Supporting Families through Education and Science

Synergy Birth Services, LLC

By Dr. Mercola

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, you could walk into a drug store and find hundreds of herbal extracts for sale.

Upwards of 90 percent of the population at that time knew how to use the medicinal plants growing in their backyards to treat common illnesses and injuries; they had too, as this was virtually the only "medicine" available.

Unlike drugs, which typically work via one mechanism, like targeting bacteria, herbs work synergistically to address underlying imbalances in your body that may lead to disease. As herbalist Matthew Wood said in the documentary "Numen:"


“Focus on the task at hand. Be thorough.” Gwyneth Paltrow

Quote of the month: “Make your plans, but don’t plan your results.”

Too true… How many of us ‘planned’ a natural birth, only to be faced with intervention choices. Plans are helpful though, because they make us prepare.

And heck… Why not avoid them all the time…

Here’s a great list on how to eliminate toxins. Small changes in daily habits will slowly clean our environment. Just pick one today, and make a change:




Pregnancy: Infographic:

Top Toxins to Avoid If You’re Pregnant

3. Probiotics - capsules or liquid - These are helpful for all new moms for immune support. Choose one that guarantees a minimum of 15 billion bacteria per capsule, at least Lactobacillus and Bifidum strains, more if you can find it.  These can be taken for 1 to 6 months, or longer. If you had antibiotics or IV's during your birth, these are helpful for replacing your and your baby's beneficial gut flora and to combat yeast overabundance.  (Reading: Gut and Psychology, by Patricia McBride-Campbell

Top 10 Products Used by New Moms:

Top Ten Products Used by New Moms continued...

2.Nursing Tanks and Nursing Sleep Bras

Soft, super easy to nurse in and still stay a little covered.

Find them in two packs at Target, Inc.

As the first placenta encapsulation service provider in Southern Idaho, since 2009, Synergy Birth Services has prepared over 350 placentas for new mothers. Our passion is supporting women in that time of transition called Postpartum. However we engage moms while they are still pregnant and offer many support resources on pregnancy and labor. We love for women to be well informed about all aspects of having a baby.

Please contact Gretchen for more information.

Synergy Birth Services.LLC


1740 E Fairview Ave #81

Meridian, ID 83642

Phone: 208-968-3616


IThe rate of unintended pregnancy in the United States has declined to its lowest level in the last three decades.

The level in 2008 was 54 per 1,000 women and girls aged 15 to 44. By 2011, it was 45 per 1,000. Of the 6.1 million pregnancies in 2011, 2.8 million were unintended.

A recent analysis in The New England Journal of Medicine found variations in

Unplanned Pregnancies Hit Lowest Level in 30 Years

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rates of unintended pregnancy by income, race, ethnicity, education and age. But there were declines, some quite large, in almost every demographic group.

The rate among teenagers, for example, declined by 28 percent. The rate of all income groups dropped, with the largest decrease — 32 percent — among people with incomes at 100 percent to 199 percent of the poverty level.

The rate fell 28 percent among women who had not graduated from high school, 2 percent among high school graduates, 16 percent among women who had attended some college, and 14 percent among college graduates.

The rate for non-Hispanic whites and blacks went down 13 percent and 15 percent, and the figure among Hispanics declined by 26 percent.

Among religious groups, evangelical Protestants had the largest decline in unintended pregnancies — 27 percent. Mainline Protestants, Roman Catholics and the category “other religions” also had lower rates. Among women without religious affiliation, the rate of unintended pregnancy declined by 26 percent.

Still, 81 percent of pregnancies among women who were cohabiting were unintended in 2011, as were 75 percent of teenage pregnancies, 60 percent of those among women living below the poverty line, 50 percent of pregnancies among Hispanics and 64 percent among non-Hispanic blacks.

The authors of the new analysis concluded that it was unlikely that alterations in sexual behavior could explain the numbers. The incidence of sexual activity generally changes little among adults, and there was no change in these years in the number of teenagers reporting ever having sex.

Fluctuations in the composition of the population are also an unlikely explanation, because groups that are increasing — Hispanics, for example — have relatively high rates of unintended pregnancy.

“We hypothesize that changes in contraceptive use are driving the decline,” said the lead author of the report, Lawrence B. Finer, the director of domestic research at the Guttmacher Institute.

“The biggest change is women using some form of contraception, and a substantial shift toward the use of long-acting methods” like intrauterine devices and contraceptive patches.

On the whole, Dr. Finer said, the results are good news.

“This is the first substantial decline since we’ve been tracking it,” he said. “Whereas in the past we saw decreases among advantaged groups but increases among disadvantaged groups, now we’re seeing decreases across the board. Something broad-based is going on here.”













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