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Building your Birth Team

By Kristie Graybill | November 18, 2019 | Comments Off on Building your Birth Team
building your birth team

When you’re pregnant for the first time, people dart questions at you every step of the way. I had no idea what some of the words meant, let alone how to even begin to answer. “Who is your care provider? Will you have a doula? Do you have a birth plan? Where will you give … Read more…

Immune Boosting Tips for the Whole Family

By Kristie Graybill | October 30, 2019 | Comments Off on Immune Boosting Tips for the Whole Family
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It’s that time of year again. The sounds of coughing and sneezing can be heard in every public place. Airplanes. Libraries. Malls. Grocery Stores. Work places. More and more people start calling out sick and our children usually catch the brunt of it. Is there any possible way to boost our immune systems and avoid … Read more…

Fall in Baltimore (On the Cheap)

By Kristie Graybill | October 4, 2019 | Comments Off on Fall in Baltimore (On the Cheap)
Fall in Baltimore

Fall in Baltimore is here! Summer has officially bid its farewell for the year. Around the Baltimore area, Fall has wowed us with the events and festivities and outdoor activities it has to offer. Below are several Baltimore-based events that will guarantee a good time for all ages!  Fells Point Fun Festival: Oct 3-5. Free … Read more…

Virginia Apgar: An Advocate for Newborn Health

By Kristie Graybill | September 26, 2019 | Comments Off on Virginia Apgar: An Advocate for Newborn Health
Virginia Apgar

The APGAR test, a standard newborn test developed in 1953 by Virginia Apgar, assesses an infant’s health immediately after birth. At 1 and 5 minutes post birth, the infant is examined and given a score based on the following criteria: heart rate, respiration, color, muscle tone, and reflex irritability. The term APGAR score is a … Read more…

Baltimore Clinical Herbalist Specializes in Women’s Health

By Kristie Graybill | September 4, 2019 | Comments Off on Baltimore Clinical Herbalist Specializes in Women’s Health
Baltimore clinical herbalist

Today on the blog, we have an interview with Melanie St. Ours, an author and Baltimore clinical herbalist who specializes in women’s health and mental health. How did your clinical herbalist passion ignite? Even though I’d had a lifelong interest in natural healing, I didn’t have the courage to turn to herbs until I ran … Read more…

Positive Postpartum Affirmations

By Kristie Graybill | August 26, 2019 | Comments Off on Positive Postpartum Affirmations
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Focusing on the labor and birth of your baby during pregnancy leaves many women unrehearsed for the “Fourth Trimester” and beyond. The postpartum period is a time that many women struggle with bonding, feeding, sleeping and giving themselves basic needs for an overall healthy transition into motherhood. Continuing to speak affirmations over yourself after birth … Read more…

The Golden Hour: Those First 60 Minutes After Birth Are in Fact Pure Gold

By Kristie Graybill | August 15, 2019 | Comments Off on The Golden Hour: Those First 60 Minutes After Birth Are in Fact Pure Gold
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The first 60 minutes after your baby is born are remarkably beneficial for bonding and attachment between mama and her new babe. What is the golden hour exactly? How can you maximize attachment and bonding in this hour? How long should skin-to-skin be established before those medical tasks and procedures are performed? These questions all … Read more…

Summer Pregnancy: Tips to Beat That Heat

By Kristie Graybill | July 3, 2019 | Comments Off on Summer Pregnancy: Tips to Beat That Heat

Comfort in pregnancy can be hard to come by. Comfort in the summer while pregnant is even more of a challenge. This summer, don’t let that summer heat get you beat. Below you find several tips and tricks to stay cool (& hydrated) during some of the hottest months of the year. Getting fresh air … Read more…

5 Popular Pieces of Baby Gear You Can Do Without

By Heather Pladna | June 30, 2019 | Comments Off on 5 Popular Pieces of Baby Gear You Can Do Without

If you’re expecting your first child, you’ve likely started a baby registry. This can be both a fun and daunting task. Without having your baby here, how exactly are you supposed to know what baby gear is needed and which products you’re better off passing up? Look no further. I’m going to give you a … Read more…

Acupuncture and Moxibustion: A Dynamic Duo

By Kristie Graybill | June 17, 2019 | Comments Off on Acupuncture and Moxibustion: A Dynamic Duo
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What is Moxibustion? Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy in which dried plant materials called “moxa” are burned on or very near the surface of the skin. The intention is to warm and invigorate the flow of Qi in the body and dispel certain pathogenic influences. Moxa is usually made from the dried leafy … Read more…

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