Monday, December 12, 2016

Pros and Cons of Using a Midwife

Midwives are trained medical professionals who aid women in giving birth through natural means. But that’s not all they do. These licensed experts offer care to women throughout their reproductive lives, from puberty through menopause. Midwives also perform well-woman exams, help plan for conception, and offer new moms guidance on breastfeeding and caring for newborns.

In 2014, midwives in the U.S. attended 332,107 births, slightly more than the previous year. This according to the ACNM, a certification association representing nurse-midwives and midwives in the United States. Midwives mainly work in hospitals and other medical facilities to assist in the birthing process. According to, women feel more satisfied being able to make decisions for their birthing experience when they work with a midwife. When you’re expecting, here are some pros and cons to weigh.

  • Holistic care: Midwives support a more natural childbirth method and are cautious to use any medical procedure, even something such as ongoing fetal monitoring.
  • More personal attention: Midwives are able to spend more time with patients during checkups and prenatal appointments. They are also able to offer clients more support throughout the labor and birth process, and postpartum care as well.
  • Comprehensive care: Midwives offer care for women beginning in their teen years and throughout menopause. Many women may be more comfortable with someone who has cared for them throughout life’s changes.
  • Focus on women: A midwife’s goal is to help women understand their healthcare choices in areas that range from exercise to contraception, fertility, and parenthood.


  • Unable to perform surgery: Although they have advanced medical training, midwives are not able to complete a C-section if it’s needed. They can assist in the surgery, however.
  • Pregnancies with risk: These are usually not handled by midwives.
  • Facility options: Midwife services are not offered in some hospitals and clinics. Check with the medical facilities in your area if this is your preference.
  • Insurance coverage: Health programs may not cover midwife services performed in anything other than a hospital. Check with your provider, especially if you are considering an at-home birth.

Types of Training and Certification

There are a few different types of midwives. Certified nurse-midwives have received training both as a nurse and as a midwife and most hold a master’s degree in nursing. They must pass a national certification test by the ACNM and qualify for a state license. Find out more about becoming a midwife through the University of Cincinatti.

Certified midwives are college-educated and also certified by the ACNM. This is a relatively new specialty and some states do not offer a license for it. The third category is certified professional midwives. They are trained as midwives and certified by the North American Registry of Midwives. Read more about advanced nursing degrees.

European women are comfortable choosing a midwife, with the rate of midwife-assisted births about the same as doctor-assisted births. About 90 percent of pregnant women in the U.S. have an obstetrician attend their birth experience, at least for now. In the near future, more U.S. women are likely to turn to midwives, especially in more rural areas where there is a shortage of doctors.

Gift Giving this Holiday Season

Oh wow.. Christmas is just around the corner and I can feel the Christmas spirit already. Actually, Christmas starts early here in the Philippines because as soon as September steps in, Christmas songs and theme will be heard on radio and be seen on most stores and places here. Now, that Christmas is just a stone away, Christmas fever is in full gear!

Massive discounts are offered everywhere , be it on physical stores, markets, tiangge, malls and even online. Customers will get to enjoy discounts for their holiday shopping. I only have 2 more on my to-buy list and I'm done .. yey! It's really good to have finished shopping early for I have avoided the rush. However, that rush is fine too as we get to feel the gift giving spirit and sharing too. I need to shop till tomorrow so I can wrap all of my gifts.. I have some already under our tree but needs more.

Hope you'll have a great holidays everyone!! Merry Christmas!!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Going Out of Your Way to Show Your Loved Ones How Much They Mean this Holiday Season

The holiday season seems to be an extraordinarily special time for many people, that brings them a little bit closer each year, albeit for a short period in most cases. This year, really get the most out of your holidays by making the people you love the most feel loved back. As kids, we get excited for the holidays because we got gifts and money if we were lucky. Now it’s time to turn the tables as adults, and do something in return for those who did so much for us before.

“Extra Special” Gifts
For a lot of people, material gifts don’t mean as much as making a sincere action. That’s part of maturity and growing up. So this year instead of buying your dad a new tie… again, take him out for a nice dinner. It could be a father daughter formal dinner date, or a father son basketball game or concert. For moms, the same; mother son night out dancing or a girls day getting your hair and nails done capped off with a massage. You can find deals for almost all of these at local salons online.

For Parents with Older Children
Speaking from experience, I know living as a young adult fresh out of school is hard; typically living paycheck to paycheck and possibly working multiple jobs. Life alone for the first time is difficult. If you are a parent and your kids are out on their own, maybe think of what they need more than what they want this year. Maybe you could offer to cover a partial month rent/utilities or come up with a way to help them get the lasik surgery they’ve always wanted but couldn’t get.. If you really can’t think of anything, talk to them; they’ll gladly share what they need the most. Gifts like these might not be luxurious but they are practical, which is more important at this point in many young adults lives.

