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Natural remedies for morning sickness

Note: Talk with your health care provider about any supplements and treatments you are considering for morning sickness.*What causes morning sickness?Morning sickness is generally thought to be caused by the rapid change in hormonal levels that occurs during the first weeks of pregnancy. Other causes of morning sickness may include low… Continue Reading >




Feeding breastmilk by bottle?  Learn paced feeding to avoid overfeeding your baby.

You may not be able to overfeed a baby at the breast, but it is possible to overfeed (and overwhelm) a baby with a bottle of breastmilk.Paced feeding is a method that helps to prevent this problem, and may be useful for you to learn if you’ll be returning to work and pumping, if you’re exclusively pumping, or if your partner will be… Continue Reading >




Seasonal allergies?  Herbs to the rescue!

Allergy season is in full swing again, so we thought we’d share some information on herbs to relieve your seasonal suffering.We love herbs for their power to do everything from heal skin to support milk supply, so we thought we’d share some information on the many herbs that can help with seasonal allergies.*  Sure, there are plenty of… Continue Reading >




Free to Breastfeed: Voices of Black Mothers on our new podcast!

 The authors of the new book, Free to Breastfeed: Voices of Black Mothers are guests on our new podcast!Authors Jeanine Logan and Anayah Sangodele-Ayoka talked about the importance of giving voice to African American moms’ stories, of claiming breastfeeding as part of the African American experience and tradition, and about going beyond… Continue Reading >




Can I use herbs during labor?  Yes!

We’re pleased to share the following information on herbs for labor and postpartum care, written by Motherlove founder Kathryn Higgins:Can I use herbs during labor?Yes, herbs can be very useful during labor and after birth to ease pain, calm emotions, and help speed recovery.  The following herbs have been used by midwives and birthing… Continue Reading >




Writing a family-centered cesarean birth plan

Family-centered cesarean  is an emerging trend in cesarean birth, which sometimes goes by the names “gentle cesarean” or “natural cesarean.”  It’s an effort to make cesarean birth more respectful of families’ emotional and physical needs, and elements of it are catching on in may hospitals.Whether you’re expecting a planned cesarean or… Continue Reading >




Motherlove's founder:  How herbs helped me through three births

Today we’re very happy to share the birth stories of Kathryn Higgins, Motherlove’s founder.  Already an expert in the power of herbs for lifelong health by the time her daughters were born, she used a number of herbs before, during and after her labors.I decided to have a home birth with my first child.  We lived in the mountains in… Continue Reading >




Earth Day is Every Day!

 We’ve always thought every day was Earth Day here at Motherlove, but since we started   operating the Motherlove Herb Farm last year, the concept has taken on new meaning. Today we had lunch on the farm to celebrate Earth Day and spend time as a company connecting with the earth and the foundation for our company—the herbs and… Continue Reading >




Depression at weaning?

Feeling sad, even depressed, during or after weaning?  You’re probably not alone.Hormonal changes at weaning, coupled with the loss of the breastfeeding relationship, theoretically may heighten the risk of feelings of sadness, even leading to depression in some women.While there is no research examining exactly this question, it is… Continue Reading >




Preparing for a VBAC

Considering or committed to having a hospital VBAC birth?If so, you might be wondering how to prepare, both logistically and emotionally, to give yourself the best odds of having the outcome you want.  The VBAC rate has fallen dramatically in recent years, making preparation and planning very important.So we assembled this list of… Continue Reading >




U.S. maternity leave policy and its effect on families:  A podcast interview with Moms Rising

Did you know that the U.S. is one of only a handful of countries that does not offer new mothers paid family leave?   The other countries:  Papua New Guinea, Lesotho, and Swaziland.In this podcast interview we spoke with Charlie Rose, associate campaign director for MomsRising.org, a national organization with over a million members… Continue Reading >




Family-Centered Cesarean:  A podcast interview with Robin Elise Weiss

Have you heard about a new trend in cesarean birth?  It goes by a number of different names:  family centered cesarean, natural cesarean, gentle cesarean.Whatever you call it, if you’re pregnant and want a more satisfying cesarean experience should one be necessary, you’ll want to learn more about it.In this podcast interview we talked… Continue Reading >