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Why I Wrote Birth Your Story + Process of Book Writing

  Today I wanted to offer you a behind the scenes look at why I wrote the forthcoming book Birth Your Story: Why Writing About Your Birth Matters, and what the process of writing this book was like for me.  Why I wrote this book First, I wrote this book for many reasons, but my biggest motivator was personal.  After I birthed my daughter Maia in 2013, I was moved to write my birth story.  I couldn’t not write it.  As a professional writer, English professor and birth advocate, writing was an obvious choice for me.  But really, it was about the work of my soul. I’ve always used writing to process, express, and find meaning in my experiences.  Writing...

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First of its Kind: "Birth Your Story" Book Launches on Kickstarter

  Asheville, North Carolina July 11, 2017 For Immediate Release Jaime Fleres, MA, professor, writing coach, and entrepreneur, is launching a Kickstarter to support the publication of her book: Birth Your Story: Why Writing About Your Birth Matters. The first of its kind, this book offers a guide for parents into the how and why of birth story writing, drawing on the fields of expressive and persuasive writing, Compassionate Communication, yoga, movement, meditation, and the doula profession.  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1081149473/help-publish-this-book-birth-your-story The Book Part one of Birth Your Story explores why writing is one of the most powerful ways to remember, process, claim, heal and honor our birth experiences. Part two dissects the anatomy of a birth story, including how we are influenced...

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Raw Vegan Nettle Cupcakes

Nettles (Stinging Nettles) are high in vitamins A, C, K, calcium, potassium, and immune-boosting iron while helping to alleviate allergy symptoms. Therefore, they are an all around great pregnancy tonic and used in many pregnancy teas such as our very own Tea For Two tea blend. A common spring green, nettles are known for their stinging hairs. Don't let that intimidate you! To avoid getting stung simply wear thick gloves while harvesting and for cooking just steam them or add to hot soup or in this case, a frosting. RAW CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES with NETTLE FROSTING (vegan and grain-free) Serves: 12 mini cupcakes Chocolate cupcakes: 1 Cup walnuts 1/2 Cup pumpkin seeds 8 medjool dates, pitted 1tbsp coconut oil 1/4 Cup...

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St Patricks Day Green Smoothie

This is a perfect celebratory drink for St Patricks Day and an excellent source of nutrition for pregnant women and mamas (or anyone really!)  The spinach is high in iron and folate, both so essential in baby-building (aka pregnancy). The pineapple is supportive of digestion, and the orange and lime are packed with Vitamin C.   We hope you enjoy!     Ingredients: 1 orange 1/2 lime, fresh squeezed  1/2 a bunch of parsley 1.5 cups of spinach 1 small bunch of mint leaves (optional) 1 cup of frozen pineapple Directions: Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth!  

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Maia’s birth poem

Today,  I was inspired to write a poem.  I used to write poems all the time as a young woman, but it’s been a long while.  This one is about my daughter’s birth and came through me just like she.  It...

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