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Herbal Contraceptive Study /+/ Prenatal Sounds Study

How to Get Involved

Queen Anne's Lace, or Wild Carrot, is a plant that has been used for centuries as an herbal form of contraceptive. The "Mother of Queen Anne's Lace", Robin Bennett has crafted a couple studies herself on the use of QAL today, and I am attempting to follow in her steps and start a new study. If you are interested in learning more, participating in the study, have information to share on QAL use, etc. please e-mail me! There is an Eligibility Questionnaire/Health Intake form that needs to be filled out in order to see if you are able to participate.

Whether or not you can participate in the study, there are other ways to help!

+ Spread the word in mothering groups, birth professional groups, student midwifery groups, doula pages, blogs, etc. and try to recruit potential candidates for the study.

+ Donate to a "supplies donation jar" that will go to purchasing supplies (including the herb/tinctures, TCOYF book, etc.) for those who would like to participate but who are financially in need. **Donation button located below, will redirect you to Paypal**

+ Submit your past experiences with QAL in as much detail as you can (it would be great if you have charts!) to be put on record-- if you wish, they can be added to the book I am writing (anonymously or however you wish to be cited).

+ Do you have any other ideas on how to help or skills you can offer? Send me an e-mail and we'll brainstorm!

I am very excited to get this underway, and hope to have much success. Thank you for reaching out and desiring to take charge of your body, your reproduction, and your health! You are being welcomed into a long lineage of sisterhood and women's knowledge. QAL is not for everyone, but I hope that many women can create an intimate relationship with this special herb.

13 Moons of Matrescence is joining with Mama Oceana's Homo Delphinus Birth Project to put on a small-scale, volunteer-based, 'unofficial' study. Inspired by the work being done by the Sirius Institute of Hawai'i (http://www.planetpuna.com/) regarding prenatal maternal-fetal exposure to wild dolphin contact and the resulting birth outcomes and newborn behavior and characteristics, we are wanting to... see if there is any link between perhaps similar outcomes and prenatal in utero sound sessions.

These sound sessions would be done in the comfort of ones own home, on your schedule, using some sort of pregnancy belly headphones/speakers. Depending on what group you select to be a part of, these sessions will utilize dolphin and whale-song, general ocean sounds, or shamanic drumming compared to those in Control Group A (no sound sessions) and Control Group B (classical music, which has been studied some)-- this is for those mothers who cannot have in-person prenatal dolphin encounters.

>>> For more details on what you will be required to do as a participant, additional information on this study or the work of the Sirius Institute, please e-mail us at [email protected] 

>>> To apply to participate, please fill out and submit the form at this link: http://goo.gl/forms/byA63zgxSM