Last month, I swam a seven mile open water swim in the ocean. The training was a huge commitment, and there were many cold winter mornings and nights when I had to force myself to continue. I worked hard to get enough nutrients from well planned calories, because I was really hungry, but if I ate junk I would get leg cramps and feel considerably weaker. During endurance events it is also important to hydrate and fuel to continue at a competitive pace. Most endurance diet systems are commercial products with chemical vitamins, so I wanted to make my own. I began researching and creating natural nutrition and hydration for the four hours I would spend in the ocean. I was amused by how much I drew from my midwifery and herbal knowledge and I stumbled upon some great labor nutrition…love potion…AKA the best “Laborade” there is. After all, natural childbirth is the ultimate athletic event for a woman!
LABORade is Not an exact science – adjust for flavor
- 1 Juiced orange
- 1/2 Juiced grapefruit – Or – 1 Juiced lemon
- 1 Juiced lime
- 2 Tablespoons raw honey
- 1/8 Teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
- 1 Scoop cold water soluble collagen powder
- 1 Pinch cream of tarter
- 1 Cup infused ginger root and anise seed
I put the above ingredients in a 32 oz reusable one way valve Gatorade bottle, fill it with water, and shake it up! (plastic floats for the ocean)
Another bite I made for my race was protein gummies – a hot water soluble collagen powder that forms a protein rich gummy bear energy treat.
PROTEIN Gummies – Use directions on the packet of hot water soluble collagen powder, then add:
- 2 Tablespoons raw honey
- 5 Drops chloroxygen
- 1 Pinch celtic sea salt
- mold in ice cube tray
Other great foods and drinks for the laboring woman:
- Red raspberry tea with honey and lemon
- Miso soup
- Bone broth
- Raw juice
- Coconut water
- Ice cubes made with nettle and red raspberry tea with raspberry juice
Most of us would never run a marathon without training and preparation. Treat labor the same way. So much of success in childbirth is mental and physical endurance plus trusting your body and surrendering to the process of labor. Go into the your labor rested, well hydrated, and well nourished.
Enjoy the work. Enjoy the precious reward. Enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done.
Have a great birth!
Thanks to Mavie Hogue for all of your support!
In honor of Acrania and Anencephaly Awareness Month, we are happy to offer a 20% Discount on all Naro clothing and accessories during the month of May.
Anencephaly is a serious birth defect in which a baby is born with the absence of a major portion of the brain, skull, and scalp. It is a type of neural tube defect (NTD). These are birth defects that happen during the first month of pregnancy, usually before a woman knows she is pregnant. The CDC estimates that each year, about 1 in every 4,859 babies in the United States will be born with anencephaly. There is no known cure or standard treatment for anencephaly. Almost all babies born with anencephaly will die shortly after birth.
Naro Clothing is a company that our very own local mama, Abby Cullum, designed to honor her son Oran who had anencephaly and passed away 8 hours after he was born. You can read her story here. Each product of this adorable line is handmade in Northwest Arkansas using organic materials. With every purchase you make Naro will donate 100% of the profits to Anencephaly research and spread awareness!
Terra Tots is proud to announce our newest classes available for Tots age 2+ facilitated by Instructor Allison Curtis.
Keep your skills sharp this summer or gain new skills for the upcoming season. All lessons taught with the importance of body awareness, technique, and enjoyment over skill progression. “If it’s fun the skills will come!”
Tumbling Tots Tusdays 10am – 11am
- let your Tot learn to tumble while shop the Fayetteville Farmers Market
- enrollment begins May 1, 2015 – June 1, 2015
- $45 per month / $6 Drop-ins
- limit 10
Twirling Tots Wednesdays 10am – 11am
- Tots tutu’s, silk scarves, music & mirrors!
