Home made soothing Post Partum Pads

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Whether its a home birth without a handful of those cold pack pads from the hospital or you want to add an additional approach to soothing your perineum after the birth this handy recipe will get you started.

I have made these pads while pregnant awaiting my birth with Andrad (my littlest). After he was born, they were soothing, cold (in a good way- like the ice packs/pads they slap on you after the birth in the hospital- if you have ever experienced that you know what I am talking about. They really helped wonders for the post partum soreness and swelling. This was shared with me by a midwife and since I have shared it with my clients, and now with all the women out there searching for the answer to that sore post partum perineum.

You will need:

Mama Cloth
Witch Hazel
Real Aloe Vera

The following 2 Essential Oils: Lavender and Chamomile

Witch Hazel is a natural astringent and very helpful in healing. It helps decrease swelling, and is included in the recipe for treating not only the sore perineum but also helps hemorrhoids- (a common after birth problem) a nice double feature for the new mamas.

Aloe Vera needs little introduction. This helpful plant is well known for its ability to sooth sunburns and heal the skin, but its anti-inflammatory properties also relieve joint and muscle pains. Its naturally cooling feature makes this ingredient one of the most important in this recipe. It is incredibly soothing and leaves you feeling well on your way to healing.

Essential oils:

Lavender essential oil not only has a beautiful calming scent, it treats a variety of anxiety and nervous/stress symptoms in addition to headaches. Lavender also treats an array of muscular and back pains. Lavender essential oil also improves circulation which is needed for efficient healing, and stimulates mental activity. It is also an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.

German Chamomile: (optional)

I like German Chamomile because its a workhorse of herbs especially in combination with lavender. Its naturally an anti-septic, anti-biotic, and doesn’t allow the growth of organisms like bacteria or fungi. It can be used to treat infections and is effective in reducing pain in the joints and muscles of the body. It calms the nerves and is an anti-inflammatory.

Instructions

Make about 2 dozen pads with aloe vera, witch hazel and essential oil. Store them in the freezer and they will be waiting for you when you give birth, you have a handful of soothing pads for your first handful of days post partum.
Gather your ingredients…
1. 1 cup of real aloe vera gel (gel, not liquid concentrate)
2. Witch hazel (*distilled extract* make sure it’s alcohol-free)
3. 15-20 drops of each essential oil
4. Mama Cloth
5. Water bottle/squirt bottle or (bowl and spoon).
6. Freezer

In bowl, thoroughly combine everything. Pour into a small spray bottle or water bottle or you could use a Tablespoon. Grab your mama cloth and spray or saturate each pad with the prepared mixture until damp. (If using a spoon or pouring from the water bottle it may be best to make a vertical line down the center area) on each pad.

When finished store your soothing mama cloth pads in the freezer and they will be ready to use when you are! You can use them immediately directly from the freezer (which will be cold- this can be good!) or you can wait a min or two for the pad to thaw before use (it will still be cool and soothing)..

Make your own laundry soap

If you are conscious about what is in your laundry soap, or you want to save money consider making you own. It’s really easy and at a fraction of the cost your homemade laundry soap will last you much longer!

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What you need:

1 box BORAX
1 box WASHING SODA
1 Large Box BAKING SODA
1 1/2 BARS OF CASTILE SOAP

There are many variations of this recipe all over the internet. What works well for us with our HE washer and also cloth diapering family is 1 box of each of the above and 1 1/2 bars of castile soap grated. We also add a few drops of essential oils for fragrance. It’s easy to whip up, and you only need to use about 2 tablespoons per load. So most households will find this lasting months! Even for our family of 6 this lasts us months! Talk about clothes smelling clean!

For all you Gain huggers- there is a soap friendly “GAIN” fragrance floating around online that you can add to your soap powder or dryer ball or “dryer rag” so you don’t have to sacrifice your “sniff sniff hooray” scent.

Now you can save money and go greener with a healthier and cleaner alternative to commercial laundry soaps.

This would also make a great homemade gift…
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Willow – Doula and Founder of SBSNC makes local news again! Featured on News 13 WLOS

WLOS News 13 Demonstration & Interview with Frank Kracher for Shaken Baby Syndrome of North Carolina

WLOS News 13 Demonstration & Interview with Frank Kracher for Shaken Baby Syndrome of North Carolina

Updated: Saturday, November 30 2013, 12:36 AM EST

“More than 40 new laws take effect in North Carolina on Sunday, including one that changes the maximum prison terms in the most serious child abuse cases. The stiffest sentence has been about 15-years, but that jumps to 33-years on December 1st. The change is being praised by groups that champion the rights of children, including one that just got started here in the mountains. “Shaken Baby Syndrome of NC” was founded by an Arden mother of four. Willow Arnold was inspired by the case of “Baby Clay”, a Henderson County six-month-old who was nearly shaken to death back in July. The infant is now in what is being described as a “vegetative state.” Arnold says she believes change in sentencing guidelines will bring justice for the many babies who will never have their normal lives back. Arnold’s non-profit group plans to set-up educational programs across the mountains and she has hopes it will one day be a statewide organization. If you would like to make a donation to “Shaken Baby Syndrome of NC”, go to wlos.com, and click-on News Links.  By Frank Kracher Follow Frank on Twitter @FrankKracher”

Read More at: http://www.wlos.com/shared/news/features/top-stories/stories/wlos_stiffer-child-abuse-sentencing-14220.shtml

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WLOS Demonstration for News 13 and Frank Kracher for Shaken Baby Syndrome of North Carolina

WLOS Demonstration for News 13 and Frank Kracher for Shaken Baby Syndrome of North Carolina

WLOS News 13 Demonstration & Interview with Frank Kracher for Shaken Baby Syndrome of North Carolina

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea in Pregnancy

Red raspberry leaf is a herb that is used medicinally for thousands of years. Raspberry leaf has been used by indigenous cultures in Australia for thousands of years. In the 1940s, western medicine practitioners began to use it as a tonic for the uterus during pregnancy and childbirth.

