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Women’s Health, Wisdom, and. . . WINE!  is a weekly conversation with practitioners, providers, patients, and healers about complex reproductive medicine and women’s health challenges, the value of an integrative approach to these challenges, many of the women’s health topics you’re already thinking about but uncomfortable talking about, and my personal favorite. . . WINE!Life can be a beautiful journey, a crazy ride, and a big adventure. It can also be a living nightmare, a constant struggle, and a hard teacher. It’s all up to you. In each moment, you choose which side of it to embrace, and that affects your mind, body and soul, your present and your future, the person you become, as well as other people in your lifeDo you know how to live a good life?Living a good life can mean a myriad of things. Your definition of a good life is different from any other person in the world.  In its basic form, a good life explores the things and feelings that give you joy and satisfaction. It’s all about finding purpose and happiness in what you do.The good life is a state where a person has a high standard of living while adhering to moral and ethical laws. For some, a good life may mean basking in nature every single day. For others, it means dedicating their life to be of service to others. There are also people whose definition of a good life means playing video games and eating whatever they please.Every person you have met wants to live a good life. Unfortunately, many still associate living a good life with social status, wealth, and even fame, hoping that material things and money will help them live life to the fullest. However, that is not a holistic definition of a good life. Instead, it is a life lived with integrity and joy.About Kristen:Kristen Bowen is a magnesium advocate, social entrepreneur, and  Founder of Living The Good Life Naturally. She has spent the last two decades helping women become comfortable with their power so that they can create optimal health.  Kristen lives in Morro Bay, California, with her husband, Morgan, a recent double amputee.  Together they are learning to dance to a new rhythm. They have six adult children, seven perfect grandchildren, and one adorable Shih Tzu named Louis.Living the Good Life Naturally supports the Uganda Project that provides living wages to female entrepreneurs rendering cocoa butter in communal kitchens and using that income to feed and educate their children. Kristen believes female entrepreneurs will create the change we need in the world through sharing their passion projects and creating financial freedom.Resources Mentioned:Magnesium SoaksHoney Garlic FermentConnect with Kristen:FacebookWebsiteInstagramThe podcast's hashtag is #nourishyourflourish. You can also find our practice on the following social media outlets:Facebook: The Eudaimonia CenterInstagram: theeudaimoniacenterTwitter: eu_daimonismFor more reproductive medicine and women's health information and other valuable resources, make sure to visit our website.Have a question, comment, guest suggestion, or want to share your story? Email us at info@laurenawhite.com.
The Women's Health, Wisdom, and... WINE! podcast is a weekly conversation with practitioners, providers, patients & healers about complex reproductive medicine & women's health challenges, the value of an integrative approach to these challenges, many of the women's health topics you're already thinking about & uncomfortable talking about & my personal favorite... WINE!Last time, we ended our discussion about getting your body ready with the “trying to conceive” aspect of fertility awareness and how to be intentional about improving your chances of conception.Depending on where you are in your fertility journey, you may or may not have been testing your fertility hormones regularly. Remember, that each time you test your fertility hormones, your recommendations about how to proceed become more tailored to your goals. Testing annually provides fresh data and shows you how your hormones change over time so you can make informed decisions. In this episode, we'll also tackle:TSH and thyroid hormone levelsMenstruation and ovulation trackingPrenatal vitamins"Egg white" cervical mucusOvulation testing and LH (luteinizing hormone)Time to pregnancyAlcohol consumptionCaffeine intakeMarijuana and CBDExercise/MovementPregnancy tests andWhen to see a specialist During our wine segment, we discuss sparkling wine and affordable options that go beyond champagne.As we come to the end of fertility awareness month, we’ll end this month talking about navigating your first trimester and what to expect along the way on Friday. 
Women’s Health, Wisdom, and. . . WINE!  is a weekly conversation with practitioners, providers, patients, and healers about complex reproductive medicine and women’s health challenges, the value of an integrative approach to these challenges, many of the women’s health topics you’re already thinking about but uncomfortable talking about, and my personal favorite. . . WINE!So you're interested in starting your personal vaginal steam practice. You are super keen on trying vaginal steaming at home and before investing in steam accoutrements you want to make sure that you really do indeed love your steam practice. Maybe you've done some steams with a trusted and trained practitioner and now you're ready to start vaginal steaming at home. However, you don't have a steam seat yet, You've  tried a variety of different ways to steam at home without a vaginal steam sauna. There are three SAFE ways that work fairly well that will afford you the time and space to fall further in love with your vaginal steam practice. When you're ready, your vaginal steam throne awaits. . . About Kit:Kit Maloney has been in the world of women’s health and wellness for over twenty years. Over the past two decades, she’s been an academic, entrepreneur, victim advocate, and pleasure activist.  Kit earned a Masters degree in Gender and Social Policy from the London School of Economics and has been featured widely in the media, including Glamour, Self, and Bustle. Marie Claire named Kit an "Amazing Woman" for her work celebrating women's sexuality.  After experiencing for herself the tremendous healing benefits of vaginal steaming, Kit set out to help spread the word of yoni steam magic all over the world by launching her newest venture, Kitara.  Kitara makes beautifully designed and handcrafted products for safe and easy in-home vaginal steaming and you can check it out at kitaralove.comThe Kitara product line includes everything you need to steam!  From 1:1 consultations to gorgeous steam seats, to custom organic herbs, to special hand-dyed robes and blankets, Kitara makes it safe, easy and joyful to benefit from the ancient healing modality of vaginal steaming in the comfort of your home. Resources Mentioned:Steamy ChickVaginal Steaming Without a SeatConnect with Kit:FacebookWebsiteInstagramYouTubeThe podcast's hashtag is #nourishyourflourish. You can also find our practice on the following social media outlets:Facebook: The Eudaimonia CenterInstagram: theeudaimoniacenterTwitter: eu_daimonismFor more reproductive medicine and women's health information and other valuable resources, make sure to visit our website.Have a question, comment, guest suggestion, or want to share your story? Email us at info@laurenawhite.com.
