Placenta Encapsulation

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Last year I took a certification course from Full Circle Encapsulation and learned how to encapsulate placentas. I had no intention of doing it for a living, but I am so glad I got the information.  I feel that information about placentas is really a lost art and I am thrilled to be a part… [read more]

The Intersection of Childbirth, Motherhood, Self Discovery, and Healing

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As much as we all want motherhood to be sunshine and roses all the time, the reality is that in between the beautiful and perfect moments, the majority of the time it is the most difficult thing in the world.  Not just simply because of manual labor and exhaustion involved, but because of the emotional… [read more]

From Maiden to Mother eCourse is HERE!!

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I know that I was put on this planet to help mamas and babies. No matter what I have done that last past 15 years, it has been some sort of manifestation of helping mamas and babies. And now, I am pleased to announce that the From Maiden to Mother eCourse is here! **UPDATE** Course… [read more]

Slow Cooker Meals Aid in Post Partum Recovery

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According to the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, women who have just given birth are supposed to stay in bed, be waited on hand and foot, and given lots of massages. Pretty awesome, right? They are also supposed to eat lots of hot soups and stews because they are nutrient dense and easy to digest. Having… [read more]

Causes of a Displaced Uterus

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This is the year of the uterus here at M+BL!  I took a life-changing training back in January about how to put a uterus back into it’s proper place.  I also learned about all the health issues that can manifest in women who have a displaced uterus and some amazing self-healing tools like Vaginal Steam… [read more]

Maiden to Mother Ebook ReLaunch!

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This eBook has been a labor of love and I am pumped to share the revised and updated version with you today!  A new cover and a totally redesigned layout, making it easier to read and way prettier to look at it! If you are trying to conceive, pregnant or a new mom – then… [read more]

Postpartum is 3 Years, Not 6 Weeks

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That’s a picture of Miss Penelope.  She is almost three-and-a-half. I don’t know where time goes!  Seems like just yesterday I was giving birth to her. It’s weird no longer being a postpartum mom and making the transition to having a kid and not a baby. Did you know that postpartum is technically three years long?… [read more]

My Swollen Vagina and Other Things Nobody Told Me About Pregnancy

My Swollen Vagina + Other Things Nobody Told Me About Pregnancy

When I was going through my first trimester blues, I was noticing all these changes happening to my body, particularly, to my vagina. I keep thinking, “Great, not only I’m do I have one random stretch mark on my growing ass, but now I have a labia that has swollen past my panties.” Not a… [read more]

Take Them A Meal

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TakeThemAMeal.com is one of those genius inventions that you wish you had known about sooner because it is a such a huge time-saver. If you haven’t heard yet, TakeThemAMeal.com is a way you can systemically organize meal drop offs for a person in need. Whether it is because of a birth or death in the family or any… [read more]

The Most Important Post Partum Skill-Nursing Lying Down

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One of the most important post partum skills to learn is how to nurse laying down.  I remember when Penelope was about 6 months old, a friend had just had a baby and I went over to drop off a meal.  While I was there I was able to help her with breastfeeding and taught… [read more]

Homeopathy for Post Partum Healing

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Welcome again to Piper Martin from the Homeopathic Pregnancy, who is bringing us amazing information on homeopathic remedies for post partum. For her other post on homeopathic remedies for morning sickness, click here. Postpartum is an excellent time to use homeopathy as you feel your way into motherhood.  The remedies will support the physical healing,… [read more]

Eco-Friendly Baby Registry and Baby Gift Websites

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Starting a baby registry has been one of the most thrilling tasks I’ve had so far in my first pregnancy. But muddling through a gazillion baby websites to find eco-friendly products can be daunting, so I’ve narrowed down a few places where you can register for the cu and greenest cribs, bibs and everything in… [read more]

The 5 Essential Newborn Items

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It seems like everyone I know is pregnant, so baby gear has been on my mind. If you’ve ever tried to put together a baby registry, you understand the overwhelming array of baby products being peddled as “necessary.” (Wipe warmers? really?!)  The truth is, the list of things your newborn really needs is a short… [read more]

The Story of Inanna: Part 3

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You can read part 1 here and part 2 here. After three days and three nights, Ninshurbur does as she was instructed and goes to Inanna’s father to plead for help.  She beats the drum and contacts Inanna’s paternal grandfather, Enlil, and then Inanna’s father, but both are angry at Inanna for her actions and… [read more]

The Story of Inanna: Part 2

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Please read Part 1 here first. Inanna begins to make her way to the Underworld, a place of magic and mystery, a vital and important force in our life and journey.   The Underworld is the womb where all things grow, not the Hell of Christianity.   As she arrives to the outer gates of… [read more]

The Story of Inanna: Part 1

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When I first heard the story of Inanna at my Advanced Birthing From Within workshop from the amazing Pam England herself,  it pretty much rocked my world.  I still can’t really articulate well how it has changed my life.  It is one of those things that you can know on a deep, internal level of… [read more]