Women In Action!

Let’s talk about exercise during pregnancy, shall we?  For eons women have been told that while pregnant essentially any form of physical activity was harmful.  Well, now we know better!  While there is a wealth of helpful information available to you, including in some of the great books we have in the Freedom lending library, I thought it might be helpful to have some very basic info collected together for you.  Peruse through is see what might be useful.

  • For starters, exercise should be something you do that brings comfort and joy.  Healthy activity and movement helps with swelling, stiffness, constipation, energy, and overall happiness!  What’s not to love!  If activity is too rigorous, it will probably not be a great source of joy, so that’s probably a tipoff from your body to take it easy!
  • Breathing is key.  Whenever you engage in physical activity it is necessary to be mindful of breath, and when you have a baby on board this takes on special significance.  Breathing helps you maintain balance on a chemical level that has significant repercussions for your overall wellbeing.  You should avoid any activity that is so strenuous that it makes you breath rapidly or without ease.  If your heart rate is getting really elevated (you know that feeling right?  That rabbit-bouncing-around-in-your-chest feeling…), it’s no longer helpful, and you should take some time to relax and normalize your breathing.
  • So let’s get specific.  Some awesome physical activities for any mama-to-be are those that are easy on joints, focus your breathing, have a certain level of simplicity.  Some top choices you may consider are: SWIMMING, WALKING and YOGA!  Not only do they naturally hit all the points I mentioned above, but they also help create balance, especially yoga.  Did you know that “yoga” actually means “union”?  That is, yoga aims to create a union between a soul and the universe, as well as uniting the soul and body of an individual.  It probably even helps to bond the union you have with the little one inside of you.  It’s no wonder that yoga was created as a preparation for prayer!  Whatever you choose, routine is a must.  Exercising 2-4 times a week is great!
  • Now that we’ve looked at some main things to DO, let’s just briefly visit a short of list of important things that are best NOT to do.  While pregnant, your joints are extra soft and flexible, a part of your body’s preparation for birth.  But when you are exercising it is helpful to be mindful of this, so that you don’t stretch too much. During yoga, for example, when you are moving into different positions, don’t go past a point of ease.  You’ll be feeling it in the morning otherwise… Another thing is to be ever mindful of posture.  Try and always have your back remain as straight as possible.  If you let your belly lead too much, it’ll give you a killer backache!  No one wants that.  One more thing is to try to avoid exercise that might cause abdominal strain.  Basketball is an example of this, because as you twist and jump it may cause undue stress on your abdominal muscles.  No fun for anyone.
  • Even if you’re not doing some formal exercise, keep your body in motion.  Walking around the kitchen while you cook up some lunch is better than standing in one spot for long.  When you’re on your feet do your best to keep moving.
  • Last, but certainly not least is this—REST!  Remember that activity should always be balanced with rest.  If you’re exhausted and you’re scheduled for a yoga workout, skip it.  Balance is multifaceted, and this is yet another expression of that.

All right!  That’s what I’ve got for ya.  If you have any questions about this or anything else bring them up during our next appointment! 

Don’t forget to send us your birth story or spread the word to be entered to win a prize!

Much love,


Enter your birth story and win a prize!!!

It’s time to get our stories out there! Freedom and the Seed is hosting a birth story drawing. Send your birth story to fromwomb2will@gmail.com and be entered to win a brand new baby bouncer. Stories will be posted over the next few months so we can share our experiences with each other and we all can learn.

We understand it might take a little time to sit down and write so the drawing will take place close to the end of November… a holiday surprise! More details to come. Write the stories as soon as you can because we’re all sitting on the edge of our seats waiting to hear what you have to say!


Much love from the  FATS Team!!!

Contact us at fromwomb2will@gmail.com with any questions.



TLC is a delicacy

I know with life things speed by and it is often easy to forget to treat yourself. I found this great book called Mama Glow by Latham Thomas that shares a lot of natural recipes, exercises, and other information that are good for a pregnant mom and also for anyone who wants to treat themselves to a little TLC. Below are couple of quick recipes that she had I wanted to share.

