Taz: Adrenal Recovery Soup

This is a recipe that I found a couple of years ago and love making. It is a wonderful, nourishing soup that provides many of the minerals our bodies need desperately.
Originally from “Balancing body chemistry with nutrition” seminars by Dorthy S Downey.
I have modified the recipe a bit to how I make it.
It is so simple, and tasty as well.
Taz, or Adrenal Recovery Soup is a simple, nourishing soup to give your body what it needs. #soup #adrenalfatigue #nourish #realfood #gourmet #recipe

Taz Soup (Adrenal Recovery Soup)

  • 16 ounces green beans, cut into bite sized bits
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 zucchini*, sliced
  • 1 medium onion*, chopped
  • 1 16 can tomato* diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup spring water (I use filtered water)
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 pound uncured smoked beef sausage, uncured ham chunks, or two chicken breast cut into bite sized bits
  • Pepper to taste

Prepare ingredients. In a large pot, combine ingredients and simmer for about an hour, or until the veggies are tender.
One of my children does not like eating green veggies, but happily ate this and asked for more.
Great for when you are really stressed or sick to help your body get on the mend faster.
*Since this is about getting minerals and helping our bodies recover, these ingredients I highly recommend making sure that you get organic.
 

Are Ultimate Bundles Really Worth It?

Today I am sharing about one of my favorite resources, Ultimate Bundles.

What are Ultimate Bundles?

Ultimate Bundles are bundles of amazing resources on various subjects at discounts of around 98%. From healthy living, to parenting, to homemaking, to name a few of the subjects covered by the bundles.

How does it work?

You purchase your bundle and you instantly have access to the resources and bonuses included in the bundle. You must download them within a year, but they are yours forever. Usually the bonuses must claimed within a month or so.

Are Ultimate Bundles worth it?

There are so many resources that usually people don’t even use them all, so why did invest in something when you only use a few things from it?
The best way to see if it would be worth it is to sit down with the list of resources in the bundle that you are interested in and make a list of resources that you would use, and the price that you would pay outside of the bundle. If the resources that you would use are worth more than the bundle price it than it would be a good investment. If not, then maybe it’s not for you.
Usually the bonuses alone make it worth the price of the bundle, and there are several resources that are twice the price of the bundle that I use, so it is well worth it for us.
Have you ever checked out Ultimate Bundles?
Right now (11/5/18-11/6/18) there is a flash sale on the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle! Get it before it’s gone!

The Kingdom of the Journey {Guest Post}

A big thank you to all of the contributors that have helped give me a bit of a break this summer!

The Kingdom of the Journey

Sharing the journey #testimony #journey #allergies #trust #jesus @gosdchicki
Just before my husband and I got engaged, we went to a Christian conference at the time (Soul Survivor UK) and there was a fantastic talk on “The kingdom of now and not yet” which we took great comfort in, especially as my father-in-law was very ill at the time.
 
The talk encouraged us that God’s will will be done. That when we seek and petition Him with our prayers He always answers, whether we hear and see a yes or a no, or a not yet. He is invested in our situation and His will will be done in our lives and our healing, even if that manifests as a “not yet” because His healing can come in death when we join Him. He always gives an answer, even if it’s not the one we want or expect.
 
We took comfort in this when we lost my father-in-law, we took comfort in this when we had our eldest son and then when I was hospitalised because my gallbladder ruptured. We have continued to take comfort in this with the trials and tribulations life has thrown at us.
 
When we had our second son his health was never quite right, from irregular stools from 4 days old, to eczema following his vaccinations which turned out to be symptomatic of an immune hypersensitivity triggered and exacerbated by them. This began a challenging voyage into identifying why his immune system was haywire, and how we could support his healing. Then came identifying the dozens upon dozens of food and environmental triggers that can causing anything from flushing to anaphylaxis.
 
There are few things in life as scary as holding your 18m old in your arms as their lips turn blue because of respiratory distress, triggered by a dust-mite allergy.
 
Before that reaction we had felt God speak to us as a family and assure us that this would not be to the death, but for the journey.
 
Though, when your child is being starved of oxygen before your eyes the fears slip in…
 
…what if I misunderstood God.
 
…what if our journey includes caring for a child that is neurological or otherwise damaged from oxygen deprivation?
 
We don’t know what our journey’s will hold. But we can trust in God.
 
For we know He works for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purposes.
 
Which brings me back to the kingdom of the journey…
 
God has gifted us with free will, and the responsibility of stewardship of the dominion He has put us in. As a global scale we have neglected and abused this responsibility, now our collective health is suffering.
 
