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The Birth of an Angel

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On the day before her due date, Sara texted me somewhere around 6 am but my phone was acting up and I didn’t get her message. I woke up around 7 to find out she was in early labor. I got ready and arrived at Sara’s house around 10:30. It was a beautiful Sunday morning on a Spring day. Sara had been having contractions since earlier that morning and they were consistently getting more intense as the afternoon rolled in. We set up the birth tub in their bedroom, lined with positive birth affirmations and filled it up with the warm waters that would soon welcome Sara and Kent’s third child. We paced around their home as Sara welcomed the waves that brought her closer to meeting her baby.  Her transition was beautiful to witness. She trusted the process and listened to her body. From lounging on the stairs, to walking around the lake in the company of her sweet husband who didn’t leave her side and supported her throughout, Sara made it to the birthing pool to birth her baby soon after her water was broken and pushed instinctively accompanied by beautiful sounds. Brecken Liam Waugh was born at home in the water on April 29, 2012 onto the chest of his strong beautiful mama. I feel so blessed to have witness such a beautiful birth and to continue to see him grow and be part of his life. I’m so grateful!

Sara is planing a home birth

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Isn’t she a Goddess?? YES!

Sara is pregnant with her third baby and after two hospital births she’s decided home birth is the way to go. I had the honor of photographing Sara and her beautiful family in a nature reserve in South Orlando where Sara lives. It was so difficult to put the camera away and stop shooting because she is so beautifully pregnant. This was one of my favorite shots. I love how connected and trusting she looks. This was such a peaceful moment after doing all the family photos with Kent (Sara’s husband) and their two children who are ages 5 and 1. The forest was quiet and the wind was dancing with the trees. It was as powerful and beautiful as she is. I am sure Sara’s birth will be amazing and luckily I will be there to witness it. Can’t wait!!

WELCOME to our new site! Please be patient, work in progress.

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Thank you for visiting our new site and your patience as we work on building this space.

Mother NaturAle provides a wide variety of services to meet your growing and changing needs.
Our services include birth and postpartum support in the Central Florida area as well as a wide variety of special services to help nurture you during this beautiful time. We work to support you in whatever decisions you make regarding birth and motherhood. Please feel free to browse our site and contact us with any questions you may have.

Congratulations and we look forward to hearing from you!

 

Dr. Seuss on Breastfeeding!!

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August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week. Let’s celebrate this wonderful gift Dr. Seuss style!

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Dr. Seuss for Nursing Moms

Would you nurse her in the park?
Would you nurse him in the dark?
Would you nurse him with a Boppy?
And when your boobs are feeling floppy?

I would nurse him in the park,
I would nurse her in the dark.
I’d nurse with or without a Boppy.
Floppy boobs will never stop me.

Can you nurse with your seat belt on?
Can you nurse from dusk till dawn?
Though she may pinch me, bite me, pull,
I will nurse her `till she’s full!

Can you nurse and make some soup?
Can you nurse and feed the group?
It makes her healthy strong and smart,
Mommy’s milk is the best start!

Would you nurse him at the game?
Would you nurse her in the rain?
In front of those who dare complain?
I would nurse him at the game.
I would nurse her in the rain.

As for those who protest lactation,
I have the perfect explanation.
Mommy’s milk is tailor made
It’s the perfect food, you need no aid.

Some may scoff and some may wriggle,
Avert their eyes or even giggle.
To those who can be cruel and rude,
Remind them breast’s the perfect food!

I would never scoff or giggle,
Roll my eyes or even wiggle!
I would not be so crass or crude,
I KNOW that this milk’s the perfect food!

We make the amount we need
The perfect temp for every feed.
There’s no compare to milk from breast-
The perfect food, above the rest.

Those sweet nursing smiles are oh so sweet,
Mommy’s milk is such a treat.
Human milk just can’t be beat.

I will nurse, in any case,
On the street or in your face.
I will not let my baby cry,
I’ll meet her needs, I’ll always try.
It’s not about what’s good for you,
It’s best for babies, through and through.

