Aromatherapy Monday: Essential Oil Buying and Storage Guide

Great care needs to be taken when it comes to buying and storing Essential Oils. They are not FDA regulated nor is there any body that formally controls and regulates essential oils, especially with a "grading" system. There is no such thing as "Therapeutic grade" or "Aromatherapy grade". Do you complete research, speak to a certified aromatherapist (and not essential oil users on the internet), and follow simple guidelines when making a purchase.  (more…)

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Pregnant with Our Rainbow – Pregnancy After Loss

Some people who haven’t experienced a loss would think that getting pregnant after a loss would be exciting. You’re pregnant again! Yay! What they don’t think of is the gut wrenching anxiety that comes along with it. The roller coaster ride of emotions. The fear of the unknown. The lack of blissful naivetes of an expecting parent. (more…)

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Doulas and Partners- It’s Teamwork!

When a mom brings up wanting to hire a doula for her birth, her partner may be a little skeptical. Is this person replacing me? What can she do that I can’t? Does my partner not think I can handle this? Guess what- it’s none of those! Your doula would be a member of your team! She doesn’t replace you. Your partner has all the confidence in you. Your doula, your OB or midwife, the nurses, and you are all part of mom’s birth team! You all work together to help mom have a beautiful birth experience. So how can...

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Chiropractic Care and Pregnancy of the Mother

Chiropractic Care for pregnancy aches

Dr. Jonathan Dale of Dale Family Chiropractic is our guest this week! The mother’s body changes as she undergoes the event of pregnancy.  During the first 3 weeks of pregnancy a major miracle takes place.  Where two cells meet together, they rapidly divide and become 10 trillion cells each with a distinct purpose to develop into a target organ with specific functions.  The whole 35-40 weeks is a crucial time period to ensure optimal development.  (more…)

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What’s Up With Birth Doula Fees?

How Much do Doulas Cost?

When searching for a Birth Doula, you may notice it’s not one set fee across the board. They can range anywhere from free to $2500.00 – even in the same geographical area. So where does a Doula’s fees come from? Trust me, we aren’t pulling it out of thin air or trying to take advantage by creating a “high fee.” There is much to consider when setting a fee, including packages offered, skills offered, various trainings offered, and so on. This is also our career for many of us. It’s not a hobby. So we need to try to earn a...

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Infertility and Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic adjustment for infertility

  This week's guest writer is Dr. Jonathan Dale- a chiropractor from Dale Family Chiropractic. At Dale Family Chiropractic the discussion of infertility with couples is no strange topic.  Chiropractic over the centuries has helped many patients maintain their health and start families.  In order to understand how chiropractic helps couples conceive, we must understand how chiropractic care works.  (more…)

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What is a Bereavement Doula?

Teddy bear in an empty nursery-bereavement care

There are a lot of different types of doulas out there, besides the known Birth Doula and the Postpartum Doula. I could get into the different types and how they are beneficial to many different situations. One in particular is one that I have studied, certified in, and is close to my heart. The Bereavement Doula. This type of doula is needed way more than we could ever imagine, yet the needs are a taboo subject. Miscarriages occur 1 in 4 pregnancies, stillbirths are 1 in 160 birth, and fatal diagnoses each have their own statistic. So what exactly is...

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