The holidays aren’t just about giving and receiving gifts or doing acts of kindness for your loved ones, more important is the time you spend together. Try to put some thought into this holiday season. If you’re on a budget there are deals online or even DIY projects that are practically free. Happy Holidays everyone!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Exciting Game

I'm always looking forward for the weekends eventhough I am always at home. It's always when I have the time to go out with friends for meet up, for a coffee, ktv, watch a movie or simply do some chita-chatting. Shopping or strolling at the mall is also my fave to do on weekends for I can do some shopping around even for some lil' things for myself or around the house.

Last weekend is exceptional, I went out for a bit after lunch with some of my former highscool friends. We're scheduled to watch the basketball game of our batchmates. The game was exciting eventhough we lost by 13 points over a much younger batch. My classmates only had some practice and being a little old (late 40's), you'd not expect our players to be on their utmost shape and speed. Us girls had so much fun cheering for the boys, we're screaming at the top of our lungs to the point that we already need a megaphone or a akg p220 mic so we need not shout so loud. The arena seemed too dull bec. there's not much people around but the music and the game kept us in.

Our boys did a good job and we're looking forward to the next game.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Chocolate Overload

Ahhh.. chocolates.. how can I resist them?

I know that chocolates when eaten in too much quantities is bad for our health as it can increase our sugar levels and even added lots of calories in our body. However, research also will tell that chocolates esp. the dark one can be beneficial too as it contains antioxidants as well.

As for me, a bight or two after meal is ok enough to satisfy my choco cravings. It can also minimize the after taste brought about by some food. Toblerone are not my fave bec. kisses with almonds are my thing. These are sent to us by my sister who is working in Riyadh, Saudi arabia. From time to time she sent us some goodies and we're always grateful and happy to receive them.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

My Companion

I have been busy lately with my digital designing stuff and I have released about 14 digital papers just yesterday. Wow, that is record breaking! I can make about 1 or 2 sets but not 14! I'm super inspired the other to make all those papers. My creative juices are just overflowing so I just took advantage of it. While working, my all time companion is non other than music! Oh yes... I just open my Spotify account and choose whatever albums that I want depending on my mood. It's always a good companion of mine as I become more inspired to work and I don;t get bored while working.

Right now, I'm listening to some sappy and sentimental songs that I follow and the selections where are all good. Makes me in love and inspired :). Music sets our mood and just thinking about the vocalist and the men behind every song, it makes me wonder and be at awe at their talent. The drummer, the guitarist, keyboardist and more all play important role in making a song. Even if you are using a korg taktile or even not so-expensive instrument, if you put your heart and soul to it, I guess it will also turn out beautifully.

Loving Bobbie Nail Polish

I love having pretty nails as it can add more beauty to my over all appearance. Lately, I want to try different shades of colors because I'm already bored with the same old red shades on my nails. This time I want some colors.

Bought these bobbie nail polish at SM store and oh boy, I want to take all the colors available but I'm sure I will not be able to use them soon. Once it is open and it will not be used for long peroids of time, the polish will harden..

Here are just few colors that I can't wait to use the periwinkle color. .. yay! It will match the blouse that I bought too.

It's Never Too Early to Shop

Just like what I have said on my previous post, Christmas will be coming soon in no time. What a wonderful time for family gathering and giving gifts during this season. I might have to shop early this year for Christmas gift and I think I will start as early as end of October and 1st week of November.

Online shopping has gone so far these past few years and more people are using this method buying stiff for themselves and loved ones. It's easier to shop online too and with various stores available shoppers have many options to choose. Not only on regular stores where you can see bargain or discounted items but also online. You can find promo codes like this woodwind brasswind promo code where you can get discount on various musical instruments, that are perfect for music lovers.

BER Months

Wow.. I can't believe it .. it's already half way of SeptemBER.. and soon December will be here once again. It's only in the Philippines where people got excited when BER months come because it only means that Christmas and other holiday will come. I'm pretty sure that most of us want to celebrate Christmas.

Christmas is the time for family reunion, old classmates' gathering and time to be with our friends and relatives. Though during holidays it can mean more spending because of gifts to buy and also places to explore .. but nothing beats the feeling of happiness it can give.

Our family always gather during Christmas time and it's always a grand reunion for all of us where we can be together though 2 of my sisters and their family are living overseas now. There are times that they go home for holiday vacation. It was in 2013 where we are all complete (sans my dad who dies in 1989 already) and it was a blast.

Hoping for a grand Christmas time again this year.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

How To Choose A Great Alcohol Treatment Program

Having alcohol problem is something that you should never be ashamed of. We need to acknowledge the fact that there are hundreds of thousands of people that are now rehabilitated and that have no problems in dealing with this addiction. The truth is that alcohol treatment is possible and that you can get the help that you need.

