The Business of Being Born

Did you ever stop to think about how cold and sterile childbirth is treated in this country? A baby starts out in the womb warm and protected. It’s quiet, dark, and peaceful.

Then, during labor the Mother is poked, prodded, and injected with drugs. She is ordered what to do and when to do it. She is told to ignore her body’s cues. The baby is ripped or cut from the womb out into a room filled with bright lights and loud noises. Home birth may not be the choice for everyone, but it is something well worth exploring.

Enter, The Business of Being Born.

The Business of Being Born

Executive Producer Ricki Lake along with Director Abby Epstien have created the documentary The Business of Being Born.

A chilling quote from the documentary:

“The United States has the second worst newborn death rate in the developed world.”

At this time there are limited screenings available in the US. Click HERE for information when the DVD will be available.

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Stretch Marks, What Your Mother May Not Have Told You

You don’t have to get horrible stretch marks just because you are having a baby.  Everyones skin is different of course.  But you can lessen the scars by taking care of your bodies largest organ, your skin.

stretch marks

What can you do to help prevent marks?

  • Don’t Scratch!  Scratching damages the skin, and creates the scars.  Please don’t rub a brush on your tummy either.  I know women who have done that during pregnancy, and it caused thick deep scars.
  • Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! This cannot be stressed enough.  Layer on the moisturizer, cocoa butter, shea butter, mango butter, whatever you can daily throughout your pregnancy.  Dry skin is itchy skin, and you know what we want to do when we are itchy!
  • Eat lots of fresh raw fruits and vegetables.  Nourish your skin from the inside out.
  • Water, drink lots of pure filtered drinking water.  Hydrate your body and skin.

Take care of that dermis, and you can later be proud of your baby and your streak free belly.

Before you pack those bras away…

Bra Extenders

This is something that is a real back and money saver. During pregnancy, everything grows. In order not to have to continueously be buying new bras you can start out with a simple bra extender.

Bra Extenders are on the top of my list when it comes to must have items for pregnancy. They are available at Motherhood Maternity in black, white, and nude in two and three hook varieties.

Christina Aguilera’s Greatest Song

Christina Aguilera Pregnant

Christina Aguilera has gone from pot tart, to beautiful pregnant woman, to a sweet Mommy.

Saturday January 12, 2008 she and her husband Jordan Bratman welcomed their first child into the world. They named him Max Liron Bratman. Perez Hilton the name “Max” means “The Greatest” and the name “Liron” in Hebrew translates to “My Song”. Christina aptly named her son, her greatest song. Her husband’s religion obviously has had a profound effect on her.

“A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches…” Proverbs 22:1

For all you Christina fans, she has posted a message on her website in honor of the birth of her son Max. Below is the video posted with that message. The song is “Save Me From Myself” from Christina’s “Back to Basics” album. The video is complete with some footage from her actual wedding.

Click Here to Watch the Video

Enjoy!