Abdominal Massage

Abdominal Massage

Ancient Abdominal Massage “-If the technique does what it claims, gynecologists, surgeons and producers of synthetic female hormones may need to find other means of employment!” -Mary Kroeger, CNM

Eating Well


I want to share some things that are actually near and dear to my heart. Nutrition has given me the ability to be active in the world. At one point a doctor said I wasn’t absorbing my food.That doctor was not on my insurance so I couldn’t see him all but once. I wasn’t working because I was having seizures all over town, for years. This explained why I passed out from just a second of lack of eating. Paying attention to what I am eating and how I am transforming my relationship with my body and engaging in my own healthcare, has put me in a position of power. I am empowered to know I have a say in how I feel and not just the mercy of western medicine’s habit of giving pills and not much else. Sugar knocks me out cold the next day. I stay away as much as possible.

I met Niti at a business event. In her book she speaks of her own mistakes that lead to an allergy that would not go away and gaining in ferocity. No pill or surgery was working. She decided to change her lifestyle around food, and everything changed. She then realized how broken the system is. And that health issues that used to only affect the older generation was being transferred to kids. The school system that her taxes were paying for food with no nutritional value being given to underserved families, does not sit well with Niti. She is dedicating her passion to change these inexcusable practices, which are making children sick with very real repercussions.

One thing she found in her search for nutritional importance is when baby is in utero. She found that women who are not getting enough iron will produce babies with sub optimal brain health. She was so upset when she realized no OB-GYN’s are telling their patients this!

I recently was speaking to an elementary school teacher that was telling me about a teacher she knew that had implemented a practice she wanted to start at her school. It is something they are referring to as a protein time out. When a child was having a hard time keeping behaving well that would give them a protein snack. Behavior issues dropped by about 85%.

Things like Granola has as much sugar as donuts. This is the culture we have bought into. Feeding families is a full time job in many ways. After reading Nitikul’s book I felt inspired to create a different context about my eating. She is not implementing a diet, she is encouraging another way to see food as a way to be well.

Nitikul Solomon just moved to Portland from Salem, OR, where she has dedicated her pediatric practice to changing the way parents and children think about food, and practical ways of changing habits. She is practicing her philosophy with families she serves in her pediatric clinic with explosive results.

I loved the practical application way she presents way to really make a difference in your health.

Build Your Nest Postpartum Planning Workbook

Build Your Nest

Postpartum Planning Workbook

So happy to know Kestrel Gates who is the author of Build Your Nest Workbook. This is a comprehensive look at all the different ways you can plan what your postpartum time will look like. Which is so great because it brings a sense of empowerment into the picture.

So many things are covered and accounted for. A very clear layout of what to be aware of during the post-natal period. A guide for the practical applications of having clear boundaries with people that could ultimately lead to a very messy time. Life is already messy after giving birth!

This book lays out ways for getting support systems accounted for. Once these are at the ready, it will provide a thoughtful and nurturing transition into motherhood.

The other part of this workbook I love it looking deeply at who you want around and when and for how often… Kestrel lays out a scripted way to consider advantages of certain company and who would just not be advantageous

I have witnessed a few women that are caught in a horrible place of waiting to feel worthy of in-laws, or being decimated by the pressure of breastfeeding.

Dealing with Interfering Grandparents - “But if that grandparent has trouble adhering to basic boundaries, it can feel as if the chaos has maddeningly multiplied.” -Carla Bruce-Eddings

I lived 3,000 miles away from my family. My mother only came for maybe just a week early on. Our styles were pretty different. I breastfed Maya to sleep, co-slept and carried her around in the sling. Constantly. (also she wouldn’t let me put her down).

I remember so clearly her tip was to put Maya on the bed and then leave the room only to sneak and peak around the doorway, waiting for her to cry herself to sleep.

I don’t know how I would have navigated her 'advice’ on a continuous basis. I wouldn’t have thought of that impending interaction with her or anyone. (luckily I lived in the middle of nowhere) To think women would be able to digest that awareness before being in the possible overwhelm of new motherhood?!? Such a great way to have the structure in place, to prevent any impending doom.


8 Books on Motherhood and Feminism

This is a great podcast for discovering how many conversations are being held, with resilience, about motherhood.

Longest Shortest Time

Amy Westervelt recommends books that want to redefine perceptions of motherhood. Reclaiming our independence and empowerment and leading to understanding and collaboration. We can support each other in the varying degrees of motherhood we are presented with in our lives. We are have our stories which only we can tell. These can be such powerful teachers.

“As a parent, I know how hard it is to find storytelling about being a parent that doesn’t suck. That treats the person on the other end—conceivably a person with a kid—as not a stupid idiot that just wants simple, dumb, wrong advice.

This is a podcast that avoids all those traps, and tells stories that are complicated and interesting and moving.”

—Jad Abumrad, Radiolab