Ginger Limeade

July 4, 2012

Cool drink for a hot day. The weather’s got us hankering for something ice cold and refreshing. Here’s a drink we’ve found useful over the years for the nausea and indigestion that comes with pregnancy , and that’s very cooling during the hot summer months here in Richmond. If you’re out of limes and desperate […]

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CushionButt: Sitting for iBme

June 5, 2012

Two weeks ago, my family made a commitment to sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day, for a month, as part of Inward Bound Mindfulness Education’s inaugural Commit to Sit Fundraiser, to raise scholarship funds so that disadvantaged teens may attend mindfulness meditation retreats. Before I go farther, a little history is in order. […]

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In the basement heading up: climb aboard!

May 30, 2012

I love getting in on the ground floor of a project. Which is exactly where we’re at with the development of our non-profit arm, the OmMama Resource Center. Or perhaps more accurately, in the basement. The planning we do now is the foundation for what is to come. We want to get it right. We […]

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Erin Elizabeth’s Birth Story

May 25, 2012

“I feel newly-defined by this experience, equipped to take on the world, capable of achieving anything I desire, and inspired every moment by our sweet baby girl.” With joy and gratitude, I send you my daughter’s birth story. Let me tell you about the most incredible experience I’ve ever had.  I cannot stress enough how […]

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Pregnancy as Wisdom Practice

May 24, 2012

“Nine months making the pulse and tissue of love work knowledge upon us; the hard squeeze against bone makes radical trial of love’s primal claim: here in the body truth grows palpable.” Lisel Mueller Getting pregnant is like taking a crash course in change. Beginning with the invisible but powerful hormonal surges of the first […]

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Birth Story: The OmMama Resource Center

May 22, 2012

Welcome to the inaugural post of the new OmMama website and blog. It’s been a while since we’ve talked. Come on in and let me fill you in on what I and a few others have been up to  while I was out: Last year was a particularly difficult year for me, one that included […]

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Harrison Taylor

May 8, 2012

Harrison Taylor was born on his due date, Thursday, March 25th at 3:42 p.m., weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces and 20 inches long. Your Yoga class Tuesday evening must have helped me get primed and ready because I started early labor on Wednesday morning the 24th, and by 10 p.m. after the best dinner ever at […]

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BRAIN: An Acronym for Informed Decision-making

March 5, 2012

Pregnancy marks many women’s first significant introduction to the healthcare system. Suddenly you are making all kinds of health-related decisions for yourself and your baby, from whether or not to undergo a diagnostic test, to figuring out what pain management approach to use in labor. The information you hear from your care provider, your friends, […]

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Why I Trust Women

February 22, 2012

I have found myself powerfully drawn into the current debate on women’s reproductive rights in Virginia. This morning I was at the Capitol again, showing up to bear witness to the political process in action, to show my opposition to the bills my government is in the process of passing. As I walked home along […]

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The Mothers of Men

January 17, 2012

This past weekend my sister and I walked from my Fan home on Grace Street over to the Japanese Gardens in Maymont and back. Crossing Byrd Park, we happened upon a fountain built as a monument to the success of local Prohibition activists in achieving their goals in the early 20th century. We chuckled at the […]

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