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By: virginiapadoula | February 27, 2014

Most of us have a good idea that breastfeeding our babies is healthier than the alternative. Over 200+ vitamins and nutrients, a low risk of ear infections thanks to all the antibodies, aka a stronger immune system, a better metabolism, and attachment benefits for both mom and baby. With extended breastfeeding Mom has a lower risk of ovarian and cervical cancer. Not to mention we tend to get more sleep in the long run. These are all great and can't be played down. But after nearly two years of nursing I've found a few quirky benefits that stand above the rest. I have five to be exact.

1. Movies.

I'm not talking about squeezing in the latest Netflix at home while your little one naps. Or even paying a babysitter twice the cost of...

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By: virginiapadoula | February 19, 2014

Attending births is a labor of love for me. Whether 6hrs or 32hrs I commit myself to the laboring mother 100%. Over the past two years I have noticed certain qualities that can assist a momma in striving for a natural birth and motherhood. These qualities closely follow characteristics we all can strive for throughout our life span but I have specifically applied them to the birthing experience.


1#Think Positive Thoughts .Complaining has a magnifying effect and will make what you are experiencing stronger. Instead acknowledge that labor is intense and hard work and that you can do it.


2#Expect A Certain Amount of Hard Work .Everything in life is a balance between pleasure and pain, joy and sorrow. Giving birth...

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By: virginiapadoula | February 14, 2014

10.) 30 other countries have lower infant-maternal death rates and of these 30 countries natural childbirth is the preferred              method of birthing

9.)   Birthing your baby under your own power is a womanly right of passage

8.)   You can eat and drink as much as you want before, during, and after labor.   In fact  we encourage you to!

7.)   Natural childbirth allows for a quicker recovery time so mothers have an easier time coping with the demands of a new baby.

6.)   Lower risk of a retained placenta

5.)   Natural childbirth does not require a painful cathet...

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By: virginiapadoula | January 05, 2014

   I feel like I can't share this story without sharing my experience during pregnancy.   The physical symptoms were the same as with my first pregnancy but emotionally I was much more anxious and tense.   My husband and I had wanted a sibling for our son and we had planned this pregnancy but as my due date loomed closer my feelings of excitement waned and I became much more worried about what having an infant and a toddler would mean for our family.   How would my two year old son cope with having to share mommy? How would my husband and I relate to each other with even less sleep and more grouchiness?   How could I possibly be a good mother to two babies w...

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