Ray LaMontagne Teaches Me to Write by Mary Ellen Walsh

Ray LaMontagne Teaches Me to Write by Mary Ellen Walsh.


April 9, 2012 at 1:57 pm Leave a comment

Exercise Matters? NOT? New study out.

A new study tries to say that the baby’s birth weight is not affected by the amount of exercise a mother does.   Check out reuters.  http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE61E4UY20100215

February 15, 2010 at 9:58 pm Leave a comment

The Holistic Option

Listen to my personal birth trauma story http://theholisticoption.com/podcasts/HolisticHealthAndWellness-Episode65.mp3  and log onto a really wonderful website that integrates a holistic approach to life.   www.TheHolisticOption.com

January 20, 2010 at 7:53 pm Leave a comment

Checklist for a Healthy Pregnancy

Here’s a checklist for a healthy pregnancy,

Stay hydrated.  Water is best.

Wear supportive shoes.  Sneakers are good, but do not tie the laces too tightly.

Try to distribute your weight evenly on both feet.

Shift your weight from one foot to the other if you’re standing in one place for a long period of time.

When sitting, do not cross your legs or dangle your feet.

Elevate your feet whenever possible.

When lifting, do not bend at the waist.  Bend your knees, hold the object close and use the power of your legs to life. 

Use a pillow under your head to keep the position of your head in the center of both shoulders.

Use your arms, not your back muscles, to get out of bed.

Pelvic tilts are a great way to relieve lower back pain.  Lie on your back with your knees bent.  Slowly, raise your time later in the pregnancy. 

Oxygen is fuel for your body.  Take full deep breaths as you stretch your arms behind your back or above your head, clasping your fingers. 

Mediate for stress relief and relaxation.

January 19, 2010 at 4:49 pm Leave a comment

vbac births

Here is an excerpt on VBAC birth from a great blog.


Most OB’s and hospitals that refuse to support VBAC do so citing concerns about uterine rupture. And while this is a possibility, educating women about risks and benefits is vital to informed consent of patients. To be vital, informed consent requires patients (in this case women) the option of informed refusal. It is the right of every person to make healthcare decisions personally. Each pregnant woman, therefore, should also have the same right to choose what she will and will not accept as part of her individualized care. She can choose to accept or refuse induction, epidural, ultrasound, fetal monitoring, IV. She has the right to change her mind, even during labor.


January 4, 2010 at 9:45 pm Leave a comment

Acetaminophen Use During Pregnancy

Acetaminophen Use During Pregnancy May Not Increase Asthma Risk in Offspring CME

News Author: Laurie Barclay, MD
CME Author: Charles P. Vega, MD

CME Released: 12/03/2009; Valid for credit through 12/03/2010

December 3, 2009 — Acetaminophen use during pregnancy is not associated with increased risk for asthma in children, according to the results of a prospective study reported in the December issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

“The relationship between acetaminophen use in pregnancy and asthma in children remains unclear and warrants further investigation, ” write Elizabeth M. Kang, MPH, from Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, and colleagues. “To identify risk factors for childhood asthma, we analyzed data from a prospective cohort study of women followed through their pregnancies and subsequent follow-up of their children at 6 years of age to investigate the etiology of childhood asthma. With detailed classification and comprehensive reporting of acetaminophen, we aimed to estimate the role of prenatal exposure to acetaminophen in the development of asthma in children.”

The study cohort consisted of 1505 pregnant women and their children. Follow-up continued until age 6 years ± 3 months. In the first and third trimesters, acetaminophen use was evaluated before 24 weeks of gestation and within 1 month of delivery. At age 6 years, children were evaluated for asthma, and adjusted odds ratios (aORs) were derived from logistic regression models that adjusted for potential confounding variables.

During pregnancy, 69% of women used acetaminophen. Use of acetaminophen was not associated with a significantly increased risk for asthma in the offspring (aOR, 0.76; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.53 – 1.10). For women who used acetaminophen during both the first and the third trimester, the risk for asthma was significantly reduced in the offspring (aOR, 0.59; 95% CI, 0.36 – 0.98), with no apparent dose response. Acetaminophen consumption greater than 10,400 mg (32 tablets) per month was not associated with increased risk (aOR, 0.99; 95% CI, 0.19 – 5.30).

“Our results suggest that acetaminophen use during pregnancy does not increase risk of asthma in children,” the study authors write.

Limitations of this study include lack of data on acetaminophen exposure during the second trimester, reliance on self-report for acetaminophen exposure and for asthma diagnoses, and failure to control for cotherapy.

“It may still be premature for public warnings of acetaminophen and increased risk of asthma,” the study authors conclude. “Acetaminophen is the drug of choice for pain relief during pregnancy and early childhood, and this study offers reassurance that antenatal acetaminophen has limited, if any, effects on asthma development in children.”

The National Institutes of Health supported this study. The study authors have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Obstet Gynecol. 2009;114:1295- 1306. Abstract.

December 12, 2009 at 1:15 pm Leave a comment


There was such an incredible vibe in the room at Ladypallooza on Saturday, Dec. 5th.  People came and no one left.  We ate incredibly delicious food from Cucina Aurora, Kitchen Witchery.  I met some amazing women.  The music was rockin from Liza Coppola and Erin Shultz and later on soothing from Jessie Haynes.  Doula extraordinare Lisa Inglese organized an uplifting, great day where we shared ideas from elightened folks.  In between all the activities and workshops: Mary Lewis’ Children’s Entertainment, Infant Massages, Medium Session with Mary, Feng Shui 101, What’s a Doula?, The Law of Attraction, Estate Planning from Alicia J. Klat–holistic law.

I learned so much about being a woman.  Our journey never stops and always continues to grow.  As a busy woman, mother-of-three, I’m always on the back burner of life.  I smolder there, slow cooking.  Unfortunately sometimes, I pop and explode.  I find a really good way to prevent that is by tuning into the Earth Mother within. 

Ladypallooza helped re-align me with that inner feminine energy.  That night I had a dream.  I was floating above the room and saw thousands of white laser light beams criss crossed in a labyrinth pattern suspended within the patchwork of the cathedral ceiling.   It looked like blown glass tubes, clear and throbbing with energy.    I woke up refreshed. 

Check out our doula recommendations.

December 10, 2009 at 1:55 pm Leave a comment

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