The Women's Health, Wisdom, and... WINE! podcast is a weekly conversation with practitioners, providers, patients & healers about complex reproductive medicine & women's health challenges, the value of an integrative approach to these challenges, many of the women's health topics you're already thinking about & uncomfortable talking about & my personal favorite... WINE!Last time, we ended our discussion about learning about fertility with the “getting your body ready” aspect of fertility awareness. Whether you’re sure about your family planning goals or not, remember: fertility is a characteristic of overall health and wellness. Testing and tracking your hormones over time is a great way to prepare your body for children. At-home fertility hormone tests using a simple finger prick unlock a ton of information about key hormones related to your reproductive health — one of the most important pieces of the fertility puzzle. You’ll learn about your ovarian reserve (egg count), thyroid health, possible outcomes for egg freezing and IVF, and your chances of manifesting conditions like PCOS and thyroid disorders. Fertility doctors (reproductive endocrinologists) test ovarian reserve (just like at home fertility hormones tests) to predict how many eggs you might obtain from egg retrieval — and give you a better idea of how many rounds of intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF) you can expect. Each time you test your fertility hormones, you’ll be able to observe how your hormones change over time so you can make informed decisions, take action, and be proactive about your fertility planning. Annual testing will provide you with this information. During our wine segment, we'll rendezvous with rosé.Next week, we’ll begin talking about when you’re actually trying to conceive and how you can improve your chances. 
Women’s Health, Wisdom, and. . . WINE!  is a weekly conversation with practitioners, providers, patients, and healers about complex reproductive medicine and women’s health challenges, the value of an integrative approach to these challenges, many of the women’s health topics you’re already thinking about but uncomfortable talking about, and my personal favorite. . . WINE!Primum cura te ipsum: First, heal thyself.During this time of (endemic) pandemic, racial trauma, and social injustice, there is a growing emphasis on clinician well-being and self-care. As a therapist, the goal is bigger than just being OK enough to work. Avoiding burnout is not enough. A good therapist sets the bar higher to competently render care. This is an ethical issue.Clinicians (not just mental health therapists and social workers) MUST to “do their own work.” Therapists need to healing, too. Whether it is through traditional talk therapy or other means, therapists need to attend to their own trauma, developmental journeys, and growth. While the phrase “primum non nocere” (first, do no harm) is a vitally important doctrine in mental health, there is an overlooked and more sequentially vital step in terms of primacy required to avoid doing harm: therapists confront and deal with their own issues FIRST.The therapist's job is to ensure a helpful clinical relationship, and the relationship itself is the greatest clinical tool that she has. Ensuring that this primary tool is going to be functional, let alone optimal, requires time, effort and a willingness to endure the discomfort necessary for growth. Basic, day-to-day self-care is important for fighting burnout and for resourcing one’s self, especially when tasked with taking care of others and especially during times in which nobody seems to be OK. The invitation, the challenge, the mandate, is to not stop at “resourced.” Aim higher. Get comfortable with discomfort when it means a potential breakthrough. A good therapist does it for you, does it for herself, and does it because it’s her job.About Tanesha:As a Mental Health Therapist, Tanesha is particularly passionate about working with women who find it difficult to navigate life’s challenges while managing the responsibilities of work and family. She addresses a wide range of emotional concerns including depression, anxiety, stress management, life/adjustment issues, and past trauma. She is a Certified Trauma Professional with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) training. Tanesha also addresses issues that specifically affect the mental health of women of color. However, all women are welcome!Resources Mentioned:Therapy for Black GirlsTherapy for Black MenConnect with Tanesha:FacebookWebsiteInstagramThe podcast's hashtag is #nourishyourflourish. You can also find our practice on the following social media outlets:Facebook: The Eudaimonia CenterInstagram: theeudaimoniacenterTwitter: eu_daimonismFor more reproductive medicine and women's health information and other valuable resources, make sure to visit our website.Have a question, comment, guest suggestion, or want to share your story? Email us at info@laur
Women’s Health, Wisdom, and. . . WINE!  is a weekly conversation with practitioners, providers, patients, and healers about complex reproductive medicine and women’s health challenges, the value of an integrative approach to these challenges, many of the women’s health topics you’re already thinking about but uncomfortable talking about, and my personal favorite. . . WINE!Natural rhythms guide all that we do – our very existence. Our breath and heartbeat are constant reminders of life’s pulsing rhythm that moves within and around us. Our lives are orchestrated or guided by the rising and setting of the sun and the moon, the changes in temperature from day to night and from season to season, the tidal ebb and flow, and by our own internal rhythm. These rhythms guide our daily activity.Injustice often disrupts these natural rhythms, and subsequently, emotions, an overlooked cause of disease (and dis-ease), lead us farther and farther away from optimal health and wellness.  As such, many people live their lives cut off from the natural rhythms and cycles of nature and of their own bodies. They no longer get up with the sun, and they may stay up till the wee hours of the morning. Their pace of life is such that it is inconsequential whether it is night or day or winter or summer. The phases of the moon go unnoticed. Even the stages of their own life go unnoticed. This plays havoc with their body clocks. Their erratic stressful lives are in a state of arrhythmia.For people with arrhythmia of life, their bodies and lives are out of sync with the natural world and the natural rhythms that govern all life. For many people, they only know life arrhythmia. For them, this state appears normal. They have not experienced living in tune with the natural rhythms.Traditionally all cultures have lived in harmony with life's natural rhythms and have included celebrations to reinforce their occurrence. Most of these are now lost to our current consumeristic, success oriented lives. More than ever before we need to be part of the slow movement and live in tune with the natural rhythms and cycles that have guided our evolution for the past 2 billion years.Reconnect to life. Return to your true nature. Return to your own natural rhythm. About Sharon:Sharon is a complete vibe! She is a multi-dimensional, multidisciplinary, multimodal, and multicultural human being. She is a holistic educator who blends spirituality, love for nature, and restorative justice in her work within education, wellness, and community sovereignty. You can find her in a wide range of settings sharing love, laughter, healing, and knowledge. Her work with Natural Rhythms strives to give opportunities for children, adults, and animals to return to their own natural rhythms with the cosmic community.Resources Mentioned:Laugh YogaGospel YogaDog YogaHerMelanationSelf-Love SundaysConnect with Sharon:Facebook WebsiteInstagram The hashtag for the podcast is #nourishyourflourish. You can also find our practice on the following social media outlets:Facebook: The Eudaimonia CenterInstagram: theeudaimoniacenterTwitter: eu_daimonismFor more reproductive medicine and women's health information and other valuable resources, make sure to visit our website.Have a question, comment, guest suggestion, or want to share your story? Email us at info@laurenawhite.com.