- drop-ins for $6
- limit 10
For more, call or email Allison Curtis / 479.871.3163 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Look, we all love our bodies. We all know pregnancy and birth is beautiful and our bodies do magical, unbelievable things. We all (sometimes) look at our hips and our stretch marks and love them because of what joy they’ve helped us create. But there are definitely other times when we would love to look down and see some semblance of what our abs used to be. If only we had the motivation for a bit of a work out. If only we had someone to watch the baby so that we could work out.If only there were some type of exercise that was…fun.
Terra Tots is proud to introduce “Tribal Tots” with Diana Ricketts – a new fitness class to be held in the Terra Tots Classroom where you can bring your baby, break a sweat, and yes, enjoy it.
This class introduces certain characteristics of tribal cultures while encouraging students to explore their personal creativity. It’s for those who’d like to try something different in a nurturing creative environment. There will be elements of tribal belly dancing to help mothers with core conditioning and recovery from childbirth.
Gentle children, toddlers, and babies who ride in slings are welcome. Wear comfortable yoga clothes and socks if prefer not to be barefoot.
Mondays @ 10am / Space is limited, so preregister today!
First Class / One Time Trial for $15 (no commitment)
Four Week Package for $40 (add additional children for $5 per child)
Can’t get rid of that belly pooch? It may be a Diastasis Recti.
A condition more common than you think – Diastasis Recti is a condition in which the ab muscles separate, leaving a thin band of connective tissue in front of the abdominal cavity with the ab muscles on the side.
Diastasis Recti usually occurs during pregnancy due to the pressure the uterus places on the rectus abdominals. Sometimes these muscles reconnect postpartum, but many women are left with only connective tissue holding the uterus, bowels, and other organs in place. In pregnancy, this can make a vaginal birth more difficult and cause low back pain, constipation, and urinary incontinence…many ladies with the condition notice a belly pooch…this is essentially internal organs held back by only connective tissue. Often the abdominals do not reconnect due to advanced maternal age, week core muscles, sedentary lifestyle, and furniture sitting. Babies close in age can also contribute.
How would you know you have one?
A practitioner can measure and asses the desperation using finger widths and evaluate the need for appropriate fitness.
Schedule your assessment with Jennifer Creel Today!
What can you do to heal your core?
TerraFitMoms Core Recovery Program is an exercise program designed for nonsurgical reparation of Diastasis Recti using corrective exercise and specific breath work to safely strengthen and reconnect the muscles, as well as weaknesses in the whole body.
See what our clients are saying about TerraFitMoms Core Recovery Program:
dōTERRA FREE ESSENTIAL OIL WORKSHOPS
If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. In addition to giving plants their distinctive smells, essential oils protect plants and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and being beautifully fragrant to people, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health care practices.
When you choose dōTERRA®, you are choosing essential oils gently and carefully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world for ideal extract composition and efficacy. Each dōTERRA essential oil is also carefully and thoroughly tested using the strict CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® quality protocol. Experienced essential oil users will immediately recognize the superior quality standard for naturally safe, purely effective therapeutic-grade dōTERRA essential oils.
Essential oils are used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used a single oil at a time or in complex blends in one of three methods:
Essential oils, when diffused, can be very stimulating, while others can be calming and soothing. Diffusing essential oils can also cleanse and purify the air.
Essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin and many can be safely applied topically when used in conjunction with a carrier oil, such as Fractionated Coconut Oil.
Certain essential oils have a rich culinary history and can be used as dietary supplements supporting a variety of healthy conditions.
After practicing midwifery for the past 17 years, I have learned quite a bit about natural parenting and the needs of growing families. I helped my last family give birth on December 31st 2014, and I am now starting a new chapter: from providing the best midwifery care to the best natural parenting products, support, education, and prenatal and postpartum fitness! I am beyond excited to have Terra Tots as my platform for a healthy and natural baby/family revolution!
As always, our Terra Tots retail component still provides the best vetted natural parenting products from cloth diapers and baby carriers to natural and herbal remedies for the whole family! Our retail component is important for our outreach, and we take our products seriously. We do our best to not only provide great products that we know and use, but to also provide education and support that you won’t find online.
