{Birth Video} Nascimento Eduardo

I love the birth video of of Nascimento Eduardo for so many reasons. The dancing for one. And the fact that it was filmed in Brazil for two! Brazil has had one of the highest C-Section rates in the world and it is heartwarming to see more home birth videos making their way to cyberspace. I don’t think that home birth is for everyone, but I do think that seeing more of them is a good sign that birth is in the process becoming more normalized (vs. medicalized). I hope that one day, there will be an accessible spectrum of birth options around the world so that each woman can do what feels right for her and her baby.

In the description of the video, the videographer states “A Assistência Humanizada ao Nascimento – um parto domiciliar ou hospitalar com respeito pela mulher e bebê – é um direito de todas as mulheres!” There is a bit in the middle where the woman dances her way through labor.” Which translates to: The Humane Assistance Born – a home or hospital birth with respect for the woman and baby – is a right for all women! …I couldn’t agree more!

 

Childbirth is an experience in a woman’s life that holds the power to transform her forever. Passing through these powerful gates- in her own way-remembering all the generations of women who walk with her…She is never alone.” -Suzanne Arms

 

 

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Pumpkin Cookies

So this year’s Thanks & Giving was all about the pumpkin! We had pumpkin soup (per request), pumpkin cookies, and homemade pumpkin pie with fresh ginger whipped cream. I have to say, the cookies might have been the biggest hit with this year’s crowd. The only way I can really describe them is that they’re pillowy. They are the perfect blend between pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie. And perfected with chocolate, because I can never say no to chocolate.

As I began my marathon pumpkin roasting, I decided to look up a few nutritional nuggets about the glorious orange squash.

Here is what I learned:

According to the University of Illinois, Pumpkin is loaded with Beta-carotene! Beta-carotene is one of the plant carotenoids converted to vitamin A in the body.

Current research indicates that a diet rich in foods containing beta-carotene may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer and offers protect against heart disease. Whoot! Whoot! And it seems that Beta-carotene also offers protection against other diseases and some degenerative aspects of aging.

Nutrient Goodness
(1 cup cooked, without salt)
Calories 49

Protein 2 grams
Carbohydrate 12 grams
Dietary Fiber 3 grams
Calcium 37 mg
Iron 1.4 mg
Magnesium 22 mg
Potassium 564 mg

Zinc 1 mg
Selenium .50 mg
Vitamin C 12 mg
Niacin 1 mg
Folate 21 mcg
Vitamin A 2650 IU
Vitamin E 3 mg

You can get their complete nutritional analysis here >>

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Finding Center

Everyone knows what it feels like to be a little off center—mentally or physically. When life pulls you in so many directions that overwhelm sets in and you feel like the slightest nudge will push you over the edge. Just as we know when we are off center, we also know what it is like to be centered. But often we over compensate to find that sense of balance or centeredness.

Feldenkrais Tweet  “Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” —Hermann Hesse

We know that there are certain activities can help us to feel as though we are more connected, more grounded, and more centered. I am here to say that the Coordinating Flexors & Extensors Feldenkrais Lesson is one of those activities—literally. The purpose of this lesson is to enhance the coordination of the front muscles of your body, your flexors, with the muscles of your back, your extensors. With the larger muscle groups balanced, you are left with a sense of length, groundedness and power.

So I invite you to give it a go, and let me know what you notice in the way you feel before and after (physically, emotionally and mentally)

Coordinating Flexors & Extensors Free Audio Lesson:


*If you are new to the Feldenkrais Method the please read this first >>

Feeling balanced and being ‘centered’ is not a static state. Rather it is a dynamic dance of of falling off center and recovering again. It is the active dialogue between mobility and stability. It it making friends with the instability of great mobility, so that we can better know the constraints and freedoms bound within our sense of stability.

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