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Reiki: Another Non-Pharmacological Intervention for Pregnancy, Birth, and the Fourth Trimester

What is Reiki? How can this benefit doulas and their clients? I’m going to share with you some of what I know from my five years practicing Reiki, and becoming a Reiki Master. General Information About Reiki Reiki is universal life force energy. It is the energy in and around us. You can’t see it […]

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Cesarean Surgery or Cesarean Birth; Does it Matter What We Call It?

Cesarean section is the number one performed surgery in the United States.  I am grateful that we have this option for some of the many legitimate reasons to perform one.  Cesarean saves lives in many instances.  In some cases there are other medical or physiological reasons when a cesarean section is the best option. Sometimes […]

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The Four Happy Chemicals in the Brain

The Four Happy Chemicals in the Brain I recently learned much more about the four happy chemicals in the brain; endorphins, dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin. This was in preparation for my presentation on The Fun Factor: The Science Behind Fun and Play for Increased Learning. What I discovered is that when these chemicals are flowing […]

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Feeding Baby: Benefits of Breastfeeding and the Risks of Formula Feeding

Feeding Baby: Benefits of Breastfeeding and the Risks of Formula Feeding There is breastmilk and there is formula. These are the two substances to choose from when feeding a baby.  There are some very distinct differences between the two.  In fact, there really is no comparison. Breastmilk has the perfect composition for your baby to […]

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