Birth Trauma

Birth Trauma. Two words that feel like they should not be paired. Birth trauma is yet another paradoxical experience in the mud that is mothering. Birth “should” be joyous, peaceful, supported, and maybe (a little) painful. Drugs or the body’s natural endorphins can numb the pain. My mom always says, “You forget the pain of child birth.” But, what if you can’t? What if the pain, emotional or physical, creates anxiety or panic, insomnia, flashbacks, […]

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The Benefits of Yoga in the Postpartum Period

Prenatal yoga is a big deal. Prenatal yoga classes are packed. But, then once the baby is born, the practice of yoga drops. However, self-care, including yoga and pranayaman, is equally as important during the postpartum period. The postpartum period is a time of emotional, physical, and mental adjustment. We are no longer able to do the simplest of things for ourselves, like shower or even go to the bathroom! Because the transition to motherhood […]

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Women’s Health

Women’s Health Chinese medicine and acupuncture addresses a wide variety of health conditions at their root cause. It’s primary purpose is to facilitate regulation, restore balance and nourish. The following outline briefly describes a few areas of women’s health in which Chinese medicine and acupuncture treat well: • Menstruation: Color, amount and consistency of menstrual blood is as equally important as regularity (between 27 and 32 days). Pain, cramping, digestive upset, headaches and extreme emotional […]

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5 Simple Ways to Practice Self-Care

I frequently ask my clients, “Have you taken any time for yourself this week?” The answer is usually a resigned, “No.” The conversation will turn to the focus on baby, toddler, husband, housework, and the multitude of duties we have as mothers and parents. Being a mother quickly buries us in all the things we have to get done for others with our needs are forgotten. I recently read a blog post that described our […]

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Scary Thoughts During the Postpartum Period

I remember being about 6 months postpartum with my son and suddenly having a thought (more like a vision) of doing something horrible to him. The thoughts become more frequent and occurred at completely random times. Unfortunately, I was a therapist for severely traumatized children prior to his birth, so I heard the worst stories ever. And, these stories spilled into my postpartum brain (I’m not going to divulge the nature of these thoughts because […]

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How to be Present During the Holiday Season

HOW TO BE PRESENT During the Holiday Season Every year I look forward to the colorful decorations, joyful music, festive gatherings, delicious food, and cheerful conversations. Before I know it, the holidays end, music stops, decorations come down, even the leftover food disappears… And it is time to go back to my regular schedule, until next year, when I repeat the same pattern. This year I am trying something different and I invite you to […]

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Shonishin -Acupuncture for Infants and Children

Shonishin is the Japanese form of acupuncture for infants and children. l

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Happy 3rd Birthday to Us

As the Family Garden approaches it’s 3rd birthday, I find myself stopping and reflecting on how far we have come in such a short time. Just like a child who grows up so quickly, I feel like the last three years have flown by. The Family Garden was an idea conceived by several birth professional who were all working in Longmont. We would find a great space to give our classes and then suddenly the […]

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Top 10 Reasons to go to Mommy & Me Yoga

Come as you are and we’ll welcome you with big smiles

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Pregnancy and Postpartum Health

Perinatal (meaning all around the time of birth) Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) are the most common complication of childbirth

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