Moontime Calendars For Sale!-$15

We are so proud to now offer our clients an opportunity to get their hands on a Moontime Calendar. This exclusive calendar comes recommended by The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous GrandMothers.

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For only $15 this calendar’s purpose is to help you chart your monthly cycle and journal your fertility cycles. Traditionally our menses were called our moontime, because women’s cycles run on a 28-30 day cycle much like the moon. It also aides with natural family planning and helps you to re-attune to your body’s natural rhythms.This little book is a wealth of information and a true gem! Make sure to grab one from the display in our waiting room area or it can be shipped to you for $17! A must have for any woman looking to achieve balance in her womb.

” I am nature, all human beings are nature-but we forget this.” -Grandma Maria Alice Campos Freire

After watching “Tigers”, I am BOYCOTTING Nestle!

This man and his family are my heroes!20150421_204420

His name is Syed Aamir Raza and he used to be a Nestle formula salesman in Pakistan. It was a very good job and he made good money. Then he found out that by getting doctors to tell their mothers that formula was better than breastmilk that mothers in rural areas were mixing the formula with dirty water and the parasites in the formula were causing severe diarrhea and killing the infants or the mothers would not be able to afford the formula and would dilute it to the point that the infants were not receiving any nourishment. He immediately stopped selling it and wrote to W.H.O. and Nestle to ask them to start marketing the formula to Pakistan without warning families of the danger. In return, he got threatened, ran out of his country, separated from his family for 7 years, was unable to attend the funerals of his mother and his father, and now lives in Toronto and drives a cab!

Nestle continues to market it’s formula as superior to breast milk in many different countries whose infrastructure cannot support artificial formula. Breast milk actually transfers immunity to these water borne parasites whereas formula transmits the parasites directly into the baby. Nestle takes advantage of mothers who want to do what they are told is best for their baby (Nestle pays doctors to tell their patients that formula is best) As a company they are well aware of the many babies who die as a result of their actions-but it’s all about the money. This continues in rural areas of Pakistan and other less-developed countries around the world.

If you are lucky enough to have a chance to watch the movie, Tigers, definitely check it out-it was excellent!
Boycott and ban Nestle!

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I HAVE INCLUDED A LIST OF NESTLE PRODUCTS

Cereals

  • Cinnamon Grahams
  • Cheerios (outside US)
  • Cini Minis
  • Honey Nut Cheerios (outside US)
  • Oat Cheerios
  • Cookie Crisp
  • Fitnesse
  • Force Flakes
  • Chocapic
  • Golden Nuggets
  • Golden Grahams
  • Honey Stars
  • Koko Krunch
  • Milo Cereals
  • Nestlé Corn Flakes
  • Nesquik
  • Shreddies
  • Shredded Wheat
  • Clusters
  • Trix

Coffee

  • Bonka
  • Buondi (Portugal)[1]
  • Christina (Portugal)[2]
  • Dolca (Argentina)
  • Ecco (Peru, Chile)
  • El Chaná (Uruguay)
  • International Roast
  • Kirma (Peru)
  • Loumidis (Greece)
  • Nescafé
  • Nespresso
  • Partner’s Blend
  • Ricoffy
  • Ricoré
  • Sical[3]
  • Tofa[4]
  • Taster’s Choice
  • Zoégas

Water

  • Aberfoyle
  • Aqua D’Or
  • Aqua Pod
  • Acqua Panna
  • Al Manhal
  • Aquapod
  • Arrowhead
  • Buxton
  • Contrex
  • Dar Natury (Poland)
  • Deer Park
  • Hépar
  • Ice Mountain
  • Korpi
  • Levissima
  • Nałęczowianka (Poland)
  • Nestlé Aquarel
  • Nestlé Vera
  • Ozarka
  • Perrier
  • Poland Spring
  • Powwow
  • Minere
  • Pure Life/Pureza Vital
  • Quézac
  • San Pellegrino
  • San Bernardo
  • Viladrau
  • Vittel
  • Zephyrhills

