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Friday, March 12, 2010

Trust Birth Conference 2010

I'm having such a good time at the Trust Birth 2010 Conference!  I'm rooming with amazing women and my amazing daughter and we're having such good discussions. VBAC has been a hot topic in our room.  It never ceases to amaze us that women have believed the many lies thrown in their faces about birth and cesareans.  May we never cease to spread the truth and try and stop birth fright.

I've had a chance to meet people who have impacted my life but I've never meet in real life. People like Dana Combest, who graded so much of my work in Ancient Art Midwifery Institute. It was a real pleasure to meet her and see her smiling face.

And, of course, I got to see dear, dear Carla Hartley. The woman whose passion for midwifery and the rights of parents and the sanctity of the marriage vows has so deeply impacted my life.

Today, I taught my first herbal workshop.  I felt for those who wanted a protocol for inducing with Black and Blue Cohosh.  There's not always information out there that we want; sometimes we have to be those trail blazers.  Day after tomorrow (Calif time), I give a talk on breastfeeding facts that will make you flip and then Sunday, a presentation on building your birth business.  Sure hope to give valuable info to these ladies.

I miss my family, though. I'm looking forward to being home, working on my house, and having amazing talks with my hubby.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Want a more sane teenager? Breastfeed them longer.

Just think, feeding your child the way God intended has lasting benefits.

I was looking at this article:

I've had a conversation through the years with various people about how long I breastfed my children and about their thoughts on that. In America, "long-term" breastfeeding is seen as unusual, abnormal, slightly (or more than slightly) weird, and probably bothersome.  It's not. It's the way babies were meant to get their nourishment and, just see: it has benefits, not just "could have" benefits, but it does. This article is just one of many that point to the wonderful benefits of breastfeeding. To see 101 good reasons to breastfeed, check out 

Many moms quit breastfeeding because they think they aren't or can't make enough milk, or they have difficulties with working it in with the rest of their life, or they get discouragement from friends, family and community.  I hope we can learn to support these moms who are making a really good choice for themselves and their babies.

Blessed Babies and Families' start-up blog

I'm setting up another blog because the one on my website,, makes it difficult for others to leave comments, and I think I get charged for changing the site often.

I have a whole carousel of hobby horses.  Here, I hope to inform you (and maybe dialog with you) about birth, pregnancy, breastfeeding, freedoms, Christianity, and families in general and maybe some of my other hobby horses. I'm big on personal freedom with responsibility. I'm big on having people understand what they are agreeing to and making sure they know about their options.

If you know me, you know I'm sure to give you my opinion if you ask. Blogging lets me give you my opinion without you asking.