Hypnobirthing. Giving birth while under hypnosis? That doesn’t sound right. So what is it?

Hypnobirthing is a technique that helps mom focus intently on the labor process and understand how the birthing muscles work in harmony. According to Hypnobirthing.com, this method “teaches you that, in the absence of fear and tension, or special medical circumstances, severe pain does not have to be an accompaniment of labor.”

Celebrities, most recently Jessica Alba, have embraced this trend in natural birth. Completely awake, it helps you relax and be aware and totally in control of your body. Birthing centers and hospitals have classes that teach these self-hypnosis techniques.

Relaxed and calm. Isn’t that how it should be?

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Supermodel, businesswoman, wife, mom of two and advocate.

Since becoming a mother, Christy Turlington Burns has devoted her time to raising awareness for healthy pregnancies around the globe and advocating for women that do not have access to the proper health care and support. Turlington Burns had an unpredictable complication during her first childbirth experience, postpartum hemorrhage. Since, she has developed a passion for improving maternal health and lowering the rate (15% of all pregnancies) of complications.

Realizing that not every woman has the luxury of regular checkups, multiple birthing options, and shopping for the latest trends, Turlington Burns has set out to give a voice to women with diverse pregnancy experiences. Her latest documentary, “No Woman, No Cry”, follows the condition of maternal health all over the world. Her foundation, Every Mother Counts, encourages people to understand the challenges of pregnancy and help improve the lives of expecting moms and their children.

Find out how you can help  make a change!

CBR is offering a wonderful coupon for parents considering private cord blood banking. In a nutshell, cord blood banking allows you to store your baby’s cord blood stem cells for use in future medical treatments.

New parents can register and use the code M1998 w/ CBR and receive a $250 discount on banking fees, plus much more! Read more here.

While you may have sworn off the cocktails, chocolate in all its forms and flavors is a minor vice that’s very much tolerated by the pregnancy police. You can now give your addiction free rein with this wonderfully indulgent, deliciously aromatic chocolate facial mask. The combination of cocoa powder and cream really can refresh a tired complexion. I guess it’s all down to the magic of chocolate.

1/3 cup cocoa powder

3 tablespoons heavy cream

2 teaspoons cottage cheese

3 teaspoons avocado

1/2 cup honey

3 teaspoons oatmeal powder

Mix all ingredients together and smooth onto face. Relax for ten minutes, then wash the mask off with warm water.

Did you know that every day,  1,000 girls and women die in pregnancy and childbirth around the world? The White Ribbon Alliance, an international group bringing awareness and change to this number, works tirelessly to help make pregnancy safer for women around the globe.

The coalition advocates for women to have a healthier pregnancy and a safer childbirth to help bring an end to maternal mortality. They are present in 152 countries and are not slowing down. Their site features the stories of many of the women they have directly affected and saved. It is inspiring to see the adversity they have overcome and the families they have supported.

There are so many unique ways to support an organization like this. Ethical fashion designers Henrietta Ludgate and Minna Hepburn were so touched by the efforts of the White Ribbon Alliance that they decided to do something different to give back. They desigend a special, organic cotton and lace top to sell that will benefit WRA. All the proceeds from their design will go to the WRA. There truly is no limit to the ways you can give back!

The recent disaster in Japan has caused incredible damage, physically and emotionally. The stories of loss and destruction are endless and the images of the aftermath are heart-wrenching.

Recently, an inspiring and uplifting story emerged. Days after the disaster, workers heard the cries of a baby while going through rubble of destroyed homes. They thought they were hearing things until they heard the cry again. Miraculously, they uncovered a four-month old baby girl under the remains of a house. She was separated from her parents during the tsunami but survived and was reunited with her family. Take a look at the full story.

News like this inspires the relief effort and brings positive energy to people that have experienced so much negativity. Take a minute to donate anything you can to the American Red Cross to help the relief effort in Japan. Even if we can’t physically be there to help, our thoughts and donations will go a long, long way.

You fall in love, you get married, you announce you are expecting. Your family is excited and supportive. Anything different from this path is always bound to raise a few eyebrows somewhere, no matter the situation. A teenage girl expecting a child will become a topic of gossip before it is welcomed with open arms.
There are varying statistics but according to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancies, 3 in 10 girls will experience pregnancy by the age of 20.
Shows like 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom show the struggles that young moms face. There will be arguments and tears along the way. They often live with their parents, are trying to finish school, and have a boyfriend that is just as young and stressed about the situation. Hopefully shows like this show teen girls the nature of teen pregnancy and make them think about their choices.

However, the babies in these shows are loved and taken care of. The teen moms are doing everything they can to provide for their child, struggling to find a job and take on the task of raising a child. Often times, the parents of the girl are very involved, helping raise the child as their own. Not every teen pregnancy is this successful. It is important for us to educate teens and be understanding of their situation and not pass judgement.
What do you think can be done to help prevent teen pregnancy?