Blog Archive

Outing Tips with Baby Nov 27th, 2019

Whether you are brand new to motherhood or a hardearned vetran, taking the little ones with you to run errands can be a challenge. Either way there are always new hacks being heard of when it comes to making your outing a little easier with your kiddos.   1. Park...

ABCs of Menopause Nov 21st, 2019

Forward The following is by no means the complete and magic “cure” for menopause.  Take from it what works for you, or make this a springboard to do more research on your own.  There’s lots of good advice (and some bad) out there.  However, one of the most important things...

Coping Tips during Early Labor Nov 21st, 2019

In the movies. your water breaks in a huge gush, followed by immediate and painful contractions; then it's a mad dash to the hospital! For most people, the start of labor is a bit less dramatic, and is more of a slow process than a mini-emergency. People usually start feeling...

True Harmony Tips for Packing Your Hospital Bag Nov 14th, 2019

We at True Harmony love to help any way we can! We understand how hectic life can be and how much support is needed for new parents. Below are ideas of what can be packed and ready to go for the whole family.   For MOM -Drivers License/Insurance card -Comfortable...

3D / 4D Images Nov 7th, 2019

Here at True Harmony, we have the capability of obtaining 3D/4D ultrasound images during our patient's exams. We can often get adorable, great quality images - but not always. There are many factors, including a baby's position, and the amount of amniotic fluid present, which greatly affect our ability to...

Midwife myths – BUSTED! Oct 16th, 2019

While midwives are becoming more and more common throughout the United States, many people still don’t know what they are, and there are a lot of common misconceptions about them. Here are some myths about midwives, and why they aren’t true: 1)      “A midwife can only do home births.” There are a...

Hospital Birth Tips - From The True Harmony Midwives Oct 14th, 2019

The midwives at True Harmony attend all of our clients' births in the hospital, which is where most people have their babies in the United States. However, just because someone chooses to have their birth in the hospital does not mean they cannot bring in elements to make the space...

Doulas Oct 1st, 2019

If you are pregnant, and are hoping for a natural, unmedicated labor and birth, you’ve probably already started the search for ways to cope in labor. If you have, you may have stumbled across the term “doula”, but may be wondering what they are, and if you should have one...

BOY or GIRL? Sep 19th, 2019

Its time for you anatomy scan! The one scan you have anxiously been waiting for.   Every year it seems there are new ways to throw a party to surprise others (and even yourself!) as to what you may be having. Boy, or girl?  You may be getting ready to...

How to Care for Your “Down There” Sep 12th, 2019

Vaginal hygiene is an important topic, and there are hundreds of products marketed to help “cleanse and refresh” or “balance your pH.” These include soaps, washes, sprays, douches…you name it, they’ve invented it. But are these products actually necessary, or even good for you? The answer is usually no.Many products...

Why Can't I Get My Ultra Sound Results Now? Sep 11th, 2019

Why the ultrasound technician cannot give you results.   You may have had an ultrasound done and have asked the big question.. DOES EVERYTHING LOOK OKAY?   But the ultrasound tech replies with, "I'm sorry, I cannot provide that information to you."   Now, you might start panicking.   The...

Birth Control and Contraception - What You Need To Know Sep 5th, 2019

Contraception, also known as family planning or birth control, refers to methods used to prevent pregnancy. Many people have heard of condoms or “the pill”, but there are many options available so people can choose what works best for them and their bodies. Here is a brief overview of the...

DIY Ultrasound Baby Picture Craft Idea Aug 28th, 2019

  You're Pregnant, Congratulations!!!!! Here is a fun DIY ultrasound baby picture craft project you can do with the sonogram images of your baby. All the holidays are approaching, which can make a lot of DIYs really fun this time of year.   If you get a clear Christmas ornament,...

What is a Biophysical Profile? (BPP) Aug 22nd, 2019

What is a Biophysical Profile?(BPP) Here at True Harmony Wellness and Medicine we do many types of ultrasound. This includes the Biophysical Profile, also know as a BPP. The BPP is typically done in the third trimester, but can be done at other points during pregnancy.Some reasons for having a...

The Nub Theory Aug 22nd, 2019

Many expecting parents are anxious to find out the sex of their unborn baby, and I frequently get asked, "How early can we find out what it is?"  If you have done any research on this, chances are you've come across comments from people in mommy blogs or Facebook groups...

Supplements- The Bare Essentials for Women in their 50's Aug 15th, 2019

50’s   In General… As we age we have to work harder and harder to stay healthy and maintain our weight After 50 most women start experiencing Menopause Symptoms After 50 women lose 20% more bone density After 50 women produce more inflammatory chemicals and have accumulated more oxidative damage...

Postpartum Depression and Anxiety: May 29th, 2019

Postpartum Depression and Anxiety: Did you know that 1 in 5 women will suffer from postpartum depression and 1 in 10 women will suffer from postpartum anxiety? These things are not discussed enough in mainstream society and I want to shed light on them. I want women to know that...