Home Birth Midwifery can be polarizing in that it is just not mainstream enough for every parent to think, “Oh, I will ask the midwife about breastfeeding!” or, “Oh, I will ask the midwife about fitness in pregnancy,” or nutrition or a number of other subjects that families would like to gather more information on. It seemed that I was just out of reach for questions like these and now that I will no longer be sharing my time between midwifery and our store, I am excited to tell you that I will be taking ALL of my experience and expertise and making it available to more and more families through Terra Tots! I will be in the store full time and be readily available to help provide lactation support, natural childbirth classes, nutritional counseling, and fitness classes such as prenatal yoga, boot camps, and corrective exercise for your pelvic floor and abdominals! Call or stop by today and #askthemidwife
Juliana Huber is a longtime customer and friend of Terra Tots. She recently moved to Florida, but stays connected with The Terra Tots Natural Parenting Community through social media and our online store. Juliana took advantage of our first ever Cyber Monday promo code and inspired our newest Web Store Promotions!
Terra Tots is proud to announce 10$ Flat Rate Shipping, Free Store Pick-up AND 10% off all online orders with promo code TOTS10
We recognize that local, brick-and-mortar stores like ours only do as well as we do with your continued support. We know how many of our loyal customers travel distances and make the time to visit, or, like Juliana, live too far away but find ways to keep up with us online. So please enjoy these offers and know how much we appreciate your business and friendship! As always, Thank you for shopping local!
Whenever its bed time around our house, we bust out our getting-ready-song, “Jammie Time” which is sung to the tune of MC Hammer’s “Hammer Time”. The kids just Love this- or at least they love it when we finally stop singing it. This cool weather means we have unpacked or recently purchased warm and cozy PJ’s which have to be one of the greatest pleasures of human kind.
But what if our kids’ PJ’s listed ingredients, like some foods do? You might be surprised to see some things like this listed: TDCIP / chlorinated tris / Firemaster® 550
I’d like to think that the old rule about “if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it” could also apply to clothes: “If you can’t pronounce it, don’t dress yourself in it.” After all your skin is the Largest organ in the human body and absorbs whatever we put on it.
Sure! The government is doing its best to keep our babies safe and make sure that nasty chemicals don’t go into those super cute fleece footie PJ’s. In fact, according to the Environmental Working Group, they even pulled polybrominated diphenyl ethers off of the market after toxicity concerns were finally addressed. Its been replaced with the easier to pronounce Firemaster 550. Which is a “proprietary mixture of brominated and non-halogen flame retardants”. But again per the EWG : “this is not a victory, because these alternative chemicals are also linked to toxicity concerns such as cancer and endocrine disruption.” Boy, I feel better….
The first time I bought a pair of organic jammies, I noticed the giant yellow warning tag, declaring that “This Garment is Not Flame Resistant!” I felt relieved knowing that it meant my baby wouldn’t be sleeping in cute cozy clothes that had once been doused in chemicals. Of course, Any garment that is made with organic cotton would never have any chemical treatments in its fibers. Thats the beauty of buying Organic. And we think we’ve got some of the cutest baby and toddler organic jammies around!
Under the Nile, Striped Long Johns. PERFECT for bigger kids on cool weather.
Under the Nile, Newborn Kimono – The wrap part saves you from needing to pull anything over a newborns head, which makes dressing so much easier.
And of course, diapers count, too! Bum Genius makes a really popular Organic Cotton all in on diaper- the Elemental. Have you tried it yet? Very trim- one of our favorites.
Regardless of wether its for your brand new baby or for a friend, go the extra step to give the gift of Clean Clothes; fabrics that won’t harm our bodies or our planet. If you are expecting a baby, come in and let us help you make a registry that’s full of nothing but safe, healthy and awesome products!
