Sunday, August 5, 2012

New Mother: Using a Doula, Midwife, Postpartum Doula, Maid, Cook, or Nanny to Support Healing, Bonding, and Growth Book Review & Giveaway!

So the book is called:
New Mother: Using a Doula, Midwife, Postpartum Doula, Maid, Cook, or Nanny to Support Healing, Bonding, and Growth
First of all, I LOVE the title. I like how it makes it sound that no matter what I choose to help me through those early days of motherhood, it’s all good. No choice is wrong and all perfectly acceptable.
New Mother: Using a Doula, Midwife, Postpartum Doula, Maid, Cook, or Nanny to Support Healing, Bonding, and Growth (Volume 1)Allie Chee, the author, reached out to me on Twitter (she is @AllieChee). She thought this book would be a great fit for the readers of HomemadeMom and I agree whole heartedly!
The book gets RAVE reviews on Amazon and to me that’s a big deal. I always feel that the reviews on Amazon tend to be very honest and reliable. Seriously folks, every review on there is a full 5 stars! That’s impressive. What’s the book about? Here’s is what Amazon has to say:
New Mother…
Reclaim the magic in motherhood!
It is possible to have it all: a more natural birthing experience; fun, relaxing family time; time to care for yourself; time to take care of your home; and the ability to choose whatever vision you hold for your experience of childbirth and motherhood. That’s not what we’ve been told, taught, or empowered to do… until now.

There’s more to pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum than what is usually discussed in literature and doctors’ offices: the next problem, pain, or procedure!

New Mother offers a delightful, clear vision for reclaiming the beauty and sacred nature of pregnancy and parenthood.

This how-to is divided into three parts:
Part 1- Pregnancy & Labor and Delivery explains how with the help of a midwife and/or doula even a hospital birth can be–once again–the magical, loving, experience it already is naturally.

Part 2: Postpartum discusses the importance of rest and nutrition for the first 30-40 days postpartum: the “sitting moon” of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which is practiced in various ways by many cultures around the world. If offers detailed instruction for finding a postpartum doula, and an in-depth outline of the services one should expect.

Part 3- Raising an Infant: addresses the continued need for help in a family with an infant. The first year of the baby’s life can be the most magical–and enervating. The energy loss can tax the family and compromise the joy, the healing, and the bonding that can be experienced otherwise.

In times and places of “villages” help for the new family came from extended family and neighbors. Most people in the States today will not be able to count on that kind of village, but they can create their own. With even a little help, but preferably a lot, from a maid, cook, and/or nanny, parents can conserve their energy and use it to create the magical experiences that will guide their baby’s and their family’s life forever. This section explains the role and duties of hired helpers and offers suggestions for how to find those that best support the needs of the family.
Throughout the book, vignettes of the author’s and other mothers’ experiences are included that will resonate with parents, keep them laughing, and encourage them to rewrite the story of their lives.
So what do you think? Would you read it? Don’t you wish you had it when you were pregnant? Know someone that’s pregnant now and needs this book? Well guess what? I’m giving one away!!!

Here’s what I want you to do, tell me what was the most influential book for you during pregnancy and/or the early days of motherhood.

If you’d like to share the love it would be great if you would like Allie Chee on Facebook and follow Allie Chee on Twitter but it’s not required.

So many women don’t understand the options they have with labor and delivery, like a doula or midwife. I think this book should be a must have for all pregnant women everywhere. I often feel like I wish we still lived by that “it takes a village” mentality, because raising kids is hard. So share here! Leave your comment below to be entered to win this great book! Share this giveaway with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Details: Giveaway ends on August 15th, 2012 by midnight. Only one entry per person please and good luck!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

How Tide Cold Water works for me!

I feel so lucky to be one of the SheSpeaks bloggers to be allowed to try the Tide Coldwater Detergent as part of their Tide Coldwater Program. Honestly, I've been using cold water for a while to wash my clothes. I'm fairly certain that all detergents are not created equal. Many times my clothes don't come out smelling very clean, and the whites certainly aren't getting whiter. I even took to making my own detergent for a while to cut costs. Then my parents bought a new washer and dryer and they passed onto me all their non-HE detergents. Not Tide, but just run of the mill detergents. I tried to use the cold water setting on my washing machine, but it turns out that when I push the cold water button, the water trickles into my machine. It would take 30 minutes or more to fill up the washing machine, if it even does fill up. Don't really know what's up with that. So I have to use the warm/cold setting. The water still feels pretty cold to me. When the clothes were washed and dried I noticed that they smelled really good! However, I could get that good smell with many other detergents or liquid fabric softener. I had a slew of filthy clothes that my boys went puddle jumping in. Want to see what I have to work with? Watch the video below: Surprisingly enough the clothes came out clean! I honestly expected to have some residual "outdoorsy" smell and maybe some lingering dirt, but they looked and smelled clean! Do you wash in Cold water? Do you use Tide Coldwater or something else? *Disclaimer: I'm participating in the SheSpeaks Blogger Tide Coldwater Program. My participation included an honest review of the product provided to me and a gift card from Tide/SheSpeaks. All opinions are my own.
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