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Operating as usual

02/14/2021
05/04/2020

Always remember to live in the moment

01/21/2020

A loving welcome to 9lb, 6oz Dylan💗
Our world has a new addition!

12/14/2019

Happy Holidays!!

09/27/2019

Another happy mom who gave birth to a healthy baby girl today at 8:14am, 7lbs 12oz and 20 inches!

Diagnosing Gestational Diabetes and the Glucola Test - Evidence Based Birth®
08/06/2019
Diagnosing Gestational Diabetes and the Glucola Test - Evidence Based Birth®

Diagnosing Gestational Diabetes and the Glucola Test - Evidence Based Birth®

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is high blood sugar that develops during pregnancy. Most people in the U.S. drink "Glucola" as part of a routine screening test for GDM. This article will explain the evidence for diagnosing gestational diabetes, and discuss the potential risks linked to the condi...

06/10/2019
Something for us moms to think about
05/16/2019

Something for us moms to think about

The other day I was behind a young mom in line at the grocery store. Her baby was screaming – the kind of ear-piercing cry that could only mean that it was way past feeding time. Her toddler was sitting in the cart tossing anything within reach on the floor and her oldest daughter was begging for a candy bar.

I leaned over and picked up a bag of Goldfish that had been hurled from the cart and handed it back to the young mom. She thanked me and apologized for the chaos that surrounded her. I smiled at her and told her it was okay because we have all been there. I watched her struggle with the cart and her three young children as she walked out of the door . . . the baby’s cries still echoing throughout the store.

That sweet, young Momma.

I know her days are long and hard. I know she has no time for herself. I know she is overwhelmed with the constant demands of little ones. I know some days she feels like a terrible mother because she yelled at the kids, the baby is crying, the dishes are overflowing in the sink, the laundry is piled high and there are Legos all over the floor.

I could see her tired eyes, her unwashed hair thrown into a pony tail and the spit-up stains on her shirt. I could see her embarrassment and frustration as she quickly left the store.

Motherhood . . . it can be so terribly difficult. We have ALL been that poor, sweet Momma at the grocery store. We have all had moments where we feel like we are failing. Moments where we hide in the closet and break down in tears. Moments where we feel alone and sad and overwhelmed with the constant needs of our children.

But what we don’t realize at the time . . . when we are in the trenches of motherhood, when we are barely surviving, when we crave alone time . . . is that these moments are fleeting. Those days are long, but they are temporary. What you don’t realize is that while you are struggling to get through each day, your babies are busy growing up.

What you don’t realize is these very moments that drive you to the brink of insanity are the same moments that you are going to miss one day. What you don’t realize is while you are so busy rocking babies and changing diapers and calming temper tantrums and driving kids to baseball practice and cleaning the house and doing the laundry and grocery shopping . . . the years are flying by.

And one day when you stop to catch your breath, you look up and realize that those sweet babies of yours are all grown up. They are driving and dating and and getting their 1st job. They are getting ready to graduate from high school and go to college. They are getting ready to head out into the world . . .

Without you.

And your heart breaks just a little because you know that life will never, ever be the same once that happens.

And all of a sudden, you realize that the carefree days of childhood are over. Done. Gone. There will never again be field trips or award ceremonies. Baseball games or lost homework. Bike rides or sleepovers. Car lines or park visits. Late night snuggles or running through sprinklers on hot, summer days. Your chest tightens and that lump forms in your throat and you fight to hold back the tears because you aren’t ready for it to all be over. Everyone told you the years would go by quickly, but when you were knee deep in diapers and sleepless nights you didn’t understand how that could possibly happen.

But it did . . .

And you understand now why everyone tells you to enjoy every moment . . . because these moments . . . they don’t last forever. And you will miss them more than you know.

So, sweet, young Momma . . . hold on tight to this time in your life. Leave the dirty dishes and go smell the flowers and have a dance party and count the stars. Savor those small hands in yours. Breathe in those sweet baby smells and the feel of those arms wrapped tightly around your neck. Bottle up those giggles and etch those gummy smiles into your heart. Cherish those sweet voices calling out for you and the weight of their little bodies sleeping in your arms.

Because one day, I promise . . . you’re gonna miss it.

Psalm 127:3-5

@Love, Faith & Chaos

05/12/2019

Happy Mother's Day to all of the moms from
Birthing From The Heart!
💐

05/12/2019
05/10/2019

Attending a workshop to learn a new technique to help moms during their labors!

Birthing From The Heart Maternity Services's cover photo
04/09/2019

Birthing From The Heart Maternity Services's cover photo

EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT!Lori and Shannon Klee are combining talents and becoming childbirth educator/doula partners! We lo...
04/09/2019
Welcome to Birthing From The Heart Maternity Services

EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT!
Lori and Shannon Klee are combining talents and becoming childbirth educator/doula partners! We look forward to working with families in the Northern VA area. Please visit www.birthingfromtheheart.com to read all about what we'll be providing. If you know of someone who may need our services, we would love the referral and we appreciate your support!