I will nurse her in my home,
I will nurse her when I roam.
Leave me be lads and ma’am.
I will nurse her, Mom I am.

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Belly Casting

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A belly cast is a beautiful way to capture forever the special bond between mother and baby (or babies!) growing within. It is a nod to the art that went into creating the babies themselves; and a physical, three dimensional treasure that will bring back memories like no photo can.

It is constructed of high quality, medical grade, plaster casting strips that are wetted and contoured to the mother’s body.  The strips dry in the shape of the body, and the cast can then be easily removed and turned into a unique work of art.  A belly cast can be decorated in infinite ways, and many women choose to have it customized to match their homes or babies’ nursery decor so that it can be hung on a wall, displayed for years to come. Some women like lining the inside of their their belly cast with a soft and cushiony fabric such as goatskin to use it as a bassinet in the first few days postpartum.

More coming soon!

Placenta Encapsulation

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The placenta is a magical organ that develops from the same sperm and egg cells that form your baby. It contains your own natural hormones and is perfectly made for you, by you. Experts agree that the placenta retains hormones. Reintroducing them to your system after birth is believed to ease postpartum and menopausal hormonal fluctuations.

Your baby’s placenta, contained in capsule form, is believed to:

•    Contain your own natural hormones

•    Be perfectly made for you

•    Balance your system

•    Replenish depleted iron

•    Give you more energy

•    Lessen bleeding postnatally

•    Increase milk production

•    Help you have a happier postpartum period

•    Hasten return of uterus to pre-pregnancy state

•    Be helpful during menopause

There are many ways to prepare your placenta for ingestion. There are various recipes available for smoothies, and some women simply eat it raw. The only issue with these methods is that you have a very small window of time to reap the benefits. In order to get the full benefits, the best way to ingest the placenta is to encapsulate it. The placenta can be dried, ground, and encapsulated. The capsules can then be taken daily for a number of weeks. This method allows you to enjoy the healthful benefits of placenta quickly, with the utmost discretion and with very little effort, and the capsules will last indefinitely (for years). You only get one placenta, encapsulation allows you to get the most out of this rare and precious gift. When the placenta is dried, ground and encapsulated, and when properly stored, the capsules can be used for weeks.  When you have recovered from childbirth, you can even freeze the capsules and save them for menopause.

I treat the placenta as sacred, and focus on honoring the work it has done to nourish your baby, while preparing it to continue its work nourishing you.

Ideally, the placenta is encapsulated within 48 hours after the birth.  While you bond with your new baby, I will come to you and take care of your placenta in your own home.  I am basically “on call” for you and will make every effort to come to your home within the 48-hour time frame to begin the encapsulation.

Encapsulation is a two day process. During the first visit, I spend about 2 hours preparing the placenta for the drying phase, then leave the placenta drying overnight in the dehydrator. On the second visit, I complete the encapsulation process by grounding the dried placenta and encapsulating the powder. This part can take 2-4 hours. Once the process is complete you can begin taking the capsules right away for maximum postpartum benefits.

*Women who give birth at home have the luxury of being in complete control over the care and handling of their baby’s placenta. A woman who births in a hospital has to adhere to the guidelines and policies in place at their facility of choice. In some cases, there is no written policy, and mothers are then subjected to the whim of the staff on duty at the time they deliver. If you want to take your placenta home after its birth, you must have a plan before you walk through the doors in labor. Your chance of success will increase greatly.

If you are birthing at home or at a Birth Center, you will need to refrigerate your placenta in double ziplock bags by 3 hours postpartum. Placentas that have been properly frozen (double-bagged and protected from freezer-burn) can also be encapsulated up to 6 months after the birth.
Once your placenta has been bagged and refrigerated, you will need to contact me shortly so I can start the process as quick as possible and you can start your placenta medicine soon after giving birth.

The average placenta provides about 125 pills.  The number of pills available will vary depending on the size of your placenta (women have reported as little as 50 and as many as 200).

The fee for placenta encapsulation is  $200.00

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