I feel a little strange making this post public because I am actually a very private person and this is a very intimate topic! However, over the months that I was pregnant with Baby Light Footsteps, I became very passionate about birth and women’s birth experiences. I want to share this story to add to the voices of women who are telling positive stories about birth. Birth does not have to be driven by fear, it does not need to be scary, and it can be done without the use of drugs.
These sentiments are much different than what we are commonly exposed to in the media and what we often hear when we are told others’ birth stories. Every birth is a blessing and I would never want to take away from someone else who experienced birth differently than me, but I am honored to share the story of my daughter’s peaceful and empowering homebirth.
Please also note that my decision to homebirth was researched extremely carefully (obsessively, really) and that my decision to (and preparation for) birth at home is not explained here. Please email me if you’d like to discuss the decision further, or maybe there will be a future post about why I decided this was the safest choice for me and my baby!
One of the many affirmations scattered around the house in the month before the birth!
Posted in Celebrations, Natural Pregnancy, Birth, Parenting
Tagged birth story, birth tub, birth without fear, Birthing ball, Childbirth, doula, empowering birth, Health, Home birth, homebirth, midwife, Midwifery, positive birth story, Pregnancy
We’ve had some strange days of weather recently. This photo isn’t the best, but in it you can see a rainbow, really dark clouds to the North over the lake, and you can tell that it is 100% sunny behind me by the way the trees are shining with light. Add to that some lightning and snow all in the same day and you can see what I mean – strange! But kind of beautiful, really… Continue reading
I am so thankful to have this time of nesting. It has been a period of profound spiritual development, deep insights, and lots of preparation. Continue reading
Posted in Celebrations, Natural Pregnancy, Birth, Parenting, Simplicity
Tagged connecting with nature, earth-based spirituality, home, homemade, Homemaking, light footsteps, mom-to-be, motherhood, nature, nesting, nests, New American Dream, outdoors, photography, Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture, Shannon Hayes, simple living, wheel of the year
At some point during my pregnancy, I learned the term “Blessingway”. I believe it was because I saw an ad for this book (Mother Rising) in an issue of The Mother Magazine (a nice resource for alternative-type mamas, by the way).
Essentially, the idea of a Blessingway is similar to a baby shower, but emphasizes preparation and support of the mother rather than just the baby. Instead of an event that centers around the giving of material gifts (which admittedly, are very helpful before a baby!), the importance of a woman’s journey to motherhood is also acknowledged. Continue reading
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Tagged Baby shower, Bead, birth, Blessing Way, Blessingway, ceremony, Childbirth, earth-based spirituality, light footsteps, mom-to-be, mother, motherhood, Pregnancy
Our bodies require extra love and care while pregnant, especially nutritionally. Many of the herbs that I made part of my routine prior to becoming pregnant are also great at nourishing pregnant bodies.
Strong, medicinally-potent herbs should be avoided during this sensitive time, but nourishing, food-like herbs can provide essential vitamins and nutrients. Examples of these nourishing herbs include nettle, oatstraw, alfalfa, and red raspberry. They have been used safely by midwives and wise women for countless years to support pregnant mamas. Of course, if you’re a real stickler for FDA approval, you’ll want to find your cup of tea elsewhere (harhar) and in general, it’s always best to talk to your doctor or midwife before ingesting anything. However, I think you’ll find that these herbs are gentle and safe. My midwife certainly thinks so! Continue reading
Posted in Herbal Basics, Natural Pregnancy, Birth, Parenting
Tagged Alfalfa, Health, healthy pregnancy, Herb, Infusion, Nettle, nourishment, Nutrition, oatstraw, pepperming, Pregnancy, prevention, Red Raspberry Leaf, stinging nettle, Tea, Vitamin K, wise woman
For me, the effort to live more simply will also come through in the way I try to raise baby Light Footsteps. So for example, that will mean cloth diapers, an attempt to avoid excessive scheduling, breastfeeding, baby-led weaning, and baby wearing (amongst other things, of course!).
In addition to being the method of transporting babies for many millennium before strollers, baby wearing advocates cite numerous potential benefits including:
- reduced infant crying
- better ability for parents to learn and respond to baby’s cues
- ease of breastfeeding
- increase in parental confidence
- increased ability to do chores, walk, etc. while keeping baby near Continue reading
Posted in Natural Pregnancy, Birth, Parenting, Simplicity
Tagged attachment parenting, Baby, baby wearing, Babywearing, Breastfeeding, DIY, family, moby, project, simple living, wrap
It’s Mabon, the fall equinox, and I can certainly tell that the days are starting to wind down into longer nights.
Today, the day and night are equal and everything is in balance. It’s a wonderful time to reflect on the concept of balance in your own life. What can you do to find peace between the light and dark parts of yourself? Continue reading
Posted in Celebrations, Kitchen Fun, Steps Back to Nature
Tagged Acorn squash, Butternut squash, connecting with nature, earth-based spirituality, Environment, Equinox, fall, fall equinox, Food, Fruit and Vegetable, Garlic, homemade, Mabon, Maple syrup, nature, recipe, vegetarian, wheel of the year, Winter squash
It’s a fun challenge to continuously find new ways of preparing the abundance of produce that appears this time of year.
After trying zucchini fritters recently, I’ve realized that they’re nothing new to kitchen pros, but they were new to me and now we’ve already made them several times. They’re delicious and a great way to use up some of that extra zucchini.
Here’s how you can get started with your own Zucchini Fritters! Continue reading
How does one capture a season?
Is it in the amount produced in the garden or kitchen?
It’s really getting to be tomato time!
Posted in Kitchen Fun
Tagged connecting with nature, Cooking, dinner, Earth, farmer's market, Food, local food, recipe, Salad, Tomato, tomato basil and mozzarella salad, Tomatoes, vegetarian