Flower essences are a complementary therapy that can help with the emotional and spiritual aspect of labor induction and birth preparation

Flower essences for birth preparation

Flower essences for labor induction? Can it be?

Flower essences on their own? No, probably not. But while flower essences and Traditional Chinese Medicine are two separate systems, TCM theory opens the door to using flower essences as part of a natural birth plan.

Many births are delayed and labors prolonged because of the emotional and hormonal state of the mother. Birth can be stressful and scary, and sometimes we’re carried away by the hormones tearing their way through our systems. Flower essences can help bring us back into harmony, and anchor us in a place where we can trust the process, relax into the flow and enjoy the beauty of our graduation from mom-to-be to mama (or even, multi-mama).

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Reverie Acupuncture is one year old! What ten posts did readers find the most useful over the past year? Click to find out!

First Birthday Post Round-Up

Happy Birthday, Reverie!

Reverie Acupuncture is officially one year old on August 24th, 2018. It’s been an awesome year of community acupuncture, mamas, babies and blog posts!

I’d like to save my big announcements for my Winter Party that I’m planning so today let’s celebrate by looking at the top 10 posts that readers of Reverie have found most useful.

Reverie Acupuncture is one year old! What ten posts did readers find the most useful over the past year? Click to find out!

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Natural postpartum recovery is not only about healing after labor but also giving your body the opportunity to bloom into something stronger

Seven tips for a natural postpartum recovery

Congratulations mama! You did it.

Some say that it was the hardest thing they have ever done in their life. Others say it was the best. Most agree it’s a little of both.

Whatever you think about labor and delivery and however you went about it, there is no argument: its recovery time.

I know some of you are reading this thinking that recovery will be no bigdeal. Some of you may even go to Target tomorrow. I hope that this post will change your mind.

Even if you feel great, you just ran your body through the ringer. It will take five weeks for your body to start to feel normal. Some traditional texts say that it will take 100 days for you to be back to where you were before you got pregnant. I’ve heard some professionals say that it can take up to three years to fully recover from childbirth.

But I’m here to give you good news. If you manage your recovery right, not only can you bounce back sooner, but you can bounce back better. The postpartum period is one of three opportunities a woman has to heal herself and build on the foundation she had before pregnancy so she can be harder, better, faster and stronger.

The first tip? Bed rest.

Natural postpartum recovery is not only about healing after labor but also giving your body the opportunity to bloom into something stronger

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Five ways to naturally induce labor, either at home or in a clinic

Five Ways to Induce Labor Naturally

38 weeks have passed and you’re looking to induce labor.

Your back hurts. Your feet are tired. Your innards haven’t functioned “normally” for months. You are done with pregnancy.

You hop on Pinterest and before you know it your fingers have tapped out “natural labor induction” and you ended up here.

I get it. I see so many mamas at 38 and 39 weeks who are exactly where you are and frankly, I’ve been there myself.

So I wanted to get some labor induction ideas down on paper (well, pixels anyway) for mamas to be able to peruse and then discuss with their midwives or ob-gyns. But first, some important information about the differences between labor preparation and labor induction.

Five ways to naturally induce labor, either at home or in a clinic

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How to Pack the Ultimate Birth Center Go-Bag

My husband and I had to pack a birth center bag. Fortunately, we are list makers and preppers. Literally at this moment my husband is telling me how he’s going to consolidate all of our travelling gear while I’m gone so that we just need to go through it tomorrow morning. Hooray organization!

We were like this for the birth too, but almost everything we found for prepping for a birth was geared to a hospital birth. In hospital births, you need to plan to be there for a couple days. This means packing entertainment things, extra changes of clothes – so much stuff.

Birth centers are much more simple. I went into active labor at 5, my daughter was born at 9:30 and we were home by 2. So much less time away from home. As you can imagine, a birth center bag will look much different than a hospital bag – you just don’t need as much. Depending on the birth center, there may be additional things you’re allowed to bring that a hospital would not allow.
I wanted to share with you what we couldn’t find – a list of what to pack for the short trip. Feel free to download your copy of the checklist here.

Birth center bags and hospital bags are two different animals. Find out what to pack in your birth center bag in this blog post!

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Acupuncture for birth preparation and labor induction

The last few weeks of pregnancy are unique. You’re excited because you’re going to meet your new baby so soon! There’s anxiety because oh wow, there is so much still left to do. Maybe you’re  a little scared. And you might be frustrated because you’re big enough now that if you drop something on the floor that it lives there now.

You could be any of this and more. Every pregnancy is different, every woman is different but there is one thing that is pretty much constant across pregnancies:

You want it to be over and that 40 week mark is juuuuuuuust within your reach.

Are you looking for a natural means of labor induction? Or maybe you're looking to prepare for birth. Chinese Medicine may have your answer - acupuncture!

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My Birth Story: A Happily Unmedicated Natural Delivery

I’m in trouble when it comes to my daughter. She’s just too much like me – contrary.

I had been concerned my entire life about my fertility and my chances of conception. In fact, out of the three times I’ve been pregnant in my life, two of them ended prematurely. It’s natural and it happens and I expected it continue to happen. December 2016 was a rough enough month that I was willing to give up trying for a bit.

Telling birth stories is liberation. Telling birth stories is community building. Telling birth stories is honoring the need of new mothers to hear what you went through.

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