For over a decade I was plagued by the feeling that if something really great happened in my life, like I received a new book contract with a nice advance, for example, there was going to be some kind of cosmic counterbalance in the form of something really bad happening in my life. That feeling got worse when I became a mom, because the stakes suddenly got a lot higher – something could happen to my partner or dread on dread – my kids. The hidden belief that if something good happened, something “bad” was going to happen, was subtly driving my life and keeping me from enjoying success and experiencing unencumbered happiness. I had what I call happiness anxiety, or I sometimes refer to as success anxiety. If you have it, you know it’s a real thing and can be a serious impediment in your life, keeping you from taking chances on relationships, opportunities, growth – and even just freaking enjoying your life in a big way. Join me today over at my website for my latest article and learn how you can go from fear to freedom, using the same 4 steps that changed my life.
Did you know that we are facing a global cesarean section crisis? The overuse of cesarean sections, especially in the United States, is not new, but it has continued to become more prevalent here and globally over the past 15 years. At the same time, in many countries, women do not have access to cesareans even when they are medically necessary. These wide variations between countries and even between regions in the same country tell us that something is very wrong.
Joining me in this episode is a guest I’m so excited to bring to you – Dr. Marleen Temmerman. A Belgian obstetrician/gynecologist and a world leader in women’s reproductive rights. Dr. Temmerman has served as a Senator for the Belgian parliament, director of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research for the World Health Organization, and is the founding director of the International Centre of Reproductive Health at Ghent University, with offices in Kenya and Mozambique.
Warm, compassionate, and a mom herself who experienced pregnancy losses, IVF and was then told she should have a cesarean section, a story she shares with us in this episode, Dr. Temmerman brings tremendous caring to the important work she does. Most recently, she has played a pivotal role in bringing attention to the overuse and under-access of cesarean sections to the obstetrics world internationally as senior author on a series of focus articles on the cesarean crisis published in the October 2018 issue of The Lancet, one of the world’s oldest and most respected medical journals, and presentation of her team’s findings at FIGO, the largest international obstetrics conference.
Listen in as she talks about the why’s behind overuse of cesareans, lack of access, midwives, breech, and VBAC births. I know you’ll be as moved and inspired as I was listening to her story and findings.
While western medicine has a time and a place, and to be sure I’m grateful to be an M.D. who can prescribe pharmaceuticals when needed, too often it is assumed that they are the only solution. When it comes to Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism, the right dose of the right medication can make a world of difference in how a woman feels! But the thing with these medications is that while they provide a missing element- thyroid hormones – they don’t actually do anything to nourish, heal, or boost the thyroid’s health.
The thyroid gland requires specific vitamins and minerals to function at its best. What’s more, the right supplements can make a world of difference in the health of your thyroid tissue. Learn what these are here, and how to support your thyroid health.
If you’re on the edge between possibly needing medication but not absolutely requiring it - or if you’re on medication but also want to bump up your thyroid’s natural capacity for producing thyroid hormone while cooling down the antibodies that can be causing damage, these thyroid supplements ...
If you’re freaking out a little (or a lot) at the thought of pushing a small cantaloupe sized head out of your vagina and also want to do everything you can to avoid unnecessary medical interventions at your birth, including cesarean, you’re probably here because you’re doing your homework ahead of time to learn what to do to make this upcoming passage into motherhood as short, easy, empowering, and as safe as possible for yourself – and your baby. I’m here to help! Check out this article about two of my favorite natural remedies that support your body's natural wisdom - with a little help from Mother Nature.
Do you have happiness anxiety? Success fear? A lot of women do and it can keep you from fully enjoying your life and taking important chances on your success. Read this article to understand this pattern and how to break it in 4 easy steps. @avivarommhttps://t.co/colcIrJzZR
While there should be absolutely no judgment over what type of birth you prefer or require, it’s worth considering the natural tools that can help you avoid preventable birth interventions. @avivarommhttps://t.co/WiRpZy9FiT