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Meditation during Pregnancy

Having a baby is probably one of the most life-changing events you can experience – affecting everything from your body, to your emotions, home, work place, and relationships, just to name a few! It is a time of great joy, anticipation, dreaming, planning, and above all, worry.For many women, pregnancy is an emotional rollercoaster –… 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 >




Tips to prepare for tandem nursing

Tandem nursing was something I set out to do before I even became pregnant with my second son. I thought it sounded romantic. It sounded easy. It turned out to be over-whelming and one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. Many women will end up nursing multiple children through pregnancies and beyond whether they choose to or they… Continue Reading >




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 >




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 >




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 >




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 >




Podcast:  Birth and breastfeeding in prison

85% of women in prison are mothers, and the same percentage of women in prison are pregnant as on the outside.What is birth like for them?  How long do they have with their babies before they’re separated?  Why do some birth in shackles?  And is it possible for incarcerated mothers to breastfeed?To answer these questions we spoke with… Continue Reading >




Want to cleanse toxins from your body before trying to conceive? Listen to our podcast

Toxins we absorb through everyday living can make it harder for us to conceive a baby. So how can we reduce our body’s toxic burden before trying to conceive?In this month’s podcast interview we speak with naturopathic physician Dr. Laila Tomsovic about preconception cleansing. We ask when to do it, whether cleansing is safe during… Continue Reading >




Trauma from childbirth?  Listen to our podcast interview

Did you have intrusive thoughts about your birth?  Flashbacks?  Do you steer clear of hospitals, or try to avoid talking about your birth?We’re very happy to share a podcast interview on trauma from childbirth, with Dr. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, health psychologist and trauma expert.Dr. Kendall-Tackett is health psychologist, and… Continue Reading >