Monday, July 27, 2015

Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way Book Review

Today, I decided to post a book review on one of the most recent books I have completed.  Enjoy!

Natural Childbirth the Bradley WayNatural Childbirth the Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheon-Rosegg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

MIA Book Summary
June 30, 2015

Title: Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way
Author: Susan McCutcheon-Rosegg with Peter Rosegg
Publisher: Duton

Summary of material covered by this book
This book covers a broad amount of information from "Getting Read for your Baby": methods, type of doctors, nutrition needed during pregnancy, and daily birth prep exercises to running you through different examples of birthing. Also covered are several different controversies surrounding hospital birthing. Lots of practice and exercise to prepare you for labor and birth.

What new information or insights did you gain from this book?
I really liked "The Bradley Method" for childbirth, the practice guidelines, and also having the husband as the birth coach.

What did you think of this book?
I really liked the method, but felt that it was more geared towards a hospital birth and did not put much emphasis on midwives and home births.

Would you recommend this book to others?
Clients? Yes, for the method, but for info on options I would recommend "The Birth Book".
Childbirth Class Students? Yes
Other Midwives? Yes

Find more of my Midwifery/Doula/Birth related book reviews here~

Happy Monday!


Saturday, July 4, 2015

July 4th, 2015

July 4, 2015

Happy Independence Day!

Usually on the 4th we celebrate freedom, freedom from England, but today it seems as though we are no longer a free. We loose freedoms every single day... and are becoming more enslaved to a government of tyranny. It's sad to look back into America's history where men gave their lives for freedom and stood for righteousness falling more into sin and loosing so much daily... Today, I am remembering that we were once free and a great nation only because of our dependence on God! So, remember on this Independence Day to never allow yourself to becoming Independent from the Lord! In Him only can we truly be free! 

Friday, June 26, 2015

June 26, 2015

June 26, 2015

Today, I clicked over onto one of my brother's friend's profile on Facebook. I don't know her, but she had a lot of the same friends that I have... so I was wondering who she was... the very first post (posted publicly) was about how due the fact that she was no longer in a certain Christian organization that she could now be more honest about herself and then she went on to announce to the world that she was bisexual and didn't choose to be that way... Scrolling through the comments I was shocked to see young people I know or know of through other friends commenting and telling her how courageous and brave she was to speak out about that. Many other professing Christian young people told her that they proud of her and shared their support with her. Thankfully there were a few who pointed her to truth found in God's Word.

God's Word tells us to not be deceived.

"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." -Galatians 6:7 KJB

"Don’t delude yourselves: no one makes a fool of God!" -Galatians 6:7a. CJB

His word also tells us that He created male and female.

"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." -Genesis 1:27 KJB

So those who go against this are choosing to go against their Creator. They are not born queer, etc. They are born only male or female.

This morning the Supreme Court decide to go above our Constitution as well as God's Word and redefine marriage which in reality they have no right to do so because they are not the author of marriage. The Lord created marriage and He defined it. He is also very clear in His word about His definition as well as what will happen to those who go against Him:

"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh." -Genesis 2:24 KJB

"Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination."
-Leviticus 18:22 KJB

"Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived:* neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God."
-1 Corinthians 6:9-10 KJB (emphasize mine)

I'm not terribly excited about what the future holds in this area when I think about raising my future children or of my little siblings that are still growing up, but I know who sits on the throne and He is not mocked. 

"He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision." -Psalm 2:4 KJB

Because He lives yesterday, today, and forever. Because He does not change and Because He rules. I can smile at the future.

"Strength and dignity are her clothing, And she smiles at the future."
-Proverbs 31:10 NASB

By the way, that ‪#‎LoveWins‬.... Well that's also not true Love cause God also defined Love.
"Those who do not love, do not know God; because God is love." -1John 4:8 CJB

‪#‎BiblicalDefinitions‬ ‪#‎BeNotDeceived‬ ‪#‎Abomination‬ ‪#‎JesusShallReign‬ ‪#‎HeWins‬ !!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Midwifery Monday: Webinar with Penny Simkin

This is a recap from last month of what I learned in a webinar given by Penny Simkin, BT BA  that the Gold Midwifery Online Conference offered.  It was a very interesting keynote presentation from their conference, titled "Maternity Care and the Microbiome: How Birth Practices Dictate Future Health".