Here is our Store Mananger/Dad on Staff, Alan giving some great hands on support to a new mom that had some questions about her newborn cloth diapers
I would say that at least once a week we sell cloth diapers to someone Twice. Sometimes it seems like every other day we sell cloth diapers to someone twice. Let me explain:
We have reduced our cloth diaper inventory to a select few brands that we have used on our actual live babies and toddlers. Every brand we sell goes through rigorous testing so that we can guarantee that we can make you successful at cloth diapering with the products that we sell. We chose brands and styles that we were able to make leak proof and were easy to use. Thats why they are on our shelf! And its why a lot of brands are NOT on our shelf. We have tested plenty of brands that we wanted to work- but alas, they just didn’t pass muster.
So, at least once a week we get a family in that bought a whole stash of diapers somewhere else. And they come back to us because they can’t make their diapers work. Inevitably, they end up buying diapers from us because we will Guarantee that they can make them work, and because they come with tons of support from our staff. I hate to see families waste money on what they thought was a cheaper diaper. In the end “cheap diapers” cost you so much more money because they just don’t hold up. If you are thinking of using cloth diapers, or if you are struggling with the ones that you currently have, Come See Us!! There is a reason that we sell what we sell and we stand by everything that you take home with you. So, help Me help You! Let us guide you through the cloth diapering world, because it can be very confusing. We’ve done all of the work for you!
This Saturday is another of our Free Cloth Diaper Workshops. Come check it out or send in your friends. Details in our “class” section on line.
We Love Babies. We also LOVE Pregnant moms. Mainly because that means …More Babies!! Butalso because pregnant moms are beautiful, miraculous walking reminders of the amazing and fantastic thing that we call “life”. And they’re beautiful. That’s why one of our favorite “jobs” (if you can call it that) is helping new families make a Baby Registry! Not only to we love to meet the new families but Hello…its shopping for other people! Registries are such a wonderful thing. Not only do you, as the parent get to choose just exactly what it is that you want and need, it takes all of the work out of it for the friends and family that shop for you.
At Terra Tots, we enjoy getting the chance to be the concierge as we help you with a new registry. Its always so fun to walk through the store, educate about product, give tips about Must Haves and How Manys and make sure that you have all of your bases covered.
Here are a just few of our most popular Baby Registry items lately, (and this is just a drop in the bucket):
Pediatrician Safe Baby Carriers by Boba and Sakura Bloom
These are just a few things that you want to make sure are on any registry, or if you are shopping, these are Always welcome gifts. So, keep that in mind as your family grows. If you are looking for support and help on deciding what is the best, safest and cutest for you and your new baby, Come see us! After all, we are The Baby Store. Babies Are US!!!
Hopefully you have seen the clip we posted about the new clothing line, Naro that is headed our way this week. We are so excited about this for so many reasons.
First of all 100% of the proceeds of this line of clothing will go to Duke University’s research on Anencephaly. Secondly, the line has been designed by a local mom and thirdly its being produced right here in Fayetteville by Olive Loom!
As a small, independent business we strive to set ourselves apart and make a difference. We study and research products so that you can make purchases for your family knowing that by shopping with us, you are also making a difference. Its not very often that we get the chance to represent a product like Naro that has so much meaning. Not just for the family that lost baby Oran, but for the research that it will fund, and for the local women that will be put to work making this line of clothes. Its not just a good fit for our store and community, its double plus good! And its so stylin’! Your littles are going to look and feel so good! So join is in Congratulating Abby and her family as they launch this line in memory of their beloved Oran. Be sure to come by this weekend since we know these will move fast!
Hopefully you have seen our Facebook posts that show how we are beating the pants off of on- line stores like Green Nursery and Amazon. We’ve put in to place several ways where families can save money on cloth diapers and earn loyalty rewards for anything else in our store. But maybe you haven’t heard about those loyalty rewards…
A friend recently forwarded me an email that she got from Terra Tots that showed a credit of $25 to her name. “What’s this?” she asked. I explained that it was money waiting for her the next time she came in to shop!
