Finding culture…








Forget about fancy French boarding schools or etiquette classes… turns out you can BUY it! Cultures that is.

From kombucha to kefir to yogurt and sourdough, LIVE food is quickly experiencing a renaissance due to the enormity of the health benefits it brings along. This time eating healthy actually TASTES GOOD, unlike a decade ago when “no-fat” was all the rage. You’ve not tasted fresh bread until you have tasted fresh sourdough bread with cultured butter on top and a glass of raspberry kombucha to wash it down with.

We’ve all seen the Activia commercials… “beneficial intestinal flora” is now something that many American’s have at least heard of. Better than yogurt or acidophilus powder in a capsule, real – living – cultured food contains more probiotics than can be counted!

Benefits of Cultured Foods
If you are wondering how in the world to get your CHILDREN to try fermented foods, here’s a great place to start.
My favorite place for purchasing your starter cultures is Cultures for Health.
And lastly, here is a great jumping-off point for creating traditional food fare.

This return to traditional food doesn’t begin OR end with cultures though… think grass-fed beef, home-grown vegetables and sprouts, fresh ground grains for bread, soaked grains for cereals and granola, free-range eggs and raw dairy. The list is endless.

You might be feeling overwhelmed with the BIG-GIANT-ENORMOUS makeover your recipe book likely needs if you’re going to try for this changeover, but don’t give up. Think:


Start there and implement cultured foods into your daily menus. Once you have a system down for creating old-world cuisine in your thoroughly modern kitchen, it’s SO simple you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.

And if you’re wondering what culture has to do with birth… Midwifery Today published an article on GBS (group B strep) infections and lacto-fermented foods. Though there is no established protocol for using fermented foods to prevent GBS infections, the logic there holds thrilling possibilities for preventing this serious (but rare) complication of birth.

It’s all in the packaging!


Modern media has proven that you can wrap up just about anything and people will like it: IF the wrapper catches your eye!

Well, wrapping your baby isn’t a marketing ploy – and the cute factor is what’s INSIDE your baby wrap! There are many reasons to wear your baby. I love this website’s list. I can’t vouch for the items they have for sale as I’ve never purchased a wrap or sling. They are too easy to just make yourself!!!

Seriously though, you don’t have to spend $50 – $100 on a good baby carrier. My favorite to-date is a lovely length of fabric I purchased from the $1/yard table! No sewing required!!!

If you are new to mothering, you simply must give wearing your baby a shot. It will quickly become your favorite accessory. 🙂

Here are a few more links to get you started:
The Baby Wearer
Rebozo Way
Ask Dr. Sears

My favorite with sewing instructions:
Wear Your Baby

And if you need to “see” how to use a wrap, thank goodness for YouTube!
You Tube Wrap Videos

Like butter on a hot skillet…

some babies just slide right out. 🙂 And it really has nothing to do with their size.

Ok, MOST babies slide right out. The position of the baby & the mother work synergistically to produce the optimal size/shape/orientation of the pelvic outlet: that will maximize the opening while minimizing trauma to the mama/baby duo. I just love how it works… so beautifully. When left ALONE to labor/birth, mama with instinctively move into the best position for pain relief and opening up… it’s a beautiful thing.

I’ll admit, it is sometimes tempting to do “just one little thing” to help things along, and when mama wants us to that is exactly what we should do. But midwives are woman-SERVANTS not woman-MASTERS and I do not believe the midwife should control the birth space or dictate what happens there in any way. She guards/she watches… she HOLDS THE SPACE while the mama/baby do their dance, daddy in the wings, and witnesses the beauty.

On this lovely day I was witness to just such a dance. And it WAS beautiful. 🙂