Other drinks

  • Nestea
  • Milo
  • Carnation
  • Caro
  • Chocolate D’Onofrio (Peru)
  • Cocoa D’Onofrio (Peru)
  • Nesquik
  • Nescao (Argentina)
  • Nescau (Brazil)
  • Vascolet (Uruguay)
  • Libby’s
  • Growers Direct Organic Fruit Juices
  • Good Host

Shelf stable

  • Christie
  • Bear Brand
  • Carnation
  • Coffee-Mate
  • Gloria
  • Ideal (Peru)
  • Klim
  • La Lechera
  • Milkmaid
  • Moça (Brazil)
  • Molico (now Svelty)
  • Nespray
  • Nestlé
  • Nesvita
  • Nestlé Omega Plus
  • Nido
  • Ninho
  • Svelty
  • Emswiss

Chilled

  • Chamyto (Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Philippines)
  • Chiquitín (Mexico, Chile)
  • Club (Mexico)
  • La Laitière (France,Belgium)
  • La Lechera (Spain,Mexico)
  • Moça (Brazil)
  • Chandelle (Brazil, Chile)
  • LC1 (Switzerland)
  • Molico (Brazil now Svelty)
  • Nestlé
  • Ski
  • Sveltesse (France)
  • Svelty (Mexico)
  • Yoco
  • Munch Bunch (UK)
  • Le Viennois (France, Belgium, Switzerland)
  • Hirz (Switzerland)
  • Nesvita (Philippines, India)
  • Ninho (Brazil)

Ice cream

  • Åhusglass (Sweden)
  • Camy
  • Δέλτα (Greece)
  • Diplom-Is (Norway)
  • D’Onofrio (Peru)
  • Dreyer’s
  • Edy’s
  • Frigor (Argentina)
  • Frisco
  • Häagen-Dazs (North America)
  • Hemglass (Sweden)
  • Hjem-IS (Denmark & Norway)
  • Kotijäätelö (Finland)
  • Maxibon
  • Motta
  • Mövenpick (Switzerland)
  • Mivvi
  • Nestlé
  • Nestlé Drumstick – The Original Sundae Cone
  • Oreo (Canada)
  • Peters (Australia)
  • Push-Up
  • Savory (Chile)
  • Schöller
  • Underground is (Denmark)
  • Valiojäätelö (Finland)

Infant foods

  • Alete
  • Alfare
  • Beba
  • Bona (Finland)
  • Cérélac
  • Farinha Láctea (Brazil)
  • FM 85
  • Gerber
  • Good Start
  • Guigoz
  • Lactogen
  • Nan
  • NAN HA
  • NanSoy
  • Neslac
  • Nestlé
  • Nestogen
  • Nestum (Portugal)[5]
  • Nido
  • Piltti (Finland)
  • PreNan

Performance nutrition

  • Musashi
  • Neston
  • Nesvita
  • PowerBar
  • Pria
  • Supligen

Healthcare nutrition

  • Boost
  • Carnation Instant Breakfast
  • Nutren
  • Peptamen
  • Glytrol
  • Crucial
  • Impact
  • Isosource
  • Fibersource
  • Diabetisource
  • Compleat
  • Optifast
  • Resource

Seasonings

  • Buitoni
  • Maggi
  • Thomy
  • Winiary

Frozen foods

  • Maggi (INDIA)
  • Stouffer’s
  • Lean Cuisine
  • Buitoni
  • Hot Pockets
  • Lean Pockets
  • Papa Guiseppi
  • Findus (Sweden)

