Publisher's Letter

Published on April 28th, 2015 | by Publisher, Natural Awakenings New Mexico

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May 2015 Publisher’s Letter

May is women’s wellness month at Natural Awakenings and this year’s special focus is breast health and natural childbirth.

Lisa Marshall’s article Rethinking Breast Health (page 21) explains how women’s breasts change during different phases of life such as pregnancy, childbirth, menstrual cycles and hormone fluctuations. The article suggests supplemental alternatives as an option to deal with symptoms naturally. As women we’ve all worn tight underwire bras to look sexy. The pendulum for breast health is swinging the other way. These tight, often uncomfortable bras can reduce the healthy flow of blood and lymph fluids in our breast tissue. It’s time to ditch the underwire bras in favor of more comfortable bras—or better yet—no bras at all like many of us do at home on the weekends. The article also features information on implants and a quick checklist on “bust musts” for cancer prevention. There is also an inspiring sidebar about Sandy Messonnier’s triumph over breast cancer. We hope the information we share will enable you to make healthier choices.

The second focus beautifully connects us with natural childbirth. It’s surprising to learn that in 1900, 95 percent of all births were homebirths with midwives. In recent years (2013) 32.7 percent of all births in the U.S. are done by Caesarian delivery and 90 percent in hospitals. Midwives deliver less than 10 percent of births. Thankfully, that trend is shifting as more women opt for natural childbirth options. For women with low risk pregnancies, at-home births are a far better alternative for mother, baby and their birthing process. Birthing centers are a great option for those who want to experience a natural or warm water birth while still having the back up of doctors and nurse midwives. Please, read the profile by Dar A Luz Birth & Health Center in Albuquerque on page 20 or visit SouthwestCare.org if you live in Santa Fe (ad on page 19).

As usual we are blessed with so many great events to choose from in our calendar section. One really important event is the March against Monsanto that is taking place across the country on May 23. The global brief on page 16 shares local information. It’s also a great opportunity to meet others that share your concern for personal and planetary health.

Happy Mother’s Day to all that raised and care for our children!

Andrea



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