The problem is that not all the alcohol treatment programs are great. Some are actually pretty bad. It is important that you learn how to choose the one that will actually help you to kick the bad habit. With this in mind, even if we do not have a problem with alcohol, we should all know the characteristics of that great program. We never know when a friend will need our help.

What Should An Alcohol Treatment Program Include?

A great addiction treatment clinic will offer much more than physical and mental restraints that stop people from drinking in the future. There are many advertisements that will appear and the focus is normally put on the amenities offered by the clinic. In reality, other facts are much more important.

Whenever you consider alcohol treatment programs, make sure that you think about the following factors:
•  Proper Licenses And Accreditations – you want to be 100% sure that the alcohol treatment programs are going to be state accredited. At the same time, licenses have to be in place. As an extra, be sure that you focus on the staff. You want to be sure that there are good addiction specialists and mental health professionals that are hired.

•    Treatment Method Effectiveness
– the treatment center has to show you some success rate statistics. The best statistics are always offered by an outside agency that is objective.

•    Aftercare Services –this is a factor that many forget about but that is incredibly important. There is a need to have some sort of aftercare program that is well-run. If not, the program should at least have some referrals to support groups and recovery services that are very good and that would work with the alcohol treatment program the patient would go through.

Alcohol Treatment Program Types:
•    Residential treatment – the patient will live at the facility while going through alcohol rehab treatment. This can take up to 3 months.
•    Partial hospitalization treatment –when a stable living condition exists but partial hospitalization is necessary.
•    IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program)
–major time commitment is needed but the program is not live-in.
•    Counseling – this basically works better as a follow-up support.
•    Sober living – a highly intensive program like the residential treatment.
•    Brief intervention – a program that is only appropriate in the event that there is an individual that is at risk of developing alcoholism or alcohol abuse.

As you can see, have patience and always read everything that you can about the considered treatment option. You never actually know what is the best so do be sure that you will consider everything that is available and that you will compare options in order to gain exactly what is needed for the individual.

JennyL Designs 2nd Year Anniversary

 I can't believe it, my store just turned 2 today and to celebrate, catch my 2nd Year Anniversary 50% OFF sale at my ETSY store JENNYL DESIGNS , all items are on sale and that includes also the Commercial Licenses.

Go fill your carts now! I have 356 products to choose from and will make more fun items in the future.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Why Is Oral Hygiene And Teeth Cleaning Important?

When you smile and your teeth are white and shiny, you do like it more. People that look at you smile will simply like you better. However, when you have a lack of interest associated with teeth brushing, the texture of the teeth ends up being changed. Teeth that are unclean will normally be filled with bacteria and germs. You end up with foul odor, decay, disarray and much more. Every single person that has bad oral hygiene needs to deal with dozens of huge problems as time passes.

It is vital that you maintain oral hygiene. Unfortunately, there are many that either forget about this or simply do not know how important everything is. It is not that difficult to clean your teeth and the truth is that it is never too late to avoid the trip to the dentist.

If you wonder why oral hygiene is so important, here are the most common reasons that have to be mentioned, based on the experience of Desert Palm Dentistry.

Cavity Control
Cavities are also referred to as tooth decay or caries. They are a huge problem that appears because teeth are invaded by bacteria. In really simple terms, bacteria end up eating teeth. As an immediate result, the tooth simply breaks down.

The initial sign that a cavity will appear is a yellowish, brown or black spot that appears on the tooth. After some time, the tooth will start to feel painful and holes eventually appear in the teeth that are affected. When you brush your teeth every night and every night, cavities do not appear.

Saving Money
This is one of the reasons that few people actually know about. As you brush teeth regularly, you manage to save a lot of money. When you go to the dentist, the costs associated with fixing teeth problems are pretty high. If you do not need dental treatment, you save so much money. Future expenses can be avoided by simply brushing your teeth.

You Do Not Lose Teeth
Tooth loss control is a huge advantage of maintain proper oral hygiene. You surely do not want to lose your teeth. The main reason why a tooth is lost is gum disease. As the disease advances, your jaw line loses support. Teeth end up loosened or simply fall out.

Now Mouth Odor

When oral hygiene is low, bad odors start appearing inside the mouth. Foul smells are basically really bad and it is easy to understand why. Self-confidence can go down and in many cases the odors simply do not disappear because of poor oral hygiene. Regularly brush and your mouth will remain fresh. Odor problems will be alleviated and your self-confidence will be high.

A Beautiful Smile

The last thing that we should mention is that when you maintain proper oral hygiene, teeth will be whiter and will not have problems like cavities. You will end up with a much more beautiful smile. Why not take advantage of such a possibility? Every person in the world wants a better looking smile.