Back Pain during Pregnancy May 23rd, 2019

Here's a message from Robin, our newest CNM! She shared some great info about back pain and pregnancy..... "I like this information, from www.midwife.org, about back pain in pregnancy because I suffer from back pain myself. A few years ago I was not taking good care of myself and I...

Sexually Transmitted Disease and Infection (STD's) - What Young Ladies Need to Know Apr 22nd, 2019

 Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are the same thing.  STDs are infections that are spread through sexual contact (genital, oral and anal) or skin-to-skin contact with the infected area.  ANYONE can get an STD.  Common Sexually Transmitted Diseases Chlamydia Genital Warts Genital Herpes HPV Gonorrhea Syphilis...

Measuring Baby’s Weight at your Third Trimester Ultrasound Mar 21st, 2019

Measuring Baby’s Weight at your Third Trimester Ultrasound Written by Katie Hoffman, Certified Sonographer at Center for True Harmony Wellness & Medicine Third trimester ultrasounds are used for evaluating things like amniotic fluid, the placenta, and some of Baby's anatomy, but one of the key pieces of information that these...

Cooling Pad DIY Recipe - PostPartum Mom Care Mar 15th, 2019

True Harmony Healing After a Vaginal Birth   Cooling Pad Recipe      Use these healing pads to promote healing of lacerations and tearing, to relieve swelling and discomfort after a vaginal birth. Change the pads every 2 hours or as needed. Items needed:   1 package of overnight pads 1...

The Science and Art of Midwifery at True Harmony Mar 7th, 2019

The Science and Art of Midwifery at True Harmony: The word midwife means “with woman.” We specialize in care of women throughout their lifespan, from the onset of woman-hood, through pregnancy and childbirth, and well-woman's care and pre- and post-menopausal stages of life. Midwifery is both an art and a...

Nucal Translucency ultrasound (NT scan) – Why is it? How to Prepare for it? Feb 26th, 2019

Nucal Translucency ultrasound (NT scan) – Why is it? How to Prepare for it?   What is the N.T ultrasound all about How to Prepare   What does N.T stand for? N.T. scan is the abbreviation for Nuchal Translucency ultrasound   What is the N.T ultrasound all about? There are...

In your 30's...diet, nutrition, exercise and supplements Feb 19th, 2019

30’s   In General…. After 30 Women typically start experiencing increasing PMS symptoms After 30 Stress is high due to career, relationship, and family   Integrate stress reduction – yoga, meditation, hobbies   Diet/Nutrition Stop smoking – Smoking cigarettes is associated with decreased bone density, not to mention, smoking increases...

PMS...Managing the Madness Feb 14th, 2019

  80% of women report experiencing premenstrual symptoms of some kind.  PMS symptoms can be emotional or physical and occur monthly, only1-2 weeks before period bleeding starts. 5 % of these women feel that their PMS symptoms adversely affect their lives.  There are over 150 different symptoms associated with PMS;...

In your 20's...diet, nutrition, exercise and supplements Feb 11th, 2019

20’s In General…. This is the time to create good habits and set the stage for healthy aging Bone density and muscle mass peak during your 20’s, so this is the time to build strong bones and healthy muscle mass  Increase use of condoms- decreases transmission of HPV and Gonorrhea...

Yoga helps relieve Depression Feb 5th, 2019

  According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 18.8 million of American adults suffer from depressive illness. Health care costs for this disease are measurably rising, yet the cost of human suffering cannot be calculated. Depression affects the sufferer and their loved ones greatly. It can devastate the depressed...

In your 40's...diet, nutrition, exercise and supplements Jan 30th, 2019

40’s   In General …. After 40 women start to lose muscle mass After 40 women decrease fat burning After 40 women experience a decrease in bone density Most disruption in sleeping patterns start   Diet/Nutrition Increase protein intake (that does not mean meat), decrease carbohydrates (that does mean bread...

Questions about Postpartum Sex and Libido? Jan 8th, 2019

 Are you unsure or anxious about what to expect in the bedroom after you have your baby?  Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!  First and most importantly, most obstetricians recommend that you abstain from intercourse until after you have your 6 week postpartum checkup.  There are a couple of reasons...

Candida - Dietary Guidelines for Prevention and Treatment Dec 27th, 2018

An overgrowth in the gastrointestinal tract of the usually benign yeast Candida albicans is believed to cause a wide variety of symptoms in virtually every system of the body with the gastrointestinal, genitourinary, endocrine, nervous, and immune systems being the most susceptible. Fatigue, allergies, immune system malfunction, depression, chemical sensitivities,...

A Natural Option for Treatment  of Cervical Dysplasia/Abnormal Pap Dec 12th, 2018

A Natural Option for Treatment  of Cervical Dysplasia/Abnormal Pap What is Cervical Dysplasia - Cervical dysplasia refers to abnormal changes in the cells on the surface of the cervix that are seen underneath a microscope. The cervix is the lower part of the uterus that opens at the top of...

