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Is Natural Birth in the Hospital Really Possible? There is this fallacy out there that to have a natural birth you must be outside of the hospital. I hate this, and not just because my first birth (and first natural birth) was in a wonderful hospital. I dislike this idea because all by itself it discourages women from even trying to have the birth they want ...  Continue Reading
Modeling Acceptance I write young adult novels, and in the writing community, there is an ongoing discussion about needing more diversity in the books that are published for children. A lot of these discussions have informed more than just my writing.  Continue Reading
Breastfeeding is the Bomb: Here Breast milk is beyond science. We have yet to fully understand it, and we will certainly never reproduce its equal in a laboratory. It is a mystery, like quantum physics and black holes and the appeal of Bikram yoga. I get a bit fired up about breast milk.  Continue Reading
6 Healing Steps to Process a Traumatic Birth Some people say ‘healthy baby, healthy mama’ is enough when it comes to a birth. For me, that is not enough. Yes, the “destination” is imperative, but the journey matters, too. It is possible to both celebrate an amazing new life and mourn the journey it took to get there at the same time.  Continue Reading
5 Out-of-the-Box Ways to Make Your Child "LISTEN!!!" One of the most frequent questions I get is, How do I get my child to listen to me? What lingers in the roots just beneath this question is, How do I get her to respect me? The two are intimately entwined. As so often happens with Life’s sticky questions, sometimes we can unstick things a bit by ...  Continue Reading
Lowering the Bar. At Least for Today. There are days I feel totally and completely incompetent. Take today for instance. My bedroom floor is littered with toys, books, and clothes. There are far too many water glasses on my dresser. My kitchen is messy and all of my daughter’s cloth diapers are dirty, so she’s in a disposable.  Continue Reading

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