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The Powerful Woman as Mother

The popular stereotype of woman suggests that she is easily influenced by the opinions of others and victimized by her role as a mother. This tired stereotype of mother as victim does not match the experience of real mothers. A woman is transformed by the experience of becoming a mother. Mothering unlocks in her an instinctual intelligence that generates confidence in her own authority. Inevitably, this increased confidence changes her relationship with others. Not wanting to be dominated by others is a legacy of the new mother because in becoming a mother a woman... read more

Facebook: Breastfeeding is Normal

Yesterday, I got an email from Melinda Olson at Earth Mama Angel Baby (EMAB). She was outraged at a warning from Facebook that one of the breastfeeding photos on the EMAB page violated their terms of use, which prohibit nudity. We’ve heard this same story over and over again from breastfeeding mothers, and in fact, there have already been several Facebook uprisings about this policy and even demonstrations at Facebook headquarters in downtown Palo Alto, California. It’s unfortunate that Facebook does not have the courage to change their policy and recognize... read more

HPV Vaccine

For those of you who want to know more about the HPV vaccine, you may want to order the audio of the NVIC presentation, “Gardasil Vaccine: Informed Consent?” by Diane Harper, MD, MPH, MS. Harper has worked in all aspects of HPV associated diseases, specifically cervical cancer prevention. She is the leading international expert on HPV vaccines and has worked with both Merck and GSK to develop Gardasil and Cervarix. Before Harald zur Hausen identified HPV as the cause of cervical cancer in 1976, it was the most common cancer in the world, with a rate of 50 cases per... read more

Three New Vaccine Books

Vaccine Illusion: How Vaccination Compromises Our Natural Immunity And What We Can Do To Regain Our Health by Tetyana Obukhanych, PhD is unusual in that it is written by an immunologist trained in mainstream biomedical research. Obukhanych was at first enthusiastic about vaccinations and now considers them to be deceptive. Currently, she educates other parents on natural immunity in her local birth community. Chapters include: Natural Immunity to Tetanus — What a Surprise; False Proof of Immunity; Playing Russian Roulette with Flu Shots; and Why Homeopathy is Better... read more

The Connected Baby

We’re streaming the connected baby exclusively on Mothering.com from Tuesday, February 28 through Thursday, March 1. This fascinating film illustrates the fact that babies come into the world already able to communicate. Contrary to the outdated notion that a baby’s movements are just random firings of reflexes, in fact, 76% of his or her movements are perceptually controlled. Infants direct their own bodies. the connected baby shows how outrageously expressive are an infant’s hands, how each hand works in rhythm with the other and how the infant’s movements are... read more

Hurricane Irene and Emergency Breastfeeding

Fortunately, I have never had to evacuate during a natural disaster though I came close this summer when one of the New Mexico wildfires burned less than 10 miles from my home. I did, however, have to consider what I would take with me if I had to leave the house suddenly and concluded that the only things irreplaceable were the family photographs. Photos were also one of the Four Ps evacuation experts suggested we take during our fire season this year: Photos, Papers, Pets, and Prescriptions. If you’re the mom of a baby, an emergency is a time when you are especially... read more

We Need More Midwives

  Our beloved Ina May Gaskin, midwifery pioneer, was interviewed by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now Monday, March 19th. Ina May is alarmed about the rising rate of maternal and infant mortality in the US. According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention ( CDC ) US infant and maternal mortality failed to improve between 2000 to 2005. This plateau represents the first time since the 1950s that infant mortality has seen no improvement. Ina May started The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project to commemorate the US mothers who have died in childbirth. WHAT IS A MIDWIFE? The word... read more

Sunday Dinner: Brown Rice, Chicken and Chorizo

Family dinners were an important part of our lives when my children were growing up and are still now whenever we get together. Eating together is especially important with teenagers and I always insisted that my teens be home for Sunday dinner. That meant that my children’s friends often joined us and I liked it that way; I was often cooking for ten and still can’t get out of the habit! Research, of course, supports the value of family dinners. Just eating together as a family can improve the behavior of your children, their grades, and their language skills as well... read more

Breastfeeding Champion: Marsha Walker

Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC, is a longtime breastfeeding advocate. She is the executive director of the National Alliance for Breastfeeding Advocacy, Research, Education and Legal Branch (NABA REAL). NABA REAL is responsible for monitoring the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes in the US, and Walker has written both US reports on Code-monitoring activities, “Selling Out Mothers and Babies” and “Still Selling Out Mothers and Babies.” Walker began her advocacy work as a volunteer breastfeeding counselor with the Nursing Mother’s Council in California... read more

The Autism Epidemic

Photo of Timmy and Emmy Conroy of Boulder, Colorado by Julia Vandenoever Just last week, the CDC announced a new estimate of the number of children identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): 1 in 88. This is up from the CDC’s 2007 estimate of 1 in 150. According to the CDC, the estimated prevalence of ASDs increased 78% from 2002 to 2008. Five times as many boys as girls are diagnosed with ASD: 1 in 54 for boys; 1 in 252 for girls. According to Mark Blaxill of Safe Minds, the rate of ASD in some states is 1 in 50. Utah, for example has a rate of 1 in 47; New... read more

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