Offering our guidance throughout pregnancy and beyond

04/04/2019

Birthing From The Heart is being reborn! Details coming soon.......

Pinky McKay
02/28/2019

Pinky McKay

ImprovingBirth.org
09/21/2018

ImprovingBirth.org

The California Health Care Foundation recently surveyed more than 2500 women in California about their birth experience. Here are some of the key findings:

• Three-quarters of those surveyed women agreed that childbirth is a process that should not be interfered with unless medically necessary.

• 4 in 10 women reported that a health professional tried to induce their labor. Three-quarters of those who felt pressured by a health professional to have their labor induced had the intervention.

• Only 1 in 7 women with a prior cesarean had a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), despite nearly half of women with repeat cesareans reporting interest in VBAC. Women with prior cesareans reported that providers disproportionately focused discussions and recommendations on having a repeat cesarean birth.

• 1 in 5 California women reported symptoms of anxiety, and 1 in 10 reported symptoms of depression during pregnancy. Across race/ethnicity groups, Black women were on the high end of the range for symptoms of anxiety and depression, during and after pregnancy.

For the complete results of the Listening to Mothers in California survey: http://chcf.org/listening-to-mothers-ca

09/20/2018

Having a baby? I have childbirth classes!

09/19/2018
ATTN:

Unbelievable!

Having a baby in America should be as safe as it is in Sweden.

09/03/2018

Happy LABOR Day!

Moms, very good information!
05/01/2018
Interview with the Global Health and Travel Magazine in Singapore – BirthWorks

Moms, very good information!

Interview with the Global Health and Travel Magazine in Singapore   BirthWorks   April 23, 2018   BirthWorks answers by Cathy Daub – President of BirthWorks International Question – The World Health Organisation (WHO) now advises medical staff and midwives to stop speeding up birth unless ...

My Pure Delivery
04/25/2018

My Pure Delivery

I wish I'd have thought of this! #cryingoverspilledmilk #liquidgold #breastfeeding #pumpingmamas #bfing

Birthing From The Heart Maternity Services's cover photo
03/23/2018

Birthing From The Heart Maternity Services's cover photo

12/28/2017

Interesting information!

Remove your bra

Reduce the amount of time that you are wearing your bra. Tight bras severely restrict the circulation of both blood and lymph fluid from circulating throughout the breast area. The circulatory system brings much needed oxygen-rich, nutrient-filled blood to the area. It also removes the accumulated toxins and carbon dioxide. Both are very important and are often impaired by wearing a bra. In the book Dressed to Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras, the authors present some shocking statistics regarding the length of time a woman wears a bra and her increased risk of developing breast cancer.
•Women who wear a bra 24 hours a day have a 3 in 4 chance of breast cancer.
•Women who wear a bra more than 12 hours a day (though not to bed) had a 1 in 7 chance of breast cancer.
•Wearing a bra less than 12 hours a day had a 1 in 152 chance of breast cancer.
•Women who rarely or never wore bras had a 1 in 168 chance of breast cancer.
•Never wear your bra to bed.

According to Dr. David Williams, “Wearing a bra at least 14 hours a day tends to increase the hormone prolactin, which decreases circulation in the breast tissue. Decreasing circulation can impede your body’s natural removal of carcinogenic fluids that become trapped in the breast’s sac‐like glands (lymph nodes). These glands make up the largest mass of lymph nodes in the upper part of your body’s lymphatic system.” The mammary glands are filled with lymphatic vessels that move from the breast to the lymph nodes located under the armpit, to the collar bone, and then the thoracic duct. It is through these pathways that the breast drains toxins and keeps its internal environment clean. When something impedes this natural process, the estrogen byproducts become destructive free radicals that can create cellular damage, thus leading to breast cancer. If you must wear your bra, consider wearing one that does not cut tightly under or along the outer edges of the breasts where these milk ducts are located. Also remember to take it off whenever possible to allow your lymphatic system to flow freely.

12/21/2017

Remember, winter is here and babies are being bundled up in heavy jackets. Please take the jackets off of your baby before putting them in their car seat. During an accident they can slip out of their jackets and be injured or killed. Place a blanket on top of them instead to keep them warm while they are in the car seat. Happy Holidays!

09/30/2017

Birthing From the Heart childbirth consultation services in the comfort of your home. Perfect for those who would perfer to be in ther own environment and learn more about their childbirth options!

08/07/2017

Some couples prefer classes in the comfort of their home. BFTH offers this!

05/16/2017

Happy Mother's Day to all of the moms out there!

12/26/2016

Merry Christmas to everyone!

08/11/2016

The weather is hot. Summer is in full swing. Remember to hydrate! Especially the pregnant mamas.

05/08/2016

Happy Mother's Day to all of the Moms! Enjoy your day!!

05/02/2016
Baby Oliver wakes up with every emotion

This is the cutest thing ever!

Oliver the ORB wakes up testing all the emotions he know. Some great facial expressions. Thank you to everyone who is watching this. Answer to the comments w...

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