Over the hour and 45 minutes I was continually amazed to remember over and over again just how fearfully and wonderfully made we are!  

Here's a small recap of some of the things I learned:

Right when the baby is born they pick up Microbiomes immediately that will either be helpful for their immune systems.... or not.  That's why it's very important to be aware of what type of surroundings the baby is being born into-- also what are the very first things that touch the baby on it's entrance into the world.  First contact is so important!!  

Think about the different settings a baby could be born into and what their first contact would be.  The very first thing of course would be the birth canal.  As the baby enters the birth canal there are actually microbes that collect on the baby's skin.  C-section babies for example miss out on these important microbes and this can effect their immune system later on....  actually I was a C-section baby and my mother tells me that as a baby I did catch viruses more easily then all of my other siblings which were V-back.

Here are some interesting thoughts surrounding a baby's first contact after birth...  

1) Is the baby being born at home in a hospital setting?

2) Is the baby held first by the doctor, nurse, relative, friend...  or a parent?  There is even the thought that grandparents should wait to hold the baby since they are not living within the same household and therefore have different microbes.

3) Is a bath necessary right away?  Giving a baby a bath right away after birth might wash away microbiomes which would be very helpful to the baby.

4) Is the baby handed to the mother directly or wrapped in a blanket for first contact?  How soon does the mother get to hold her baby?

5) In a hospital setting does the baby the baby spends the night in the nursery away from it's mother who birthed it.

The area of Microbiomes is still being studied and so much about it is not even known yet!  Like the question I asked during the Q&A time and was trilled that they picked to "answer it"-- What about siblings touching the baby at birth in light of the thought that grandparents do not immediately hold the baby?  Penny Simkin suggested that it would be ok since siblings living in the same house as their parents would then have the same microbes on them.  

I enjoyed learning from Penny Simkin and was thrilled to participate in the webinar when I heard that Gold Midwifery was offering her keynote free.  May sometime I'll "go" to the entire online conference.

Happy Monday!


Monday, January 26, 2015

Midwifery Monday: New Adventures

It's officially time for another Midwifery Monday post!!  This past week I finally finished my Chemistry chapter (insert tons of excitement here)!  I think this chapter is wining so far in page count... with 24 handwritten pages I was hoping that handwriting could be included in the final grade.  So, far I don't know my grade, but I am most certainly looking forward to finding it out next month!!  Here are some random study pictures~

Mmmm...  my sister left out a plate of cookies right where I was working...  :) :)

This a proven and effective way to study and do written work on something you'd rather not be doing! :)

With Chemistry behind me and finally under my belt-- I am now reading a book about the Bradley Method of Husband Coached Natural Childbirth.  So far it has been incredibly interesting!

My next "adventure" is diving into some Basic Skills!  I'm starting with Pulse and Respiration on myself and then moving into Knee-jerk Reflex as well as looking for some guinea pigs (maybe you?) to check out their overall heath as far as pulse, respiration, and reflex goes!  I hope no one ends up with a 0 on reflex. :)  Maybe if I have time in the coming month I'll get into working on blood pressure as well!  

Hope you enjoyed this update of Midwifery Monday and hopefully we will have more this year and on future Mondays! :)


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

At My Finger Tips - Literally!

It's a brand new year!  Welcome 2015! :)  This week I'm in prep mode for an upcoming visit of three of my lovely cousins and trying to finish as much of my chemistry module as possible so I can have the time off when they are here (insert lots of excitement here!!!)!

So, that's my chemistry spread....  finally I'm seeing light at the end of the tunnel-- knowing I'm nearly done is exciting!  Right now I'm just writing pages and pages of chemistry answers down.  A recent study a friend shared with me proved that writing information down helps people retain the info better.  It's a paper and pen thing too!!  No, typing-- writing.  Of course, my wise father had already taught me that back when I was having trouble passing tests so I have a head start already!

Besides chemistry, I'm stoked to be sending off some of my hats and a scarf to Jerusalem with a shipment my congregation is sending!  There is a ministry in my congregation called Tikvah Rabah that reaches out to the Holocaust survivors and most recently the poor in Israel with Abundant Hope International and Yeshua's Fresh Bread.  Here are my 2014 hats and one random scarf:

 Here are some of my 2015 projects!  First the use-it-up scarf!  This Granny Square scarf was made out of yarn scraps basically!  It was also very quick and easy to make.