Hydrating Facial Masque  

This hydrating mask feels so good you could eat it… you actually can eat it. Avocado based and yummy to boot, this mask will restore moisture to your skin. Don’t forget your neck and upper chest. The French say the face ends at the breasts, so give your bust a little love, too, if you’re in the mood.

Take avocado and about ten drops of almond oil and whip with a spoon, then apply to face and neck. Let sit until it dries, the rinse with tepid water.


Stretch Mark Prevention  

  • 1 ounce wheat germ oil or almond oil
  • 1 ounce borage oil
  • 5 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 20 drops of neroli essential oil

Fill a dark glass bottle with wheat germ or almond oil and borage oil. Add lavender and neroli essential oils. Shake well prior to each use. Apply daily after bathing. Massage in circles, on, above, and beneath the blossoming belly.

Take a few minutes a day and love yourself your way!

Peace and Blessings,

Old Earth


The Controversial Stress of the GBS Test


Group Beta Strep is often one of the hardest test to talk about. It is complicated and full of controversy. I came across this fantastic seminar given by one of my favorite MD, herbalist, and midwife – Aviva Romm. She gives a lot of great information, background and treatment options. I would love this to spark a conversation about this very charged issue. Check it out and give me your thoughts…

GBS Seminar

Much love ~ Wendi

Learning On the Journey – Wills and Trusts

To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher

Trying to live life according to Emerson’s powerful words in our world today is sometimes a difficult task. I often find myself wanting to skip the journey and enjoy the destination but in all actuality I find that the journey and the destination are one in the same.

I’ve been blessed to discover this world of midwifery and motherhood. Almost six months pregnant with my first child every day, every hour, and every second is a new learning experience. I originally found myself at Wendi’s door offering her my doula services to clients. I found a new path in life in which I can help find strength and power within myself by helping women know their power during labor.  From Womb to Willpower Doula Services, caring for you so that you can care for your baby is my mission and now I have to provide that love for myself as well. I have always believed that knowledge is power and in order to respect the mother, doula, childbirth educator, and breastfeeding consultant I want to be in the oncoming years I have to do the research, take the steps, and gain the experience now.

In the search to find something to share I came across a concept that I have never thought much about. My will, estate, and assets. Who will get my house, land, car, or life insurance when I die? Will it be hard for those left behind to retrieve it?  It turns out that passing on your assets are a lot more complicated than just hoping it all works out. Did you know that Arizona is a community property state? That means “If you are the spouse of someone who dies, in most cases you will not be responsible for their debt. However, if you live in a community property law state, debts of deceased people do pass to surviving spouses and hold them responsible for repayment. The 10 states with such laws are: Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.” (http://www.nerdwallet.com) Makes you rethink the whole getting married under the law process.

I also found out that when you pass away if you don’t have a will, trust, or estate plan set up your assets go into probate.

“Sometimes it becomes necessary for courts to oversee the distribution of your assets upon your death. That’s where probate comes in. Probate is the legal process by which a person’s final debts are settled and legal title to property is formally passed from the deceased to his or her beneficiaries and heirs. There are many arguments for and against probate and its value in an estate plan. Probate provides a court-supervised distribution of an estate’s assets. However, the process subjects an estate to public scrutiny and additional costs of probate.” (http://www.newyorklife.com)

Sounds like an extra burden that should be avoided as much as possible.

Have you ever gone through a probation process to gain inheritence? Have you ever had trouble gaining custody over children? Do you know a good attorney in Arizona to talk about making a will, trust, or estate plan? As I see it, action taken now can prevent a stressful reaction later. Below I have included some links to some articles to provide a little more insight.

10 things you should know about living trusts

When my parents die, will I inherit their debt?

The primary purpose of of having assets in your trust

Overview of the probate process

I’m already surprised about how much I’ve learned since becoming a doula and mother. I’m ready to face more of the unknown instead of being scared of  the path least followed. I will take charge of my destination in life. I think Will Smith said it best in the movie After Earth, “Fear is not real. It is a product of thoughts you create. Do not misunderstand me. Danger is very real. But fear is a choice.” I’m going to continue to make the choice to empower my willpower.

Peace and Blessings,

Old Earth