These are a few of my favorite things...
- Dr. Max Cohen, DC, CCEP - I am so lucky to have a chiropractor, who also happens to be my husband! Our family is so fortunate to have him. I know that he chose this profession to help others and teach them how to live their life to their fullest potential, but Nolan, Blake and I also get the benefit of first-hand care. Anytime we feel that we are getting sick, or have an injury, or even if something in our body just doesn't seem right, we have him right there. I don't remember the last time I was really, really sick (like missing work sick!) and even when I feel like I am about to get sick, I get adjusted, load up on extra greens and am feeling better within a few days. The boys have never really been very sick either, sniffles or a cough sometimes, but again, it goes away within a few days without ANY medications or medical doctor visits. That is why I LOVE Chiropractic! Dr. Max managed two clinics in Port St Lucie and Vero Beach for 3 years before we opened our own clinic in April 2013 in our hometown of Wellington. Visit http://www.maxhealthchiropractic.com for more details. Dr. Max is also a Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner, which means he holds an additional diplomate for adjusting extremities. He is also certified in ART (http://www.activerelease.com/) and is a CrossFit Level 1 trainer and ACE Certified Personal Trainer. Babies and Kids need to get adjusted too! Both our boys were adjusted from day 1. Check out: http://www.icpa4kids.org/ for up-to-date research on the safety and necessity of chiropractic adjustments for children.
- Coconut Water - The most perfect drink, especially after a work-out! More electrolytes (naturally) then any sports drink (bad for you!) and lots of potassium and other essential minerals. The best way to re-hydrate since coconut water is the only liquid on earth that is closest to human fluids. It was actually used in Hawaii during WWII in IV drips. Always keep some on hand for the kids after playing! Nolan's favorite drink - we buy this in bulk! You can also get a coconut and chop it open. Advantages: cheaper, sometimes FREE if you can find one on the ground, and you get the meat to eat and make coconut milk. Disadvantages: a pain to open - you will need a machete! http://www.onedrinks.com/, http://vitacoco.com/
- MayaWrap or MobyWrap - a great way to carry baby/toddler around, keeping them close to mama and breastfeed. http://www.mayawrap.com/, http://www.mobywrap.com/.
- La Leach League - "Our Mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother." I LLLOVE La Leche League. I have met so many wonderful friends and gathered so much information. I look forward to our monthly meetings and encourage every mom, or mom-to-be, to attend a meeting to get the best start with breastfeeding. http://www.llli.org/
- Childbirth, Birth Centers and Midwives - 90% of births are normal and uncomplicated. The safest place for a women to give birth is in her home or a free-standing birthcenter with a midwife. I have included Heart2Heart BirthCenter for those in Central Florida and two midwives that service Central - South Florida. http://www.h2hbirthcenter.com/, http://www.midwifelove.com/, http://flamidwyfe.tripod.com/. For some wonderful, insightful birthing movies, check out: http://www.pregnantinamerica.com/, http://www.thebusinessofbeingborn.com/, http://www.orgasmicbirth.com/. If you had a C-section, please visit http://www.ican-online.org/ for support and education.
- Childbirth Education - The more a woman, and her birth partner, know about pregnancy, childbirth and post-partum, the more empowered she can be during birth. Learn valuable labor coping skills and relaxation techniques. http://www.bpcbe.com/,
- IBCLC - (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) - Dr. Denise Punger, MD, IBCLC is recognized in South Florida for her ability to identify and manage complications of breastfeeding, providing minimally invasive medical care for newborns through the midlife years, and desires to educate pregnant woman on how to achieve the birth they want. She emphasizes the importance of lifestyle choices as a key to prevention of diseases. She is active in the birth and breastfeeding community both locally and internationally. Her book, Permission to Mother, is a must-read for all moms and moms-to-be! http://www.permissiontomother.com
- Dr. Sears: A wonderful website with research, link, books and more on Attached Parenting, Breastfeeding, Gentle Discipline, Co-sleeping, Pregnancy, Childbirth and more. http://www.askdrsears.com/
- Local Publications - I am truly thankful for the wonderful editors that have supported me over the last couple years publishing my personal stories and information. You can find the exact links on my Home Page under Local Publications. http://ourwonderfulworldmedia.com/, http://www.naturalawakeningstc.com/, http://www.tcparenting.com/.
- My Favorite Books:
"The Birth Book" by William Sears, MD and Martha Sears, RN
"The Birth Partner" by Penny Simkin
"Beyond the Sling" by Mayim Bialik
"Cooking for Baby" by Lisa Barnes
"The Doula Book" by Klaus, Kennell and Klaus
"Healing with Whole Foods" by Paul Pitchford
"Permission to Mother" by Denise Punger, MD, FAAFP, IBCLC
"Pregnancy Childbirth and the Newborn" by Simkin, Whalley, Keppler, Durham and Bolding
"The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers" by Jack Newman, MD and Teresa Pitman
"The Vaccine Book" by Robert W. Sears, MD, FAAP
"Vegan Fusion World Cuisine" by Mark Reinfeld
"Well Adjusted Babies" by Dr. Jennifer Barham-Floreani
"Whole Foods for Babies and Toddlers" by Margaret Kenda
"The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" by La Leche League International
"Yoga as Medicine" by Timothy McCall, MD