Refrigerated products

  • Buitoni
  • Herta
  • Nestlé
  • Toll House

Chocolate, confectionery and baked goods

  • 100 Grand Bar
  • Aero
  • After Eight
  • Allens
  • Animal Bar
  • Baby Ruth
  • Bertie Beetle (Australia)
  • Big Turk (Canada)
  • Black Magic
  • Blue Riband
  • Bono(Brazil)
  • Breakaway
  • Butterfinger
  • Butterfinger BB’s
  • Butterfinger Crisp
  • Bon Pari (Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary)
  • Cailler
  • Capri (Chile)
  • Caramac
  • Carlos V
  • Charge (Brazil)
  • Chips Ahoy! (Canada)
  • Chocolate Surpresa (Brazil)
  • Chokito (Brazil)
  • Coffee Crisp (Canada)
  • Chunky
  • D’Onofrio (Peru)
  • Damak (Turkey)
  • Drifter
  • Frigor
  • Galak/Milkybar
  • Heaven
  • JOJO (Czech Republic and Poland)
  • Icebreakers
  • Kit Kat(INDIA)(except the United States where Hershey’s makes it)
  • Lion
  • Matchmakers
  • Milky Bar
  • Minties (Australia)
  • Mirage
  • Joff
  • Munchies
  • Negrita (Chile)
  • Nestlé Alpine White
  • Nestlé with Almonds
  • Nestlé Crunch
  • Nestlé Crunch Crisp
  • Nestlé Crunch with Caramel
  • Nestlé Crunch with Peanuts (Limited Edition)
  • Nestlé Crunch Pieces
  • Nestlé Crunch White
  • Nestlé Milk Chocolate
  • Nestlé Princessa
  • Nestlé Wonder Ball
  • Nestlé Yes (Germany)
  • Nips
  • Nuts (Europe)
  • Oh Henry (except Canada)
  • Orion (chocolate) (Czech Republic)
  • Peppermint Crisp
  • Perugina Baci
  • Polo
  • Prestigio (Chile,Brazil)
  • Quality Street
  • Rolo (except the United States where Hershey makes it)
  • Sahne Nuss (Chile)
  • Sensação (Brazil)
  • Snowcaps
  • Smarties
  • Suflair (Brazil)
  • Super 8 (Chile)
  • Susy (Venezuela)
  • Texan Bar
  • Toffee Crisp
  • Toll House cookies
  • Trencito (Chile)
  • Turtles
  • Walnut Whip
  • Violet Crumble
  • Yorkie
  • Munch(only in India)

Wonka confectionery brands

  • Bottle Caps
  • Donutz
  • FruiTart Chews
  • Fun Dip
  • Gobstoppers
  • Laffy Taffy
  • Lik-M-Aid
  • Nerds
  • Nerds Gumballs
  • Nerds Rope
  • Oompas
  • Pixy Stix
  • Rainbow Nerds
  • Runts
  • SweeTarts
  • SweeTarts Rope
  • SweeTarts Shockers
  • Tart ‘n’ Tinys
  • Thrills
  • Wonka Bars
  • Wonka Xploders

Foodservice products

  • Chef-Mate
  • Davigel
  • Minor’s
  • Santa Rica

Petcare

  • Alpo
  • Beneful
  • Dog Chow
  • Fancy Feast
  • Felix
  • Friskies
  • Go Cat
  • Butchers
  • Bakers
  • Winalot
  • Gourmet
  • Mighty Dog
  • Mon Petit
  • ONE
  • Pro Plan
  • Purina
  • Tidy Cats

It’s been awhile….

I used to love that song by Staind and it was running through my head as I stared at my screen trying to figure out what I could post before my son wakes back up to nurse…

The problem with blogging is that I have so many ideas that I want to share and they all take time to elaborate so I end up not flushing them all the way out and then just not posting anything… I am determined to break free from my slump..but I am wavering on what I want to post. “Cause it’s always raining in my head”..sorry another random Staind reference. Not quite sure why their songs are running through my head this evening. I’m going to blame the Sepia homeopathic I took this afternoon. LOL

I think I would briefly like to discuss Brain Waves. There are four levels of brain wave states that I am going to discuss. They are Beta, Alpha, Theta, and Delta. There is also Gamma, but that won’t really apply to this discussion. Sounds a bit like a sorority doesn’t it? 🙂

Beta is the active brain wave state when we are going about our busy lives. Those brain waves cycle at 12-40 cycles per second. This is get ‘er dun mode. The cycle beneath that is Alpha. We typically go into Alpha brain wave states when we are daydreaming or meditating. Alpha brain waves are around 8-13 cycles per second. Then down lower we go to Theta. This is when you are completely relaxed, that space right before sleep when you are semi-conscious but in a dream-like state. Brain waves cycle here at 4-7 cycles per second! This is a place of healing for our bodies. Lastly, we have Delta. Delta is deep sleep. There is no sense of self in Delta. Some say that is where our souls find rest in the collective consciousness and recharge before returning back to ourselves. Our brain waves cycle 4 cycles or less per second. This is a place of DEEP healing and why when people are ill they sleep a lot.

