We saw a beautiful manifestation of Black womanhood and African Spirituality at her 2017 grammy performance.
All those in the know were in awe of her manifestation of Oshún, the Goddess of Rivers and Beauty. She flaunted her pregnant belly in a way no other artist ever has. For the first time I’ve ever seen, Beyonce bared her body but not for sexual reasons. Rather she demonstrated the beauty that is the Black expecting woman in all her glory and grandeur. Feel how you want about Bey, you cannot deny the beauty and iconic moment that we all witnessed.
Once upon a time, I thought of self-care as “extra” special things to do like massages and pedicures. I thought of self-care activities like something that needed to be done apart from the everyday routine of life.
Special things like massages and pedicures are definitely a part of self-care, however, daily self-care is what will keep you alive and functioning at optimal levels. Self-care is the moment by moment decisions that are made to nourish yourself, mind, body and Spirit.
Daily self-care is important because you pour into yourself all the things that you need to thrive and be of service to others in your life.
I’m certain that the internet is about to implode. Beyoncé just dropped the informational bomb we’ve all been curious about, she announced that she’s pregnant – and with TWINS, yay! We’re so happy for her, Jay-Z and Blue Ivy that they are expanding their family.
The negative nancy comments have already started rolling in on social media.
“She will have to get a c-section.”
“She will deliver early.”
Let me just say, those are common misunderstandings about twin pregnancies. It is possible to deliver vaginally and carry to term. Here are a few strategies to carry full term and delivering vaginally twins.
Our sister Remy Ma and our brother Papoose shared their experience with an ectopic pregnancy on Love and Hip Hop New York.
I love this couple to the core. Amid foolishness and ratchedness, this strong Black couple has presented a beautiful manifestation of true Black love, loyalty and family on national television.
It has been an honor and privilege for this couple to let us into their life and daily experiences. We see the real triumphs and struggles of modern Black family life.
We all saw their wedding and re-commitment to each other during Remy’s dream wedding. Papoose was ready to immediately start expanding that family.
So since we’ve been following them so closely and feeling apart of their family, we were so happy to learn that Remy and Papoose became pregnant. Then soon after we learned that the pregnancy was ectopic.
Wow, it has been five years since I took my doula certification training with the International Center for Traditional Childbearing. I can look back over the years and see how much I have grown as a doula, healer, and woman.
I completed my doula training with the esteemed Mama Shafia Monroe in December of 2011. I conducted my first prenatal appointment in February of 2012.
Incorporating a gratitude practice in your daily self-care and Spiritual care regimen offers many benefits. A gratitude practice simply is an acknowledgment of what you are grateful for. A gratitude practice has to do with getting into the feeling of gratitude and appreciation. The feeling of gratitude makes your soul feel filled with joy. It’s a humbling feeling.
Here are 5 amazing ways that a gratitude practice will improve your life:
Perfectionism is the unrealistic desire to be perfect. It’s debilitating and kills productivity. It kills self-confidence. Perfectionism makes it hard to effectively work in a team, including a family unit. Perfectionism is off putting and defeats all those around the perfectionist. It’s totally demoralizing.
You might be a perfectionist if you often don’t feel satisfied with anything in your life. You can easily spout off all the things that are not quite “right,” but struggle to express what is going just fine.
October is breast cancer awareness month. Mainstream society wants you to sit around and wait until you're 40+ to start getting mammograms in order to "prevent breast cancer." Mainstream society has dumbed down breast cancer prevention to the simple act of getting an annual mammogram. Meanwhile, all kinds of toxic chemicals and stagnating practices are pushed onto Black women.
A limiting belief is a belief that dwells in the sub-conscious that has a limiting effect on what a person is able to achieve. For example, when you believe that you’ll fail at learning a new language because “language just isn’t your thing.” You’ll likely never even try to learn a new language, or if you do try, you won’t really give it much energy. Deep down, you don’t believe you can do it. You’ve adopted a stance – languages are not my thing. You can never accomplish more than what you think or believe about yourself.
So, that’s why I want to shed light on and release a collective limiting belief among many Black women. It has become common place for the Black community to expect, event plan on, our babies coming early. That is to say, it is common place for our babies to be born before 40 weeks. A common saying in the Black community is that you can "claim" something like a job, car, relationship, etc. before you have it. The idea is to set the intention and believe. It's not wonder that our babies are coming too soon as we have "claimed it."
I can’t tell you how many expecting moms I speak to who are having great pregnancies that even say “yeah, my baby will come early.” Where did this notion come from?
RootMama hosted the 1st annual Chocolate Milk Festival in DeSoto, TX on Sunday, August 28, 2016 during national Black Breastfeeding Week.
The event was a huge success. We convened more that 50 expecting and new mothers to celebrate breastfeeding in our community. We affirmed and supported mothers who choose to breastfeed. We connected mothers with each other and with resources in the community to help make their breastfeeding and parenting journey a success.
Check out the video of our event...
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