We live in a world plagued by illnesses, autoimmune diseases, neurological conditions and mental health disorders, cancers and so much more. Our bodies don’t function in the way they should because our environment, stressors, medications and nutrition have manipulated our genetic expression to make us more prone to being ill. We have entered the first generation that predict children won’t live as long as their parents.
 
This is not progress.
 
So, it’s our responsibility to bring the kingdom in our journeys.
 
People share testimonies all the time of salvation and healing, which – Hallelujah – is worth rejoicing over; BUT we need to bring our testimonies of the journey.
 
That salvation isn’t the end of our transformation, that miraculous healing isn’t the only kind worth talking about. We need to share our lives testimony. Through the ups and downs, battles with the normative practices that have played such a huge role in the condition of our world and health. We need to bring God’s glory back and rejoice in His kingdom where we are.
 
Be the change you want to see in the world, is a cliche for a reason. But we are called to lead by example, in our faith, which should include our stewardship of our health and our environment both close to us and on a global scale.
 
The Kingdom of the journey, to me, is trusting God’s will and plan for our lives, because even though miracles do happen, the bigger witness can be to bring glory and healing through the trials and stewardship of our lives.
LillieWHiteLillie blogs over at TED Mamas. One mums experience, discoveries and intrigues through a Total Elimination Diet, allergies, breastfeeding and parenting her little joys.
You can also connect with her on  Facebook.

When Anxiety Threatens Your Personal Peace {Guest Post}

A big thank you to all of the contributors this summer!

When Anxiety Threatens Your Personal Peace

{Guest post} How I deal with anxiety from a Christian perspective. #anxiety #help #peace @godschicki @tammykennington

Photo by Bruno van der Kraan on Unsplash

It waits in the shadow of thoughts; sitting real and large on my chest like a rock pressing sharp edges into earth’s soft soil. Settling into tender places until the pressure builds and the corners of my heart fracture enough to allow tears to seep through and thin shocks of electricity shoot down my arms into the tips of each finger–seeking release.
I’ve been managing anxiety well for years, but its risen from dormancy the last several weeks. I’m not terribly surprised. For a short time, my husband was hospitalized. A colleague threatened suicide. A dear one is battling against the stronghold of depression. And the only evidence now of a long-time canine companion is a small pink collar and unused dog dish.
Unwelcome, apprehension greets me in the morning and whispers in my ear as I lay my head on the pillow at night.
You should have done something for her today. Why didn’t you call him? What if he doesn’t know how important he is to you? To God?
I gather the thoughts and then release them in prayers.
This sort of battle resides in the mind, but is as real as any visible enemy. For some, its roots may have sprung from a biological bent toward mental illness. A lack of feel-good chemical production. Others may have suffered trauma or loss. Perhaps a loss so overwhelming that is seems to grow uncontrolled and ever-larger–like a nightmarish beanstalk in a child’s fairy tale.
Friend, when we feel impossibly small as we hack away at anxiety–burdened by the hard of circumstance or overwhelmed by worry, remember that Christ conquered every power. Every principality. Every plot to separate us from Him. In His name we can stand against the lies of the enemy, denying satan the right to shift worship from Christ to concern.
Pray against worry. Pronounce Christ’s truth over yourself. And, cling to His promises.

Action Steps to Help When You are Anxious

P-When assaulted by an anxious thought, immediately pray against it. Renounce it as powerless in the name of Christ. (John 14:13)
R–Remind yourself of God’s promises. Memorize scriptures you can pray back to Him when you’re struggling. (James 4:8)
A–Ask others to pray with and for you. (James 5:16)
I-Develop intentional habits to help ward off anxiety. These might include daily Bible reading and meditation, regular exercise, and eating well. (Ephesians 6:10-18)
S-If anxiety becomes part of your day-to-day struggle,seek help from a counselor or doctor. (Proverbs 12:15)
E-Press into God, enduring with patience and hope for He will bless you. (James 1:12)
Blessings,
Tammy
TammyK
Tammy Kennington is a writer, speaker, education workshop presenter, and child abuse awareness advocate. Familiar with the impact of trauma, mental illness, and parenting in the hard places, Tammy hopes to lead women toward a deeper understanding of themselves and their relationship with the God who loves them.
You can connect with Tammy through her blog, Facebook,  or Twitter.
 
 
 
 

Natural Ways to Clean the Air in Your Home

Indoor air quality is important for our health. It is an important part of our health, and as such, the stewardship of our bodies.

