James Goodlatte
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James Goodlatte

Fit For Birth

James Goodlatte is a Pre & Post Natal Holistic Health Coach whose passion is to heal families by inspiring the use of natural methods and by building a team of fitness & health professionals to reduce infertility, avoid mechanized childbirth, and lower chronic disease in our infants. He is the founder of Fit For Birth, Inc. His articles have been published in a dozen languages and have sparked contact from Pre & Post Natal women as well as health professionals in over 150 countries.



Latest by James Goodlatte

  • Healing Back Pain Through Breathing

    As you exhale, draw your navel in. (Henry Chan/The Epoch Times)

    One of the simplest and most underused techniques for reducing low back pain is deep diaphragmatic breathing. Low back pain is estimated to affect between 80 and 95 percent of the population at some point in their lives. There are numerous possibilities why back pains develop, and our ability to use our diaphragm effectively plays a central role.

    The diaphragm muscle rests just below the lungs and, like other muscles, it contracts to cause movement and can become weak when underused.

    Even though the diaphragm is suppose to be the primary muscle for breathing, many people are unknowingly “chest breathers.”  Chest breathers habitually under use their diaphragm and over use secondary breathing muscles, like those in the neck and the …


  • When in Doubt, Leave Soy Out

    Are soy products healthy or not? The debate continues. (Credit: Cat Rooney/The Epoch Times)

    Do you eat soy for all its health benefits? The aisles of many health food grocers can sometimes seem like shrines dedicated to tofu, soymilk, soy bars, and more. Perhaps more than any other health food, soy is marketed as the healthiest new food product in the new millennium. But contrary to common belief, there are many potentially detrimental health problems associated with soy.

    A lot of media attention has highlighted the benefits of soy, however, much of the research backing those claims have been funded by soy manufacturers, and therefore it is important to consider other points of view when it comes to whether soy is beneficial or not.
     
    Certified clinical nutritionist Carol Simontacchi reports in her book Crazy …


  • Getting Pregnant: 10 Ways to Increase Chances of Conception

    These days, conception is tougher than ever, but there are a handful of lifestyle factors that can help if implemented. (Photos.com)

    Getting pregnant in today’s world can be tougher than ever. Stressful lifestyle factors are making it more difficult to conceive than at any point in history. A 2007 Newsweek article calls infertility a “common problem, besetting an estimated six million American couples.” One study of over 18,000 women found “one in six women had trouble getting pregnant.”

    A few common daily habits may work against a healthy quick conception. To speed up conception and increased chances of having a healthy baby, there are a handful of lifestyle factors to be considered before taking a trip to the fertility doctor.

    Listed here are ten facts that can be used to reduce the effects of stress, build a healthier body, and conceive …


  • A Mother’s Emotions Affect Her Unborn Child

    How a mother feels and handles stress during pregnancy will affect the baby both psychologically and physically. (Cat Rooney/The Epoch Times)?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    Experts and evidence suggest that positive thinking can shape the body, heal internally, and even nurture a healthier child during pregnancy.

    A pregnant woman’s thoughts have a physical connection to her unborn child. “Everything the pregnant mother feels and thinks is communicated through neurohormones to her unborn child, just as surely as are alcohol and nicotine,” states Dr. Thomas Verny whose books, professional publications, and founding of the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH) and Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, have established him as one of the world’s leading authorities on the effects of prenatal environment on personality development.

    Medical dictionaries define emotion as a mental and physical state, referring to the hormones and …


  • Healing Your Body After Birth

    New moms can avoid a variety of pains by reactivating muscles that were weakened during pregnancy, such as the core muscles. (Dereje Belachew/Photos.com)

    The benefits of postpartum exercise are numerous, but a new kind of exercise may soon be the top choice for new moms. That choice is corrective exercise, which means using the right muscles for the right job.

    There are a few muscle imbalances or misalignments that nearly every new mom will have. How fast she rebalances her alignment determines how many aches and pains she’ll develop as she adapts to carrying a rapidly growing infant

    The first three imbalances involve the use of her core, hips, and muscles around the shoulder blades. After months of pregnancy and then birth, these muscles are not working well. This can manifest itself through a variety of pains in the back, knees, neck, hip, …


  • Mental Imagery and Pregnancy

    Just as high-level athletes can improve their performance through visualization, a pregnant mother can improve the outcome of her labor. (Photos.com)

    Whether it’s called visualization, mental imagery, mental practice, or mental rehearsal, research for nearly a century has proven conclusively that “if you’ve been there in the mind, you’ll go there in the body.” Though this rings true in a vast spectrum of activities, from sports performance and self-defense to improving leadership and childbirth, it seems that today’s pregnant woman is often left in the dark when it comes to employing the power of mental imagery.

