All posts tagged: pregnancy

Respecting women, respecting childbirth through midwifery

Meeting the empowering woman, empowering mother’s-to-be at the ‘Elemental School of Midwife Art’. I visited the ‘Elemental School of Midwife Art’ set in Florence, Italy. I think it should be called The ‘Empowering School of Midwife Art’ because that’s they do here. They teach midwifes the skills to empower women who are to become mothers, not just at the time of birth but throughout all stages of their pregnancy and life thereafter. You feel that this is a special place from the moment you walk in the door. The beaming, warm, welcoming faces of the staff make you feel instantly calm and secure – it’s been like this since 1996 when the school first opened by founder Verena Schmid. Verena Schmid was a midwife, author, international teacher with the aim to found a place where midwives could learn to create a world that is more women friendly. Here, she would teach a different view over women’s sexual passages and help midwives rediscover the art of women centred care, learn the physiology of respected childbirth as …

The skin care nasties to avoid, especially for Mum’s-to-be

It’s perfectly natural to worry about what you’re putting into and onto your body when you’re pregnant, and even if you’re not. G ot a bun in the oven? Or even if you don’t, it’s highly likely your re-thinking all the things you’re putting into and on your body. I met a lot of new mothers today at Weleda Mother and Baby Care day and most said a very similar thing: ‘It became particularly important to avoid chemicals when I fell pregnant – it wasn’t just about me anymore.’ Amber Johnson I met with Brazilian Dermatologist Dr. Patricia Silveori, who specializes in natural dermatology. It was pretty daunting when I found out that 60% of what we use on our skin can enter our bloodstream, I hate to think how that statistic made to-be-mothers react. The potential for chemical nasties to be passed onto their unborn child I’m sure had sent many new mothers to the eco beauty counter to switch to a toxin-free skin care regime already. We all know that anybody can benefit …