Currently on my finger tips is this green scarf.  The Waffle Stitch makes for a wonderful scarf because the stitch creates almost a double layer so the scarf is extra comfy and warm!  Then I used Triple Crochet since it's a very tall stitch one of the tallest I know (I'll have to learn the Tall Texan sometime!) it also helps make a scarf *very* fast!

Lastly, you might have noticed a sudden blog name change... I've been thinking about it for awhile and decided to work on a name change.  Right now it says my name in Hebrew-- one of the three words I can recognize in Hebrew characters(!!), but I'm working on putting up a new name very soon....  if you have any ideas- let me know in the comments!

Back to the finger tips topic....  What's at your Finger Tips?  :)


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A New Year: Highlights from 2014

I realized the other day that I hadn't blogged since mid November and since now it's the final day of the year it seems appropriate to end 2014 with an even number of 20 posts....  :)  Here's a small glimpse into some highlights from 2014.  As the Psalmist says "My cup runneth over.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me..."-- I would echo those words as the Lord has been very good to me in 2014 and I'm looking forward with anticipation and excitement to a new year ahead.

Janruary>> Blessings of being apart of a wonderful congregation and rejoicing in the Lord! 

Shabbat Smiles

Thrift Store Fun!

February>> Snowed in!!  Judah also had a very successful eye surgery which we praise the Lord for!!
 A February Journal Entry: Entry #102 "The world will only use us and then trash us."  May we not be deceived-- the world does not love us-- they only "want" us.  Yeshua should be our love-- He loves us like no one else ever will-- He will never leave us or forsake us.  He should be our all.

Snow Fun!
Welcoming Judah home from the hospital

March>> Found us pretty busy!  I think my sisters and I will always remember fondly the master ballet class we took from one of the ladies from Ballet Magnifcat's Omega company. I still have the claim to fame that I completed the entire class....  which is more then some can say (you know who you are!). :)

Our film "I Named You Hope" was a finalist in ORTL's film contest.

April>> Has always been one of our most favorite months withe Christian Heritage Family Homeschool and Discipleship conference!  I was also blessed this month to play during our congregation's Passover sedar.  We also attended the wedding of a friend far away in Washington!!

May>> We were hopping with baby goats and milking goats!  I actually arrived in time to see one of my goats give birth and got to "help" her deliver her kid due to a complication she had. 

I also loved taking a harp class taught by a celtic harpist, from Ireland, Grainne Hambly.  My siblings gave me one of her CDs so I'd listened to her music for quite a few years!  Learning by ear on the harp was new and challenging, but I enjoyed learning and hope to put some of those special Irish ornaments into more music in the future!  It was also wonderful to attend the wedding of a friend from Kansas!

June>> Still keeping up with the busy trend...  we attended a conference in June, had our cousin over for a few days, learned how to roller skate for the first time, and hosted a dance at our home.  Meanwhile I mostly studied Medical Vocabulary and put together my mother's curriculum for a sale as well as had another mom hire me to do it for her...  I still haven't decided if that was worth it!

I also learned how to cut hair for guys!!  Since then I've cut Judah's and Benjamin's hair and sometimes my father's hair! :)  For the record... girl's hair cuts are waaaaaay easier then guys!

 July>> Looking back at 2014 July easily claims my most biggest highlight!  I was baptized on the 26th! :)

Other random July things included: learning that I was allergic to bee stings- not fun, but I learned that when there's a will there's a way so I still went swimming and then later freaked out my family with all the swelling that had occurred (no I will not be sharing the picture!)!  Attending a Family Camp in Bend- fun!  Walunngging (definition: a twist on the words walking, running, and jogging) a 5K- interesting.  Lots of family birthday celebrations- always fun!

I said who I was and made a public declaration of salvation: "I want to follow Yeshua!"

