Let's Dance!

I have danced my whole life.

I’m sure my mother felt something while I was in the womb that told her I was going to be the first person on the dance floor at a wedding. Its in my blood and something I have to do. I know there are many others like me out there because I see you on the dance floor next to me or standing around tapping your feet waiting for the right time to bust a move.
When I became pregnant late last year, I was concerned about what physical limitations may be put on me and how it would effect my ability to shake a tail feather. Through education, research and advice from fellow doulas and friends in the community, I worked to develop my own dance class for pregnant and postpartum women based off of Dancing for Birth.

Dance For Birth Class

Through my Dance for Birth class I was able to remain active, become stronger, more agile, more at ease with my body, and both mentally and physically ready to embrace my unique birth experience. I combined birth dancing movements inspired by ancient dance forms such as Belly dance, African dance, Latin dance, and Caribbean dance. It’s a workout that challenges yet relaxes and uplifts you.
Since the birth of my son, I have continued to use the Dance for Birth movements to calm and soothe him. Its amazing how quickly he settles once I begin the movements he felt for months in the womb. He also participates with me in a wrap/sling while I teach class. Its a wonderful bond we have through dance. I will still be the first one on the dance floor pregnant or postpartum with my son…watch out!
For more information on Khaylen’s Dance for Birth class or to sign up, please visit hygeiacenter.org
Winter Session starts November 14th. Classes meet every Wednesday from 6-7:30pm

Balsamic, Quinoa, and Chard Salad

Quinoa is a miracle grain.  I love this little seed!  It is high in protein and folate (1), so very beneficial to pregnancy and fetal development.  Did you know that 2013 will be officially be “”The International Year of the Quinoa?” (2) Because of it’s nutritive value and superb biodiversity it is considered a Super Grain!
I have WAY too much Rainbow Chard in my garden this year and so have been trying to find ways to use it, I LOVE this salad and make it very regularly.

1 bunch swiss chard (10-12 good sized stalks)
1 small sweet (or red) onion chopped
1-2 cloves garlic minced
1 cup quinoa (2-3 cups cooked quinoa)
balsamic vinegar
olive oil
crushed red pepper
Cook quinoa according to package directions (usually: Rinse grain in cold water. Place 1 part grain to 2 parts water/broth in sauce pan, bring to low boil for 10-15 minutes or until desired tenderness) 
Wash chard and remove stalks from leaves. (the stalks take longer to cook) set leaves aside.  
Chop stalks into 1/2 in. pieces.
Coat bottom of skillet with equal parts oil and butter.
Saute onions and chard stalks on med-low for 8-10 minutes, or until cooked to desired tenderness. While sautéing, cut leaves into ~2 by 2 inch pieces.  Add minced garlic cook for one minute. Add chard leaves  and red pepper, salt and pepper to taste and mix well.  The leafy greens will cook down quickly, so keep an eye on them.  They have A LOT of water stored in them, so they will start to lose their water and lubricate everything.  
Sauté everything for 5 minutes or so, then add balsamic, usually I do about 1 turn of the pan, and mix well.
Pour chard mixture and quinoa into a serving bowl and mix well.  Top with Olive oil and Balsamic to taste.

Loving this Work!

I am a Doula! I have been working very hard to learn about birth, labor support,

postpartum and prenatal support. I have been educating myself about marketing locally. I have been working really hard to get my name out there and make this dream of mine work. AND IT IS WORKING! I just love this job! It is amazingly rewarding and inspirational.
Watching new moms hold their babies for the first time, looking into their eyes, discovering what sex their child is, is the most amazing thing to be a part of. This is my job. I am a doula!
Love, Katy

First Blog Post

Hello! I am so excited to begin developing a relationship with my community and other birth professionals! Please feel free to start some communication! I am happy to answer any questions or address any concerns you might have.
We are hoping to create a space where we can have an honest, fun, and friendly discussion on health and nutrition, birth practices, women’s health, family matters, and home and house keeping (including your fun crafty stuff!)  Please post as you see fit!