Ways To Clean The Air InYour Home

The EPA says:

“Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors. VOCs are emitted by a wide array of products numbering in the thousands…. (Paints, varnishes and wax all contain organic solvents, as do many cleaning, disinfecting, cosmetic, degreasing and hobby products)”

According to the EPA, indoor air can contain 2-5 times more pollutants than outdoor air-regardless of if it is an urban or country community.

Here are some small steps that you can take to help clean the air in your home.

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Cut The Conventional Air Fresheners

They contain formaldehyde, petroleum distillates, 1,4 dichlorobenzene and aerosol propellants, as well as other questionable ingredients, many of which there are no known safe levels for. There are a lot of great ways to make your home smell good naturally.

Switch to Natural Cleaners

Cleaners are a huge source of toxins in household air. Switching to naturally fragranced, and plant based products can help. Fabric softeners are a big one. There are many cleaners that you can make at home. I hope to make share some more of the ones that I use in the future. I highly recommend The Organically Clean Home by Becky Rapinchuk. I also recommend running ingredient through Ingredio to help make sure that they are safe.

Open Up The Windows

Opening up the house when the weather allows is a great way to get clean air in.

Salt Lamps

Himalayan salt lamps are good for a lot of things. For their many benefits you can check out this post by Wellness Mama. One of its benefits is to help clean the air.

Moso Bag

“Made of just one incredibly powerful natural ingredient, moso bamboo charcoal, the Moso Bag is continuously working to effectively absorb and remove odors, allergens and harmful pollutants and to clean and freshen the air. “

Beeswax Candles

Beeswax candles burn very cleanly, releasing negative ions into the air. The negative ions can bond with toxins and allergens like dust and dander and effectively remove them from the air.

Paraffin and soy candles release benzene, toluene, soot and other chemicals into the air.

They are easily made, but I do love these from Quiet Light Candles.

Get Some Houseplants

Houseplants are a great way to clean the air in your home, removing benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, ammonia, alcohols, carbon monoxide, and acetone, as well as putting more oxygen in the air.

Diffusing Essential Oils

Essential oils such as cinnamon, oregano, rosemary, thyme, grapefruit lemon, clove, tea tree, pine needle, and eucalyptus have been shown effective at killing viruses, fungi, bacteria and even mold. Before using any essential oil, please be sure to check that they are safe to use around children, pets, or pregnant or nursing women if any of those are in your household. Diffusing essential oils is an effective way to use them.

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What do you do to clean the air in your home?

Plants To Clean The Air In Your Home

Is the air in your home clean?

Unfortunately, today, many products that we use (couches, mattresses, drywall, paints, carpets, laminate flooring, cabinetry, cleaning products) in our homes put off quite a bit of toxins.
Clean air is important to a healthy home. Here are some plants that help clean the air. #earthday #cleanair #homemaking #home #greenliving
Getting the toxins out can improve mood and productivity, reduce stress and fatigue, and enhance memory and concentration.
These plants help improve the quality of the air in your home, by cleaning the air, adding humidity, and increasing the oxygen in your home as well.
A lot of them are toxic if ingested, so if you have pets or small children you may want to avoid them or put them out of reach.
Even if you have a black thumb, some of these may work well for you as they are tougher plants that can deal with some neglect.

Palm Plants

Bamboo Palm, Dwarf Date Palm, Areca Palm, Lady Palm, and Parlor Palm are all good at removing toxins including formaldehyde, but Bamboo,  and Dwarf Date Palms are the best. Bamboo Palms remove benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde effectively. Dwarf Date Palms remove a lot of toxins, but are especially adept at removing xylene. The Lady Palm is great at removing ammonia.
Some of these can take up quite a bit of room, so that is something to consider, some withstand neglect better than others.

Lilies

Peace Lilies, Flamingo Lilies. Peace lilies are known to clean the air of benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene,  ammonia, alcohols, and acetone. Flamingo Lilies are known to clean  formaldehyde, ammonia, toluene and xylene
It should be mentioned that you need to be careful with these around pets and children as they are poisonous if consumed. They are pretty low maintenance.

Ferns

Boston Fern is great at removing formaldehyde. The Kimberly Queen Fern is lesser known, but highly effective at removing formaldehyde and alcohols, and makes a great natural humidifier since it has a high transpiration rate.
The Boston Fern does not handle vigorous movement, so if you have pets or children you might want to skip it.
 