Family ~ Friends
A July Journal Entry: Entry #106:

August>> I can never get away from highlights in August because August is simply one of the BEST months ever!  In August I aged a bit (though people still think I'm in High School-- hmmm...  is that good or bad?), made tons of peach jam (some from peaches we picked ourselves), and  helped serve food and cake at a friend's wedding.
Meeting Messianic Artist, Ted Pearce!

Section from An August Journal Entry: Entry #107 Most of all~ I am Thankful for God's goodness this past year.  Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised and His greatness is unsearchable!

September>> We started September out playing for a local conference called "Love for Israel" that asked us to share some music.  I also loved going to a friend's wedding as well as being able to help them a little bit in preparation (I considered sharing a pic, but then scared myself by looking at them... only a special sister in Christ and my family got to see those!) for their reception.  Not to be left out....  I finally perfected a challah bread recipe (with no wheat!!) and started learning different braids.  So far 5 strands and 9 strands are my favorite!  Last, but not least I did an IDF Ice Bucket Challenge, but no one else took on the challenge when I past it on- so I realized how tough I really was....  maybe.

My own version of the 9-strand braid
October>> October brought us around to the start of many fun holidays!  We built our sukkot, but never slept in it since it rained waaay to much!  We did a family dressing up photoshoot-- each person depicting a character from one of our favorite TV shows, "Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman".  In my midwifery studies I finished one of the main modules by completely a book assignment- that was a highlight for sure!  It was great to be able to get lots of reading in this year (besides midwifery assignments!).  In the New Year that are some great book reviews coming up!  We also built lots of memories driving to the swim center where we teach swim lessons and then stopping at Freddie's on the way home to pick up ice cream for family Studio C night!   Last, but not least we were delighted to see Marty Goetz once again play in concert live and then dance to the very last piece, "He Is My Defense".

Midwife Charlotte Cooper, Singer Gilda St. Clair, Brian Cooper, Dr Quinn, Sully, Robert E, Grace, Dr. Andrew Cook, and Dr. Colleen Cooper Cook. 
a *favorite* midwifery book!
Fred Meyers enormous t shirt section....  we are not only ones that have been caught laughing at the amazing size of the t shirts in this store!!

November>> We flew all the way to FL!  Due to winning a film contest earlier in the year which was a total surprise!  We won an expense paid trip to Disney World.  The highlights of November were meeting people at the National Bible Bee, Disney World, and attending Paul Wilbur's First Friday Shabbat.  Of course I shouldn't forget those special moments of flying in the airplane with my flying buddy, Judah (a.k.a. trying to convince him that he needed a nap!), learning to surf with my father and siblings at Cocoa Beach (you would have thought that 14 years in California would have already taught me that!), watching fireworks on main street, going down one of the world's largest free fall slides-- twice (and no one got a picture of me for future generations!), Chick-fil-A for the first time ever, and flying with a family of 9-- it's always an adventure-- we can't help it!  Here are just a few pictures~ hopefully someday I will post more. :)  We were also quite happy this month! :)

December>> 12 months later!  This December we've been blessed so much!  We made a Hanukkah music video and Bethany and I played for Hanukkah tea and dance in a Hanukkah dance presentation-- which brings me to the joy of celebrating Hanukkah with my family this year! :) :)  We ended December by playing some music at the Rest Home-- I enjoyed hearing all of my students play especially my very new and little students (which just happen to be related to me- I know, I'm biased!)!  Becoming a Supervisor this month and last month was an exciting rank to get to!

Section from A December Journal Entry: Entry #113 Nothing is too big for Him!  Nothing is too small for Him not to care!  I can cast ALL my cares on Him!  He loves me and HE WILL TAKE CARE OF ME!  THANK YOU, JESUS!
Judah makes me smile!

First Night of Hanukkah this year!  It was just me and the littles so we lit the first candle and then played dreidel...  :) :)

Last night of Hanukkah!

2014-2015>> Now I've finally made it to the current day...  I'm Thankful for a wonderful year of smiles and some tears, of learning together, and growing together.  When I look back over the year of 2014 and see the great things that the Lord has done and continues to do each and every day!!  I repeat at the Psalmist did Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

"May Adonai bless you and keep you.

May Adonai make his face shine on you and show you his favor. 

May Adonai lift up his face toward you and give you peace."

Happy New Year!!


Bible References: Psalm 23:6 KJB and Numbers 6:24-26 CJB