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3 Things Every Pregnant Mom Must Know

By Carmen Calvo | January 20, 2016 | Comments Off on 3 Things Every Pregnant Mom Must Know
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You’re pregnant, congratulations! There is so much to do to prepare for a new baby and even more to learn. We recommend taking a quality childbirth education class, but in the meantime, here are 3 things every pregnant mom must know. Eat protein. Eating adequate protein is essential to a healthy pregnancy. Not only does it … Read more

If Most Mammals Consume Placenta, Why Don’t We?

By Carmen Calvo | October 23, 2015 | Comments Off on If Most Mammals Consume Placenta, Why Don’t We?
Why don't humans ingest placenta?

The placenta, a temporary organ, has a crucial role to play in pregnancy.  It nourishes the fetus, also bringing oxygen and removing waste for the mother’s kidneys to dispose of.  This essential organ also regulates hormone production throughout pregnancy and is responsible for sustaining the pregnancy. The placenta, attached to the baby via the umbilical … Read more

Why You Should Consider Hiring a Postpartum Doula

By Carmen Calvo | March 27, 2015 | Comments Off on Why You Should Consider Hiring a Postpartum Doula
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  Postpartum mothers need support, especially in a culture that unrealistically expects women to bounce back so quickly after giving birth. As a society, we can be so hard on new mothers. Culturally, new moms often receive messages that there is shame in needing help. This is a huge shift from 100 years ago when … Read more

20 Reasons to LOVE Birth Boot Camp

By Carmen Calvo | March 23, 2015 | Comments Off on 20 Reasons to LOVE Birth Boot Camp
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  I make it no secret that I love Birth Boot Camp, a 10-week natural childbirth class for couples. I am proud to be a part of the organization and I know that the curriculum and materials really do help women and their partners have AMAZING births. Take a peek and I know you’ll love … Read more

30 Birth Affirmations and Quotes That Will Inspire You to Rock Your Birth

By Carmen Calvo | January 22, 2015 | Comments Off on 30 Birth Affirmations and Quotes That Will Inspire You to Rock Your Birth
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When I was pregnant with my first child, I was planning a homebirth with a midwife. I trusted my body to give birth and knew I had a phenomenal birth team to support me on that journey. While I was confident in the birth process, the media and people around me weren’t sending me the … Read more

16 Examples of Amazing Things Dads Do While Their Wives are in Labor

By Carmen Calvo | January 15, 2015 | Comments Off on 16 Examples of Amazing Things Dads Do While Their Wives are in Labor
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Have you ever noticed the way mainstream media portrays dads? Take a minute and think about it. There are always images of clueless dads scrambling to change a diaper, dads who are awkwardly holding a baby all while baby looks like he’ll fall to the ground at any minute. There are dads who don’t know … Read more

Salt & Protein Can Reduce Risk for Pre-eclampsia

By Carmen Calvo | October 5, 2014 | Comments Off on Salt & Protein Can Reduce Risk for Pre-eclampsia
Salt & Protein can reduce risk for preeclampsia

Eating a whole foods diet, with adequate amounts of protein, and water to thirst, can help alleviate many of the complications women face during pregnancy.  A diet high in protein can help repair and grow muscle, stabilize blood sugar, and can lower a mother’s risk of pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes. Pre-eclampsia, a potentially life threatening … Read more

Placenta Encapsulation: Why it works

By Carmen Calvo | March 24, 2013 | Comments Off on Placenta Encapsulation: Why it works
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March 24, 2013 Jodi Selander, founder and director of Placenta Benefits, recently wrote a terrific article discussing the reasoning behind using placenta for postpartum recovery.  The article addresses which hormones and components are contained in the placenta and how losing these components can impact a mother’s postpartum experience.  By reintroducing those hormones into new mothers … Read more

New Study Finds Placenta Encapsulation Benefits New Moms

By Carmen Calvo | March 8, 2013 | Comments Off on New Study Finds Placenta Encapsulation Benefits New Moms
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March 8, 2013 New and exciting research coming out of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas finds new moms benefit from placenta encapsulate during their postpartum recovery. Researchers surveyed 189 women about their placenta consumption and outcomes. Most of the women said they engaged in placentophagy to improve their mood and to enhance lactation after … Read more