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Back Labor: Redefining My Life As a Woman

One of Life’s Big Lessons #1   After having labored and birthed three children at home, with each one encompassing all the beauty, passion, and hormone cocktail high that comes with bringing a terrestrial onto this planet, I developed a deep passion and interest in birth. As of now, it has been three years since my last physical birthing of a child. The high intensity, inner and outer struggle and cosmic anchoring that can occur during the process of birth resounds within me from those experiences. With birth, we discover a world that comes to a halt. We find that time can stand perfectly still. Experiencing labor and birth results in a family that is forever metamorphosed.  As a new family, we are then left alone to privately ponder amongst this new unit about how to function as a family. What you are about to read is a story like that.  Struggle, intensity, transformation, and newness, except it didn't come with a baby this time.
      It is quite ironic that this story starts …
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Sit Up Straight Why Don't YOU!

Look Better, Move Better, Feel Better?
Once upon a time, my mom told me to “stand up straight, hold your shoulders back, and stop slouching.” But honestly it didn’t feel right, it felt better to slouch. I thought, maybe I was different and maybe my body was meant to slouch. The reality was that somewhere along the way and probably many times along the way, I had a bump, a trip, a fall, a slip, or some physical event that led to misalignments in my spinal structure. 

Spinal alignment is the structural determination of your posture. Poor posture on the outside will become the norm, based on poor alignment on the inside produced by the spine. Misalignment in the spinal column and pelvis will effect the body’s frame and how we unconsciously position ourselves. Healthcare professionals around the world agree that posture is a fundamental component of health and proper human function. Postural awareness is an exact healthcare strategy that can and will improve how you look, move, and feel. P…

Why Birthing 3 Babies at Home Does NOT Make Me Superwoman

A common question asked in my town is "Where did you birth?" Mainly because many folks opt to give birth in a hospital out of town about 30 minutes away. When I get asked this question and I answer "I gave birth at home" I get some interesting reactions. One of the most common comments I get is "WOW you are brave" or "You must be superwoman!"  Their response automatically implies  that what I did  to them was inherently dangerous and that I had to have more courage than most women to accomplish this task. In my opinion, I was exactly the opposite of this. I did not have to have courage or have to be any "stronger' than the average woman. I simply had knowledge.

Knowledge of what my body was supposed to do and then let my body do its thing. I gained this knowledge from books. You know, those low tech things that contain priceless information? I also learned a lot from some higher tech resources like youtube. I watched a lot of gentle bir…

Why Dr. Mike and I are Chiropractors...

Dr. Tara Hogan’s Story:
As a competitive gymnast by the age of 11, Dr. Tara found herself flying through the air often but not always landing on her feet. This trend continued on throughout her life as she transitioned from gymnastics to track and field, specifically pole vaulting. In high school and college she was falling an average of 10-11 feet, and sometimes landing poorly on her head and neck. Performing as a collegiate athlete, she developed sciatica symptoms, which landed her in the athletic trainer’s office and in the ice bath most nights after practice. At the age of 22 she graduated with a Bachelors in English and chronic pain. After discovering chiropractic and maintaining care for one year, she realized that she had felt the best she had ever felt in her entire life. Athletically she was performing better in the gym and running road races faster than ever before. She believes chiropractic is responsible for the active lifestyle she has been leading many years after her col…

People Love To Ask: So, How's Business???

This is a question that always seems to get under my skin as a chiropractor. I think many people ask it as an innocent way to shoot the breeze or inquire about if you are happy doing what you have been doing recently, but I also get the feeling there are a lot of people who also ask me this, specifically wondering if  people actually go to the chiropractor and like it and if they do, do they actually pay for it?

How often would you ask your MD this question?

It seems to me that everywhere I go I can hear people talking about their pain or health problems. I think we can all agree that there is definitely a healthcare need...

So does chiropractic work?
The truth is, our patients are happy, feeling healthier and more functional, and they are generally referring others patients to us. So I'd say he answer to this question, yes!
How about:
 Doctor, is your clinic full of patients?
Yes.
It will be as long as gravity, trauma, bad food, and mental stress exists on earth.
It will continu…

Why you should care about relaxation... Pregnant or Not

I have been thinking a lot about the importance of relaxation lately, especially since I just started my maternity leave this week.  I am writing this blog entry for the simple purpose that I DO find it relaxing to write! ;)  Relaxation is something that most of us don't think much about doing in our busy lives or just brush off as a secondary component to being healthy. All the books I have been reading about natural birth, health talks I have listened to recently , midwives I have chatted with, tend to say the same things about it. DO NOT underestimate the power of relaxation. 

One of the books I chose to read to prepare me for my third birth is called "The Oxytocin Factor: Tapping the Hormone of Calm, Love, and Healing" This book's information was exactly what I was looking for as to WHY relaxation is so important for our bodies on a physiological level. Whether or not we are pregnant, birthing, or non-pregnant, for our bodies to function properly, relaxation is ke…

I bet you didnt know...

I bet you didn't know...

The United State's maternal death rate is ranked the same as the Iran's.
This means it is more dangerous to have a baby in America than in Turkey, Bahrain, South Korea, Kuwait, Serbia, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Bosnia, Portugal, and Slovakia just to name a few...

We actually ranked 47th in the world in 2010 for how dangerous birth can be to a mother.
Yet we are ranked #1 when it comes to SPENDING money for birth! How did we let this happen? Interventions increase the risk for complication. Let us look at the "epidural chain" (Pathways to Family  Wellness Magizine article by Alyssa Benedict M.P.H. Issue 39 page 22)


Our Pulmonary embolism rates after a birth (c section) have exploded as our c section rates have gone up over the last 30 years.  An obvious trend we can observe amongst the countries with low c section rates is a lower maternal death rate.

So let us ask why do we in the U.S. HAVE to do so many c sections?

Women are not being informed…