My ideal birth….

Natalie and I are taking HypnoBirthing classes to prepare for the arrival of our first born son, Sol.  HypnoBirthing is a method of self or Birthing Partner induced hypnosis, that removes your mind from pain and discomfort .  One of our exercises was to envision what we think would be the perfect birthing experience.  So here goes….
I would like Natalie’s labor to be natural, not induced.  And it would be nice to transport to the birthing center without too much discomfort.  Hopefully Sol will be born at Sutter Birthing Center.  I envision Natalie relaxing in a tub while she is in the first stage, practicing big balloon breaths.  At this point I would be preparing the room and completing any paperwork that needs to be done.  As she enters stage 2 and begins her “J” breaths, she gets  on her hands and knees and allows her body to instinctually push Sol out.  I envision myself receiving my newborn son and saying a prayer over him, after which I immediately place him on his mothers chest.
After the appropriate time, I say another prayer and then cut the umbilical cord.  Sol is then cleaned and given back to Natalie and I who are now located in the bed.
At no time during the delivery is Natalie put under any medication or epidural.  The birth will be completely natural and will happen in perfect timing.  Our son will not rip or hurt his momma.  At no time will Natalie or I be made to feel dis-empowered or scared, and we will not be separated during the whole experience, from each other or Sol.  I will remain aware and near at all times, an active participant in the birth.
After Sol arrives, we will all 3 be left alone to meet and connect for the first time.  Sol will immediately begin breastfeeding earnestly and easily.  Natalie and I will have our celebration meal with our son present, and then when all is good we will leave and begin our lives together.

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Baby Cardona Blog

If you are interested in how Sol is coming along please check out our baby blog.  We are updating it pretty regularly.
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WAMMFEST 2008!

Join us for the best Grass Roots political party in town!  Music – Politik – Poetry – Games – and fun for the family!  Everyone is Welcome!
Noon to 5pm
Saturday September 27th 2008
San Lorenzo Park
Duck Island
Santa Cruz, CA
Suggested donation: $4.20

Valerie Leveroni Corral
Mike Corral
The Sensory Tinge
The Rubber Souls
Michael O.
Robert Holdrige
The Mojo Navigators

for more info: WAMM.org

Council OKs smoking pot in WAMM tent – From The Santa Cruz Sentinel

SANTA CRUZ – Medical marijuana patients will once again be allowed to smoke dope in San Lorenzo Park this Saturday, after city leaders temporarily lifted a smoking ban to allow for a festival celebrating the medicinal herb.

The decision came after testimony from more than 20 patients who reasoned and pleaded with the Santa Cruz City Council to allow them to inhale their medication while partaking in Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana’s annual WAMMfest. Some accused council members of growing old and more conservative, while others said Santa Cruz was losing both its compassion and its weirdness.

“Do not Carmel-ize Santa Cruz,” said Valerie Corral, co-founder of WAMM.

The catch, however, is that the ban was not lifted for the entire park. Instead, those with a medical marijuana identification card only will be allowed to smoke inside a tent designated for that purpose.

“I think it’s good. I think it’s a good compromise,” said WAMM co-founder Mike Corral.

The arrangement is not much different from previous years, where a tent was provided for medical marijuana patients but recreational tokers still smoked up on the lawn.

However, Sean Wharton, a WAMM patient who will double as a security guard at the festival, said he will speak with anyone this year who lights up on the grass.

“I would really like this to happen in the way it has in the past, and I will look for people smoking outside the smoking tent,” Wharton said.

Council members approved the proposal on a 5-1 vote, with Councilwoman Lynn Robinson voting against the measure and Mayor Ryan Coonerty absent.

Robinson said she does not like making exceptions to rules that the city requires everyone else to follow.

“The onus is on the organizers to work within our parameters and not ask our staff to look the other way,” Robinson said.

The issue arose two weeks ago after WAMM requested an exception to the city’s ban on smoking in San Lorenzo Park so its 200 patients could attend WAMMfest and breathe in their drug of choice.

With Councilman Tony Madrigal sick, the City Council split the vote 3-3. All council members voiced their support for medical marijuana, but not all were crazy about granting an exception to city rules for a festival celebrating drugs that are illegal without a prescription, fearing it could draw recreational tokers.

The tie vote pushed the issue onto Tuesday’s agenda, but with Coonerty scheduled to be away, many assumed the vote would split again and no smoking would be allowed. Ed Porter, Cynthia Mathews and Robinson all had voted against lifting the ban.

Porter ended up proposing the compromise that lifted the smoking ban only in the patient tent.

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Thanks to Genevieve Bookwalter & The Santa Cruz Sentinel for this article which I have printed at length.

Introducing the world to Lauren Elizabeth Lindsay!

My family is growing quickly!  My cousin Amanda is having a baby girl!  Her name is Lauren Elizabeth Lindsay.  I also pray protection and inspiration over her life!

Introducing the world to Harper Croix Ragains!

My sister is having a baby boy!  His name is Harper Croix Ragains.  This is his ultrasound picture.  I send out a prayer of inspiration, protection, and passionate wisdom over his life!

7 Week Old Fetus

By the end of the seventh week of pregnancy, the fetus has a vertebral column, a bony jaw and clavicle, a primitive cranium, ribs, femur, tibia, palate, upper jaw, developing nervous system, a closed circulatory system with a working heart, developing eyes,ears, and nose, lungs, arms, legs, hands, feet, a pancreas, a bladder, kidneys, a tongue, a larynx, a thyroid body, germs of teeth, and the beginnings of muscles.

Thanks to bellsouthpwp.net/m/a/maryb683/marybrown/6-7wkfetus.htm for the info.

Marijuana and Hemp Knowledge

Check out these great links regarding Marijuana, Hemp, and the liberalization and legalization of both.

MedicalMarijuanaPatient
Brett and Kari are amazing people with first hand knowledge of the life saving and changing benefits of medical cannabis.  Their website is truly a wealth of information regarding medicinal marijuana.

US Hemp Co
This company makes world class hemp surfboards and great clothes.  Exciting and Revolutionary!  Industry changing.

US Hemp Museum
An unbelievably thorough account of all things hemp.  This is the digital remains of a once physical museum. 

Hemp is coming back in a strong way and these websites help promote awareness, responsibility, and benefit to everyone from all parts of the cannabis plant.  So check em out…

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