Happy Mother’s Day! My mother, Edna, has been my mentor and greatest teacher from the beginning. Edna never played by anyone else’s rules, only her own. I realize how lucky I am to have had a role model like my mom. She wasn’t selfish, but she also wasn’t willing to sacrifice her soul’s desires. If you ask her, she will tell you that she cherished every stage with us, despite some very tough circumstances.
I am also grateful for my two beautiful, talented, fun, and precious daughters. Annie and Kate: You are both treasures. I am proud to be your mom.
The Miracle of Motherhood Your Way
From the moment I gazed into the eyes of my firstborn child, Annie, I was enchanted. Given what I teach now (and how I practiced medicine), I think you will find this ironic: Up until the moment that I actually went into labor, I treated my impending motherhood in a detached clinical way and managed to stay totally immersed in my career. Talk about a mind-body split! Then happily, suddenly, and quite unexpectedly, at age thirty-one, my innate nurturing and mothering skills were awakened in me as I went through the process of labor and birth.
Even though I had spent much of the five years prior to Annie’s birth delivering babies and marveling at how infinitely varied were the ways in which their mothers responded to them, I was completely unaware of what my own response would be. I share this with you, because every woman, no matter how maternal she is, has doubts. And every woman arrives at the place she needs to be for herself and her family at the right time. And that includes women who never have children of their own.
Like my mother, I had not been particularly interested in babies, but I always knew I wanted to be a mother someday. One of the things that amazed me at the time was that I instantly had the urge to have a whole lot of children. I was thrilled with my ability to create this beautiful baby, a fact that both surprised and delighted me, given my prior take-it-or-leave-it attitude toward babies. I was caught up in the wonder and abundance of biologic creativity at that moment in a way that I will never forget.
Before I gave birth to my first child, I was unaware of my own internal blueprint for motherhood. Nor had I ever given much thought to how each woman’s mothering blueprint is shaped by the way she herself was mothered. I wrote Mother-Daughter Wisdom to shine a light on this important truth and to give women a blueprint for raising a healthy, whole daughter. Not all of us had great role models or role models that were suited to us. I incorporated much of what Edna taught us in Mother-Daughter Wisdom, so that those who were not raised with a formidable, female presence could benefit from her strength.
If there is a new mom or new grandmother in your life, I encourage you to share Mother-Daughter Wisdom with her. It makes a great Mother’s Day gift for women of all ages.
More Health Resources for May
I’ve chosen these special resources to help you on your journey to vibrant health.
Articles and Blogs Embrace Your Unique Mothering Style
Guilt and worry about whether or not you are a good enough mother has only intensified as more and more choices for self-development become available to women. Increasingly, mothers are expected to keep perfect homes and prepare home-cooked meals, while also working full-time outside the home. Because so many women struggle with this, I encourage you to learn to embrace your unique style of mothering. Click here to read more.
Resources for Raising a Daughter
The most important aspect of raising a girl is mirroring for her how to love her body and its processes. This is at the heart of self-esteem and self-acceptance. The more you can do that yourself, the better off your daughter will be (and every other girl in your life). In other words, it’s as important to heal yourself as it is to “parent.” I wrote Mother-Daughter Wisdom to illuminate this important message. Click here to read more.
Flourishing: Why a Healthier Mind Means Healthier Cells
I’m excited to be writing a regular blog for Dr. Oz. I’ve often talked about bringing to light any subconscious beliefs that may be denigrating your health. Because your body is continually recreating itself at the cellular level, these subconscious beliefs can really impact your ability to flourish. Click here to read my first blog for Dr. Oz.
Podcast Tanning Beds: Safe or Addictive?
Are tanning beds as dangerous as we've been told? Dr. Northrup weighs in on the pros and cons, cautioning that tanning can become an addiction.
I’m excited to tell you about a free, online seminar, taking place on May 7, 2012 called The Keys to Feminine Power. Claire Zammit and Katherine Woodward Thomas from Evolving Wisdom host this powerful, life-changing course. Thousands of women have enjoyed and benefited from this course over the past few years.
Through their pioneering research and intensive work with women from around the world, Claire and Katherine have identified a unique set of transformative processes and practices, which can awaken women to their inherent, co-creative, feminine power. Participants of this groundbreaking work learn the power to change their life, the power to realize their destiny, and much, much more. Plus, the global learning community of “awakening women” provides mutual support so that you can experience lasting transformation and change.
Special Offer: The Secret Pleasures of Menopause eBook
It is a long-held misconception that menopause signals the beginning of the end, yet nothing could be further from the truth. I believe that it’s time for you to step forward and learn to enjoy the best years of your life!
I’m happy to tell you that this month, The Secret Pleasures of Menopause eBook (for your Nook, Kindle, Sony Reader, and iBook) is being offered at a special discounted price of $1.99. I loved writing this book. I know it will help guide you toward experiencing life after 50 as the most pleasurable time of your life!
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