Category Archives: maternal newborn care

4 Key Foods Throughout Pregnancy

According to Ayurveda, there are 4 key sattvic foods used in varied ways throughout pregnancy for most mamas: new basmati rice, pure ghee, butter and milk. These foods are naturally sattvic (harmonious and pure), building, easy on the digestion when properly used, and do not create mental and emotional negativity in their nature. For vegan…

Best Lactation Herbs

My 5 Favorites in the first 10 Days Whether you are an Ayurvedic, Chinese or Western herbalist, you may have a few favorite lactation herbs already. There are so many herbs to choose from. When I ask myself, what are the top herbs for early postnatal use, then ask again, what are the top ones for…

Mama’s Herbs and Manas Herbs

The “It depends” Rule A big, “it depends” rule in Ayurveda and “Terrain” medicine makes teaming up with an advanced practitioner, or learning advanced use of herbs especially important for mothers with complications.  The same thing is true for all of us as we move through the seasons of our lives. An herb may be…

Herb for maternal health punctures tires and ….

This featured herb for maternal care punctures tires yet makes the urinary channels feel like silk! Tribulus terrestris is one of the most important herbs in Ayurvedic medicine. This “noxious weed” in the US is called Goat’s Beard or Puncture Vine.  Ayurveda calls it Gokshura.  It offers the practitioner many uses in maternal healthcare, and though found all…

Kangaroo care – see newborn breast crawl, triplets holding hands, and baby wearing videos

Kangaroo care – see newborns’ breast crawl,Triplets holding hands, and baby wearing videos Hey, today I was searching for a kangaroo care video I saw last year, and find more goodies to share.  Especially because many of my students come from the Ayurvedic world first before the mother and baby care world – I’m sure…

Belly Binding after Birth

Belly Binding After Birth is a practice used around the world in older traditions, with good reason.  It offers such stability, and comfort, like being hugged at a time when there is so much flab or stretched tissue and empty spaces inside.   The body is able to work so much better, without so much…

2 Kinds of Colic

Colic is not something to joke about, and it is not easy to manage.  Both kinds are too little understood; both more easily prevented than many are willing to do the homework for, until they realize what it is like to have a baby with colic.  Yes, it may take a few days to turn…

Herbs for Mood – Depression and many related conditions

Herbs for Postnatal Moods – We use several really good ones.  Front line – I often call on Tulsi with Gotu Kola or another Brahmi tea – serotonin enhancing in Nature’s user friendly bio-balancing way that can be tandemed for month or more before beginning to SLOWLY reduce other herbs, according to some experienced Ayurvedics.  Transitioning…

Water meditation with new baby

Water meditation with new baby – enjoy What a wonderful way to welcome and deeply calm a newborn into at home-ness in the earth plane and human hands. This is much more than a water bath and … if it could be taught before infant massage … about 5 minutes and worth every minute. Thanks…

Radiation – urgent issues, help from Ayurveda

Although  I believe the blackout on severity of Fukushima reactor #4’s vulnerability can truly be covering up the 2012 catastrophe that changes life as we know it on this planet, I DO NOT like to be a scare monger.  Especially with fragile populations.  So I speak to those who care for them, please see this significant data…