I have become very interested in brain wave states when I realized that mothers in labor can travel almost fluidly through these brain wave states depending on their stage of labor. As a doula, one of my jobs is to travel there with her. When moms are laboring it is your job to enter her energy frequency instead of constantly forcing her to enter yours! This is a part of the job often referred to as “holding space”. It is a beautiful thing to get into a zone with an expectant mother, you find that you can almost read her mind and anticipate her needs without her saying a word! She will look at you and you will know immediately that she wants water, or she wants her aunt in the next room to shutup. You will know when she wants you close and when she only wants to be with her partner. You will know without a word, because you will feel and read her energy shift because you will be at the same brain wave state as her. Now sometimes, you have to shift back to Beta (especially in a hospital setting) so that she won’t have to, handle some business, and then shift back down again. She will be aware, but able to hold her own energy. Have you ever seen a mom fall asleep right before she begins to push out her baby? Some moms snore (loudly) for about 5 minutes and then pop back up and are ready to push. That is Delta, I believe that you should NEVER disturb a woman during this time. She could be receiving “cosmic downloads” as my teacher, Whapio is fond of saying. She is going into a place of deep healing so that with the birth of the baby, she can also birth herself as the mother that this baby needs…

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Pregnancy in particular is a potential time of great healing and empowerment as a woman. You have ready access to brain waves states to heal the deepest parts of yourself to make yourself ready for this new experience of motherhood (even if it’s not your first time, it’s your first time with this baby).

You already possess everything you need to be whole and healed. You already possess the ability to birth your baby. All you need to do is tap into the power of your mind and spirit to make it happen! Embrace the process, don’t fear it and it will embrace you back!

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When a doula gets doula’d

A doula is a person (typically a woman) who sits with a woman during labor and supports her in a variety of ways through what is often a trying or difficult time in her life and tries to make it as easy as possible so that she comes out on the other side of it all the better for the experience. I wanted to share one of those times, I felt one of my clients did just that for me…

I have been blessed in my doula practice that I have been able to serve an international base of clients. Through many of them I have been blessed to learn many different cultural remedies for common pregnancy ailments, postpartum rituals, and recipes for the many meals I have been served. It is often glaring to me the lack of a hospitality that we have here in the U.S. I am often stunned by the amazing lengths that I am treated by the mommas that I feel I am supposed to be serving and end up serving me.

One of my fondest memories was a Malay mom. This was her third baby and I would visit her on a monthly basis. She would always fix me large elaborate meals when I came and I got to know her and her family very well. She fixed a variety of Indian and Malay dishes for me because her husband was Indian. This was some of the most delicious food I have tasted in my life. I still miss her cooking 7 years later…

I sometimes felt we spent as much time talking about me as her. I later understood that she wanted a level of closeness with me because she was very far from her family and craved a closeness that she was used to with women in her country. We became very close and she had an amazing and beautiful birth. She even invited my whole family to come to her house for dinner one night and we had a blast! Did I mention the food and how well this sister could cook???

After the birth of her daughter, I began to get very sick. No one knew what was wrong with me and I was slowly deteriorating. I began to lose a lot of weight and was a shadow of myself. (We later found out that I had double pneumonia that spread and infected my kidneys.) She always called to check on me and make sure that I was ok. She referred me to a friend of hers who knew a good Chinese herbalist and I began to go and slowly improved from a regime of herbs. I went to visit her, right after I first started my herbs so I was still weak and sick, but able to get around. Their visa was running out and they were in the process of selling everything and packing up. Her husband had not secured a new contract and so they had to go back to Malaysia. I just wanted to pop in and say one last quick goodbye (I hate goodbyes!). I wanted to keep it light, and pop in and out. I had dragged myself out of bed, not listening to my husband who wanted me to rest. I felt compelled to at least tell her one last goodbye. She had become more than just a client, she had become my friend.

