Breastfeeding laws, state-by-state

The federal government allows protections for breastfeeding moms on public federal property. But what about breastfeeding or pumping breast milk at work? What about breastfeeding in a restaurant? How does your state protect breastfeeding moms?

Click here, the National Conference of State Legislatures to find how your state stacks up.

Hot or Bikram Yoga during pregnancy?

I love hot yoga. Some of my Yogi and Yogini friends dislike it for various reasons, but I really enjoy the feeling of becoming completely exhausted. I love to stretch my body when it gets a little tight from running so much and the class is the perfect length for me. I haven’t been doing it forever and generally I bounce around to different studios in North or North East Portland. I haven’t tried them all yet, but so far each one has a specific charm and I am close to making a commitment to one of them, I’m sure.

Today there was a pregnant woman in class. Nobody noticed until she started heading toward the door about 45 minutes into it and the instructor stopped instructing to ask what she was doing. All of our heads turned to her to watch what was happening, as we stood there like Flamingos in Tree Pose, balancing on one leg. (I felt for her at the time, I am sure all of us have had the urge to run for the door at one point practicing hot yoga.)

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Food’s Erin Brockovich and…Epigentics

Why, do we, in these great United States of America, have more cancer and food allergies than the rest of the world?

Please understand that I am a BIG fan of food, I love to cook and I love my local farmers. Without farmers we would have no food. However, when it comes to something like genetically modifying the food that I eat, I have to take a step back and do some critical thinking. Shouldn’t the food we eat be nourishing and healthy, helping us to combat the very things (cancer & illnesses ) that it is now possibly causing?

When we know so little still, about the manner in which our genes are expressed and how their expression is influenced by our nutrition (and our mother’s nutrition), isn’t it smart to take a look at what we’re eating, not just in our daily lives, but especially in pregnancy?

Next time you’re in the grocery store try this;  instead of looking at the offerings before you as possible meals and snacks, take a step back and see them as products that are being sold to you by a corporation trying to make a profit. (Don’t get me wrong here, I love businesses. I have one or two myself – all businesses need to make profits – but hopefully they do it in a SAFE and HONEST manner.)

Who made this tomato? Where does it come from? Is it in season, grown with care by a local farmer, or was is put in a gas chamber to ripen, then painted or waxed to make it look better? How about this Hydrolyzed Soy Protein? Does it contain MSG? What does that mean to me?

The big question is, what are you eating and is it healthy for you and your family?

Remember, eat well and take good care!

Farrah’s Hypnobabies Birth

••This post comes all the way from Canada, shared with permission from Carlie Condon (Mom) and Jenn King, a fellow Hypnobabies instructor and all around great human!••

Let me start off by saying in no uncertain terms that I credit Jenn and the Hypnobabies program with the beauty and peace I experienced during the birth of my second child, Farrah Rosalynd.  Her birth is singularly the most awe-inspiring feat of my body and mind that I have ever accomplished.

Farrah is now almost six months old and this is a re-writing of my original birth story that was quickly typed out during a newborn’s nap.  This edit affords me both the luxury of reflection and the accuracy of detail in sharing with you my experience.  I found great comfort and inspiration in the reading of other women’s Hypnobabies birth stories during the lead up to Farrah’s birth.  I hope you do too.

Farrah was born three days before her due date on September 1st, 2011 at 2:57am in our bedroom in our home.  The anticipation of her arrival was overwhelming.  My first daughter, Ella, was born three weeks early and I assumed that Farrah’s gestation would be of similar length.  The long hot August days stretched for miles.

I had been having practice pressure waves since the first week of August and had thought on a few occasions that my birthing time had begun only to have the pressure waves trail off.  On August 31st, I attended my scheduled 39 week appointment with my midwife group.  When my midwife offered to check me, my curiosity won out and she informed me with a slight look of shock that she was unsure just how I had not yet gone into labour.  My cervix was dilated an encouraging 5cm.  My practice birthing waves were handily put into perspective and I was immediately glad for their easy lead-up.
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Hypnobaby twins birthed vaginally? Why yes…

••• Reposted From Hypnobabies •••

Thanks to Anna Calloway for sharing her story with us.

“Hypnobabies taught me invaluable lessons I will take with me always. It made my pregnancy and childbirth a very positive and wonderful experience. I was determined to deliver my twins naturally, no c-section. Hypnobabies gave me the tools to use my mind and self-hypnosis to make it happen. When I delivered, both babies were head down and I was able to deliver vaginally, as I wanted.

During labor and delivery, Hypnobabies prepared me to stay calm and focused so there was no pain. I remember sitting in the bathtub during my birth thinking, ‘I can’t believe this is working; it doesn’t hurt.’

My whole experience was calm, powerful, and happy. When my babies were born, they were calm and happy as well, and they are still very calm babies.”

For more naturally vaginally birthed twin stories, try this link to Hypnobabies!

Hypno-Baby Linc Makes the Scene at Home!

The birth of Lincoln Christopher

••From Hypnobabies!••

The birth of Lincoln Christopher

During my whole pregnancy, Chris and I had been planning to have a very natural Hospital birth. Every appointment we would ask our dr about doing it as naturally as possible and he acted like we could do this however we wanted. Slowly I would ask him specifics such as not being hooked up to monitors and fluids. As well as eating if I felt necessary.

Of course I started to realize then that his idea of a natural birth was VERY different than mine. He also told me every appointment that I should go ahead and watch the epidural video “just in case”. This told me that he wasn’t taking me seriously, and thought that I would resort to the epidural. Well at my 38 week appointment he informed my husband and I that he had read my chart wrong and I have had Gestational Diabetes the whole pregnancy.

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