Women's Health and Issues

Placenta Pills and Birth Doulas: What's It All About?!

April 26, 2015

Ozzie Ozkay-VillaMarin Mommies presents a guest article by Ozzie Ozkay-Villa, founder and president of the Alternative Mothers Group, Marin Placenta Services and a birth post-partum doula and placenta processor.

What exactly is a doula anyway?

Well, doulas are trained and experienced in childbirth and breastfeeding. They know the physiology of birth and the emotional and physical needs of a woman in labor. She works on the basis of keeping birth normal and positive. They provide balanced information so clients can make their own decisions. Doulas do not replace the partner's role in birth but rather add an extra layer of support and guide the partner when they are feeling overwhelmed. She does not leave the laboring woman. Additionally, postpartum (or PP) doulas fill a large gap in our culture, and are able to facilitate a smooth transition to parenthood. PP doulas focus on the needs of the new mother as well as the newborn. She is there to nurture the mother by offering practical assistance as well as emotional support, enabling her to recover faster and feel more confident in meeting the challenges a new baby brings.

Meet the Midwives of Marin

March 15, 2015

Midwives of MarinMoms-to-be planning to deliver their babies at Marin General Hospital can take advantage of the hospital's and Prima Medical Group's Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) for prenatal, labor and delivery, and postnatal care.

A midwife is a trained professional with special expertise in pregnancy and delivery in low-risk, healthy women. The midwives at Marin General Hospital are all registered nurses with a MA in nursing or public health and are certified through the American College of Nurse-Midwives, which works in conjunction with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Marin General Hospital is in fact the only hospital in Marin or San Francisco that offers midwife services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Learn the Unhealthy Truth About Toxins in Our Lives with Ken Cook and Speak to Me

January 11, 2015

Ken Cook EWGFancy a little pesticide with you broccoli, some antibiotic with your steak, or a pinch of arsenic with your rice? Is your beloved face cream divine enough to risk cancer or the yummy smell of your child's shampoo worth early puberty? Toxins! They are everywhere… so what's the government doing to protect us? More importantly what are you doing to protect yourself?

Join Speak To Me on January 27 for Ken Cook, co-founder of the Environmental Working Group—a public interest research and advocacy organization focused on protecting human health and the environment—for a revealing discussion on the growing toxicity of our world.

Get the inside scoop on the toxins we unknowingly ingest every day, what the government is (or is not) doing to protect us and what we can do to create a safer environment for ourselves and our for future generations. Get inspired and informed to affect change while connecting with other women in a meaningful way.

Shreem Yoga: Inspiring, Teaching and Motivating Women

September 21, 2014

Betina Crandall Shreem YOGAMarin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Benita Crandall of Shreem YOGA in San Rafael. Benita, founder of ShreemYoga is a modern yogini, intuitive guide, wellness coach, wife, and mother.

Living the way you really want to live starts with total honesty, a deep breath and saying “yes” to change. It’s time to make the beautiful life changes you've been craving. This is your chance to really delve deep and tackle the goals you haven’t been able to achieve alone, or didn't even know you wanted!

I want to help you find your true self and allow your beautiful light to shine brightly out into the world. I love inspiring and motivating women just like you by sharing my years of of training, experience  and wisdom, to help on the journey towards blissful balance. Mentor. Guide. Light. Whichever way you wish to look at it I am here for you.

Healing Your Postpartum Body

July 21, 2014

Pomegranate Center Postnatal yogaMarin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Pomegranate Center in San Anselmo.

Most pregnant women take exceptional care of their bodies and most new mothers take exceptional care of their babies. It’s a rare woman who makes her own mental and physical well-being a priority after giving birth. Now that you have your baby in your arms, you owe it to yourself and to your family to make healing and self-care a priority.

Pomegranate Center in San Anselmo offers a safe and supportive environment to begin taking care of yourself after birth. We offer two Mom and Baby Yoga classes to connect with your baby and your body –this class is just enough stretching and movement to start opening and engaging your muscles after birth. It is a class full of support and community and will give you confidence as you practice mothering (babies are in the class) and self-care.

We also offer a weekly Postnatal Pilates class taught by Tamar Dover: a postnatal mom of two young children (ages 3.5 and 2 years old) who has been teaching pilates for 12 years. We have onsite childcare during this class for children who are 4 weeks-10 years old.

