Posts Tagged ‘mindbody medicine’

10 Activities for Family Bonding Time

Today I have a guest post from my  friend, Shirley Parker, an experienced mom! Parenting is a developmental right of passage and requires commitment, patience and personal growth!  But it’s also alot of fun! being outdoors and exploring family fun activities is a great way to relax and bond with your children as well as offer ways to get away from all the electronic devices!  Please welcome Shirley Parker to BirthTouch!

 

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Birth Trauma: Heather Barson and Surgery During Childbirth Without Consent

Heather Barson (photo by Steve Puro)

Heather Barson (photo by Steve Puro)

Heather Barson’s featured article today is extraordinary. Heather  writes about her recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder after childbirth. She talks about a healthcare system that doesn’t take care of women. She shares her dark walk through PTSD. She shares her long multi-pronged approach to healing. Her story is moving and healing. I admire her immensely. Please welcome Heather Barson with me.

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14 Tips for Mamas with Past Sexual Abuse

This article originally appeared in Postpartum Progress.

Cristi Motto Comes of Motherhood Unadorned are over at Postpartum Progress today talking about past sexual abuse and how it can affect the emotions of pregnancy, birth and postpartum.  

Mend a broken heart

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Get your kids gardening!

This is a guest post from a friend of mine across the pond who loves to garden as much as I do!  My son, now 19, grew up gardening with me. His first experience gardening was planting foxglove and basil seeds with me in egg cartons in the living room! And together, we planted over 300 daffodil bulbs on our former residence in Budd Lake, New Jersey.

Enjoy gardening with your children where we finally get some spring here in the northeast US! Here are some tips from Karen!

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Positive psychology coping skill: Mindfulness

This article originally appeared in the Examiner:

 

Mindfulness is a positive psychology coping skill. When developed, mindfulness helps you let go of judgments, be in the present moment and feel less anxious and depressed about what may or may not happen.

Mindfulness doesn’t mean meditating 20 – 40 minutes a day. That’s a bigger commitment than most people I know are willing (or able!) to make! Mindfulness doesn’t need to be an overwhelming prospect! Even small changes can positively impact your internal emotional well-being and how you relate to external events!

Mindfulness and Conscious Parenting:  Read the rest here!

Vegetable Juicing for Detox and Wellness

Are you looking for a way to detoxify and take your wellness goals up a notch? Try vegetable juicing! Juicing is a powerful tool that can cleanse you from the inside.

Virtually every health expert, including conventional doctors, recommends six to eight servings of vegetables and fruits per day. However, very few of us get the said recommended amount.

Juicing is a way to reach this daily target for veggies. It allows you to add a wider variety of choices to your diet. You get to enjoy stuff that you normally enjoy eating whole, and it’s easier for your body to absorb the exciting lineup of nutrients.

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Mindbody Research: Lavender Aromatherapy Provides Comfort and Increases Maternal Contentment in Childbirth

Evidence-based mindbody practices help alleviate pain, depression and anxiety (Istock/Zen)

Evidence-based mindbody practices help alleviate pain, depression and anxiety (Istock/Zen)

This year, 2014, Maasumeh Kaviani, Faculty Member at the Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in Iran, and her team of research scholars conducted a study to see the effects of using lavender aromatherapy during childbirth on pain intensity perception, duration of labor, maternal contentment and Apgar scores. The researchers found the use of the lavender aromatherapy lowered the perception of pain, improved maternal contentment, but did not reduce the duration of labor. Safely using lavender aromatherapy in the birthing room is inexpensive, has no side effects and may be a holistic way to help women manage their births.

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MindBody Research: Acupressure on LI4 Provides Comfort and Decreases Time of Active Labor

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.

 

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Holistic ways to manage stress in pregnancy: A multi-pronged approach!

Deep relaxation is holistic care during pregnancy (istock/kzenon)

Deep relaxation is holistic care during pregnancy (istock/kzenon)

The research evidence is growing regarding the effects of stress in pregnancy on both mom and baby.

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Oceans Eleven Johns Hopkins Research Team Validates Mindbody Medicine for Depression & Anxiety (Redux!)

Evidence-based mindfulness practices help alleviate depression and anxiety (Istock/Zen)

Evidence-based mindfulness practices help alleviate depression and anxiety (Istock/Zen)

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.

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