Weeping Fig (Ficus)

The Ficus is a good filter of formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene. It is a bigger plant though, and can be temperamental.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a great filter of benzene and formaldehyde. There are a whole list of benefits to growing your own aloe though!

Ivy

Devli’s Ivy is good at removing benzene, formaldehyde, xylene & toluene. English Ivy removes those and trichloroethylene. Oakleaf ivy is also an effective air filter.
Should be avoided if you have pets or children as they are toxic.

Rubber Plant

The rubber plant is an excellent air filter for your home. It is also a very tough plant.
It is toxic, so avoid if you have pets or children.

Golden Pothos

The Golden Pothos, also known as a Money Plant, is another remover of indoor toxins in the home. It is especially effective at removing carbon monoxide, benzene, formaldehyde, toluene and xylene from the air.
It also withstands neglect. Great for people who cannot grow anything.

Dracaena

The draceana is a great indoor air cleaner. It is rated one of the best plants for removing trichloreoethylene. The red-edged dracaena is great at removing xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde. The warneckei is great at removing benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. Janet Craigs are a popular variety, as is the cornstalk dracaena, and both are quite effective as air cleaners.
It should be noted that the dracaena is a poisonous plant and should be avoided near animals and children.

Mums

A great flowering plant that removes toxins from the air, including formaldehyde, benzene and ammonia.

Spider Plants

The spider plant is pretty one that is great at filtering formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.

Snake Plant

Also known as the Mother-In-Laws Tongue, it is effective at removing benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene.
It is toxic, so again, if you have pets or small children you will want to avoid this one.

Wax Begonia

Great filter of benzene and chemicals produced by toluene.
They are toxic, so avoid if you have pets or children.

Tulips

Tulips are beautiful and are effective at removing formaldehyde, xylene, and ammonia from the air.
Another plant that is toxic for pets, and small children that might eat them.

Chrysanthemum

These pretty blooming plants are good at filtering our benzene.
Toxic if ingested.

Orchids

Dendrobium Orchid removes alcohols, acetone, formaldehyde, and chloroform from the air. The Moth Orchid does help clean the air, but not as effectively as Dendrobium Orchids.

Azaleas

Azaleas are great at cleaning formaldehyde from the air.
While pretty, they are toxic if ingested.
 

Heart Leaf Philodendron

The Heart Leaf Philodendron is a great cleaner of formaldehyde. It is also a tougher plant, making it great if you are not good with plants.
It too is toxic if ingested.

Chinese Evergreen

This plant is good at removing benzene and formaldehyde.
It is toxic if ingested.

Purple Waffle Plants

The purple waffle plant is a great air cleaner. They are especially effective at removing formaldehyde from the air.

Lilyturf

The Lilyturf is effective ate removing ammonia, toluene, xylene, and formaldehyde from the air.

Gerbera Daisy

Gerbera, or Barberton as they are sometimes referred to,  Daisies are good at removing benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.

Herbs

The herbs rosemary, lavender, jasmine and mint have been found to be excellent air cleaners as well as adding a gentle fragerance to the air.

Do you have house plants?

 
 
 
 
 
 

Honey Sugar Scrub

This is an easy (and cheap) to make scrub that I have use since I was a teen.Honey Sugar Scrub #diy #naturalbeauty #beauty #scrub #spa @godschicki
Honey is great for your skin. An added benefit of using honey in this scrub is that it contains enzymes that help loosen dead skin. Lemon juice helps tone and reduce acne.
It is such an easy and cheap way to pamper yourself.

Honey Scrub

  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • enough honey to make a very, very thick paste
  • Optional: 1/2-1 teaspoon lemon juice

Wet face, apply scrub, and let set 3-5 minutes before rubbing in a circular motion. It is kind of gross, but you can feel dead skin begin to roll up.
It is best not stored for long as the sugar begins to settle on the bottom. You can mix it back in, but it is difficult.
I use once a week or every two weeks depending on what my face is feeling like.
Have you ever made a face scrub?
 

My Favorite Green Products

My Favorite Green Products #earthday #greenliving #earthweek #environment #green #ecofriendly #eco

God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Genesis 1:28

We are stewards of God’s creation, and as such it is important to try to do what we can to be good stewards of what He has put us in charge of.
No, this world is not our home, but that does not mean that we should not try our best to take care of it.
Another side of the coin is that it is very often being good stewards of our bodies and finances.
These are some of the products that I use to try to help take better care of the earth, and our bodies.

