changes easier and more efficiently. Voila is an assessment and balancing technique that works with the cranial and keystone bones of the body. While traditional massage may feel great it doesn’t get to the underlying issue.
Some reported benefits of SJB during and after pregnancy are:
Kinesiotaping for Pregnancy
Kinesiotaping is a safe and effective way to help distribute the weight of a pregnant belly and ease tension all over. If is easily applied to the skin and can be worn for multiple days. It is inexpensive, fits underclothes easily and can be found at your local pharmacy.
Reported benefits of kinesio taping while pregnant:
For more information please contact Kelly Kark, LMT, Voila Certified Practitioner, MFR at 484-554-7530 or visit Roots of Vitality at www.rootsofvitality.com.
We Don't Replace Them!
The support I offer to you does not replace that of your birth partner - I am present for the whole family.
I often hear from women who would have really liked a doula at the birth, but her significant other felt like they'd be feeling "left out".
It's quite the opposite, really!
I am mindful that often times, a birth partner has never witnessed a birth before, or doesn't know what to expect. They might even feel that a "stranger" at their birth would be difficult to get used to.
That's where my education and experience comes in to play. With a doula involved in your pregnancy, delivery and postpartum stages, your family will feel supported and empowered. Prior to your birth, we spend extra time "getting to know" each another via email, phone, text, and our prenatal visits (where we go over childbirth education, your birth preferences, etc).
Doulas do not replace the support and love from your spouse or partner - they are simply an additional member to your "well-rounded" birth team that will enhance your overall experience.
If you are interested in learning more about doula services that I offer, please send me an email at email@example.com.
An Amazing Organ