We have started entering every customer purchase into our “Customer Rewards” program. At the end of each month, we calculate all purchases and credit your account with 10% back for every $250 you spend with us. You get an email showing you how much credit is waiting for you. No Coupon or savings code needed! And you can use these rewards for anything- Ergo’s, Organic clothes, Toys and of course- Cloth Diapers! We’re also tracking all of the Terra Fit dollars that you spend too- So that Booty Booty Boot Camp that is whipping you into shape is earning you money towards more Terra Fit classes. Its just one of the ways that we want to show you that shopping local pays off. So share the news with your friends and family, spend your money locally and treat yo’self!
Does your uterus hang low, does it wobble to and fro? We can fix that. Read a great success story of core recovery from one of our students- Brannan Sirratt Has been attending TerraFit classes for about 3 weeks. She has had incredible results and was kind enough to share her story with us!
“Before I can explain my experience with TerraFit, you’ve gotta know a bit of my background. We can go back as far as childhood, if you’d like, when I’d spend hours reading the dictionary. Or middle school, where my best friend and I would while away the time insulting each other in our foreign languages of choice – Latin for her, Hebrew for me – just for kicks. Maybe just high school, where I paced my (home schooled) schoolwork to just leave the “good” subjects for my senior year: literature and astronomy.
I might be a big of a bookworm. My husband and I met on the debate team…OK, I’m a nerd. Give me books and fabric and yarn and Excel and I’m happy for life. Have you noted what all of those have in common? Sitting. Or laying, to be fair. I can mix it up.
Now, let’s throw in the mix 3 children each born two years apart, from the year after high school graduation until 2010. All while working from home, on my trusty laptop on the couch. I had good intentions to be fit. I would walk and…stuff. But my heart has never been in fitness, and there’s always the couch…
After my third was born, I was ready to invest in ME and really work on taking care of myself, body and mind. I made some changes. I started running (horribly. I’ll explain in a bit.) I really did try, but my core was completely wrecked. My ab muscles had separated to the point of tearing, and they weren’t going back. This left me looking pregnant and feeling miserable. When you already don’t love fitness, looking more and more pregnant is not the result that will keep you going.
Turns out, I was doing everything all wrong. I know this now, because I started going to TerraFit classes (really more like personal training sessions) at 18 weeks along in this, my fourth pregnancy. Jennifer brought me in, literally drew me pictures, and explained why the separation was happening and, therefore, why I was just making it worse. It’s not just about not-doing-enough, it’s about how your posture is, how and where you sit, back strength, butt strength, and a whole host of factors. She launched me right into a “deceptively challenging” course of core recovery. It includes various versions of sitting, standing, breathing, and laying down, that all make me shake and wait for that blessed “And 4…3…2…1…”
It’s so worth it, though, because after 3 weeks of classes, I’ve gone from literally feeling my abs pop throughout the day and being able to swish my completely un-anchored uterus around — to my abs aching IN THE MIDDLE OF MY BELLY and my uterus pulling in from the bottom up. Just like zipping my growing belly into that too-tight hoodie I don’t want to retire just yet. I can’t even stress how amazing it is to feel my abs in the center and not on either side.
I won’t lie. My first week, because it was really my first foray into fitness even a little and because I had so much core work to be done, I was miserable. I laid on my side at home, sore from head to toe, crying because I couldn’t even sit right. Score one for preggo hormones. But the thought of being able to recover from this pregnancy – and the cumulative damage of all four pregnancies in close succession – is phenomenal. It gives me hope, and for that, even this nerdy bookworm couch cuddler can do just one more wall sit.”
Amazing, right? Well you can get mind blowing results, too. CAll 479-587-TOTS Today!
