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Placenta Encapsulation - Sorting the reputable from the rogue

Posted by Kristin Beckedahl - Naturopath, Childbirth Educator, Doula on

One of the many hats I wear within the pregnancy and birthy circles is that of a Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist. Since 2012, I've encapsulated the placentas of more than 1000 local mums for their postpartum transition and recovery. Obviously this is a service I can only provide locally. But at least once a week I'm contacted by women around Australia (and occasionally worldwide) asking me to recommend someone closer to them. So if you're pregnant and considering having your placenta encapsulated, read on. I don't go into detail here about the what, why and how of placenta encapsulation itself (you'll find...

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Why I Rave About Raspberry Leaf

Posted by Kristin Beckedahl - Naturopath, Childbirth Educator, Doula on

I don't think I've met a pregnant woman in my circles who hasn't heard of Red Raspberry Leaf (RRL). 20 years ago when I first started practising as a naturopath it was definitely not as popular as it is today. Even Google will give you 19 million results within less than a second! Its botanical name is Rubus idaeus but most refer to it as simply 'raspberry leaf.'  Naturopaths and herbalists will often refer to it as Rubus or abbreviate it to 'RRL'. In the herbal dispensary it's classified as a partus preparator, or partus prep for short. Partus meaning 'labour', preparator meaning 'preparation'....

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What's Up With My Lady Bits?

Posted by Kristin Beckedahl - Naturopath, Childbirth Educator, Doula on

Sadly pregnancy ain't all bout 'that glow'.... and that thick, shiny hair. You've likely heard about the possible swollen ankles, feet and fingers. Or the itchy skin of your growing baby bump. But, we don't often hear about lady bits changing!  Things can often get heavy, swollen, lumpy, juicy and darn itchy down there! Um, why is my labia getting bigger? This is often due to a combo of more blood being on board and the ever growing weight of your uterus. As this puts extra pressure on the blood vessels in your pelvis. This is often worse if you're...

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