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The Best of Both Worlds: Natural Birth in a Private Suite

…Featuring the Karmanos Center for Natural Birth “Your body knows how to do this… your baby knows how to do this…” These are the words I find myself hypnotically saying at almost every birth, as I watch a mama dive deep into herself to bring her child into the world. Your body, when left alone…

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Imagine if you got to skip much of the learning curve… having been raised with the principals of attachment parenting by compassionate, spiritually conscious parents.  That's just the perspective Serena Dyer brings to life (and soon to motherhood) as she awaits the birth of her first child this spring. Her book, Don't Die With Your Music Still In You, co-authored with her father, Dr. Wayne Dyer, is an enlightening look at her experience growing up in a spiritual environment.

Green Child Magazine Talks to Serena Dyer

Natural parenting doesn’t always come… naturally. Some of us are still working through less than ideal habits and patterns that were handed to us by our own parents. And even for those of us with a healthy upbringing, it can be challenging to tune in and access our intuition in this noisy world. Imagine if…

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Help! The Internet is Giving Me Pregnancy Anxiety!

Raise your hand if you’ve ever googled your way into an obsessive parenting frenzy. Whether it’s a strange pain during pregnancy or baby’s first fever, today you can access a million answers in mere moments. Some of the answers you find will put your mind instantly at ease. Others might just have you rushing to…

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Prenatal Yoga for an Easier Natural Birth

You already know how yoga can help improve flexibility and calm your nerves.  But, did you know, a prenatal yoga practice can also set you up for an easier birth? The National Institute of Health reports that mothers who practiced yoga during pregnancy experienced decreased preterm labor, fewer instances of low birth weight, and significantly…

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Beyond Morning Sickness: Understanding hyperemesis gravidarum

Being careful not to jostle me, my nurse expertly uncapped the extra port on my PICC line and screwed on the syringe with 4mg of Ondansetron (brand name, Zofran), a powerful antiemetic commonly used for cancer patients going through chemotherapy to help control their vomiting. The emesis basin next to me wasn’t even half full….

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Herbs & Pregnancy

The process of conception, gestation and birthing is the beginning of all things – the beginning of life. Is there a more natural process? To complement the ultimate natural process, doesn’t it make sense to remain as close to nature as possible? A great way to do that is to care for your body during…

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The Benefits of Reading to Your Unborn Baby

We all know the benefits children can reap by being exposed to books. Especially when you start early, reading is proven to help with a child’s language development and increased word recognition, create a positive bond between parent and child, provide a great wind-down before bedtime, and spark an early interest in learning that carries…

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Our 2015 Pregnancy & Birth Issue

Find everything you need for a healthy pregnancy in our annual Pregnancy & Birth issue. Your favorite, trusted contributors are sharing advice on everything from encouraging your child through a new sibling transition and reading to your unborn baby to breastfeeding myths and avoiding anxiety during pregnancy.   You’ll also find a guide to safely…

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Boost Fertility Naturally

3 Simple Herbs to Boost Your Fertility Naturally

As an addition to our guide to Getting Pregnant Naturally, today Kim Roman shares three herbs to support the reproductive system. Many couples are faced with issues when trying to have a baby, and with 6.7 million women struggling to get pregnant or carry a baby to term it’s no wonder that fertility treatments and…

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Hypnobirthing Hippies

How HypnoBirthing and Going Green Enhanced our Pregnancy

When I was a kid, I ran off to the beach as soon as school was over every day, anxious to surf with my friends. I was in love with the ocean. Before I knew it, I was founding my school’s environmental club, surfing every chance I could get, and pledging my devotion to vegan…

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5 Spices for Fall Beauty

5 Beauty-full Autumn Spices

Spices not only add variety, flavor and health benefits to the foods we eat, but they can also do the same for our beauty. Exotic and fragrant in nature, spices are power-packed little antioxidants that can help prevent skin damage and premature signs of aging. These five rich spices, which can easily and inexpensively be…

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Nesting without a Nursery

Nesting Without a Nursery

Pregnancy reconnects us with some of nature’s most primal instincts.  Just the term “nesting” might bring the image to mind of a beautiful round mama robin tirelessly building her nest in just the right spot. Most (but not all) pregnant women experience this instinct, too.  Even fathers-to-be aren’t immune to the uncontrollable urge to clean,…

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Herbal Pregnancy Tea Recipes

Herbal Teas for Pregnant Moms

Herbs can be used to soothe the agonizing nausea so common in the first trimester. Many herbs are also powerhouses of vitamins and minerals, that can help strengthen uterine muscles, relieve fluid retention, and relax those nerves. Just one cup of one of these nourishing herbal teas has the same vitamin and mineral content as…

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Liza Huber Birthing Essentials

Liza’s Birthing Essentials

After going through the birthing process 3 times already, I’m beginning to feel like a pro when it comes to packing the hospital bag! Here’s my list of birthing essentials as I approach my due date with baby number 4: Cord blood kit – Alex and I are big believers in the benefits of banking…

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Staying Active

Staying Active During Pregnancy

Staying active and exercising during pregnancy has numerous benefits to both you and your baby. Plus, it increases your chances for an easier labor, delivery, and recovery. For an active pregnancy: Walk for 30-60 minutes 3-6 days a week. The treadmill, elliptical, and stationary bike are good cardio options too. Strength train 2-4 days a…

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Healthy Beauty Tips

5 Healthy Beauty Tips for Expecting Moms

There’s a soft, natural beauty to every pregnant woman… Even though there are days you really don’t feel it. Here are 5 healthy beauty tips to help keep stretch marks, itchy skin, hormonal changes and sleepless nights from taking their toll. 1. Make every bite count, and drink plenty of water. Choose nutrient-dense foods. The…

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Radiation: What Every Woman Needs to Know

Radiation: What Every Woman Needs to Know

If you were pregnant, would you consider stripping lead-based paint without a respirator, breathing chloroform, or working in a garage full of engine exhaust? Of course not. It’s widely known that these substances can cause cancer and other health problems, and could potentially harm your growing baby. But every day, millions of pregnant women –…

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Natural Solutions to Fertility Challenges

Natural Solutions to Fertility Challenges… and some old wive’s tales

Mention that you’re having trouble getting pregnant, and suddenly everyone has advice. Friends and family, with the best intentions, are suddenly fertility specialists. Their advice leaves you nodding politely through countless stories of so-and-so and their technological interventions to Great Aunt Martha’s stash of old wives tales. If you’re looking to go the natural route…

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Pong Case Giveaway

Pong Cell Phone Case Giveaway

Our Winter issue features an in-depth look at the effects of radiation on pregnant women, babies… well, pretty much all of us.  And to help increase awareness on this important issue, we reached out to some of the smartest green brands who are not only leading the way in research, they’re also creating products that…

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EcoCentric Mom Discovery boxes

Eco Spotlight On: EcoCentric Mom Discovery Boxes

Remember that drawer filled with lipsticks that weren’t quite your color?  You know, the one with the lotions and potions… and that bottle of liquid eyeliner you never mastered the skill of applying? If you’re like many new moms, that drawer is now replaced by an even bigger stash of baby products. Shampoos that never…

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How to Navigate Holistic Parenting

The No-Judgment Zone for Parents: How to Navigate Holistic Parenting

  The journey to motherhood begins with a thousand choices. Once you become a parent, it seems that every topic – from what to eat to how to discipline your little one – is open season. And, if you decide to venture down a less traditional, holistic path and seek out natural, integrative therapies or…

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