The Women's Health, Wisdom, and... WINE! podcast is a weekly conversation with practitioners, providers, patients & healers about complex reproductive medicine & women's health challenges, the value of an integrative approach to these challenges, many of the women's health topics you're already thinking about & uncomfortable talking about & my personal favorite... WINE!She believed she could, so she did! What a difference a year makes! Infertility awareness will be BIG this month. From support groups to fertility-boosting diets, you’ll probably be bombarded with ads, messages, and posts about all things infertility, if you haven’t been already. This month, though, we’re going to focus on FERTILITY awareness. Oftentimes, our patients get to our office not knowing the factors that are affecting their overall fertility whether it be a reproductive health condition like PCOS, uterine fibroids, adenomyosis, or endometriosis, or... the dreaded numbers... FSH, LH, E2, AMH, prolactin, and thyroid... AND then there’s also sperm count, concentration, motility, and morphology. Sadly, the first time many of us know our numbers is when we’re having fertility challenges and for some couples, it is too late to address because, well, we can’t turn back the hands of time. With this in mind, we’re going to be proactive throughout this month and talk about ways to stay on top of your fertility all throughout out your lifecycle, so you will not be caught off guard whether you’re trying to conceive now, later, or never.   Now that you’re prepared and in-the-know, our next nugget will focus on getting your body ready so you’re set for pregnancy one day. 
The Women's Health, Wisdom, and... WINE! podcast is a weekly conversation with practitioners, providers, patients & healers about complex reproductive medicine & women's health challenges, the value of an integrative approach to these challenges, many of the women's health topics you're already thinking about & uncomfortable talking about & my personal favorite... WINE!Endometriosis Awareness takes place across the globe during the month of March with a mission to raise awareness of a condition that affects an estimated 200 million people, about 1 in 10 women, worldwide. Endometriosis is an inflammatory condition where tissue, similar to the endometrial tissue that lines of the uterus, grows outside of the uterus.Addressing endometriosis early on is important for minimizing symptoms and potential complications, including fertility challenges. In some cases, endometriosis contributes to full-fledged infertility, or the inability to conceive within a year of trying (or six months, if the couple is over forty years of age).Endometriosis doesn’t directly or automatically cause infertility, but it can make it harder for you to conceive. If endometriotic tissue forms on your ovaries or fallopian tubes, it can keep eggs from reaching the uterus, interfering with conception. Endometriosis can also affect fertility by triggering inflammation that may harm sperm or eggs, keeping them from moving freely. Close to an estimated 40% of women with infertility also have endometriosis. Keep in mind that fertility issues affect all sexes. About 1/3  of fertility issues stem from male factor conditions, 1/3 from female factor issues, and 1/3 from both. For this reason, it’s important to consider the health needs of both partners, if you’re experiencing fertility challenges.The pain of endometriosis can be devastatingly debilitating and it is the leading cause of fertility challenges in women as it carries a huge personal and societal burden.  This week, we continue the conversation about "endo" and surgical intervention FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF A PERSON LIVING WITH AN ENDOMETRIOSIS DIAGNOSIS.About our guest:Tiffany Davis Nazaire, MSN, RN-BC is from Birmingham, AL and has lived in Baltimore, MD for thirteen years.  She holds a Bachelors degree in Nursing from Auburn University (War Eagle!), a Masters degree in Nursing Informatics, and holds three additional board certifications. Tiffany is also a Certified Reiki II Practitioner. She lives with an endometriosis, is a COVID-19 "long-hauler", and is an advocate for both groups. Her areas of expertise are holistic women’s reproductive health & wellness and optimizing health through fitness and emotional well-being.Resources Mentioned:Nancy's NookNancy's Nook Facebook GroupENDO BlackConnect with Tiffany:Instagram: @channeling_qiInstagram: @tifnazThe hashtag for the podcast is #nourishyourflourish. You can also find our practice on the following social media outlets:Facebook: The Eudaimonia CenterInstagram: theeudaimoniacenterTwitter: eu_daimonismFor more reproductive medicine and women's health information and other valuable resources, make sure to visit our website.Have a question, comment, guest suggestion, or want to share your story? Email us at info@laurenawhite.com.
