Placenta Encapsulation: Is It For You?

placenta pillsDoes consuming part of yourself sound out of this world to you? Would you be surprised to learn that women have been consuming their placenta for centuries? And not just women—many species consume the placenta after childbirth. Placentophagy, or the act of eating the placenta, is as natural as it is a widespread practice both among humans and the animal world. So why in the world should women contemplate having their placentas encapsulated? Well, the placenta contains two important components: prostaglandin and oxytocin. Prostaglandin can help the uterus contract to its pre-pregnancy size, while oxytocin can help regulate mood. Although early cultures prepared the placenta in stews or even ate it raw, modern technological advances have allowed the placenta to be encapsulated.

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Not Just Old Wives' Tales: Herbal Remedies that Work

herbal-remediesLong before pharmaceutical companies convinced everyone that their products could cure anything, women relied on traditional herbal remedies to combat a variety of issues. Herbs have been used for centuries to treat a wide array of physical and emotional issues, especially issues pregnant women experience such as headaches, nausea, swelling, and mood swings. 

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Natural Solutions for Dealing with Infant Gas

baby-burpingOne of the most common issues infants encounter is gas discomfort.  When babies are young, they often experience a great amount of gas for two main reasons.  First, their digestive systems are still getting the hang of functioning properly, and second, they take in large amounts of air when crying and nursing.  Combined together, these activities lead to large amounts of gas, and unfortunately, sometimes your baby will have a hard time releasing the gas on his or her own.  Here are several ways to help you alleviate your baby's gas, leading to a happier baby—and a happier mama!

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Embracing the Simple Chef: Making Your Own Baby Food

making baby foodOne of the most rewarding aspects of being a parent is the opportunity to introduce the world to your little one.  Once you're ready to start introducing solid foods, a brand new world of tastes and textures awaits your baby.  Making your own baby food is a simple process that will create an amazing experience for your baby.

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5 Natural Lactation Enhancers

Nursing BabyYou've probably tired of hearing the expression "Breast is best;" you already know this!  But what you may not know is that several natural options exist to help you increase the quality and quantity of your milk supply.  Labor, delivery, and recovery can be a stressful time in any woman's life, and this stress may impact your milk.  If you've tried getting your baby to nurse more frequently and that doesn't seem to be increasing your supply, it may be time to investigate other avenues.  Here are five natural lactation enhancers to help you create the best possible breastfeeding experience for you and your baby.

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Is a VBAC Safe?

Is VBAC Safe? The data says Yes!Whew! Having endured the recovery from a c-section, you may be looking for a different route to deliver your next child. Cesarean sections involve a great deal more than vaginal births—from the drugs to the body's healing process, c-sections are a major surgical procedure. If you previously delivered a child by cesarean and are interested in a vaginal birth for your next child, you may be wondering if VBAC, or Vaginal Birth After Cesarean, is safe. In most cases to this question, the answer is yes. Numerous current studies support the safety of VBACs when properly supported by medical professionals.

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NoVA Doula and Midwife Scholarship Fund

Send a doula and midwife to school!

Getting an education in natural birth

NoVA Birth Network was started with the mission of building and supporting the natural birth community in Northern Virginia. As part of that mission, we have created a scholarship fund to help train doulas and midwives to help enhance our community.

"Money should not be a limiting factor for people who want to change the way the world births." - Monica Marusceac, Founder of NoVA Birth Network

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What you can do to Prevent Gestational Diabetes

Gestational DiabetesWhether you’ve actually personally experienced it yet, you’ve surely heard about the somewhat-dreaded glucose screening test (GST). You can look forward to this little event at around 25 weeks. It involves guzzling 50 grams of a sugary solution (think super-sweet flat orange soda) within five minutes. The point? To test how your body metabolizes glucose, or sugar.

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Addressing the Benefits, Concerns, and Basics of Co-Sleeping

CosleepingWhen you first heard the term “co-sleeping,” you may have assumed it meant a lot of sleepless nights of sharing your bed with a wiggly infant who, though adorable, makes sleeping together painful. Maybe you wondered if co-sleeping is even safe. The good news is that, when done properly, co-sleeping can be safer than solitary sleeping and, in fact, offers one great benefit after another.

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The Breastfeeding Wars

Public NursingThe Mommy Wars are so last decade. Modern moms are currently waging The Breastfeeding Wars. There are those who don’t, those who won’t, those who do, and those who do so publically.  Take, for example, the American University professor and single mother, Adrienne Pine. 

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Working While Pregnant

Working while pregnantWhen I was pregnant, there was never a good day to go to the doctor. And by good day, I mean a day when a doctor's visit would not interfere with a meeting, a project or a deadline. Even when I thought I had picked the perfect appointment slot, there was always something that came up and I was either forced to reschedule or put up with annoyed looks around the office.

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