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 Reusable Shopping and Produce Bags

 

According to the Wall Street Journal, the US goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags each year. Less than 5% are recycled, and they take an estimated 1,000 years to biodegrade. That is a whole lot of crud piling up on the earth. For more information on plastic bags and there effects on the environment, you can check out the plastic bag fact sheet.

Cloth Diapers and Wipes


This has saved us a ton of money, and has kept a lot of diapers out of the landfill! Three kids and a combined diapering time of 8 years (4+3+1)so far.
The Union of Concerned Scientists has estimated about 18 billion diapers are thrown into landfills every year. In 1998 a study by the EPA found that diapers made up about 2.1% of garbage in the landfill that year (about 3.4 million tons!).
We use mostly prefolds and covers. For wipes we have a combination of baby wash cloths, soft old tshirt squares, and some flannel ones the we either made or bought. Most disposable diapers are filled with toxic chemicals, so we see this as being a good steward of our finances, our children’s health, and the earth. I hope to get a post up about it one day!

Glass Water Bottles


Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year. However, the U.S.’s recycling rate for plastic is only 23 percent, which means 38 billion water bottles – more than $1 billion worth of plastic – are wasted each year.
Plastic is also made with some really nasty chemicals (including fluorene-9-bisphenol, or BHFP for short-which has shown to cause uterine problems and miscarriages in mice). For more information on BHFP in water bottles, you can click here.
We have tried a couple of different types of glass water bottles, and we have found that we really like the Camelbaks because of their durability and warranty.

Applesauce/Yogurt/Smoothie Pouches


My children love applesauce, and in a pouch it is an easy snack to carry with us. These are great because they are reusable, and I can also save money buying a big jar of apple sauce instead of the individual pouches.

Reusable Sandwich, Snack and Freezer Bags

We use these all of the time for snacks for story times, church, the zoo, and just running errands. There are lots of fun patterns and colors to choose from. They have saved us money and saved baggies going to the landfill.

The Misto


I love using this one! Oil sprays that you get from the store have all kinds of additives, this allows me to use straight up oil, and still get the spray that is needed at times.

Silicone Popsicle Molds


These are such fun, and they cut down on packaging and exposure to plastics.

Feminine Hygiene Products

Since I have been pregnant and exclusively nursing/or the last several years, I have not had too much need for these, but I have gone green with Aunt Flow. I am planning a post on this topic sometime in the future, but I highly recommend Stichin’ Pretties for mama cloth, and the Meluna Cup for the cup option (far more customizable than the Diva cup that is the big name in menstrual cups). Conventional pads and tampons are full of toxic chemicals, costing a lot of money, and making a big impact on the environment.

Beeswrap


This great product cuts out the need for plastic wrap. It can also be used to wrap sandwiches. I am playing around with making my own, but I am not quite happy with it yet.
What are some of your favorite green products? Have you tried any of these before? What did you think?

5 Reasons to Grow Your Own Aloe

Aloe vera is an amazing, versatile plant. It is a hardy plant that can take some neglect. I once left mine in the kitchen window for the winter and forgot to water it most of the time.
Here are some of the benefits to growing aloe in your home.
5 Reasons To Grow Aloe In Your Home @godschicki

Cleaner Air

NASA found that aloe is particularly good at removing formaldehyde, carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide from your home. I am planning a post on air cleansing plants in the future.
Earthship notes:
“When the amount of toxins in the air have exceeded healthy amounts the leaves on the Aloe plant become spotted, signaling for help…. One pot of aloe is equal to nine biological air cleaners.”

A Better Night’s Sleep

Aloe releases more oxygen at night which can help you sleep better.

Feeling the Burn

From sun burns to cooking burns, aloe is great at soothing burns thanks to analgesic properties. It contains enzymes that increase blood circulation to the area, as well as reducing inflammation. It helps skin heal and regenerate. It has been shown to have antibacterial qualities, which can help prevent infection.
It should be noted that aloe allergies are rare, but if you have never used it before, you should test a small bit on a small area of skin to be sure that you will not react.

Aloe Juice

I will admit, I have only tried this once, but there are great benefits to consuming aloe vera juice.
*I am not a health care provider, as with any supplements you should consult your health care provider.*
It is said to aid digestion, help balance pH, boost your immune system and reduce inflammation.

