February 19, 2019

Scar tissue is an issue for women who have had any kind of abdominal surgery, especially a cesarean section. The body is a remarkable healing organism and scar tissue is the body's way of healing the body quickly. It is supposed to be a temporary growth in the body, bu...

February 6, 2019

Pregnancy makes its demands on your body. One of those demands is minerals. Every system in the body keeps itself running smoothly through the utilization of minerals. So, growing a baby and building the hormones necessary for the hard work of labor and breastfeeding i...

February 5, 2019

This article, written in 2015,  can be found at:

https://avivaromm.com/group-b-strep-gbs-in-pregnancy-whats-a-mom-to-do/

It’s practically impossible to pick up a newspaper or magazine these days without coming across an article on the importance of a healthy microbiome f...

GateHouse Media’s recent coverage of community birth raises some important considerations for midwifery in the United States. For example, this piece provides an important opportunity for families who have experienced loss to tell their stories. No family should feel j...

November 24, 2018

I'm not kidding. Fat is so important in your diet when you are pregnant, that I am going to devote this entire blog to it...and include some recipes too!

For years, health guidelines have advised people to eat a low fat diet...and it has not helped the health of this co...

September 29, 2018

When I was giving birth to my first son, in the hospital, I really wanted a natural birth. This was before the days of google, before midwifery was legal in California, before any of my friends had babies and consequently heard the birth stories of my peers. I was youn...

September 26, 2018

Recently, I had to take a mom and her baby to the hospital and the baby into the NICU. Nothing scary, but definitely stressful for the mom and baby. And it was definitely a quick shift in expectations and dreams regarding her birth plan. In discussing the ways to navig...

August 29, 2018

Birth is really cool. It is exciting, and it is the sacred opportunity to witness a living miracle. It is also as intimate as making love. Who you invite to your birth is an important decision to make. And there are a number of factors to consider. Let's take a look at...

August 17, 2018

I think there is a unique quality among women who choose to have a home birth. They have a trust in the birth process, faith in their body's ability to give birth and the courage to face the unknown. These qualities are what makes up certainty.

Many women who share that...

August 10, 2018

Deciding whether or not to vaccinate your child is a very personal decision. It was one I struggled with when my kids were little, until the decision became clear for me. But that took a lot of time, research, contemplation and risk assessment. Which choice could I liv...

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