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What is an Empowered Birth?

“For me an empowered birth is one where I am the one who makes the decisions for me and my baby. Where I am in an environment of love, support, and respect for the power within my body to successfully birth my baby. Where I can be free to express anything I need to express; sound, movement, fear, love, ecstasy in a place that my expression will not lead to interference from the outside. I believe women have the ability to create an empowering birth experience regardless of if the birth outcome is natural, medicated, or surgical.   When women are making the decisions for their bodies and their babies out of education, faith, belief and confidence in themselves and not out of fear or manipulation they will be empowered.  I believe in the human body, in it’s power, and in birth’s ability to transform a person, woman, wife, and mother.”

Dr. Nancy, Your Birth Coach

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Natural Birth, Baby, and Beyond Podcast

I am planning to start a podcast to discuss issues around pregnancy, birth, parenting, sexuality, natural living, and women’s rights.

Does this sound like something you would be interested in listening to?

What topics would interest you most?

What questions would you like answered?

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Why I am Choosing Compassion

It is all over social media this week, an Alberta family is being charged with failure to provide the necessities of life after their toddler died following a battle with an infection.

This family is being judged and vilified based on media articles that are presenting part of the story, a false story in some cases, and presenting the information with a clear bias against the family. Reading these articles, I can see why it would appear that this family was neglectful but before we judge we need to step back and get the facts or at least both sides of the story.

The media is reporting that this family treated their child with maple syrup and juice. Anyone who understands parents who chose natural remedies as their first line of defense would see this as a obvious hole in the media’s reporting. No one who understands natural health, normal physiology, or the immune system would give their child something with simple sugars when they are clearly fighting an infection. Simple sugar weakens the immune system and feeds bacteria. So this leads to the question of how truthful is the media being? Continue reading

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My Mummy Tummy Journey Week 7 Until Now

Life has officially broken my routine of getting my MUTU system exercises done.

It took me 2 weeks to complete the exercises for week 7, which I was OK with. In week 8 everything fell apart. I managed a few days of exercises and then it all went down hill.

The kids started there fall activities and our schedule has been packed with 2 trips out of town in the past 2 weeks.

I am committed to getting back on track starting this weekend.

Two weeks ago a friend sent me a private message regarding the MUTU system.
“Hi Nancy, I’m really considering the Mutu program. You are honestly recommending it?”

This was my response:

“I think that it is well produced, easy to follow. I think the exercises that are recommended make sense. I think I have made improvements but am not quite where I want to be yet. I am working on week 8. Life has started to get in the way the past month so it has been taking me two weeks to complete 1 week of the program for the past little bit. I am happy that I am doing the program. I knew i had an issue with my core and needed to do something about it. I knew that doing standard abdominal exercises could make it worse. I am happy to have something to give me direction and guidance on what I can and should be doing.”

So I am recommitting to getting back on track as I really want to complete this program and see what the complete results are.

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My Mummy Tummy Journey Week 6

Week 6 of the MUTU system starts with a pep talk from Wendy, the founder of MUTU mams. It seems as though this was perfectly timed.

I started the week off fine and then completely fell off the wagon. In Wendy’s pep talk she said to just pick up where you left off and keep going. No need to beat yourself up about it, just keep going.

So I didn’t dwell on missing a week of the MUTU system, I just decided to start week 6 again last week. This time around it was a success.

I did miss some walks due to rain but I did get in all my core and intensive exercises, even if it meant staying up late, long after everyone went to bed, to get them done.

I should probably make a routine of doing the exercise in the morning but have fallen into a routine of leaving it to the last thing of the day. Continue reading

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Breastfeeding Art in China

china imageMy dad is in China and thought of me when he saw these statues. Breastfeeding is normal around the world. I hope that soon it will be seen as just as normal here in North America.  I would love to see statues like these popping up in parks.

I feel very happy that I have helped to normalize breastfeeding in my family. Thanks dad for sending these my way.



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My Mummy Tummy Journey Weeks 4 & 5 Summary

Sorry for not posting my experiences with the MUTU System last week. Due to a technical error I was locked out of my site.

I will include both week 4 and 5 experiences here.

