Sage Femme

Sage saves the woman with postpartum depression. Like her sisters rosemary and lavender, sage has a powerful effect on brain functioning and brain hormones. Sage tea is a traditional mood lifter, anxiety easer and depression thwarter. A few sips of cold sage tea as the need arises helps keep motherhood in perspective.

Deep Malnutrition: Understanding Nutritional Histories

We all know that diet is important for health, but did you know that even the nutrition of our forebears could affect our babies? This article will help midwives understand how to help moms have a healthier pregnancy and better birth.

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Holding Space: With Women in the Labyrinth

By likening the birth experience to a labyrinth, where each woman, with each birth, must make a new journey, one can begin to envision the depth of the voyage a woman makes during labor and birth. The deep twists and stark turns, the dark and the light, the opening and the closing.

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A Turning Point in the History of Mothering

Today, we have at our disposal a standardized and simple way to introduce a great variety of topics. We just need to explain why we are “at a turning point.”

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Cancer of the Cervix and the Midwife

The current research-based recommendation for screening in the US is a Pap smear every three years, starting at age 21, then Pap and high-risk HPV DNA screening every five years, starting at age 30.

Postpartum Mood Disorders

The term postpartum depression (PPD) can be misleading. It is perhaps an over-simplified and poor description of the array of experiences that postpartum women can have. The experience of PPD is much broader and can encompass much more than feelings of depression.

The Mindful Cesarean

In many parts of the world, a quarter to half of all babies are born by cesarean. Too often women who birth by cesarean feel unprepared, frightened or left with a sense that they didn’t actually give birth. As a doula, educator and fellow parent, I help couples who might birth by cesarean ready themselves for the healthiest birth and recovery possible.