Beauty

Aloe is great for your skin and hair, even if it is not burned! In addition to increase circulation, helping to balance, reducing inflammation, and the antibactirial qualities, it is also full of nutrients and antioxididants.
Because of the properties mentioned above, it is good for acne, eczema & psoriasis. The antioxidants help reduce the appearance of scars and wrinkles and helps skin repair itself from sun damage.
The boost in circulation that it gives helps regenerate skin, and it contains enzymes that help get rid of dead skin.
It is great for cold sores, and safe to ingest. It helps with bug bites and dry skin as well.
It helps balance your scalp’s pH, is a great nourishing treatment for hair, helps rid scaple of dead skin, nourish hair, and soothes itching.
I use it in my Detangling Spray.
Do you grow aloe? How do you use it?
 

Natural Mama's Guide to Midwife Questions

Natural Mama's Guide to Midwife Questions @godschicki
Finding a supportive birth team is key to a good birth. You do not want to have to be fighting for your birth during the whole pregnancy and labor. Birth is not a sickness to be managed.

Homebirth Midwife vs Hospital Midwife

We homebirth, so these questions are geared towards finding a homebirth midwife.
I plan to write more on homebirth later, but let me just say that it will take a real emergency to get me to birth in a hospital again.
Unfortunately assisted homebirth is illegal in some states, so do make sure that you check your state laws before getting too far down that road. Doctors and hospitals often lobby against it.
It should be noted that there is typically a huge difference between a homebirth midwife and a midwife that works out of a medical practice.
Homebirth midwives are typically more natural minded, whereas ones in a medical practice have to abide by that practices guidelines and hospital guidelines.
Also, if you see a midwife in a medical practice, it is likely that you will have to see all of the doctors there as well since you cannot have a guarantee of who will actually be attending your birth.

Do Your Research

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I suggest finding a local homebirth/natural birth group (Facebook is a great resource in this area). Often they can give you recommendations on doctors, nurses, and hospitals in the area that are natural birth friendly.
As with the pediatrician questions, do your research before visiting so that you know your stance on these topics. I highly recommend Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way, Husband Coached Childbirth, and Ina May Gaskin’s Guide To Childbirth are great resources, as is the Evidence Based Birth site.
A Natural Mama's Guide to Midwife Questions @godschicki

General Questions

  • What is your birth philosophy?
  • What role do you play during labor?
  • How long have you been practicing midwifery?
  • Where did you train?
  • What is your transfer rate?
  • What is the most common reason for transfer? Under what conditions would you initiate a transfer?
  • Do you have experience with the Bradley Method?
  • Do you have experience with the Brewer diet?
  • Do you have a birth tub for clients to use?
  • How much do you charge and when is it due in full? Do you offer payment plans?
  • Do you have experience delivering breech/twins vaginally?
  • Do you have clients that have had success being reimbursed by ______(insurance company)?
  • How do you feel about chiropractic care during pregnancy?
  • In case of a transfer, do you accompany clients? How long do you normally stay?
  • How do you feel about nursing during pregnancy?
  • Do you use herbs/essential oils in your practice (Please, take a minute to check out the essential oil safety page. There are oils that are not safe while pregnant, nursing or around infants despite some MLM companies claims.)

Prenatal Care

  • How do you handle blood sugar testing? Do you accept a meal alternative?
  • Do you continue to see clients with gestational diabetes?
  • Is how do you handle GBS testing? What happens if I am GBS positive?
  • Are you okay with using only the fetoscope to listen to baby?
  • Are you okay with me declining cervical checks? Even during labor?
  • Are you okay with me declining ultrasounds?
  • Are you okay with me declining most standard testing?
  • If baby is breech, what do you suggest to try to encourage them to turn?
  • How “late” can baby be and still be under your care?
  • What testing do you recommend for post date (after 41 weeks) babies?
  • Are you okay with me taking my blood pressure at home before an appointment and sending you a picture of the reading? (this is huge for someone with white coat syndrome!)
  • If I am approaching 42 weeks, what do you suggest for getting labor started?

Labor/Postpartum

  • Are you trained in neonatal resuscitation?
  • Do you do PKU testing?
  • How do you feel about dad catching?
  • How do you feel about some or all of the kids being present (with someone specifically there to take them out if need be)?
  • What do you do if labor stalls or goes for an extended period?
  • How long do you allow for laboring after water has broken?
  • Do you do placenta encapsulation?
  • Are you okay with waiting for the placenta to be delivered before cutting the cord?
  • Do you have experience with postpartum hemorrhaging? Shoulder dystocia? Cord prolapse?
  • Do you know much about oral ties?
  • What do you recommend for after birth pains?
  • Do you ever pull on cord to deliver the placenta?
  • Do you suture?

What are some of your questions for interviewing potential midwives?