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Just Breathe Away the Pain 
 Such a simple concept seems so foreign, so inadequate to deal with the unimaginable pain of labor and childbirth.  Especially in a  society where we do everything possible to avoid any form of pain, where the order of the day is to feel good all day every day at any cost. Can relaxation really work to manage labor pain?
 
I am reminded of an old Frankie Beverly and Maze song- Joy and Pain {are like Sunshine and Rain}.  As a child I would hate for it to rain, it usually meant that I could not go outside to play.  I later learned that although the rain made things temporarily uncomfortable, ultimately the rain was a necessary part of the cycle of life, essential for the growth of food among other things. 
 
Such is the same in life: Joy and Sunshine are what make life sweet, but it is the Rain and Pain that help us to grow. When we can accept this virtue, many of life's "pains" become mere discomforts that help us to get through a situation. 
 
Next time you experience pain- stubbing a toe, cramps or digestive discomfort etc.- rather than reach for the aspirin, accept the pain, relax and try other methods of resolution, like breathing deeply, vocalizing, or other drug-free methods of relieving pain.
Tell me how that works for you.

Recipe of the Month 
 
Protein Packed Burrito
 
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 red or green bell pepper, chopped
1 Fresh Jalapeno Pepper, minced
1 1/2 lb thickly sliced lean deli turkey or chicken breast, cut into matchsticks
15-oz can black or pinto beans, drained
1 Tb garlic powder or 4 cloves, minced
1 Tb ground cumin
1 Tb chili powder
1 Tb dried oregano
1 tsp salt (salt to taste)
1 tsp black pepper
1 cinnamon stick
Juice of two limes
3/4 cup low fat, low-sodium chicken, or vegetable broth
2 cups bottled tomato salsa
1 large egg, whisked lightly
6 thin flour tortillas, warmed
 
Heat oil in a large skillet (or medium sauce pan) on medium heat. Add onions, peppers, and garlic (if using fresh) and sauteé about 3 minutes. Stir in meat and continue sauteéing until meat is brown and crispy but not burned. Stir in beans and sauteé for about 2 minutes. Stir in broth, l1/2 cup salsa, lime juice, cumin, chili, oregano, salt, pepper and add cinnamon stick. Bring mixture to a boil.
 
Reduce heat to medium and cook until most of the liquid evaporates but the meat remains moist. Salt to taste. Remove cinnamon stick. Mix in eggs and continue cooking 1 or 2 minutes until eggs are just firm. Spoon 1/6 mixture onto each tortilla and roll up. Place on a plate and spoon remaining salsa over each burrito.
 
For extra protein and flavor add sliced avocado or guacamole 
 
Did You Know?
Morning Sickness (or for some of us, all day sickness) is often a result of becoming too hungry (i.e. not eating all night).
 
For a remedy try eating a healthy high protein snack just before bed and throughout the day.  Making sure to eat small meals frequently -as often as every 2 hours.
 
Protein takes longer to break down into sugar or energy- so it stays with you longer-providing your body with reserve energy to last through the night or between meals.
 
Some examples of healthy high protein snacks:
Nuts and Seeds
Nut butter (peanut, almond, etc.)
Hard Boiled Egg
Guacamole

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Traditional Birthing Services
A family based business providing expecting families with affordable educational, cultural and artistic services from an African-Centered perspective.

TBS strives to infuse ancestral cultural traditions with modern information to help you create the birthing experience YOU want!
 
Childbirth Education                     Blessingway Ceremonies
                                      

 Belly Art                                      Postpartum N'Sansi
                                

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P.O. Box 6407
Largo, MD 20792

 

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