Ginger a.k.a Ginger Garner
Ginger is an educator, published author, and pioneer in the practice of holistic physical therapy and using yoga as medicine. As a mother of three boys, Ginger focuses on helping fellow mothers live fit and fearlessly through her clinical and humanitarian work, as well as through her blog, Breathing In This Life. Ginger can be reached at www.gingergarner.com and www.professionalyogatherapy.org.
Ginger Garner Author Alias
Data from the United Nations shows that between 1990 and 2008, the United States maternal mortality rate nearly doubled, while the overwhelming majority of countries collectively decreased their rates by 34% (Coeytauz et al 2011).
My first son was born after a difficult 36 hours of labor. The labor was hard and fast, with protracted contractions 2-3 minutes apart and no more than 4 minutes apart for 30 hours.
Studies have, for a long time, shown that deep breathing, mental imagery, deep massage or acupressure, and the presence of a constant companion or coach during labor can ease labor pains, making the miracle of birth more, well, enjoyable.
There is one thing all expectant mothers have in common: Each and every one wants the healthiest start for her unborn baby.
A woman will never forget the moment she became a mother. I even cry when I read or hear a birth story, so for me this is the most important post I have ever written.
In 2012 the National Association of Mothers’ Centers asked me to write a letter to my children in recognition of Mother’s Day, as a way to impart to the world what wisdom I would like to pass on to them. This is the hardest thing I’ve ever written, by far, especially since it is only 650 words or so.
Recently I wrote about the shameful state of women’s health care in America and how America’s broken health care system affects women.
Lady Gaga’s tour operators, Live Nation, announced February 14, 2013 that she would be cancelling the remainder of her tour due to a hip injury. As a physical therapist for women’s health, this headline immediately got my attention. And because hip labral injury diagnosis is on the increase, you should be interested too.
The idea of women’s empowerment is a touchy issue. It has been correlated with the myth of the “male decline” and other scare tactics put forth by those who may seek to sweep women’s issues under the proverbial rug. However, one fact stands very clear.
I have had the absolute joy of giving birth three times. Although I have other secret weapons for labor and delivery, I believe this one is the most important for managing pain, preventing panic or anxiety, and maintaining adequate oxygenation, no matter what type of birth you
The Birth Experience As Empowering
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Confucius
As mothers, it is imbedded in our very nature to take care of others. What mothers should know is that society has taken advantage of this fact for centuries. And while they continue to take, mothers continue to give.
Pregnancy and childbirth exact an enormous toll on a woman’s body. It is transforming and beautiful, but when a mother does not get the physical and emotional support she needs, the effects can be devastating.
“Women will never achieve equality until mothers do.” - Joan Williams
As an expectant mother, you probably daydream about the moment you will actually meet your baby for the first time. What he or she will look like? How will it feel to hold that tiny miracle in your arms for the first time?
Recently on Facebook a longtime friend posted seeing a very “scary” thing on TV last night. The “scary” thing she saw, which she wrote was like something out of “The Exorcist,” was a water birth.