Rainy Days are Here

It's official rainy season is here already in our part of the world. It started last week and just today it rained so hard this afternoon. Worse is that my laundry woman washes our clothes today. The end result, still wet clothes on the hangers.

Rainy seasons usually starts end of May and up to September=October though there are days when there still rain in November. I just prayed that no major floods that will happen anymore. We feared that Ondoy type of flooding will happen again and that will be a major disaster.

Thankfully, mom already had our roof replaced and our roof gutters cleaned last summer and that means we are ready for the rainy season. Hope all will be safe this season as we heard that this year there will be La Nina.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

A Fun and Happy TV show

When at home while working on my graphic designing, I also have the time to watch news and other shows even while working. TV is on while working and it serves as my background sound or music. Today, mom is at home early and as usual she wants to watch her fave afternoon show, wowowin a local game tv show that gives a lot of money to their contestants. Though the shouts and screams of the people are deafening, I can hide the fats that the show is rating and well loved by their fans.

The sound effects that seemed like they use david gilmour amp or whatever on the show and the energetic host and co-hosts make the show lively.The show obviously have a lot of sponsors that is why they can give a lot of prizes. No wonder the show is flocked by people from provinces because of the happiness, prizes and laughter that the show can bring.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Australian Vacation about to End

I was fortunate to have been given an Australian visa once again last year. The visa is valid for 3 months stay with no work, no further stay but with minimum of study for 3 months.

Since my sister and her family is having a vacation at the end of year last year, they booked my flight last Nov. 22 and I flew immediately. I was so happy to  be back again in Australia after 8 long years since I have been here. I love the country, the people, the way of life and more.. so I was excited that my visa was approved.

It was my first time to experience Christmas and New Year in Australia and it's very different from what I am used to in the Philippines. I can't say that I love it because it was just like an ordinary day except for the joy in opening of the gifts.

With the 3 months that I have been here, i have explored a lot of places like beaches, churches, restaurants, shopping malls and more and I love it.

Wishing there will be another year that I will be here. I love Australia and I will dearly miss it very soon..

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Editing Videos with the Movavi Video Editor Review

Nowadays videos are everywhere – and most people encounter them practically on a daily basis. It could be video presentations that you’re using for work, or it may even be shows that you’ve saved to watch in your free time, or video guides and compilations that you’ve created to share online.

As you probably realize however, making your videos look appealing requires a certain amount of skill so that you’re able to edit and improve them in various ways. At first it may seem as if that’s beyond your abilities – but with the Movavi Video Editor you’ll soon discover that isn’t the case.

In simple terms, the Movavi Video Editor is an easy video editing software that is designed so that it will benefit both beginners and more experienced users. It has a wide range of features, but at the same time these features are engineered so that using them will feel familiar and natural.

Using the Movavi Video Editor to improve your videos and edit them won’t take very long. All you need to do is decide how you want to edit your video, and choose from the features that are available, such as:

Cutting the video into parts and removing unnecessary segments or combining video clips together.
Enhancing the video quality by manually adjusting the color settings and fixing common issues such as pixelated, blurry or interlaced video.
Adding customizable text to create captions, watermarks, or subtitles.
Inserting stylish animated transitions between parts of the video.
Including audio tracks for voiceovers or background music.
Utilizing filter sand special effects to completely transform the visual appearance and style of the video.
Cropping or rotating the video frame and orientation.
Creating video slideshows out of photos.
Optimizing videos automatically with the hundreds of presets available.

As you can see, there’s really no shortage of options that you can use to exert full control over any and all aspects of your video. Regardless of the types of edits you want to perform, the Movavi Video Editor has the tools you need to get the job done.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Just Random Thoughts

What a nice day again here at the Land Down Under and sad that my sister is under the weather right now after our girls night out last night. I had some few time for myself today, cleaned my mobile phone of the photos that need to be transferred to my EHD.

It was also the time clean my niece's room who has not been home for quite sometime since she is at her apartment in Sydney. There goes her guitar that she bought few years ago just lying on the wall. It would have been nice to see her playing it while at home but she's out of the loop for a while. I have some questions in my head like what are the strings on a guitar look like when it's not being used all the time. Will it sound the same?

I remember trying to learn how to play the guitar when I was still young but boom I have no talent on

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

A Quiet Christmas

This is my first time to experience Holidays here in Australia and it's really different one for me. Our Christmas started with the opening of gifts. The kids and I had a great time opening our gifts for Christmas. I had quite a lot of gifts too that I will cherish.

A Christmas mass is not to be missed so we heard the 9 am quiet mass at Camden. Lunch is served at Nona and Popo's place and that is much about it.

I miss home but I'm still enjoying my stay here.