Months of what started off as hospitality had grown into a sister-friendship. I sat down and we talked and talked. Of course she insisted on feeding me. I insisted I wasn’t hungry. I had lost my appetite with my illness and could barely keep anything down. I remember I was so cold ALL the time. I sat on the floor. They had either given away or sold the vast majority of their things. We sat across from one another with the food on a box or a crate. She insisted on serving me. It was a simple dish, lamb knuckle bones in some type of a curry-like sauce over rice. There might have been some naan (bread) as well…I don’t remember. What I DO remember is that the moment her food touched my lips, I felt the warmth travel down to my bones. I was wearing a sweater and a coat because I was just cold all the time. I felt the warmth of the heat from the food as it radiated out. I initially told her that I would just have one with a little sauce and rice because I thought I would not be able to keep anything down. She insisted on feeding me more…and boy did I eat. I sucked every last drop of sauce off of that bone. I gnawed on the bone and sucked out the marrow. I wiped my plate clean. I don’t believe I left much for her husband (sorry). I mean lamb knuckle bones? Who would have thought? I know you the reader aren’t saying yum-I wouldn’t either-but I swear it was one of the best things I have eaten in my life. I felt that the coldness and emptiness was being pushed away and my nose was actually running a little bit and I wasn’t shivering like usual.

I left her home that day feeling warm and comforted. As I walked back to the car I thought about how much I was going to miss her friendship. I knew that I had made a connection that was going to last forever. As her doula I was able to walk with her, offer her suggestions to alleviate her discomfort during labor and nurture her as she went through labor and delivery. As my doula, she was able to make suggestions of how I could get better, held a nourishing space for me as I was sick so that as I went through that discomfort I came out on the other side all the better for it.

I thought of her today. I randomly think of her and her family often. We chat sporadically on Facebook. Doulas don’t have to be someone who is in your life everyday-but someone who was there when you needed them, even if you thought you didn’t 🙂

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Bellydancing for Birth

Watch the pelvic bones of these skeletons and all of the wonderful stretching and movement that takes place during a belly dance. This can be a great fun exercise during pregnancy and there are even some videos for bellydance specific to birth.  At the very least, listen to some great music and get your hips rocking, your baby will thank you for rocking them into an optimal position to help with an easier labor!

The Beauty of Breastfeeding

I love breastfeeding my infant (he’s 4 months old). It brings me an almost zen-like feeling to watch him grow and know that it’s my body nourishing him. Breastfeeding also causes me to slow down, to set my internal clock slower and move to my baby’s rhythm. When I have had to be away from him and I’m only pumping, I always feel like there is something missing. I can get very caught up in whatever I am doing and start going at the adult grown-up pace. This does not jive with the time experience of babies. They are slower and (I believe) experience the passage of time differently than we do. Breastfeeding causes me to slow down and reconnect with my baby at different points during the day. It is my time to check in with him and really feel how he is doing. Does he look like he’s coming down with something, has he been a little grumpy, is he in a happy mood? These are all things that I read by my baby’s cues. I also feel that I am much more intuned with him and all the oxytocin flowing between the two of us I fall in love all over again. 🙂

Studies have been done that show that when mothers and babies stare in each other’s eyes and engage in back and forth communication that both of their brain wave patterns move in synch with one another! (crazy right?) You and your baby are literally in synch with one another…if only we could do that more with teenagers…but I digress. The mother-baby dyad is an amazing connection strengthened by hormones and mother nature. If birth were left to just occur on it’s own for healthy mothers, then Mother Nature has it so that bonding is forged and strengthened during birthing and postpartum. Breastfeeding is a natural continuum to the initial connection forged from the moment you first touch your baby and claim them as your own.