The Women's Health, Wisdom, and... WINE! podcast is a weekly conversation with practitioners, providers, patients & healers about complex reproductive medicine & women's health challenges, the value of an integrative approach to these challenges, many of the women's health topics you're already thinking about & uncomfortable talking about & my personal favorite... WINE!Endometriosis Awareness takes place across the globe during the month of March with a mission to raise awareness of a condition that affects an estimated 200 million people, about 1 in 10 women, worldwide. Endometriosis is an inflammatory condition where tissue, similar to the endometrial tissue that lines of the uterus, grows outside of the uterus.Laparoscopic surgery is the only definitive way to determine whether or not endometriosis is present in a person's body. A doctor might recommend surgery if a person has severe pain that medication does not relieve. With surgery, a skilled surgeon, specializing in endometriosis, can not only find the endometriotic tissue, but also take out all or some of the affected tissue; however this is not a cure because, eventually, endometriosis and pain will return.Doctors typically recommend trying conservative treatment approaches first, opting for surgery only if initial treatments fail. In any case, there are some things to take into consideration, including whether one wants to get pregnant later. You might not be able to have children after certain surgical endometriosis interventions. The chosen approach depends on how severe one's signs and symptoms are and whether one eventually hopes to conceive.The pain of endometriosis can be devastatingly debilitating and it is the leading cause of fertility challenges in women as it carries a huge personal and societal burden.  This week, we continue the conversation about "endo" and surgical intervention FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF A PERSON LIVING WITH AN ENDOMETRIOSIS DIAGNOSIS.About our guest:Tiffany Davis Nazaire, MSN, RN-BC is from Birmingham, AL and has lived in Baltimore, MD for thirteen years.  She holds a Bachelors degree in Nursing from Auburn University (War Eagle!), a Masters degree in Nursing Informatics, and holds three additional board certifications. Tiffany is also a Certified Reiki II Practitioner. She lives with an endometriosis, is a COVID-19 "long-hauler", and is an advocate for both groups. Her areas of expertise are holistic women’s reproductive health & wellness and optimizing health through fitness and emotional well-being.Resources Mentioned:Nancy's NookNancy's Nook Facebook GroupENDO BlackConnect with Tiffany:Instagram: @channeling_qiInstagram: @tifnazThe hashtag for the podcast is #nourishyourflourish. You can also find our practice on the following social media outlets:Facebook: The Eudaimonia CenterInstagram: theeudaimoniacenterTwitter: eu_daimonismFor more reproductive medicine and women's health information and other valuable resources, make sure to visit our website.Have a question, comment, guest suggestion, or want to share your story? Email us at info@laurenawhite.com.
The Women's Health, Wisdom, and... WINE! podcast is a weekly conversation with practitioners, providers, patients & healers about complex reproductive medicine & women's health challenges, the value of an integrative approach to these challenges, many of the women's health topics you're already thinking about & uncomfortable talking about & my personal favorite... WINE!Endometriosis Awareness takes place across the globe during the month of March with a mission to raise awareness of a condition that affects an estimated 200 million people, about 1 in 10 women, worldwide. Endometriosis is an inflammatory condition where tissue, similar to the endometrial tissue that lines of the uterus, grows outside of the uterus.On average, endometriosis can take anywhere from 4–11 years before diagnosis occurs. Compared with white women, Black women are less likely to be diagnosed with endometriosis. Between misdiagnoses, assumptions that we're  hypochondriacs/drama queens/drug seekers, and additional erroneous assumptions that can go as far as suggesting that symptoms must be from an untreated sexually transmitted infection (or a 'botched abortion gone wrong')— often times, medical professionals don't demonstrate real interest in determining what was causes the symptoms of someone living with an endometriosis diagnosis.Some providers STILL  hold on to antiquated views about endometriosis mainly affecting people of European descent and racist tropes that Black people don't experience pain the same way white people do. We MUST check our providers' racial, gender, and cultural biases to ensure health access and equity for ALL PEOPLE. Equally crucial? Follow through. Hold physicians accountable by reporting their prejudices and racism as it can very well cost someone her life.The pain of endometriosis can be devastatingly debilitating and it is the leading cause of fertility challenges in women as it carries a huge personal and societal burden.  This week, we continue the conversation about "endo" and pain perception FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF A PERSON LIVING WITH AN ENDOMETRIOSIS DIAGNOSIS.About our guest:Tiffany Davis Nazaire, MSN, RN-BC is from Birmingham, AL and has lived in Baltimore, MD for thirteen years.  She holds a Bachelors degree in Nursing from Auburn University (War Eagle!), a Masters degree in Nursing Informatics, and holds three additional board certifications. Tiffany is also a Certified Reiki II Practitioner. She lives with an endometriosis, is a COVID-19 "long-hauler", and is an advocate for both groups. Her areas of expertise are holistic women’s reproductive health & wellness and optimizing health through fitness and emotional well-being.Resources Mentioned:Nancy's NookNancy's Nook Facebook GroupENDO BlackConnect with Tiffany:Instagram: @channeling_qiInstagram: @tifnazThe hashtag for the podcast is #nourishyourflourish. You can also find our practice on the following social media outlets:Facebook: The Eudaimonia CenterInstagram: theeudaimoniacenterTwitter: eu_daimonismFor more reproductive medicine and women's health information and other valuable resources, make sure to visit our website.Have a question, comment, guest suggestion, or want to share your story? Email us at info@laurenawhite.com.
