Issue #57 Articles

A Message from our Editor, Issue #57- Mamatoto

The East African language Swahili has a word that captures the inseparableness of a mother and her newborn child: “Mamatoto.” It means “mother-baby,” and it shows us that the mother and baby share an experience as being fundamentally one.

Empowering Feminine Energy

Women grow in confidence when they draw upon their feminine wisdom.

Making Time to Stop and Think: Principles to Live By from Mother and Activist Atsuko Watanabe

Everyone is in a hurry. There may be many reasons for this, but one result is certain: We don’t get much time to think. If we want to be more fully human, one of the places we could start is to consider what exactly “a human being” is. What are we...

Dando a Luz: Rediscovering the Ancient Wisdom in Birth

There exists a moment just before a baby takes that first breath that holds a significance only paralleled by the final one. These short periods of in-between, the sacred pauses before our entrances and exits, provide us with an opportunity to...

Consciousness at the Beginning of Life

I began my career in the 1970s, as an obstetrical nurse and childbirth educator in Kentucky. I loved caring for parents as they birthed and raised their babies. To be at the leading edge of my work, I earned my master’s degree in early development a...

Choosing a Birth Class: Hospital-Based vs. Independent Childbirth Education

In our society, where birth often happens behind closed doors, and the wisdom of labor is not often shared between generations, childbirth education classes have become an integral part of the journey of preparing for birth. However, many women are...

In The Flow: Bringing the Moon Inside

Ah, childbirth classes. For some of you reading this they may be a memory—or they may be yet to come. There you gather, in a room full of pillows, partners, and other blossoming mothers-to-be, to receive the great secrets about this most mysterious...

17 Things I Wish Every Woman Knew

In my career as a naturopath, I’ve inadvertently wound up working almost exclusively with women. Over the past few years, there are certain things that I’ve found myself desperately wanting these women to deeply know and understand. These are the...

How Rest Saved My Soul

When a mom drives her minivan by an empty park in a raging thunderstorm and sits there for an hour, screaming and in tears, people might think she’s nuts. I know that’s what I thought of myself. You’ve completely lost it. You’re out of control...

Bliss: Knowing Everything is Okay

The moment I love the most during yoga nidra meditation is toward the end, when you’re barely sensing your body. All thoughts fade, your heart opens, and this sense of being connected to a universal fire emerges. Whether there’s something going on in...

Gaining Perspective

I read somewhere that all perception is misperception, and I see some truth in that. Not that our perceptions are mis- in the literal sense of wrong or bad— they just don’t represent the whole picture. So perhaps it’s more accurate (and less...

Big Time: Do Big Babies Require a C-Section? We look at the Facts and Myths

We’ve all heard about women who were told they needed to consider an artificial induction of labor or even a cesarean section, because their babies “looked big” toward the end of their pregnancy. Many of these women were unpleasantly surprised when,...

Why You Should Think Twice about Prenatal Ultrasounds

I’m now in my second trimester—14 weeks, to be exact—and I have yet to hear my baby’s heartbeat. It’s a weird feeling, to be honest. During my first pregnancy, I had no idea about the dangers of prenatal ultrasound. The second I saw those two pink...

Present from the Start

Allowing Your Child to Attend a Sibling’s Birth and Ways to PrepareI’m often asked whether it’s a good idea to have siblings attend the birth of their new brother or sister. It’s a question that’s almost impossible for anyone other than a...

March for Moms and ImprovingBirth Join Forces

We are proud to share the news that ImprovingBirth and March for Moms will join forces to raise awareness about the need for greater investment and focus on maternal health issues in the United States. March for Moms is a multi-diverse group of...

Birth Trauma and the Issue of Informed Consent

At first, Erin Shetler was angry the doctor had performed the procedures without her knowing. He had cut her vaginal opening, used vacuum extraction to deliver her baby, and reached into her uterus to remove the placenta—all of which carry risks....

My Baby is Unsettled: How Chiropractic Helps

Most new parents struggle when their baby is unsettled. It’s hard enough to adapt and care for a tiny human, but it takes an immense amount of energy and patience when that baby is uncomfortable and unwell. As a chiropractor, I know that c...

Birth Story

The Power an Adjustment Can ReleaseBy Mallory Josh

Does My Baby Have Allergies Already?

In my capacity as a chiropractor and mindset/lifestyle coach specializing in German New Medicine, I am a member of a lot of holistic parenting groups and I see a lot of rashy baby photos, with parents inquiring what the source of the rash might be....

Cleaning Up the Heartbreak

We were on our way out the door, which has always been a little stressful since we had children. There’s just something about making ourselves and our kids look presentable—all at the same time—that causes tensions to run high. On this...