Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Birth Control and Pregnancy Achievement

We have made the personal choice to use the Fertility Awareness Method form of birth control. In the summer of 2006, just before getting married in August, I read the book "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" by Toni Weschler to prepare for natural birth control. We have never used any other form of birth control and find FAM to work well for us as birth control, as well as for pregnancy achievement. Using no drugs or hormones, a woman can determine whether she is fertile or infertile by observing body signs and following simple rules.

This past July, as we were using FAM to achieve pregnancy, I took an ovulation test to ensure I was on track with recording my ovulation. Sure enough, I was and got pregnant on our first try. Unfortunately, it resulted in an ectopic pregnancy, but it confirmed that it is a good method for us as we will use it again in the future for pregnancy achievement.

I recommend using this method because it enables couples to both feel responsible for birth control and allows the couple to connect on a deeper level. No one person has the responsibility all on their own. Plus, it is natural and allows you to abstain from putting anything unnatural or synthetic into your body.

Visit http://www.ovusoft.com/ for more information and read the book too!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Complimentary Doula Services

Before 2009 starts to get away from me before it is even here, I have decided to ensure I attend the births required for certification with DONA (Doulas of North America) early in 2009. I am offering complimentary birth doula services to the first four clients that sign a service agreement and who will be having their baby by April 2009. Let me know if you or anyone you know is interested in having a Birth Doula. I would love to share in your birth experience.

I will provide the following:
  • Free initial consultation
  • One prenatal visit
  • Attend the entire birth, providing emotional and physical comfort measures, massage, and encouragement for mother and partner
  • One postpartum visit
  • Postpartum emails and phone follow-up
I may be reached at 817-386-3355 or (c)214-783-3668.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Book of the Week

Gentle Birth Choices by Barbara Harper, R.N

This book is a guide to making informed decisions about birthing centers, birth attendants, water births, home births, and hospital births. It helps dispel many of the medical myths that we Americans have come to know about birth.

Making informed decisions about your pregnancy and childbirth is one of the greatest gifts you can give to your child.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Prenatal Vitamins

I recommend a prenatal vitamin from New Chapter called Perfect Prenatal. They make an organic line of products that I use and enjoy. The supplements are derived from whole, organic foods. You can purchase these at stores like The Vitamin Shoppe, Veria Wellness Center, Central Market, or online.

Check out the website at: http://www.newchapter.com/