ecoWednesday - Tsk, tsk, to disposable panties

December 12, 2007 | 6 Comments

Tut, tut… my finger is shaking at the manufacturers of these disposable undies aka “Nundies“. At 3 for $15, they’re not exactly friendly on the wallet. But the main issue is, throwaway panties have got to be the most ridiculous, ecologically irresponsible disposable item I’ve heard of in a long time.

Hey, I can understand wanting to do bare. Underpants are a relatively new invention after all, and really aren’t that great for our health.

I worked with a woman once who told me that she never, ever wore undies except that certain 5 days of the month. And rumor has it Ashley Judd goes commando. What’s more, Dr. Robert Bradley of Husband Coached Childbirth says it’s ideal for pregnant mommies (and really all women concerned about their health down there) to ditch te panties and wear long skirts that allow them to squat, move around and generally get more air to the area. He said it would cure all yeast infections.

Yea, there’s just no excuse for disposable unmentionables.

Birthy is Beautiful! (To the woman in the long Black Cloak)

December 5, 2007 | 3 Comments

I passed you in the store today. You were wrapped in your winter coat, but you couldn’t close it all the way, thanks to your lovely round belly. I was noticing how your blouse was pulled tight and your weight had shifted down. I was thinking to myself that you look like you’ll probably be holding your newborn babe sometime in the next 3 days….and then I was thinking how arrogant it was of me to think I could predict what is so obviously a miracle-a secret just for you and your little one. I smiled to myself at my own chiding, and I suppose all this was happening while I was looking at your belly, because when I came back to reality, I realized my gaze was still in your direction. You saw me and acted embarrassed, and turned away. 

I felt so bad! 

So I’m writing to apologize.

You see, I really do find expectant women stunning. It’s like being in the presence of Diety in tangible form. I’m amazed at the miracle of pregnancy and birth each and every time I am privileged to be touched by it. Even if just to pass it in in the dairy aisle. ;) I get almost giddy-I want to talk about their experiences with the joys of pregnancy and share a cup of Red Rasperry Leaf tea over Birth plans, fears and dreams.

Of course, it’s not my place to do this with perfect strangers, and while I am not one of those annoying women who will touch your belly without invitation, I can’t HELP but look-peek-dream….imagine.

It’s my passion. It’s my life’s calling to help women claim what is rightfully theirs in Birth, and to honor their passage through, and help them heal following. And my passion sometimes gets the best of me, and I look when I should avert my eyes. I smile stupidly at nothing-(dreaming of Birth and new babes) when I should be reading package labels….

So please excuse me if I pass you again, looking at you like we belong to a secret club….We do you know. You may not realize it, but we are both working to change the world-you through your meeting an opportunity for transformative Birth, and birthing an amazing new being ripe with potential…and I, by serving and encouraging women just like you….having walked that path-having met that transformation for myself. I know that you have no idea who I am or what I do, or that just your creating life has moved me-inspired me to action in my work-and I understand if you protect yourself or act shy. Our society sooo doesn’t get being amazed at the process. It’s so broken down into little pieces of physiological and scientific “evidence”, and the Mystery-the Miracle is lost.

So it’s not your belly I see when I pass you. It’s life coming through you.

It’s the miracle that makes me gawk. Really.

You are powerful-beautiful-amazing. 

Thank you Beautiful Birthy Woman.

With Awe,

Marcie Macari


Natural Moms Podcast #43

March 27, 2007 | 2 Comments

This week Susun Weed , author of Wise Woman Herbal For The Childbearing Year and other books on natural health for women joins me to talk about a somewhat controversial subject: prenatal vitamins, are they really needed for all pregnant women?

Learn also what Susun means when she says: “No pleasure, no treasure.”

Download the mp3 HERE.

What does a baby in the womb think about?

November 9, 2006 | Leave a Comment

Did you ever wonder about this when you were pregnant? I know I did… I wondered if my baby ever cried, and it made me sad that I wouldn’t really know or be able to comfort him.

Laura mentioned a book on the show called: The Secret Life of the Unborn Child: How You Can Prepare Your Baby for a Happy, Healthy Life

Have you read it? What are your thoughts on the topic of prenatal psychology?