All-natural Face Wash

Because we are so careful to not put needless toxins in our bodies, I make our own face wash for us to use. It's really easy to make, and you can customize it with oils that will accomplish your facial needs. Ingredients: 1 TBSP castile baby mild soap, unscented 1/4 tsp almond oil (you can use fractionated coconut oil, but I use almond oil for the extra benefits for my face)5-15 drops essential oils of your choice Distilled water (or you can use tap water if it's non-fluoridated) to fill up 50 mL foaming pump bottle My favorite oils ratio for my blemish-prone face: 4 drops Melaleuca + 2 drops each Juniper Berry, Lavender, Cedarwood, Myrrh For healthy soothed skin, try 2 drops each Melaleuca

Natural Solutions when Breastfeeding a Newborn

If you have chosen to breastfeed your newborn, you have chosen an excellent way to get your baby off to a healthy start in life. Nursing can be exhausting. At first you feel as if all you do is nurse your baby. By the time you finish nursing, you feel as if you have a few minutes to either get a fast shower, take a short nap, eat a quick meal, and then your baby is hungry again! Hang in there! It gets better as your baby learns to nurse faster, and as the baby gets older, he/she will be begin to go longer stretches in between feedings. There are some important things to keep in mind as a nursing mother and some natural solutions to help you along the way. It is extremely important that

Natural Solutions for Postpartum (Stage 4 Labor)

Congratulations on the birth of your precious baby! Right now you may be feeling a mixture of elation, exhaustion, excessive and fluctuating emotions, and new-found love and awe. If things didn't go as expected, you may be feeling discouragement, sadness, or are blaming yourself for what you feel are failures on your part. The raging hormones in your body make everything you feel an extreme. Everyone experiences these extreme feelings, so don't be alarmed. Ensure to surround yourself with positive and supportive people during this adjustment period. Rest as much as you are able. Get lactation help/advice even if you feel you've got a good handle on things - use the help/coaching while

Natural Solutions for Stage 3 Labor

Congratulations on the birth of your precious bundle of joy! If you think Labor is over, you are mistaken, but the worst is behind you, so relax and enjoy that precious baby scent and the feel of your baby in your arms! Many people don't realize there is a Stage 3 in Labor. Did you know there is even a Stage 4? Stage 3 Labor: Delivery of the Placenta What is happening - You will experience a few more contractions as your body expels the placenta. You may feel a warm gush of fluid/tissue as the placenta is delivered. What you can do - If you have the blessing of having your baby on your chest or are attempting to nurse for the first time, chances are, you will be more preoccupied with your

Natural Solutions for Stage 2 Labor

If you have been following my blog series on Labor and Delivery, you have already read about the 3 different phases of Stage 1 Labor: Latent, Active, Transition). Now I will discuss the happiest stage of Labor - Stage 2 - Delivery!!!!! What is happening - your contractions have brought you to 10 cm dilation - hooray, it's finally time to push! You may have already been experiencing the urge to push before reaching 10 cm. Some doctors allow you to gently bear down when you feel this to help relieve the urge. Others don't want you to do so. Once you reach 10 cm, you can push all you like! Some doctors, once they discover you are at 10 will tell you to start pushing. Wait until you have

Natural Solutions for Stage 1 Labor: Phase 3

Stage 1 Labor has 3 different phases: Latent Stage, Active Stage, and Transition. I have broken each phase down in its own blog post. Click on the links to learn about Phase 1 and Phase 2. Phase 3 - Transition What is happening - Strong to very strong contractions 2-3 minutes apart are dilating you to 8-10 cm. This often lasts only 20-40 minutes. You are almost there - Labor won't last too much longer! What you can do - Utilize breathing and relaxation techniques between contractions. Don't fight the contractions - try to remain relaxed as much as possible. Take a deep cleansing breath before and after each contraction and continue to breathe as normally as possible throughout the cont

Natural Solutions for Stage 1 Labor: Phase 2

Stage 1 Labor has 3 different phases: Latent Stage, Active Stage, and Transition. I will break each phase down in its own blog post. Read here to learn about Phase 1. Phase 2 - Active Stage What is happening - Moderate to strong contractions coming 3-5 minutes apart are helping you to dilate to 4-7 cm. This stage may last around 3-6 hours. What you can do - Make sure you have a support person with you to cheer you on and encourage you and ensure your birth plan is carried out. Rest more frequently. Use relaxation techniques in between contractions. Change positions every 2 hours or less to help with descent of head. Drink water. Void every 2 hours. At some point during this stage, i

Natural Solutions for Stage 1 Labor: Phase 1

So you know you are in labor! Now what? Some women have a sudden sense of panic. Others might be overjoyed that their pregnancy is just about over. Many have increased feelings of anxiety and fear wondering if they can really do this. No matter your reaction, you can be prepared mentally for the task at hand and also use great natural solutions to support you through this exciting but anxiety-provoking time. Stage 1 Labor has 3 different phases: Latent Stage, Active Stage, and Transition. I will break each phase down in its own blog post. Phase 1 - Latent Stage What is happening - Mild to moderate contractions 5-30 minutes apart are helping you to dilate 0-3 cm. This may happen over s

Natural Solutions for Labor & Delivery & Beyond

Having worked in a maternity unit for 3 years as a volunteer and Certified Nursing Assistant, and doing doula work on the side for the last 4 years while being a pediatric nurse, I am very passionate about the topic of labor and delivery. I have always loved anything related to obstetrics and have desire to work in that field ever since deciding to go into the medical field as a teenager. After I got my Registered Nurse license, and after having an extra rotation in High Risk Obstetrics before graduating from nursing school, I have been unable to get into that field where I currently live. I settled with pediatric nursing instead to at least be able to still work with babies. I pray that

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