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A healthy life starts with building a healthy foundation. While most modern medicine focuses on treating symptoms, I work with you to discover and treat the root so you can thrive from the inside out. Let's partner to create a personal, step-by-step plan to guide you and your family on the path to vibrant health!
-Kara Rowley, Licensed midwife & Functional Health Consultant
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There is not a perfect time to start giving babies solid foods but don’t rush it. Wait for them to be interested. Then start slowly with well-chosen foods.
Why are you so adamantly against formula, you ask? Well, to quote Dr. Joel Robbins, “Formulas are dead, inorganic, and mucus-producing. As a result, they will precipitate sinus problems, ear infections, allergies, and lung disorders.” Let me share with you some better options if breastmilk is not avialable.
Breastfeeding is a beautiful gift to both the mom and the newborn, but for many women it is far from easy. Before the birth is the time to prepare for breastfeeding and prevent any issues that might ensue.
Health is one of the greatest gifts we have in life. It is not something to be taken for granted. I learned this the hard way. In my 20’s I was invincible. I traveled the world. I was on call as a midwife all hours. I lived overseas for a seasons. I loved it and am glad I did it, but I paid for it with my health. I would go and forget to eat until my blood sugars over time became erratic. I worked nights and taxed my body so my adrenals rebelled. I picked up a parasite and my health failed and for three years I fought to regain my health.
One of the worst parts of postpartum can be healing from tears (or episiotomies). If you have been there, you know what I’m talking about. If not, I hope you never have to experience that pain. This is when you want to enjoy your new baby but you cannot move or sit because your bottom is in excruciating pain.
You have just grown a human and birthed it and now you are producing milk to feed it and recovering from the birth. You may have had a long labor, a tear or hemorrhage that your body needs support in recovering from. You want to provide your body with what it needs to prevent an infection, to balance your hormones, and to have energy. Here are my recommendations from years of seeing women recover well in the postpartum.
What is a baby bubble? Why do I need one? And where can I buy one? :) Actually, you can’t buy one---- you have to make it or carve it out for yourself. A Baby Bubble is choosing rest and heal and bond with your new baby away from the demands of life. It is the term I use to describe the first weeks or more of life with your new baby
These are the instructions I give to my home birth families right after the birth. They are the basics of what is normal for the baby in the first few hours/days after having a baby.
These are the instructions I give to my home birth families right after the birth. They are the basics of what is normal in the first few hours/days after having a baby.
Your exhausted from the intensity of birth, the intensity of hormones, the intensity of meeting your new baby, the intensity! You’re exhausted and the last thing you want to think about is making food, but one of the most important things you can do to thrive in this beautiful season called postpartum is to eat nutritious food. How do you navigate the exhaustion and the need to nourish yourself?
Having what I call an “intentional flow of eating” will enable you to eat well in the postpartum. You know you need to eat. For ideas on what to eat see my blog 8 Guidelines for Eating Nutritiously in the Postpartum. But how do you make sure you actually eat in the business and exhaustion of the postpartum. Here is an outline of a flow to make sure you are eating real food and enough.
You may or may not be surprised by this but eating nutritiously postpartum is very similar to how you should eat any other time, though you may need to focus on eating more often and hydrating more. Here are some easy guidelines for you to follow and some resources to help you meal plan.
Many times we focus all our energy on pregnancy and birth and forget that this is all in preparation for the postpartum season. There are many ways we can prepare for the best postpartum season, even in the last month of pregnancy. Here I talk about 4 physical ways to prepare for the postpartum.
Phthalates (pronounced THAL-lates) are a group of chemicals found in personal care products: soaps, shampoos, nail polish, fragrances, hairsprays, and makeup as well as detergents, cleaning products, shower curtains and children’s toys. The scary part is women with higher levels of phthalates are less likely to get pregnant and more likely to miscarry.
We don’t realize how many chemicals we are exposed to every day just in our homes. It can be overwhelming to try and change everything in our homes that can cause us some harm. So today, we are going to talk about 10 simple and cheap (or free) changes that you can make in your home.
Sometimes colic happens no matter what you do. You can do your best to prevent it and comfort your baby if it arises. Remember the saying this too shall pass. Most babies outgrow colic by 4 months time. You won’t always be able to take away your baby’s suffering, but you can be there giving love and lending a soothing hand. Below are some suggestions that may help with a colicky baby.
Helicobacter Pylori (H. Pylori) is a bacteria found in the stomach infecting about 50% of the population. Its consequences are far reaching, including hyperemesis Gravadirum in pregnancy. It is easiest to treated when women are not pregnant or breastfeeding, but if they do have it during pregnancy it may have significant consequences for their newborn babies, including colic.
Hyperemesis Gravidarum is more severe than average pregnancy nausea: it is basically hell in gestation but there are answers to surviving it and preventing it from happening again.
Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) is hell during gestation-----that’s my definition from watching pregnant women go through months on end of nausea and vomiting at least three times a day. There may be a simple explanation for the majority of women: H-Pylori!
Morning sickness, which rarely happens only in the morning, is no fun. Oftentimes women just feel nauseous and blah, but some women throw up several times a day and cannot keep anything down throughout the whole pregnancy. There are several theories as to what causes nausea in pregnancy and here I explore three of them. First the body is detoxing; Second, low blood sugar; and third, low in magnesium. Unfortunately, not one thing works for everyone, so I have included here a list that work from most successful to what works for only a few. I encourage women to be proactive keep trying them until they find what works for them.