We have BIG News here at the shop-
We have hired a Store Manager! Meet Alan Hill: He is a baby wearing, cloth diapering papa with loads of retail experience and a passion for local businesses. He is a native Arkansan born and raised in Fayetteville. He graduated Fayetteville High School and studied English at the University of Arkansas. Alan brings a combined 12 years of retail management and sales experience across multiple brands, and demonstrates a passion for service and stewardship. From 2005 – 2007, he organized volunteer events that benefited Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks, Habitat for Humanity, Arkansas Special Olympics and Jones Center for Families. In 2008, Alan and his wife Rachel moved to Columbia so Rachel could attend the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. Their master plan was always to return home to friends and family and build a life together. In June 2012 that plan became reality, and on St. Patrick’s Day 2013 their daughter Kennedy Lakin was born. Alan, now a proud papa, believes in how important sustainable, eco-friendly choices are to future generations. Alan also understands the importance of supporting local commerce and job growth, and most recently visited 4 stores to find a shovel that was made in the USA.
We are truly thrilled to have him on board and feel like adding him to our team will allow Terra Tots to really start growing up! Please help us in making him feel welcome and show him some love when you see him and his family.
Hooray for growth and change!
Well that was nice, but Spring is over and Summer is here. We have had a few 90 degree days to prove it. I wanted to share a few things that I have been loving for me and Baby B in this summer weather.
If you’re wondering if it’s okay to wear your baby in this weather, the answer is yes, yes you can. You can (and should) wear your baby in the summer. Think about it; People who live in much hotter climates than NWA have been wearing their baby’s for centuries. A few more points:
– Baby carriers are usually made of natural or synthetic Breathable fibers. This means air circulation is possible.
– Car seats and strollers are made of plastic. No Air Flow.
– Being close to another body helps regulate the babies body temperature.
– Being in a car seat or stroller doesn’t regulate anything.
So, taking these things into account, then I say YES! Wear your baby all summer long! Is it hot? Sure. But I am either hot wearing my baby, or I am hot with a crying baby. I still have Beatrix in the Moby these days and we are both enjoying it, but I have some products that help protect us from those harsh sun rays.
I usually just wear a nursing tank and the Moby is my “shirt”. It’s also a nice sunscreen for Baby B to be in a carrier.
Speaking of sunscreen, these bonnets are amazing! They work as a sunscreen and provide coverage for nursing.
We also love the Dr Robin’s sunscreen. Developed by a pediatric dermatologist ?! You cannot get much more expertise than that.
Another natural sunscreen is BabyLegs. When I don’t want to apply sunscreen (or Bug Spray) I pull some of these on Beatrix- I have some for Roxy, too. They fit perfectly on arms, also! I actually leave a couple of pairs of these by our back door so that when Roxy goes out every 3 minutes to play for about 60 seconds, we aren’t doing to whole spray-down-rub-down routine. She just pulls her “sockies” on over her arms and legs.
Now you’re set and ready to enjoy these wonder summer days. What are some of your favorite summer tips and/or products?
As you have most likely heard, I finally had that baby! Just under 6 weeks ago now. And if you have been on Facebook at all, you have seen how stinking cute she is!
Since having Baby Bea (As she is often called) I have been in the unique position to test out every single product that we push for new moms and babies. And let me tell you – this stuff works! So in light of my new found knowledge, let me list for you what I consider to be a few of the BEST.
1. Birthsong’s Healing Salve – This is perfect for the soreness of nursing a brand new babe. And It doubles as a wonderful salve for babies bottom should you need it. I also used it as a “massage oil” for Bea when I would do abdominal massages on her.
2. Earth Mama Bottom Balm – Its not just for hemorrhoids; Read the label and use generously
3.The “Starter Nursing Bra” – This is truly a favorite of mine. Maybe because nursing bras are such a PAIN and they are expensive, hard to find a good fit, not comfy, don’t last…..I could go on. This one is called the starter because it makes nursing so easy. Full exposure for an easier latch and the fastener is a super easy one-handed click. It is made to accommodate more than one cup size (its “grows” with you!) and the sizing is simple. A great investment. ( I recommend 2, since one will likely be in the laundry…)
4.Birthsong Herbal Cord Care– this, along with the regular post partum herb baths had Bea’s Umbilical cord off and her belly button looking great at day 4!
