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Long-time members of our community will remember that I am a huge fan of the Save the Children charity. The organization does amazing things for kids at home and around the world, from building schools, to parent education, to clean water initiatives, you name it.

Of special interest to our community, of course, is their work in maternal support, including midwifery training. In many around the world (even here in rural North America), the nearest doctor or hospital might be a 4+ hour drive away... and that's if you have car. By training midwives in local communities, Save the Children is helping to save the lives of innumerable moms and babies.

So, to celebrate the launch of our brand-spanking-new website, we're running another "Write a Review, Save the Children" fundraising campaign!

For every review posted on our site, we will donate $1 to Save the Children, up to $500!

So PLEASE SHARE, TWEET, AND LIKE this post and this link:

Cole Deelah

Editor's Introduction: We get a lot of questions about the benefits of ingesting the placenta after giving birth, particularly placenta encapsulation. But did you know that there is a lot more to the placenta than just that? For starters, the placenta is the only temporary organ created by mamals. And, the placenta has been celebrated and honored throughout history by cultures around the world.

And yes, it can be eaten, too.

In this primer, you'll learn about this amazin organ. As a bonus, you'll find instructions for how to encapsulate your plancenta at the end of this article. Read on!

Kate Deriso
As a Bowen Therapist, I work with a lot of people who are in pain.  This includes musculoskeletal injuries as well as migraines, headaches, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, and Lyme Disease.  I started to incorporate essential oils into my practice in order to enhance people’s healing process.  I studied on my own and had a decent working knowledge of what essential oils to use for certain desired outcomes.  About three years ago, I used essential oils on a client, who had Lyme disease, during her Bowen session.  We previously had just done a straight Bowen session with no oils and her results were minimal.  Well, she phoned me a week after her session to report that she had never been without pain this long before in all her time living with Lyme.  She said, “Kate, I think you are really on to something here”.  After that, I immediately signed up for my Aromatherapy Certification training with the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy.  I figured that if I am “on to something”, I had better get some more solid education on essential oils so I really know what I am doing.  

As I was going through my training, I was horrified when I kept hearing story after story of people being told that it is perfectly safe to use essential oils indiscriminately.  For example, a few drops of an oil on your tongue or in your drinking water; using essential oils for pregnant and/or lactating women, children and infants; essential oils in eyes, ears, and nose; undiluted on skin.  This is remarkably irresponsible.  And by the way, it has nothing to do with any particular brand.  It has to do with chemistry and biology.  

When I found out I was pregnant (now almost a year ago to the day!) I had already made the decision to breastfeed exclusively. And it was funny how often that question came up, “are you going to breastfeed?” almost as often as “do you know what you’re having?” And I would reply, yes, I hope. Because I knew it was hard and I knew a lot of people that didn’t. The only thing I didn’t know was really how hard it would be at first.

I read a lot before the baby came about how to breastfeed, how to get the best latch. Remember, the books said, the baby is learning to latch and you’re learning to breastfeed but its a lot of instinct – she knows what she needs to do.


I am an overachiever. In my education, in my career, in my milk supply. I’m almost ashamed to say it, when so many mamas have such problems making enough milk or keeping their supply up. But I make milk and I make a lot of it. Even now, when she is starting to wean herself and only sporadically nursing there is plenty in there. My husband is sure that there’s nothing left.  Ah but there is, see? And this abundant supply led me to rebel against the two biggest don’ts of lactating women: underwires and plastic nursing pads. dun dun dun…..

NaturallyBorn Editor

So, you want to give birth naturally? Wonderful! The benefits of a natural, unmedicated birth affect not only your baby, but you as well. In general, natural births boast of faster recovery rates for mom, and an easier time starting breastfeeding for mom and baby. Naturally born babies are more alert at birth and often are calmer. 

However, there is more to giving birth naturally than showing up to the hospital in labor, or calling your midwife for your home birth. The more preparation that you do before hand, the more likely you are to successfully give birth naturally.

NaturallyBorn Editor
Let’s get this out in the open. I’m a naturally minded mom. I had unmedicated childbirths, I breastfed all of my kids for at least a year and up to three years, I babywore, co-slept, and cloth diapered my kids. I made most of my own baby food. I’ve homeschooled several of my kids. But the thing that may shock you is this: all six of my kids are completely vaccinated. On schedule.

When my oldest was born, vaccines were not questioned nearly as much as they are now. My biggest worry was how to afford them. At the time (nearly 18 years ago) we had rather limited insurance that did not cover well-child visits. I quickly learned that the most expensive part of this visit was the administration of vaccines. His first such visit cost us over $600. I was shocked, to say the least. My first response though, was not to forgo the shots in the future, but to find a way to have them administered more affordably. The county health department was our choice.

Why, you may ask, was I so adamant about having my sweet, clean, pure, baby,  injected with chemicals and toxins? Why would I want him to endure the pain of an injection?
Daniella Silver

When my now three-year-old son started teething (around 8 months old) we were hit with the “teething frenzy” which consisted of fevers, drooling, fussiness, colic and sleepless nights. I tried everything to calm him and soothe his gums. I felt like I was driving to Whole Foods every other night, looking for a new remedy to try.

I had never heard of amber teething necklaces and no one that I knew had tried them.

Now, less than two-and-a-half years later, many of my friend’s children are wearing them and they are “all the rage”.

I started to look into the research behind baltic amber teething necklaces when my daughter was born, 6 months ago. I learned that what made these necklaces effective was that the amber contains succinic acid, which, when warmed against the skin, releases an all natural analgesic (pain relief) which can help to ease teething pains, colic, gas and other ailments.

I was curious (and a little skeptical) about what all the hype was about. Two months ago my daughter started to drool a lot, was getting really fussy and irritable and was constantly putting her hands and objects in her mouth. I did not want a repeat of my son’s experience so I bought her a 100% baltic amber teething necklace and I quickly saw her irritability and drooling subside.

Meggan Hartman

During the first six months of a baby’s life there are numerous factors that influence the development of sleep. These factors highlight the way in which normal infant development and sleep interrelate. By having some of this knowledge, parents can have a better idea when to be more present with their little one at night, and when they can use gentle sleep methods to help encourage sleep.


Recently, we were asked to take a look at POP: 50 Amazing Secrets to a Successful Labor & Delivery or C-section, by Pamela Peery. We happily obliged, because who doesn't love a good secret?

And, we thought it would be fun to do our own, NaturallyBorn take on this theme. Our mamas are so prolific and generous with their advice that we thought we'd challenge our mamas as follows:

What is the ONE piece of advice, or the juiciest "secret" you could share, about childbirth?

Tell us below in the comments for a chance to win a copy of POP! Even if you are not pregnant now, it makes a great gift for an expecting mom in your life.

I'll even kick things off. See the first comment associated with this post. :-)

Here's a bit more about the book itself...