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Finding My Way with a Broken Compass

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When I was young, I was a competitive figure skater. Some days I would wake up at 4:30 am to practice, and other days I would get off the ice at 10:00 pm. While it looks like a very delicate sport, it’s actually quite physically and mentally grueling. If there is a way to be…

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How to Listen to a Birth Story with Compassion

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Parents often share birth stories with one another in parenting groups, on playgrounds, or on coffee dates. Without guidance or modeling on how to deeply listen to another person’s story of transformation, many people will fall back on ingrained patterns of attempting to placate the parent, telling them to “let it go,” sharing their own…

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Fostering Connection and Resilience in a Cesarean Birth

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While most people refer to this type of birth as a c-section, in Birthing from Within we prefer the term Cesarean Birth. By shifting our language, we acknowledge that no matter how a baby is born, that moment is still a profound rite of passage for the birthing parent that deserves to be honored as…

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Coping with Seasonal Allergies in San Antonio During Pregnancy

As Spring brings beautiful bluebonnets and sunny skies, it also brings an abundance of Live Oak pollen for San Antonio residents. I asked some local experts about how pregnant and nursing folks can safely treat seasonal allergies. They weighed in on prevention, symptom treatment, and managing side effects. This is what they had to say:…

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Creating a Village – The Challenge for Modern Parents

In the colonial United States, women in a community would attend to a mother during birth, and take turns caring for and feeding her family during the first 40 days postpartum. At the end of the initial postpartum period, a “groaning party” would be held to celebrate and thank those who came together on behalf…

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