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Willing to grow

I was reminded this morning how difficult it can be to actually be willing to grow. Growth brings change, and we are comfortable where we are.  Others are comfortable with us where we are.  Sometimes it feels like growth ruins everything. And lets face it, pregnancy and parenting is definitely a time of growing. I [...]

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Sharing the Ministry of Motherhood

I’m starting to avoid social media. I do like the ability to share the ins and outs of my daily life with my family and close friends (who all live hundreds of miles from me). I just find the conversations and sharing of blog posts disruptive to my extended friendships. No matter how hard I [...]

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The Support Women Need

I ran across this article from the CDC today: Breastfeeding practices: does method of delivery matter? Maybe you are like me, you want the researchers to say it doesn’t matter.  In part, they did.  It turns out there is no difference in initiation of breastfeeding.  It’s just that women who have an induction or a [...]

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Issues of Insurance

I’m in a health economics course this semester, and I’ve been spending the last few weeks pondering the idea of insurance as a health financing tool.  I’ve never been a fan of insurance – I’m still young and healthy so even in years I’ve had children I’ve paid more in insurance premiums than I would [...]

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Learning Compassion

I’ve challenged myself to learn to have more compassion. I admit it has been an interesting summer with unexpected, but much appreciated, personal growth. I was starting to feel that I was mastering compassion, until today. This afternoon as I was preparing to make soup from a new recipe, I responded to the direction to [...]

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Natural Health and My Faith

I had an interesting conversation with a midwife friend at the conference last week.  We talked about our philosophies of health, and it was a great reminder to me that many people interpret natural and holistic living differently. My friend what sharing about her use of herbs.  She likes to use herbs with the women [...]

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God’s Perfect Timing

When I was working as a doula I was always amazed at how perfectly God timed births.  They always began and ended at times that fit so amazingly into my schedule in ways I would never have thought to plan them. God thought of everything as he prepared these women to labor. My faith in [...]

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Ask, Seek, Knock

I am not a wordsmith like some of my friends, but I do enjoy words.  I enjoy the way similar words have slightly different meanings.  I love finding just the right word to express a feeling. Well written songs move my heart. Basically, I try to pay attention to words. So this weekend at church [...]

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Holistic Birthing

I want to share a source of frustration with you, the term “holistic” when it is applied to natural birthing. This is not because I am in any way against holistic birthing.  In fact, I encourage women to prepare holistically.  What frustrates me is the term, and the inappropriate way it is used and understood. [...]

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Teach me!

Learning is a slow process.  It requires exploring a new subject, experimenting with it and looking at it from different angles until you suddenly realize you understand it. All learning is like this, whether you are learning to follow God, learning to speak a foreign language or learning to be a parent. It can be [...]

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