A guest post from Lee Becker, a father waiting for his son to be born. Very sweet!
I can hardly contain my excitement as I anxiously await your arrival tomorrow! After so many months of planning for you and talking about you with your mother, you are finally going to be here. And, Mom and I are finally going to become parents – a dream we have shared since we were married five years ago. I am writing this to you because I want you to someday be able to look back and read it, and know exactly what I was thinking on the eve of your birth.
I Promise to Always Keep You Safe
In 2012, Ahmad Khosravi, Msc, and his colleagues at the Shahroud University of Medical Sciences in Iran conducted a research study to see if using Large Intestine 4 in labor actually helped provide comfort and shortened the duration of labor time. Using acupressure to relieve pain is inexpensive and has no side effects and may be a way to help women in areas that are underserved by modern hospital care.
The research evidence is growing regarding the effects of stress in pregnancy on both mom and baby.
Oceans Eleven Johns Hopkins Research Team Validates Mindbody Medicine for Depression & Anxiety (Redux!)
A(nother) very large research team (umm how about calling them the Oceans Eleven of JH?) led by Madhav Goyal, MD, MPH, at Johns Hopkins University published findings from a study they did about the effects of mindfulness practices on symptoms of anxiety and depression.
This is a guest post from Jessy Troy, a healthcare activist whom I met on the blogosphere. She blogs about health and self-improvement across a a variety of niches. Follow her on Twitter where she engages with alot of Twitter healthcare chats! @JessyTroy
I am always pretty honest with my addictions. I smoked for several years and had to be open about that before I stopped. I have a rather serious caffeine addiction that takes me through almost an entire pot of coffee a day, on my own. But one that has really taken over my life – as it has so many others – is social media. Especially that micro-blogging powerhouse, Twitter.
With the crazy weather we’ve all been having, the temperatures up and down and all, there’s been a lot of sneezing around the office this week, so I decided to take whip up a batch of immune support salve for my family. I’m sending one over to my son at his college dorm!
First, get your stuff together:
Have you had it with office life? Do you want a job that is personally rewarding? Are you looking for a calling and not a regular 9 – 5? Then maybe you should consider animal assisted therapy (AAT). Animal assisted therapy is a great field for those who like working with people and animals. It’s also a growing field, as ongoing research into animal-human relationships reveals just how beneficial animals are in virtually every aspect of our lives. For example, animals can be used to combat depression, overcome addiction, lose weight, reach autistic children, improve physical functioning, rehabilitate convicts and teach kids (and adults) how to read.
Everybody knows that omega 3 fatty acids are good for health, especially good for promoting cardiovascular health and cognitive aging.
One of my hobbies is studying healing herbs and essential oils. It’s fascinating to me that there’s extensive research about the healing properties of essential oils at a detailed level of chemistry, but this research and information isn’t widely disseminated. Interesting, huh?
Perinatal Therapist Spotlight: Diane Speier, Ph.D.
Please welcome my colleague from across the pond! Dr. Diane Speier, a holistic psychotherapist and birth and postnatal professional to BirthTouch® is guest posting today! Diane is also a birth psychologist, specializing in the psychology of parenthood, the psycho-physiology of birth, postnatal depression and recovering from birth trauma. She has been supporting per and postnatal women all of her professional life.
Diane found and directed The Family Tree Center for Parents in New York, before immigrating to the UK. A certified childbirth educator since 1978, Diane also started attending births as a doula (labor companion) in 1978, and her passion for helping mothers evolved into the Birth and Beyond Doula Service for childbirth and postnatal home care. Diane created The Birth Empowerment Workshop®, a weekend intensive for pregnant couples seeking a multidimensional and holistic approach to birth and parenting. In November 2013, in collaboration with her daughter, Mariel Sands, she created the first postnatal app, called Digital Doula. Read the rest of this entry