The Women's Health, Wisdom, and... WINE! podcast is a weekly conversation with practitioners, providers, patients & healers about complex reproductive medicine & women's health challenges, the value of an integrative approach to these challenges, many of the women's health topics you're already thinking about & uncomfortable talking about & my personal favorite... WINE!Endometriosis Awareness takes place across the globe during the month of March with a mission to raise awareness of a condition that affects an estimated 200 million people, about 1 in 10 women, worldwide. Endometriosis is an inflammatory condition where tissue, similar to the endometrial tissue that lines of the uterus, grows outside of the uterus.How does one navigate talking to family, friends, and loved ones about an endometriosis diagnosis? Endo can often create challenges that are quite often misunderstood by those closest to the affected person. Isolation can ensue especially when one doesn't have the necessary support system. The dynamics of having an endometriosis diagnosis can also affect relationships including casual sexual partners AND spouses. Living with an endometriosis diagnosis can create challenges for couples that often lead to disastrous misunderstandings. And lastly, work. How do you navigate work relationships and responsibilities during a flare? Do you take vacation? Short-term disability? Should you tell your co-workers and supervisor that you have endometriosis and explain to them what that potentially means each month? When you require a physician's note for that emergency room visit or recent hospitalization, how do you explain the chronic nature of the condition? The pain of endometriosis can be devastatingly debilitating and it is the leading cause of fertility challenges in women as it carries a huge personal and societal burden.  This week, we continue the conversation about "endo" and relationships all FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF A PERSON LIVING WITH AN ENDOMETRIOSIS DIAGNOSIS.About our guest:Tiffany Davis Nazaire, MSN, RN-BC is from Birmingham, AL and has lived in Baltimore, MD for thirteen years.  She holds a Bachelors degree in Nursing from Auburn University (War Eagle!), a Masters degree in Nursing Informatics, and holds three additional board certifications. Tiffany is also a Certified Reiki II Practitioner. She lives with an endometriosis, is a COVID-19 "long-hauler", and is an advocate for both groups. Her areas of expertise are holistic women’s reproductive health & wellness and optimizing health through fitness and emotional well-being.Resources Mentioned:Nancy's NookNancy's Nook Facebook GroupENDO BlackConnect with Tiffany:Instagram: @channeling_qiInstagram: @tifnazThe hashtag for the podcast is #nourishyourflourish. You can also find our practice on the following social media outlets:Facebook: The Eudaimonia CenterInstagram: theeudaimoniacenterTwitter: eu_daimonismFor more reproductive medicine and women's health information and other valuable resources, make sure to visit our website.Have a question, comment, guest suggestion, or want to share your story? Email us at info@laurenawhite.com.
The Women's Health, Wisdom, and... WINE! podcast is a weekly conversation with practitioners, providers, patients & healers about complex reproductive medicine & women's health challenges, the value of an integrative approach to these challenges, many of the women's health topics you're already thinking about & uncomfortable talking about & my personal favorite... WINE!During the postpartum period, lying in, is a practice in which the new mother is expected to stay in bed after delivering her baby, while the people in her family, namely the women, attend to her needs and the needs of the household. Many cultures believe that a woman should stay in bed for around 40 days (Does the 6-week postpartum visit make sense now?) subsequent to delivery. In Latinx communities, the custom of cuarentena, literally translating to “quarantine,” is a 40-day postpartum period in which women focus on rest, abstain from sex, eat certain foods, and are specially cared for by their community while they bond with their newborn. In Chinese culture, Zuo Yue Zi ("doing the month") is a rest and dietary framework for new mothers. Some East Indian cultures encourage a 40-day confinement period and a specific Ayurvedic diet. Many of these cultural practices also include prayers, blessings, ritual baths, belly binding, and massages to promote health, wellness, and overall postpartum healing. Sadly, in the United States, these 40 days merely mark the moment in time when a woman is cleared to go back to work and is a pitiful reflection of the fact that the "most developed country in the world" does not have any specific postpartum care practices.And for this reason, we have The Omugwo Box.About Dr. Temi:Dr. Temi Aregbesola-Okere, founder and creator of The Omugwo Box, is a proud Nigerian-American. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York by two immigrant parents who rooted her deeply in Nigerian culture. After the birth of her second son, she was seeking a set of products to help her with postpartum self-care. Frustrated with the lack of attention to Black and Brown women of African descent, she took it upon herself to create The Omugwo Box. With her background in public health, she is fully aware of the disparities in healthcare that exist for minority women, and hopes to close the postpartum care gap by catering to Black and Brown women all over the world.Resources Mentioned:The Omugwo BoxConnect with Dr. Temi:FacebookInstagramTwitterEmail: info@theomugwobox.comThe hashtag for the podcast is #nourishyourflourish. You can also find our practice on the following social media outlets:Facebook: The Eudaimonia CenterInstagram: theeudaimoniacenterTwitter: eu_daimonismFor more reproductive medicine and women's health information and other valuable resources, make sure to visit our website.Have a question, comment, guest suggestion, or want to share your story? Email us at info@laurenawhite.com.