    More and more childbirth books have begun incorporating “the power of mental imagery and visualization,” as Suzanne Arms calls it in “Immaculate Deception II: A Fresh Look at Childbirth.” She quotes studies showing that athletes “who did the least amount of physical training and the …


  • Pregnant Dehydrated Moms Put Babies at Risk

    Pregnant women need to stress adequate hydration. (Photos.com)

    During pregnancy, water may be most underutilized nutrient. After conception, water demands increase since the infant’s cells divide and mom’s blood volume increases. With thirst an unreliable indicator, symptoms of dehydration so vague, and drinks that may dehydrate, every pregnant woman needs to increase her fluid intake.

    Kristen Montgomery, Ph.D., RN, writes in the Journal of Perinatal Education, “Pregnant and breastfeeding women should be encouraged to increase their intake of water and other fluids to meet their bodies’ needs … in order to support fetal circulation, amniotic fluid, and higher blood volume.”

    Dehydration is a signal that water is unavailable for other body processes. For example, according to AmericanPregnancy.org, maternal dehydration is a cause of low amniotic fluid. The site …


  • An Integrated Approach to Pregnancy Wellness

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    Wellness: Being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate intention.

    Integrated: Achieving a harmonious interrelated whole by coordinating separate elements.

    Despite living in an age that demands quick answers and a pill-popping approach, the synergistic combination of basic wellness factors may prove more effective for healing our mothers-to-be and their unborn children. 

    Pregnancy offers a unique opportunity for re-establishing wellness.  There are three unsettling trends in the modern world of baby-making.

    One, many couples cannot get pregnant.  Infertility is defined as the inability for a couple to conceive after trying to do so for longer than one year.  The U.S. infertility rate is one in eight, according to “Reduce Chemicals to Increase Fertility” on WebMD.  Other …


  • Fun Family Fitness Ideas for the Holidays

    During the winter months, don't just stay indoors and sip hot chocolate, get outside and get fit with the whole family. (Photos.com)

    Finding fun ways to exercise and bond with the kids during the holidays is an easy an inexpensive way to give the gift of love, attention, and endorsement of a healthy lifestyle. To begin, get bundled up and ready to brave the winter snow. There is something for all fitness levels.

     

    Snow Man Building (Beginner)

    In case anyone out there is unsure how to make a snowman: each family member packs a bunch of snow into a ball. Then you begin rolling that ball through the snow, picking up more and more size until you reach your goal. For an extra workout, roll fast and keep rolling until the base is taller than your child! Stack the snow-boulders three …


  • Top Five Gifts For The Newly Postpartum Family

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    If someone dear to you is having a baby or has just had a baby, chances are that you’ll give her a gift. Perhaps you wonder how to make your gift one that counts. 

    As a fiscally minded father of three little ones, I can provide some particular gift-giving insight. 

    “What will the young couple need when the little one arrives?” The answer in short is loving support and time. 

    For the entirety of human history, the proverbial “village” provided both of these commodities. Support came from grandmas and aunts who were willing to stay up at night with the new mom and help and guide her in how to care for her newborn. 

    The village also provided a means …


  • A Laboring Woman Overcomes Trauma From Past Sexual Abuse

    Names have been changed to protect the identity of the laboring mother. 

    Student Midwife Dana Gordon enters a small cottage birthing home and instantly knows something is wrong.  She has been asked to sit in with a woman whose birth is being hindered.  Across the room is a young woman on her hands and knees.  Dana senses that this woman’s body position reveals a difficult internal state; an emotional pain beyond typical labor.  Having dilated only three centimeters, Dana senses that this woman is dealing with more than just childbirth.  This woman is not simply giving birth; she is facing and reliving physical and emotional trauma from years ago that is now affecting her birthing. 

    As a midwife, Dana has …


  • Healing Your Body After Birth

    New moms can avoid a variety of pains by reactivating muscles that were weakened during pregnancy, such as the core muscles. (Dereje Belachew/Photos.com)

    The benefits of postpartum exercise are numerous, but a new kind of exercise may soon be the top choice for new moms. That choice is corrective exercise, which means using the right muscles for the right job.

    There are a few muscle imbalances or misalignments that nearly every new mom will have. How fast she rebalances her alignment determines how many aches and pains she’ll develop as she adapts to carrying a rapidly growing infant

    The first three imbalances involve the use of her core, hips, and muscles around the shoulder blades. After months of pregnancy and then birth, these muscles are not working well. This can manifest itself through a variety of pains in the back, knees, neck, hip, …


  • An Integrated Approach to Pregnancy Wellness

    Wellness: Being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate intention.

    Integrated: Achieving a harmonious interrelated whole by coordinating separate elements.

    Despite living in an age that demands quick answers and a pill-popping approach, the synergistic combination of basic wellness factors may prove more effective for healing our mothers-to-be and their unborn children. 

    Pregnancy offers a unique opportunity for re-establishing wellness.  There are three unsettling trends in the modern world of baby-making. 

    One, many couples cannot get pregnant.  Infertility is defined as the inability for a couple to conceive after trying to do so for longer than one year.  The U.S. infertility rate is one in eight, according to “Reduce Chemicals to Increase Fertility” on WebMD.  …



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