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One of my life long hobbies is studying healing plants in the form of herbals, essential oils and flower essences. As a hobbyist, in 1985, I took my first herbal studies class from the Australasian School of Herbal Studies. It has since evolved into a much larger entity. Now there are so many local courses to be taken with big names around the tri-state area, such as Robin Rose Bennet , Susan Weed and Peeka Trenkle. There just weren’t any local classes that I knew of in 1985. In 1986, I studied homeopathy with Jane Cicchetti at the Five Elements Center in Mountain Lakes.
The BirthTouch® books were created out of my own experiences. I noticed that whenever I went through a rough emotional time or an illness in my life, my healing journey took multiple twists and turns. I found I meandered along a mindbody approach, an integrative approach that incorporated science and wisdom.
From the healing I’ve experienced in my personal life, grew the mindbody approach that I’ve come to use in my professional work.
When is it a good time for you to try EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a mindbody approach to therapy that’s effective with trauma and moving stuck emotional places. EMDR as a treatment modality, is best used with someone who is stable in his or her mental health treatment. For example, someone with untreated clinical depression needs to address the depression before beginning EMDR treatment. Or someone with bipolar disorder needs to be stable on their medication for at least six months prior to beginning EMDR treatment or a person struggling with addiction needs to be stable in recovery for at least a year before beginning EMDR treatment. Persons with complex trauma, such as persons subjected to ongoing childhood sexual abuse, should have a good understanding of their abuse before undertaking EMDR. EMDR is appropriate for persons who suffered a single incident trauma.
Why use EMDR?
Did you know that 99% of women who stop breastfeeding due to medications can actually continue?
As a new mother 22 (short?) years ago, I suffered postpartum depression. I was breastfeeding and refused to take any medications for it. I think I would’ve come out of the depression sooner if I had opted for medication. But, I was afraid. There weren’t many studies back then. Now there are a lot of studies on this topic and there’s a lot of information available about medications and pregnancy and breastfeeding.
The idea of the Triple Goddess is rooted in antiquity, in prehistoric societies, in Greek and Roman culture and mythology. The Triple Goddess is often portrayed as one goddess with three faces embodying the archetypes of maiden, mother and matriarch all in one being. She is associated with the moon, and often called a moon goddess.
These three archetypes are portrayed throughout the world in literature, poetry, mythology, ancient religion, folk stories and fairy tales. Many of our modern archetypes of womanhood are derived from these archetypes and implicitly influence how we define womanhood in today’s world.
Some women get morning sickness during pregnancy and others don’t. About 80% of all women have morning sickness. In fact, it can one of the first signs that you are pregnant! For some, it’s just a mild nausea, but for others, unfortunately, it can be so bad that you can’t eat or drink any water! The nausea may not only occur in the morning, too. Sometimes it can happen around the clock! Morning sickness may be one of your first signs that you’re pregnant, so nausea can be a joyous sign! Hopefully, the morning sickness will only occur in the first trimester or your pregnancy and begin to end by the start of the second semester. However, this isn’t alway the case. Some women will continue with some nausea until the baby is born!
No one is for certain what causes morning sickness, and one of the popular ideas is that it is caused by a surge of hormones as the placenta is developing, so it’s a change in your body as your body starts to accommodate your pregnancy. Sometimes the prenatal vitamin pill irritates some women’s stomach, so try taking it with food and later in the day. Always find out first with your doctor before taking anything new or taking yourself off medication, even prenatal pills.
Being a new parent was one of the most confusing times in my life. Everything changes: the way that you feel about yourself, the way your marriage functions, and the way that you care for your child(ren) can turn your world upside down. To make it worse, everyone (loads of parenting experts, doctors, friends, relatives, etc.) believe that their advice will make your parenting experience easier.
Almost all of this parenting advice is well-intended, but more often than not you’ll hear confusing and contradictory claims about parenting that can make your job even more difficult than nature made it to begin with!