The Women's Health, Wisdom, and... WINE! podcast is a weekly conversation with practitioners, providers, patients & healers about complex reproductive medicine & women's health challenges, the value of an integrative approach to these challenges, many of the women's health topics you're already thinking about & uncomfortable talking about & my personal favorite... WINE!Google "vaginal steaming".Seriously. Google it.You'll find anything from "Why You Shouldn't Steam Your Vagina" blogs to "Why You Shouldn't Try Vaginal Steaming" articles to "V-Steam is Actually a Thing" videos to "I Tried A Vaginal Steam Treatment, And Here's What Happened" personal accounts.  The majority of these articles are written by people who have never once tried vaginal steaming and/or have limited knowledge of and experience with the traditional healing practice.Long before Gwyneth. Long before Chrissy. Long before the Mowry sisters. Long before Jada. More than a luxury spa service, vaginal steaming  is a healing modality with hundreds, possibly thousands, of years of empirical evidence that spans globally throughout various cultures and civilizations. Continuing to carry the torch for traditional healing methods, Keli Garza is The Original Steamy Chick.About Keli:Keli Garza has a Masters degree in International Development graduating cum laude with a focus in nonprofit management and human rights. Keli is the owner of Steamy Chick and the founder of the Peristeam Hydrotherapy Institute. Through her company she raises awareness on the benefits of vaginal steaming, makes supplies accessible, conducts research and trains practitioners. Keli is the author of the Vaginal Steam World Map, Pelvic Steam Testimonial Database, Fourth Trimester Vaginal Steam Study and Steamy Chick blog. Some of her notable work includes executive producing the Hot & Steamy Podcast, creating the annual #steamyaugust Vaginal Steam Awareness Month and an upcoming documentary film with the working title STEAM. With over 20 years experience in the nonprofit field, Keli also serves as the founder and president of the Bahia Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to artistic, cultural, physical, educational and financial community wellness as well as the founder of the Good Gynecology Project.Resources Mentioned:Vaginal Steam World MapFourth Trimester Vaginal Steam StudyHot & Steamy PodcastConnect with Keli:Steamy ChickInstagram: @steamychick YouTubeThe hashtag for the podcast is #nourishyourflourish. You can also find our practice on the following social media outlets:Facebook: The Eudaimonia CenterInstagram: theeudaimoniacenterTwitter: eu_daimonismFor more reproductive medicine and women's health information and other valuable resources, make sure to visit our website.Have a question, comment, guest suggestion, or want to share your story? Email us at info@laurenawhite.com.
The Women's Health, Wisdom, and... WINE! podcast is a weekly conversation with practitioners, providers, patients & healers about complex reproductive medicine & women's health challenges, the value of an integrative approach to these challenges, many of the women's health topics you're already thinking about & uncomfortable talking about & my personal favorite... WINE!After delivery, the baby has to be cared for which can be challenging for first-time parents. Omugwo is a traditional Igbo custom for postpartum care by one of the mothers of the couple. The importance of this practice is that it helps the new mother to ease into her new role. During omugwo, it’s the responsibility of the baby's grandmother to help the new mom through her daily needs to eat as it helps with milk production for the baby’s consumption, Swedish massage techniques, and hot water therapy for upwards of three to five months from the date of the birth of the child. Mothers begin to plan for their daughters' omugwo weeks before the arrival of the baby. The woman who attend the omugwo visits her daughter with the necessary delicacies which the nursing mother requires to return her body to normal after delivery.During the omugwo period, the nursing mother does not do anything apart from eating, breastfeeding her baby, bathing, relaxing, sleeping, and receiving visitors. The child’s grandmother, who comes for the omugwo, does most of the cooking and other household chores. After-birth care is necessary so that the new mother can rest well, regain her strength, and properly prepare for motherhood.About Dr. Temi:Dr. Temi Aregbesola-Okere, founder and creator of The Omugwo Box, is a proud Nigerian-American. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York by two immigrant parents who rooted her deeply in Nigerian culture. After the birth of her second son, she was seeking a set of products to help her with postpartum self-care. Frustrated with the lack of attention to Black and Brown women of African descent, she took it upon herself to create The Omugwo Box. With her background in public health, she is fully aware of the disparities in healthcare that exist for minority women, and hopes to close the postpartum care gap by catering to Black and Brown women all over the world.Resources Mentioned:The Omugwo BoxConnect with Dr. Temi:FacebookInstagramTwitterEmail: info@theomugwobox.comThe hashtag for the podcast is #nourishyourflourish. You can also find our practice on the following social media outlets:Facebook: The Eudaimonia CenterInstagram: theeudaimoniacenterTwitter: eu_daimonismFor more reproductive medicine and women's health information and other valuable resources, make sure to visit our website.Have a question, comment, guest suggestion, or want to share your story? Email us at info@laurenawhite.com.
