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Calendula: From Farm to Product

Calendula is in a number of our body care products, such as Nipple Cream, Diaper Balm and Green Salve, for good reason. Calendula is well known for its soothing effects as it helps heal chapped skin, wash wounds and reduce swelling. We recently touted its amazing properties in our post about our Nipple Cream.  But did you also know that… Continue Reading >




Skin-To-Skin and Breastfeeding in the Operating Room After a Cesarean Birth

Think it’s not possible to experience the magic of holding your baby skin-to-skin and breastfeed in the operating room after a cesarean birth? We are happy to share that, in many cases, it is possible! Though it is not (yet) common practice, a growing number of providers are embracing skin-to-skin and breastfeeding immediately following… Continue Reading >




Could a placental issue be the cause of your milk supply problems?

Unless you've encapsulated your placenta, you probably haven't given it too much thought since your birth. But did you know that your placenta plays a key role in the development of your milk supply? Here are three lesser known ways that your placenta can affect your breastfeeding experience:Retained placental fragments. The delivery of… Continue Reading >




Aromatherapy and Herbal Remedies for Pregnancy, Birth, and Breastfeeding

Heartburn, backache, morning sickness, insomnia, pain from tearing... the list of discomforts from the childbearing year can seem endless. But at Motherlove, we've long known that for each challenge there are herbs and essential oils that can provide gentle and effective relief. We are therefore very pleased to share a new book,… Continue Reading >




Iron deficient after childbirth?  Herbs can help!

It's estimated that one in eight women experience iron deficiency after giving birth, up to 12 months after delivery. And the results can make life - let alone life parenting a new baby - very difficult.  Symptoms of iron deficiency include feeling weak and tiring out more easily, feeling dizzy or cranky, headaches, shortness of breath,… Continue Reading >




Dr. Aviva Romm: Using integrative medicine to support mothers in the childbearing year

We're very happy to share a podcast interview with one of our favorite people:  Dr. Aviva Romm!Dr. Romm is a pioneer in the field of natural birth and botanical medicine for gynecology, obstetrics, and pediatrics in the U.S.  She is a physician, midwife, an herbalist, an author, and an educator.  A founder of the Yale University… Continue Reading >




Check out our treasure trove of podcasts on breastfeeding, birth, parenting, and much more!

Did you know that the Motherlove blog has a treasure trove of podcasts on topics from breastfeeding and pregnancy, to sleep and starting solids?  Want to learn about low milk supply and your hormones, how to prepare for the birth you want, or how to solve toddler sleep problems?  We've got all that and much more!We've compiled links to… Continue Reading >




Why is the C-section rate so high?  A podcast interview with the author of Cut It Out

What are the key factors driving recent record high cesarean section rates in the U.S.?  And what are the consequences for the health of mothers and babies?In our new podcast interview we spoke with Dr. Theresa Morris, author of Cut It Out: The C-Section Epidemic in America. 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 >




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 >