Ember's "Fiery" Birth Story

I had tried almost every “natural” form of induction that I had heard. I was starting to think I was stuck pregnant. My original due date was November 4th. After having an early ultrasound, my due date was pushed back to November 28th. But I felt sure I’d have this baby before then. On November 8th, I started having signs and feelings that she was coming soon. Thanksgiving came and went; my due date came and went and at 41 weeks I really started to get nervous, I really didn’t want to be induced. Finally, at one week and two days past my due date, I had my membranes swept. The plan would be to come back the next day (Thursday) for another sweep and again on Friday. Then, if still pregnant, they would do a “midwife induction” on Saturday and, lastly, a hospital induction on Sunday. Read More

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Why Mindfulness?

I’m preparing this morning for the start of another Mindfulness and Yoga class and thinking about the impact of this practice on my life. Mindfulness is the practice of attending deeply and exclusively to the present moment or task, no matter how dull or exciting it might be. It means committing to staying present mentally, and redirecting your attention when it begins to wander. In Thich Nhat Hanh’s The Miracle of Mindfulness, he describes this process as “washing the dishes to wash the dishes”. And not washing the dishes so you can get it out of the way and move on to having your tea. Mindfulness is simple, in the sense that it can be practiced anywhere, at any time. All you need to do is notice all that you can about the present moment.  Read More

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