Cholesterol, Food and Supplementation Nov 26th, 2018

Cholesterol, Food and Supplementation When trying to lower your cholesterol initially consider your diet and increasing exercise.  Making changes to your diet can significantly improve cholesterol and triglyceride levels as well as improve the health of your heart and overall health. Focus on reducing saturated fats and trans fats first. ...

How to Have a Natural Birth in the Hospital. Nov 21st, 2018

How to Have a Natural Birth in the Hospital. Natural pregnancy and birthing is a strengthening trend within the pregnancy community. Pregnant moms are looking for natural options during their pregnancy, labor and delivery, including things like alternative pain management, birthing techniques and alternative birthing non-hospital birthing locations. It is...

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) - The details of what, why and how to treat. Nov 20th, 2018

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) - The details of what, why and how to treat.  Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is becoming increasingly prevalent.  In very basic terms, PCOS is due to an imbalance of hormones associated with weight gain, increased acne or hair growth, and irregular or absence of menstrual periods...

There’s an Herb for That – Treating the Common Cold Nov 19th, 2018

There’s an Herb for That – Treating the Common Cold Ugh.  We all know the feeling.  A little tickle in the back of the throat, followed by a sniffle or two, before you know it you’re wrapped in 5 blankets on the couch and calling into work. Stop a cold before...

There’s an Herb for That - Common Cold Prevention Nov 19th, 2018

There’s an Herb for That - Common Cold Prevention School is back in session.  Let’s face it, regardless if you have kids in school or not, there are plenty of germs to go around for everyone.  This season, let herbs be your ally in preventing that pesky cold.  For specific...

Controlling your life by Controlling your sugars Feb 17th, 2018

Controlling our lives by controlling our sugars. During the day, millions of Americans experience shakiness, lethargy, cravings and thirst. These can be signs of hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) or hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). This is a growing epidemic within our Nation and is strongly linked to our fascination with junk food.  Good News! We can...

A Patient's Guide to Understanding Miscarriage Feb 15th, 2018

A Patients Guide to UNDERSTANDING MISCARRIAGE Pregnancy is a wonderful and exciting time.  Unfortunately, a good number of pregnancies end in miscarriage, so we feel it is important that you be well informed.What is a miscarriage?Miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy in the first 20 weeks.  Up to 15-25% of...

How to Take Birth Control Pills Feb 12th, 2018

How to Take Birth Control PillsBirth control pills come in packs. The most common type has 3 weeks of hormone pills. Some packs have sugar pills for the fourth week. During that fourth no-hormone week, you have your menstrual period. After the fourth week (28 days), you start a new...

How to Make an Herbal Infusion Feb 8th, 2018

How to Make an Herbal InfusionCreated by Rachel Anne Nemetz, Herbalist for the Center for True HarmonyHow to make an herbal infusion:Herbal infusions are stronger than teas because more of the herb is used per cup of water, thus producing a medicinal grade drink. Herbal teas are nice to enjoy,...

HPV and Cervical Cancer Facts from the CDC Feb 5th, 2018

HPV and Cervical CancerFact SheetProvided by the Center for Disease control and PreventionWhat is HPV? HPV is a common virus. There are about 40 types of HPV that affect the genitals or sex organs of men and women. Some HPV types can cause genital warts. Other types can infect a...

Castor Oil Packs - What, How and Why Feb 2nd, 2018

Castor Oil PacksUses* Menstrual irregularities, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids* Constipation, Congestion* Inflammation - arthritis, bursitis, cholecystitis* Bruising, sprains, strainsFunction* Improves lymph flow * Increases circulation* Stimulates liver function * Promotes elimination* Heals tissue and organsMaterials Needed* Three layers of undyed wool or cotton flannel large enough to cover the affected...

CHILL Meditation for Stress Relief Jan 31st, 2018

CHILL!…For TEN MinutesWe all know what stress does to our body, there is so much information that after awhile the very word ‘stress’ loses its true meaning.The definition of ‘stress’ that we are familiar with is : ‘specific response by the body to a stimulus that interferes with the normal...

Weightloss - Be Successful, things to consider Jan 27th, 2018

There are many different perspectives on weight loss. Starvation, crash or severe calorie restriction diets can actually cause weight gain by slowing metabolism, reducing calorie burning, and increasing fat storage.Starvation, crash or severe calorie restriction diets with rapid weight loss, can cause the following:Prolonged hungerDepressionReduced sex driveFatigueIrritabilityFaintingDecrease Muscle ToneGallbladder diseaseConstipation,...

What is Endometriosis and how do I know if I have it or not? Jan 26th, 2018

What is Endometriosis and how do I know if I have it or not? What is Endometriosis? Endometriosis is a pelvic disorder that occurs when the lining of the uterus travels to other parts of the pelvis and abdomen where it flourishes and grows.  This can cause pelvic pain, irregular...