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Thoughtful Preparation for a Natural Birth

Birth is as always a profound experience. The veil between the worlds is at its finest. A woman’s eyes roll back in her head as she surrenders to the deepest release and births her newborn onto planet earth. I was honored to attend the labor and birth of my sister’s first born son on Saturday, March 12, 2011. My sister prepared deeply for birth. She meditated. She prayed. She attended a three-week journey in Mexcio with a midwife who taught about herbs, plants and traditions for healing. She read Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth and Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful... read more

Choice: On marketing and freebies

Let me start by saying that I support a person’s right to choose to do what they wish with their own body. Period. I know that unless I support a person’s right of choice, that I can’t expect my own right to choose to be supported. Especially when these choices are controversial. This means that I support your right to do any manner of things. You wish to do drugs, go ahead. (Yes, I think they should be legal, but that is another post, for another day.) You want to have an elective c-section, fine. Breastfeed, great.  Not breastfeed, yes, even that.  Ultimately, the... read more

Breastfeeding VS. Sears

I’m not sure why it took me so long to get good photos done of my son & myself but he will be 3 in May & I finally got some beautiful pictures taken just before Christmas this year.  I never did professional photos when he was born; I was too busy bucking mainstream mom stuff I suppose, but now I wish I had.  My mom gave me a gift card to a Sears Portrait Studio last Christmas & I was excited to get some good pictures of my son; I gave him his first legit haircut recently & he has gotten taller so he is looking very much like a child instead of a baby these days–a... read more

A la Mama Giveaway: Hugga Buns One-Size Cloth AIO Diaper with Hemp Insert, Plus Bamboo Rainbow Prefold!

Hello, lovely mamas. Welcome to A la Mama’s latest giveaway. This diaper, from the Maine Diaper Company, is a Hugga Buns One-Size AIO diaper which comes with a one-size snap-in microfiber insert. Color: Sprout. I’m also giving away the most divine prefold: a Hugga Buns bamboo prefold with rainbow serging. It’s so unbelievably soft, with a fleecy texture…if it were a little bigger I’d decide to use it as my very own security blanket–which would make me look quite eccentric in public, but I think it would be worth it. The Maine Diaper Company... read more

Taking the World by Scowl

When Leone emerged into the world in a rush of amniotic fluid she was scowling. James saw a frown on her upside down face even before her body came out. It was as if she were saying, “What is this place? Where am I? What am I doing here?”James imitating Leone's frown as she was being born Now that she’s three months old she often has frown lines on her brow. She’s not a fussy baby. In fact, she barely cries. On Sunday I took her to a parent meeting and she spent the two hours smiling, cooing, and drooling. But she still scowls at the world and often looks serious.... read more

Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum Nurse-In Draws Large Crowd

February 21, 2011By Jessica Claire Haney On Saturday, February 12, an estimated 150 nursing mothers and their supporters came together for a two-hour nurse-in at the Hirshhorn Museum, part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. Organized by LJ Fletcher Pelham in response to an experience her friend had at the museum. The event celebrated women’s rights to breastfeed in public with a positive spirit of community. On January 30, Norika Aita was nursing her 11-month-old daughter, Elaine, on a bench near an escalator in the museum when a security guard told... read more

Breastfeeding Under the Trees, June 1939

I am always amazed by the pictures I find of mothers in the 1930s and 40s who breastfed; I'm obsessed with them, really. Although formula was readily available then, poor farming mothers most always breastfed their babies as opposed to feeding them in a way that was expensive and I hazard to say...unnatural. Here's a mother breastfeeding her daughter under the trees in Wagoner County, Oklahoma. The picture was taken in June 1939. This is a wife and child of an itinerant cane furniture maker and agricultural day laborer. One satisfied baby. read more

Car Trips With Cloth Diapers

We’re on our way back to Ashland. It seems to be raining all over the state of Oregon. This is the first car trip we’ve taken since the baby was born with the whole family, and we’ve used cloth diapers and EC the whole time. It’s not very hard to road trip with cloth diapers. It’s been so easy, in fact, that I honestly don’t understand why most of us (including myself before this baby was born) believe it’s impossible. Unlike with airplane travel, you don’t need to be super organized on a car trip. Throw your bags, a bunch of diapers, a... read more

Real Men Wear Skirts, Change Diapers, Don't Smoke?

From the blog Sociological Images: "Reflecting the expectation that it is women who will do the majority of the child care, men’s bathrooms frequently do not have baby changing tables. This particular bathroom at the Baltimore airport, however, is an exception. Notice anything odd?" (Hint: look at the bottom.) read more

Mom in the driver's seat?

A new study finds that "mothers play an important role in determining how much fathers get involved in taking care of their infants": A study of 97 couples found that fathers were more involved in the day-to-day care of their infants when they received active encouragement from their wife or partner. In fact, this encouragement was important even after taking into account fathers' and mothers' views about how involved dads should be, the overall quality of the couple's parenting relationship, and how much mothers worked outside the home. In addition,... read more

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