Benefits Of Red Raspberry Leaf

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Red raspberry leaves contains a rich assortment of vitamins including Vitamin B complex, calcium, iron, magnesium and fragarine. Across the world, red raspberry leaf is used to treat flu, loose stool, acne, lowering the blood sugar of diabetic women, regulate irregular menstrual cycles, decrease heavy periods and lowering blood pressure to name some of the most popular uses.

When taken during pregnancy, red raspberry leaf is believed to aid the mother’s immune system, ease morning sickness and promote better circulation. Taking raspberry leaf is said to strengthen uterine muscles and tone the pelvic floor in preparation for childbirth, as well as assisting with breast milk supply.

Studies have shown that women who take red raspberry leaf have a reduced incidence of birth interventions. Research has also found that women who drink red raspberry leaf tea regularly towards the end of their pregnancies had shorter second stages of labour than those who don’t. Yay!

Source: Study published by Australian midwives in 1999:

“The sample consisted of 108 mothers; 57 (52.8%) consumed raspberry leaf products while 51 (47.2%) were in the control group. The findings suggest that the raspberry leaf herb can be consumed by women during their pregnancy for the purpose for which it is taken, that is, to shorten labour with no identified side effects for the women or their babies. The findings also suggest ingestion of the drug might decrease the likelihood of pre and post-term gestation. An unexpected finding in this study seems to indicate that women who ingest raspberry leaf might be less likely to receive an artificial rupture of their membranes, or require a caesarean section, forceps or vacuum birth than the women in the control group.”

Red Raspberry Leaf can be consumed by drinking a tea, herbal capsules, or tinctures (be careful these often contain alcohol)

You can have up to 4-5 cups of raspberry leaf tea in your third trimester, but have at least 2-3. If you’re in your first trimester, one cup per day is fine. Some providers and practitioners suggest that Red Raspberry Leaf can overstimulate the uterus in the first trimester and recommend waiting until mid 2nd trimester before consuming to reduce the risk of miscarriage. 

If you prefer raspberry leaf tablets/capsules follow the recommended dosage…

Most women do not experience any side effects from taking raspberry leaf tea, however some women report some nausea and loose stool associated with red raspberry leaf, with the most reported side effect being an Increase in Braxton Hicks contractions (CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU EXPERIENCE STRONG BRAXTON HICKS, especially if you are before term)

 Avoid consuming red raspberry leaf without consulting your doctor or midwife if you:

  • Have previously had a short labour of three hours of less
  • Have previously had a caesarean section
  • Have previously had premature labour
  • Have experienced vaginal bleeding since week 20
  • Are having a planned caesarean section
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have previously had breast or ovarian cancer, fibroids or endometriosis
  • Have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, fibroids or endometriosis
  • Are expecting twins
  • Have any complications or health problems in your pregnancy

You should always tell your healthcare provider if you are planning to take red raspberry leaf during your pregnancy.

It is generally recommended not to start taking red raspberry leaf until you are at least 32 weeks pregnant, but if you wish to take it sooner, simply check with your doctor, midwife, or naturopath. You can then continue to take it until the end of the pregnancy.

Post Partum benefits: Red raspberry leaf during and after you give birth is known to help your uterus shrink back down, boost your immune system, assist with milk supply and fighting infection. Those who encapsulate their placentas often use red raspberry leaf in their herbal placenta blend.

I personally consumed red-raspberry leaf tea through my 2nd & third trimesters of my last 3 babies. During the early labor phase I could be seen brewing RRL tea, and sipping throughout my early labor, and again post partum.  I think this herb doesn’t get enough props or attention as it is very valuable to the female reproductive system.
This post is not medical advice and is not a substitute for seeing your health care provider.

Some inspiration to help you kick butt for your baby!

Need some inspiration to quit smoking?

N.C. Mortality rate for infants who never made it to their 1st birthday increased in 2012 for the second year in a row. Of those deaths, 182 were congenital malformations/deformations/ chromosome abnormalities, 210 died from prematurity or low birth weight…..
Surgeon General’s Warning specifically declares smoking dangerous and a contributor to birth defects, prematurity, and mortality.
There are quit-smoking programs in the community available with tools, resources and incentives to help you make a healthy decision for you and your baby. Contact your local health department for more information!

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What is a Christian Birth?

What is a Christian Birth?

All birth experiences are unique, no two are alike, although some mothers of subsequent babies recognize similarities between births of their children.  A Christian Birth is a birth experience which is completely unique and related to the Mother’s Faith walk.

  •  It is an intentionally acknowledgement of the God-given blessing, and value of human life and of the familiy.
  • Recognition of the spiritual nature of conception, pregnancy and birth, and it’s significance.
  • Completely in trust and alignment with God and His will, trusting His design of the woman’s body to give birth.
  • Relying on God’s strength and comfort, whatever the circumstances.

Through the heart of her experiences and training, Willow strives to surround the mother and family with Godly love, fellowship, support, and encouragement, a gentle presence to remind them of the hope and purpose God has in their lives as they journey into parenthood for their first or 8th time.

Contact me: 828-676-9072 to arrange a meet & greet interview, and discover if Willow Christian Birth Services are right for you….