The Women's Health, Wisdom, and... WINE! podcast is a weekly conversation with practitioners, providers, patients & healers about complex reproductive medicine & women's health challenges, the value of an integrative approach to these challenges, many of the women's health topics you're already thinking about & uncomfortable talking about & my personal favorite... WINE!You're Black. You have been diagnosed with endometriosis — here’s why your race matters.  If you’re Black with endometriosis, you’re not alone. If you’re wondering why race matters, here are four answers to the question “Why do you have to make it about race?”Black people are less likely to receive an endometriosis diagnosis. Oftentimes, endo is dismissed as nothing more than a “bad period.” Even when symptoms show up the same way as for white patients, doctors misdiagnose the cause more often.Doctors are less likely to believe Black women's pain. In general, women’s pain isn’t taken seriously enough. Adding race to the equation, compounds the issue.  Many white doctors see Black patients as less sensitive to pain than white patients, which often results in inadequate treatment.Endometriosis can overlap with other conditions that Black people are more likely to have. Endometriosis doesn’t show up in isolation. Considering the other health conditions that disproportionately affect Black women such as uterine fibroids, heart disease, strokes, and diabetes, you can see how this might play out.Black people have more limited access to holistic treatments that can help. Turning to integrative, holistic, and preventive strategies, including dietary modification, acupuncture, yoga, and meditation is easier said than done for many Black folks since many wellness spaces aren't as welcoming to Black clientele or practitioners as they could be.  While there’s no cure for endometriosis, you can heal with the appropriate diagnosis and care.  About Lauren:Lauren R. Kornegay, a native of Oxon Hill, MD,  experienced a series of events that led her to a gynecologist while at Morgan State University. In seeing this new gynecologist, she was introduced to endometriosis. Diagnosed with endometriosis on 03/18/2011, Lauren experienced the pain, struggles, exhaustion, and confusion accompanying the disorder. So in October of 2015, Lauren established Endo Black, Inc., a platform designed to connect African American women and women of color affected by endometriosis. As Founder and Executive Director, her main goal is to engage, educate, and encourage African American women and women of color that are affected by endometriosis because no one should feel alone.Resources Mentioned:Medical ApartheidApril ChristinaendoQUEERConnect with EndoBlack:WebsiteInstagram The hashtag for the podcast is #nourishyourflourish. You can also find our practice on the following social media outlets:Facebook: The Eudaimonia CenterInstagram: theeudaimoniacenterTwitter: eu_daimonismFor more reproductive medicine and women's health information and other valuable resources, make sure to visit our website.Have a question, comment, guest suggestion, or want to share your story? Email us at info@laurenawhite.com.
The Women's Health, Wisdom, and... WINE! podcast is a weekly conversation with practitioners, providers, patients & healers about complex reproductive medicine & women's health challenges, the value of an integrative approach to these challenges, many of the women's health topics you're already thinking about & uncomfortable talking about & my personal favorite... WINE!This is the first episode in the series of the Good Gynecology Project. There is a worldwide women's health crisis due to the pitfalls of modern gynecology. Rather than wait for the overall situation to get better or continue trying to improve a system that is inherently sexist, racist, and patronizing, the Good Gynecology Project establishes a new framework for care. Better models of care already exist in the work that its members do. As a group, they are defining what the ideal system of care looks like by making it accessible and favored by the masses. The Good Gynecology Project is. . . reimagining gynecology from the ground up.Intuitive healing is a diverse method of intentional and appropriated actions, complementary healing methods, and insights utilized to assist in the restorative process of individuals. This is done through the ability of the intuitive healer to connect to a higher power and life force energy. The intuitive healer has a vast understanding of how the body’s natural energetic fields work and flow through the system and channels of the individual. Intuitive healing is a method that encompasses and works on the whole of the person on the emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual level.  About Zhaleh:Dr. Zhaleh Boyd Phillips is a sociologist, slavery scholar, mystic, and intuitive healer. She seeks justice and joy in equal measure and her banana bread is... BOMB!Resources Mentioned:Dr. Kirby Teuila GreyKelsey BulkinJulie WalkerKarie GoniaJenice BrittonConnect with Zhaleh:WebsiteInstagram: @doczhazhaThe hashtag for the podcast is #nourishyourflourish. You can also find our practice on the following social media outlets:Facebook: The Eudaimonia CenterInstagram: theeudaimoniacenterTwitter: eu_daimonismFor more reproductive medicine and women's health information and other valuable resources, make sure to visit our website.Have a question, comment, guest suggestion, or want to share your story? Email us at info@laurenawhite.com.
The Women's Health, Wisdom, and... WINE! podcast is a weekly conversation with practitioners, providers, patients & healers about complex reproductive medicine & women's health challenges, the value of an integrative approach to these challenges, many of the women's health topics you're already thinking about & uncomfortable talking about & my personal favorite... WINE!Melanin is what gives skin its uniquely special color. For the most part, the ingredients and types of products needed to address skin concerns remain the same regardless of skin color. However, there are some physiological differences to take into consideration for people with more richly-melanated skin. The terms “melanin-rich skin” or “skin of color” cover a wide spectrum of ethnicities and skin tones. Physiological variations among different ethnicities vary depending on the amount of melanin, but some of the most common issues melanin-rich skin may struggle with include:Potential for more stubborn hyperpigmentation (spots and uneven tone)A propensity for dark circles in skin around the eyesAcneMoisture and hydrationSun protectionCherie highlights some of the distinctions for skin of color while also pointing out some universally effective skin care rules.About Cherie:Cherie is a licensed esthetician, esthetic educator, and owner of NAVASHALOM SKIN STUDIO. She is passionate about helping you achieve clear, glowing skin! As an esthetic educator who specializes in progressive corrective care for skin of color, she enjoys bringing the skin basics taught in the classroom into her treatment room, so that you will be well equipped to understand your own skin and how to provide it with the most effective care. She incorporates a "whole-istic" approach which includes skin and health history, lifestyle habits, nutritional habits, and past and present product use to (1) determine the foundation of what's causing your skin troubles (2) address skin concerns, and (3) achieve your skin goals.Cherie is here to help your skin heal. Sooo . . "Let's get to work!"Connect with Cherie:NAVASHALOM Skin StudioInstagram: @ns.skinstudioThe hashtag for the podcast is #nourishyourflourish. You can also find our practice on the following social media outlets:Facebook: The Eudaimonia CenterInstagram: theeudaimoniacenterTwitter: eu_daimonismFor more reproductive medicine and women's health information and other valuable resources, make sure to visit our website.Have a question, comment, guest suggestion, or want to share your story? Email us at info@laurenawhite.com.
