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A Dirt Date with My Grandson

By: Jill Mesaros Parenting April 23, 2018

We sit in the dirt, playing with the leaves and the peppercorns from the pepper tree.  We came out to swing, but today the beloved swing cannot compare to playing in the dirt. This summer my grandson went on his first camping trips.  Apparently scooting around in the dirt (he’s a scooter, not a crawler) is about as exciting as …


Aligning Heart and Mind for Humankind’s Evolution

By: Rachelle Garcia Seliga Postpartum, Pregnancy April 21, 2018

Innate’ is that which is natural and inherent. ‘Traditions’ are those teachings that are passed down from one generation to the next. Our innate physiological design offers us a map to health and wellness. We THRIVE when we follow that which has been laid out for us. Traditional medicinal knowledge is stored within our blood memory, within the Earth, Air, …


The Survivor’s Road to Parenthood, Part 1

By: Anita Butler Fertility, Sexual Abuse April 19, 2018

The road to parenthood is a sacred life passage for all to go through it, filled with unforgettable joys, intense trials, and so many surprises!  The need for support along the journey is often under-acknowledged in our culture, and therefore largely unmet. The messages expectant and new parents receive have the potential to lead to a happy, empowering journey, or …


The Perfect Parent

By: Jill Mesaros Parenting April 16, 2018

I never anticipated being a parent.  I was not one of those little girls who dreamed of getting married and raising a family some day.  I was a child of the 60’s and 70’s, caught in that vortex between the Beaver Cleaver 1950’s and the angst of the women’s liberation movement.  I thought I had to grow up and BE …


Expectations

By: Jill Mesaros Postpartum April 9, 2018

We all do it…all the time.  We anticipate, we project, we imagine, we fantasize; we EXPECT specific results to everything that happens in life.  This is a perfectly human thing to do, but we need to be aware that expectations more often than not lead to disappointment.   The birth plan you created with your partner before your baby was …


Physiolgic Postpartum Care: Re-Membering Our Global Postpartum Tradition

By: Rachelle Garcia Seliga Postpartum April 4, 2018

The original postpartum traditions throughout the world while specific to the cultural context in which they come—all share deep, common roots. Postpartum traditions all mandate: heat-inducing therapies; an extended resting period; specific foods that are warming in nature and easy to digest; and bodywork. These commonalities of postpartum traditions throughout the world are not a coincidence—these traditions are rooted in …


Power of Love

By: Jill Mesaros Postpartum April 2, 2018

Through my work at a prenatal wellness center, I am privileged to see couples going through the joys and fears of pregnancy and new parenthood. It is an honor to share in these precious moments. This morning I saw a young man holding his 8-day-old daughter.  Her tiny body was snuggled on his shoulder, still in the fetal curl, almost fitting completely in …


Balance

By: Jill Mesaros Postpartum March 26, 2018

Let’s face it; your whole life has been thrown out of kilter.  Your sleeping and eating patterns have been interrupted, your hormones have shifted, your relationship with your partner has changed and you’re not even sure exactly how just yet. All you know is you have entered a new stage of life and it is exhilarating, frustrating, delightful, exhausting, disorienting …


Words of Advice

By: Jill Mesaros Postpartum March 19, 2018

You’re home with your new baby.  What can I tell you that will help you through this most joyful and exhausting time of life? I can tell you that someday you will look back on your child’s infant years and be completely shocked by how quickly the time flew. But from where you are now you cannot see that.  You’re …