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Birth Fair

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I recently exhibited Mother NaturAle’s beautiful booth at the Spring holistic Birth and Parenting Fair hosted by the Central Florida Birth Network (CFBN). It was an amazing event packed with fascinating speakers including the one and only Barbara Harper, founder of Water Birth International and author of one of my favorite books “Gentle Birth Choices” (which is available to clients through Mother NaturAle’s Lending Library). The event was a fantastic opportunity for families to meet our wonderful birthing community and learn valuable information concerning natural birth and conscious parenting. At Mother NaturAle’s booth, we had the wonderful opportunity to  connect with many beautiful pregnant and new mamas. We also had an awesome giveaway of a complimentary half hour henna session and the lucky winner will be announced tomorrow on our facebook page! Make sure to “Like” Mother NaturAle on facebook if you haven’t already done so and stay tunned.  

If you couldn’t make it to the Birth Fair make sure you plan to attend our next one! Luckily you won’t have to wait a whole year because CFBN is already planning another Birth and Parenting Fair in the Fall! I will post the date, time, and location as soon as it’s finalized. Mother NaturAle will be there once again anticipating to meet more expecting and new parents.

CFBN is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that supports, educates, and empowers women and their families throughout the birth process, emphasizing birth as a normal and positive event. I have been involved with this organization for about 5 years and feel really proud of the positive impact we’ve made in our community. Currently I serve the board of directors as secretary and newsletter coordinator and I am really excited about all new projects and the upcoming events we are planning.

If you are pregnant or planning on getting pregnant, CFBN is a great resource to find all the local birth professionals. If you are a birth professional, consider becoming a member to meet and network with like minded professionals that support and advocate for natural birth and informed decisions. Click here to learn more about membership.

6/17/13 UPDATE: The CFBN has decided to not have a second Birth Fair this year. You’ll have to wait till next Spring.

Mother NaturAle booth

Photo credit: Moon-Glade Photography

Wise Woman Tradition

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Last October I had the joyful experience of participating in the SouthEast Woman’s herbal conference in beautiful Black Mountain, NC. This annual conference is a weekend for women to learn, connect, and deepen into the Wise Woman Tradition . . . earth-based healing, local plants, & deep nourishment. The Wise Woman tradition is based on nourishment and self-love, and rather than seeing disease as our enemy or the body as dirty and in need of cleansing, in the Wise Woman Tradition health is viewed as a spiral, ever-evolving, always returning to itself, but never at the same place. It shows health as a flexible state, never static. The symbol of the spiral represents the belief that life is spiraling, ever-changing while disease and injury are doorways to change. Where good health may be freedom from disease, but it is also openness to change, flexibility, and compassionate embodiment, even when dancing with cancer or healing from a serious accident. Uniqueness rather than normalcy. Not a cure, but an integration; not the elimination of the bad, but a nourishing of wholeness, health, holiness.

This year I’ll be going back and I’m bringing part of my tribe with me! I am beyond exited to spend a weekend away with my sisters at this beautiful magical mountain and I can’t wait to reconnect with the Wise Woman within!

Join in the fun http://www.sewisewomen.com/womens_herbal_conference/index.php

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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