The Women's Health, Wisdom, and... WINE! podcast is a weekly conversation with practitioners, providers, patients & healers about complex reproductive medicine & women's health challenges, the value of an integrative approach to these challenges, many of the women's health topics you're already thinking about & uncomfortable talking about & my personal favorite... WINE!Perinatal mental health (PMH) conditions are those which occur during pregnancy or in the first year following the birth of a child. Perinatal mental illness affects up to 20% of new and expectant mothers and covers a wide range of conditions.If left untreated, mental health issues can have significant and long-lasting effects on the woman, the child, and the wider family. Specialized PMH services provide care and treatment for women with complex mental health needs and support the developing relationship between parent and baby. They also offer women with mental health needs advice for planning a pregnancy.About Shivonne:Shivonne is passionate about helping improve the mental health of women, helping promote women’s empowerment, and mental health awareness. She provides counseling services to women and girls aged 16 years- adult. In addition to cognitive behavioral therapy and person- centered theoretical orientation, Shivonne also uses solution-focused and interpersonal therapy. Her specialization?  Maternal mental health counseling for mothers and mothers with perinatal disorders (Postpartum depression, fertility issues, miscarriage, and postpartum anxiety).Resources Mentioned:Therapy for Black GirlsConnect with Shivonne:Akoma Counseling ConceptsFacebook: Akoma Counseling Concepts, LLCTwitter: @DCTherapistInstagram: @akoma_counselingThe hashtag for the podcast is #nourishyourflourish. You can also find our practice on the following social media outlets:Facebook: The Eudaimonia CenterInstagram: theeudaimoniacenterTwitter: eu_daimonismFor more reproductive medicine and women's health information and other valuable resources, make sure to visit our website.Have a question, comment, guest suggestion, or want to share your story? Email us at info@laurenawhite.com.
The Women's Health, Wisdom, and... WINE! podcast is a weekly conversation with practitioners, providers, patients & healers about complex reproductive medicine & women's health challenges, the value of an integrative approach to these challenges, many of the women's health topics you're already thinking about & uncomfortable talking about & my personal favorite... WINE!Egg freezing, or mature oocyte cryopreservation, is a method used to preserve a woman's ability to get pregnant in the future. Eggs harvested from your ovaries are frozen unfertilized and stored for later use. A frozen egg can be thawed, combined with sperm in a lab and implanted in your uterus (in vitro fertilization).Egg freezing can be beneficial for a number of reasons for women wishing to preserve their fertility for the future including: Women who want or need to delay childbearing in order to pursue educational, career or other personal goalsWomen diagnosed with cancerWomen with objections to storing frozen embryos for religious and/or moral reasonsWomen with a family history of early menopauseOther medical reasons: Autoimmune diseases, fertility-reducing medications, endometriosis, ovary removal, premature ovarian failure/insufficiency, age-related fertility challenges, and gender transition surgeryModern fertility advances have given patients more options to preserve their fertility. At one time, freezing embryos was the best way to safeguard future family plans. However, thanks to a fast freezing process called vitrification, egg freezing can lead to good success rates, giving patients more choices with their fertility planning. Ovarian tissue cryopreservation also continues to show promise as another avenue for fertility preservation.About Radell:Getting a divorce and then being an early adopter of egg freezing, Radell is a life coach dedicated to bringing more awareness and ease to reproductive discussions and egg freezing. She produces an educational podcast called In Pursuit of You and an ebook, Easy Breezy Egg Freezy: A Guide to Deciding If Egg Freezing Is for You.Resources Mentioned:Easy Breezy Egg Freezy: A Guide to Deciding If Egg Freezing Is for YouConnect with Radell:Email: radell.peischler@gmail.comThe hashtag for the podcast is #nourishyourflourish. You can also find our practice on the following social media outlets:Facebook: The Eudaimonia CenterInstagram: theeudaimoniacenterTwitter: eu_daimonismFor more reproductive medicine and women's health information and other valuable resources, make sure to visit our website.Have a question, comment, guest suggestion, or want to share your story? Email us at info@laurenawhite.com.
The Women's Health, Wisdom, and... WINE! podcast is a weekly conversation with practitioners, providers, patients & healers about complex reproductive medicine & women's health challenges, the value of an integrative approach to these challenges, many of the women's health topics you're already thinking about & uncomfortable talking about & my personal favorite... WINE!As we begin yet another year, now is an ideal time to review your financial health and put some spending (and SAVINGS) plans in place. Many of us have found ourselves a bit "off track" with money over the course of the last 22 or so months due to the pandemic and all of the changes, financial ones included, that have sprung forth from it. Are you on track with where you want to be financially? Is it time to revisit your gameplan or establish one?Finding financial focus may start off being a stressor depending on your current situation; however, financial health will ultimately provide you with peace of mind, body, spirit, and wallet  when you focus on some simple steps.About our guest:Jackie Hopkins is a licensed Financial Advisor. Jackie believes in helping others build personal financial security, as well as preparing women for a successful retirement that includes legacy planning and generational wealth.Jackie has an extensive background in banking and is also a paralegal. She is passionate about preparing and educating families, and has a particular passion and focus that includes educating women on financial literacy and the importance of a dedicated plan that willempower women to be successful financially. She believes in helping people make “the rest of their life the best of their life.Connect with Jackie:Email: financestages@gmail.com Phone: 410-707-0132FacebookThe hashtag for the podcast is #nourishyourflourish. You can also find our practice on the following social media outlets:Facebook: The Eudaimonia CenterInstagram: theeudaimoniacenterTwitter: eu_daimonismFor more reproductive medicine and women's health information and other valuable resources, make sure to visit our website.Have a question, comment, or want to share your story? Email us at info@laurenawhite.com.
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