Week 4 Summary

I have made it one third of the way through the MUTU program.

The dog is getting walked, the kids are spending more time outdoors, and my diastasis recti has started to improve.

The MUTU frequently asked questions page says that more visible results will be after 6-8 weeks, so I am not quite there yet.

One of the things I am happy to see is that the exercises change. After 2 weeks of doing the same intensive exercise routine, I am ready to change things up. This week coming I will be on Core Phase 2 and Intensive Exercises Phase 2.

The simplicity of following a system is, so far, the best thing about the MUTU system in my experience.

Measuring the gap between my abs is showing improvement. When I started the program the gap between my rectus abdominis muscles was 5 fingers across 2” above my belly button, 6 fingers across at my belly button and 4 fingers across 2” below. At the end of week 4 my measurements were 4 fingers, 5 fingers, and 3 fingers. So I am seeing some progress, about a fingers width. Continue reading

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Humanizing Cesarean Birth

As much as we would like to see Cesarean birth rates decline, there will still be moms and babies who need a Cesarean to make it safely through childbirth.

It is possible to create a more personalized, human, and family centered experience. I hope that this will one day become the norm for Cesarean birth in our society. That can only happen through advocacy and women asking for what it is they want for their births, their bodies, and their babies.

You will notice in this video there is no screen separating mom from the birth so that she can watch her baby emerge. The baby is birthed slowly and passed to the mother for immediate skin on skin. He clamping of the cord is delayed so that the baby can gain as much of its blood black from the placenta and stay oxygenated.

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W.H.O. States: Caesarean sections should only be performed when medically necessary

“Caesarean section is one of the most common surgeries in the world, with rates continuing to rise, particularly in high- and middle-income countries. Although it can save lives, caesarean section is often performed without medical need, putting women and their babies at-risk of short- and long-term health problems. A new statement from the World Health Organization (WHO) underscores the importance of focusing on the needs of the patient, on a case by case basis, and discourages the practice of aiming for “target rates”.”

“Since 1985, the international healthcare community has considered the “ideal rate” for caesarean sections to be between 10% and 15%. New studies reveal that when caesarean section rates rise towards 10% across a population, the number of maternal and newborn deaths decreases. But when the rate goes above 10%, there is no evidence that mortality rates improve.”

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“He’s Only Mean to You Because He Likes You”

There are a list of phrases we grew up with hearing and may be passing on to the next generation that are disempowering our kids.

This meme posted by Hot Moms Club is a great reminder that we need to be conscious of the lessons we are teaching our kids when we dismiss inappropriate behavior.

Actress and birth activist Robin Guy explains, “The point is, telling girls that boys being asses is somehow a compliment to the girl sends the wrong message. A boy being an ass needs to learn to behave better. Girls are asses too sometimes, they also need to learn to behave better.”

What lessons are our girls internalizing when we say to them that it’s OK for boys who like them, to be mean? Are we setting girls up to expect poor treatment from those who are supposed to care about them? What are we telling the boys about appropriate ways to treat a girl they have feelings for?

I understand that it can be hard to communicate our emotions, especially when we are young. Instead of dismissing and condoning it, why not give boys some strategies for better communication?  While we are at it, let’s give girls a framework to speak up for themselves and create boundaries of how they expect to be treating by others.

Jacqueline Adderley adds, “We need to teach our little boys to show affection in other, more direct and appropriate ways.”

Adderley continues with, “I would like to delete the phrases “boys will be boys” and “you X like a girl” from our lexicon. One is a catch-all phrase for bad behaviour and the other, in spite of well-meaning attempts to empower the phrase, is derogatory.”

Just like the above meme, saying phrases like “boys will be boys” is giving boys permission to not be responsible for their behavior. At the same time, we tell girls that they need to accommodate their comfort and possibly safety so the boys can express themselves or be comfortable. Continue reading

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Dancing Your Way Through Birth

Do you love to dance?

A great way to work through the intensity of labor is to dance. Often that ends up being more of a slow dance, swaying with your arms hanging around your partners neck, but this looks entirely more fun. This would be a great way to distract yourself from the intensity, help move your baby through your pelvis, and have a positive birth.

Did you laugh or dance your way through contractions?

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