5. JuJu Be Diaper Bag– These bags have all of the bells and whistles. Regardless of the version, they are thoughtfully designed and easily become purse, wallet, diaper bag and lunch pail all in one.They even have a “crumb release” in the pocket, and a place for you to put pictures of your baby! And its Very comfy on the shoulders. If you are looking for a diaper bag, look no further.
6. Milkmakers Cookies- You know whats great about breastfeeding? Being able to eat like a teenage quarterback. Nursing moms need healthy, one handed snacks and these cookies fit the bill. Not only are they organic, but they contain some extra lactogenic ingredients. What a lovely excuse to snack on a chocolate chip cookie! And watch out: The Gluten Free version is coming out soon!
7. Bamboo Swaddling blankets: After months of listening to Jennifer Creel talk about how these “really are the best for swaddling” I got the chance to call her out on it. But darn it all if she isn’t right! (I hate it when that happens!) But truly, these bamboo fibers do have stretch to them that makes them So Easy to swaddle, and they stay wrapped up so nicely, unlike regular cotton blankets. They have officially won me over to the practice of swaddling.
I could really go on and on here but I will stop at lucky number 7. I have, and continue to, systematically go through all of our shelves and put to use all of these newborn and mama products that I haven’t had the chance to use yet but have preached about for months. It makes me feel so good to truly believe in the products that we sell. We ain’t blowin’ smoke ya’ll; This s*&# works.
Stop by the shop any time and I can tell you what I love about everything else I have been using!
Over and out,
Rebekah and Beats
With only 3 weeks left until the home-birth of this baby, we have been watching videos of births as a family to get our 2 daughters (ages 8 and 3) ready for the big event. This will be the 3rd home birth that my husband has been a part of, and the 1st for our girls.
My hubby and I have occasionally had some slightly heated conversations about how to talk to the girls about what to expect. I believe in being honest and telling them “mommy is going to experience the worst pain of her life and will be cursing and screaming like a banshee and possibly hitting daddy in the face…” OK- I do not say that to them. But I DO believe in preparing them for the fact that I will likely be VERY vocal, and they will see blood, and it will be “hard work.” Now my husband is a deeply philosophical and spiritual man. He has read more Ina May and Bradley books than I have. He has also studied a lot of anthropology and believes that we have lost a lot of our innate knowledge over the centuries by being disconnected from our bodies and experiences like natural birth. When discussing our upcoming birth with the girls, he tends to think that I am conditioning them for a ‘painful’ experience by telling them that it will be ‘hard work, and ‘might hurt some and mommy will yell’ etc. He feels like I should leave it open to the possiblity that it will be pain free and a pleasent experience so that perhaps they will not be mentally programmed to experience birth painfully should they choose to have babies themselves one day.
What a load of crap, right?! Well, maybe he has a point, but the bottom line is this Mama is a screamer so thats what I am preparing them for.
Now- back to the videos- last night we watched a video that has officially Shut Matt Up. We found a family that had a home birth, out of the water and the whole thing was shot from the front. We are talking Full Monty. Matt has never actually seen what the female form does to get that human out of it -at past births he has been conveniently positioned so that all he sees is a baby slide out and handed over to mom. This video captured the head as it crowned, paused, mama kept pushing, waiting for the rest of the body to be born…I wish I had his face on film. With wide eyes, pale complexion and jaw dropped, Matt quickly decided that if I needed to scream that was A-Okay. He spent the rest of the evening quietly meditating over what he had just seen and how completely impossible it should be for that to phyisically happen to a woman’s body.
“No wonder” he said “that ancient culture created so much art and sculpture of mother’s giving birth. They needed a way to process what they had just witnessed. Like therapy.” I have to admit I was pretty blown away too. It does look like an impossible feat that is only made possible by forces completely outside of ourselves…oh wait – thats exactly what birth is like! You do have to get out of yourself to make it possible.
“My hat is off to you” my sweet hubby said to me. “And you yell as much as you want to, babe.”
Oh I will. I will indeed.