Fear can profoundly affect childbirth. Fear causes the body to release the fight-or-flight hormones, catecholamines. These hormones are in direct conflict with those that cause labor to progress smoothly, including endorphins, the body’s natural pain-reducing hormones, and oxytocin, which causes the uterus to contract in a smooth, powerful, and coordinated way, urging the baby i … [Read more...] about How to Cope with Fear of Birth
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Nearly 200,000 students walked out of class on March 14th to protest gun violence (#ENOUGH) in the United States. The country has a rich history of student activism and protests. Students led the movement for school segregation in the 1950s and for voting rights in the 1960s. A student movement arose in the 1960s to demand free speech on college campuses and an end to the … [Read more...] about Students Lead Gun Reform
What the heck is Pi Day? I heard about Pi Day for the first time in 2014 and I'm pleased that this four millennium old mathematical symbol has become so popular because I love math and want others to as well, but how did this happen and why has Pi become so popular? WHAT IS PI? Math is Fun tells us that Pi is the ratio (the number of times one amount is contained within … [Read more...] about Pi Day Celebration
Here are 10 books to inspire young girls. These stories are of accomplished and ground breaking women around the world who have faced fears and overcome obstacles in order to achieve success. Malala's Magic Pencil Written by Malala Yousafzai Illustrated by Kerascoet 48 pages Ages 5 to 8 Malala Yousafzia is a Pakistani activist and the youngest person ever to win a … [Read more...] about Empowering Books for Girls
At the end of her Oscar best actress acceptance speech, Frances McDormand said, " I have two words to leave you with tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider." An inclusion rider is a contractual amendment that requires gender and racial diversity in interviewing and hiring. Also called an "equity rider," the idea has been spearheaded by Stacy Smith, PhD, founder of the … [Read more...] about What is an Inclusion Rider?
Today we made family gratitude banners. The banners have pockets for each family member, plus one for friends and extended family, and another for the universe. Each time someone thinks of something they are grateful for, they can jot it down and stick it in the appropriate pocket. This serves us in many ways. For example, we can visit the banner and look in our pocket to … [Read more...] about Sew a Gratitude Banner