Spring Is Here! Skincare Tips and Techniques to Smooth Your Skin into Summer

April 17, 2014

healthy skinMarin Mommies presents a guest article by Karen Horton, M.D., Marin mom and board-certified plastic surgeon.

Spring is finally here! While it has been an unseasonably warm Bay Area winter, we will soon spend more time outdoors with our families. This means greater exposure to the elements and the sun. While some sunshine is important for natural vitamin D production by the body, limiting unexposed UV radiation is vital to skin health! The sun contains three wavelengths of ultraviolet energy: UVA and UVB cause free radical damage and aging of the skin, while highest energy UVC rays are increasingly allowed into our atmosphere as the ozone layer becomes depleted.

Sun damage is cumulative in our lifetime, meaning small changes in our cells occur yearly starting in childhood and add up over time with years of sun exposure. Damage to DNA in deep skin cells is usually not evident until our 30s and 40s, when women often "wake up" to changes in their skin become more interested in sun prevention and skin care. Pigmentation changes such as "hyperpigmentation" (brown spots) and freckles, white spots, "telangiectasias" or spider veins (broken surface blood vessels), fine lines, wrinkles, decreased collagen and loss of skin elasticity are all consequences of chronic sun damage.

New Moms Support Group: Awakening into Motherhood

February 16, 2014

Awakening into MotherhoodAre you a new mom in Marin looking for some emotional support? Awakening into Motherhood is a new group in San Anselmo that helps new moms to navigate the full range of motherhood in a safe, non-judgemental space. The group seeks to provide a nurturing environment of connection and support that helps each mom find more power, pleasure, and balance in her life.

The group begins on March 1, 2014 and runs for six weeks. The cost is $65 per group. Sessions are held on Saturdays from 10 am to noon at the Essex Center, 412 Red Hill Avenue, 2nd Floor, Suite 17 in San Anselmo.

Awakening into Motherhood is facilitated by Sophie Darch McEntee, MA, LMFT, a Marin mother and psychotherapist with over a decade of experience helping women connect more deeply with themselves.

For more information on this workshop, contact Sophie Darch McEntee at sophiedmcentee@gmail.com or (415) 816-7086.

Five Pilates Ab Moves to Keep Your New Year Strong!

January 22, 2013

rolling like a ballIn this guest article, Marin mom and Pilates trainer Jennifer Raby shares her top five Pilates ab moves to help keep your New Year strong!

Looking to keep your fitness resolutions on track? Your core will thank you for adding these moves to your New Year's workout!  I love these Pilates ab exercises because they can be done anywhere… at home, the office, outside, wherever! No equipment needed, just a mat, and some space to move. Plan: 6 to 12 reps 3 to 4 days/week, choose healthy foods, include cardiovascular exercise, and start to see your 2013 core transform!

Tip: Keep the five basic principles of Pilates* in mind when doing these exercises, this will help give you an edge on doing each move with ease (see *BP key below).

  1. Rolling like a ball
    Start position: sitting with spine flexed creating a "c" curve, knees and feet together, feet a few inches off floor, toes pointed. Hands on shins or under knees, shoulders down.

How to Find Your Mothering “Zen”

November 13, 2012

Melissa LapidesMarin Mommies presents a guest article by Melissa Lapides, Marin mom, licensed marriage and family therapist, and parent educator.

As a mother, it is sometimes hard to find peace in a busy day. I am not just talking about the kind of peace that you experience by the few valued moments that you actually get to sit down and relax, but about the inner peace that makes you feel connected to your purpose in being a mother.

Sometimes you can get so caught up in the daily routines and emotions that it is hard to connect to what you are really working towards as a parent. Raising children can feel busy and repetitive at times and sometimes you can loose sight of what you are really trying to accomplish. Are you working towards how many activities you can successfully get your children to participate in or are you working towards raising your children to be self-confident, self-reliant adults.

As a parent, you want to provide not only love and compassion, but also rules and guidelines to live by so that you can send your child out into the world with a sense of value and self regard. The main point in discipline is not to have children become good followers, but to have children develop a sense of self-discipline and worth.

When you can connect to your own sense of purpose as a parent, the role becomes so much more rewarding and the daily repetition can feel much more meaningful. If you are going about the day without a sense of being connected to your purpose as a parent, the child will internalize these feelings and have a harder time connecting to their own sense of worthiness.

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