Wednesday, April 23, 2014

{haiku wednesday}

sometimes i back date
blog posts to look consistent
but i'm really not

Monday, April 21, 2014

{inspire me} Guest Post by Stephen Shives

This week's inspire me is written by a good friend of mine, Stephen Shives. Stephen might be one of the most inspiring people I've ever met. He is a friend, father, author, entrepreneur, dreamer, minister and just all around amazing person. When you hear his story of

Friday, April 18, 2014

{my moment}

A moment captured from the week that captured my heart.
A Friday ritual inspired by Soulemama.

Because in yoga (and in life) it's okay if you need a little support.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your moment in your comment.

Happy Weekend, Lovies!

Monday, April 14, 2014

{inspire me}

I've recently been let in on a little secret. The secret is this: I'm not the only one like me. I've always thought I was a little different, a dreamer who doesn't fit in with the crowd, struggling to fit a round peg in a square hole. As it turns out, there are a lot of dreamers like me. Most of us have "real jobs" and lives we live just to make things easier, but in our hearts we really want to be like Maria singing "The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music!"

I attended an inspirational luncheon with other entrepreneurs a few weeks ago and as different people shared about what they "do" for a living, I saw a common theme. We all do a little bit of everything, a little bit of nothing and a whole lot of whatever it is we love and are most inspired to do in the moment. To top it off we all are miraculously paying our bills, providing for our families and actually viewed by others as successful people. Seriously? And I thought I was crazy, and maybe a little lucky.

The truth is most of us, if not all of us, feel we are different than everyone else. The truth is we are. We are all unique, and that's what makes humanity freaking awesome. The other truth is that for people like me, there's actually a rhyme and reason to why highly creative people do all the "crazy" things they do. Turns out the crazy has a big part to play in their success.

Today, be inspired by Gnarls Barkley's song Crazy, and know you're not alone:



I remember when,
I remember, I remember when I lost my mind
There was something so pleasant about that place
Even your emotions have an echo in so much space

And when you're out there without care
Yeah, I was out of touch
But it wasn't because I didn't know enough
I just knew too much

Does that make me crazy?
Does that make me crazy?
Does that make me crazy?
Possibly

And I hope that you are
Having the time of your life
But think twice
That's my only advice
 
Come on now, who do you
Who do you, who do you, who do you think you are?
Ha ha ha, bless your soul
You really think you're in control?

Well, I think you're crazy
I think you're crazy
I think you're crazy
Just like me

My heroes had the heart
To live their lives out on a limb
And all I remember
Is thinking, I want to be like them

Ever since I was little
Ever since I was little it looked like fun
And it's no coincidence I've come
And I can die when I'm done

But maybe I'm crazy
Maybe you're crazy
Maybe we're crazy
Probably

Ooooooohh

Friday, April 11, 2014

{my moment}

A moment captured from the week that captured my heart.
A Friday ritual inspired by Soulemama.

Honeybee Baby #29!

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your moment in your comment.

Happy Weekend, Lovies!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

What is Normal Birth?

"Normal" is a relative term. We all know that normal can mean everything from "average" to "perfect," but what does it mean when it comes to birth? Does it mean natural? Does it mean vaginal? Does it mean you decided to give birth the way the majority of women in your country gave birth? I think it's time to clear up the confusion and ultimately figure out how to make birth better for women across the board.




What is Normal Birth?

We can define Normal Birth as physiological birth, where labor begins and progresses spontaneously, and the mother moves around freely throughout the process, and she intuitively pushes in advantageous positions. There are four factors that define birth as "Normal".


  1. Spontaneous Onset - Labor begins on its own.
  2. Low-Risk - Mom and baby are low-risk at the onset of labor and remain so throughout labor and delivery.
  3. Spontaneous, Vaginal, Vertex - Baby is born spontaneously in the vertex (head down) position between 37-42 weeks gestation.
  4. Healthy Postpartum - Mom and baby are healthy after the delivery.
I like to think of childbirth as the train and Normal Birth as the train tracks. As long as your birth stays on the tracks of Normal Birth, there is no need to intervene by medical means. As the adage says, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Medical interventions exist to help birth get back on track when there is a bump in the road or a complication that could pose a risk to the mother or baby.

Stay tuned for Part 2 - Interventions in Normal Birth

5 Steps to a Better Birth
           

Monday, April 7, 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014

{my moment}

A moment captured from the week that captured my heart. 
A Friday ritual inspired by Soulemama.

Because sometimes the most interesting thing to do in a park full of toys is to dig in the dirt. Would you believe his momma used to do the same thing? 

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your moment in your comment.

Happy Weekend, Lovies!
 

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