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31 health article submissions by the Mothering community.

Mama Monday: Loss Can Make Better Parents (Book Giveaway)

WINNER HAS BEEN CHOSEN: Stacey! Today, guest blogger Allison Gilbert, author of the new book Parentless Parents: How the Loss of Our Mothers and Fathers Impacts the Way We Raise Our Children, shares an excerpt from her book about how losing her parents has spurred her on to take a more proactive, less reactive role in her own self-care. Instead of waiting for others to surprise, spoil, wine, dine and fete her, she susses out what she needs and then MAKES IT HAPPEN. I’m inspired. I really am. We’re also giving away a copy of her book. Here’s her... read more

Grief And Loss Resources

This resource list intended to be a compilation of helpful MDC threads, Mothering articles and member-recommended website links dealing with grief and loss.  MDC Discussion Threads Remembering Our Loved Ones: A Memorial Mothering Articles The Art of Grieving Gracefully It Won't Hurt Forever: Guiding Your Child Through Trauma  Raging Grief The Life and Death of a Hurricane Grief Tea Accepting the Gift: Grief and Loss His Way  My Mother, Myself Charlotte's Grace (stillbirth) My Morning Glory (neonatal death) Helpful Website... read more

Miscarriage Grief

At 10 weeks, the day after Christmas, I found out that my baby had died at 8 weeks. I cannot believe how sad I feel. I have withdrawn from all family and friends except for my husband and children. I do not know how to deal with this grief. I don't know if it is worse because the pregnancy was not planned, and my husband did not want another baby. Despite the surprise he was coming around to accepting the baby. I was really happy to be pregnant and felt this baby would complete our family. Now I feel sad and hopeless because I know my husband won't try again. In fact he... read more

Living in Uncertainty

Whenever I watch the reality TV show Giuliana & Bill, I tell my husband: “Their lives parallel ours!” (Well, except for the minor details that they are rich, famous, and beautiful.) She wants to live in L.A. He wants to live in Chicago. They go back and forth. I want to live in L.A. Ron wants to live in D.C. This winter, we’re going back and forth. They are experiencing infertility. We are experiencing infertility. She is concerned about what the hormone medication might do to her body; so am I. I hope she hooks up with Pulling Down the Moon in Chicago. I’d love... read more

Remembering Baby Fox

One month ago today, a baby named Fox Elijah King was born to an awesome & radical couple, my friends April & Morgan.  April had a normal, healthy pregnancy, prioritizing an already-stretched budget to eat whole foods; she labored & delivered Fox naturally even though her birth was hard & fast.  He was lovingly welcomed, breastfed & kept intact.  He had a safe sleeping spot near his mama & was held constantly; embraced with an allegiance that can only come from a mother who was totally thrilled with his existence, a woman who studied motherhood to learn the... read more

The Art of Grieving Gracefully

Robbie Davis-Floyd’s Suggestions for Coping with Loss and PainBegun in January 2002, completed for the moment June 2005My daughter Peyton Elizabeth Floyd died as the result of a car accident in September 2000, four days before her 21st birthday. These are some of the things I learned from the experience of coping with this devastating loss. They begin with suggestions for the immediate period after a loved one’s death, and move on to the different coping methods I found useful over the long-term. At the end I include suggestions for what to say (and not to say) to those... read more

Raging Grief

By Kelly KilmerWeb Exclusive "Mama, my Grammy died." There is a brief pause. "Now she can't play with me anymore." My three-year-old daughter, Emma, looks up at me through thick eyelashes. "Are you crying, Mama?" I nod as I gather Emma in my arms and hold her tightly, trying to stem the flow of tears. "Honey, the doctors tried to make her better, but they couldn't. You know that Grammy will always be in your heart, though. Let's try to think of some fun things that you and Grammy used to do." As we sit on the couch and reminisce, my tears slowly dry, and we even laugh... read more

Dada Died

By Jill Ann Schwartz Web Exclusive This article is a reflection about my journey, with my son, through the first years of mourning the death of my beloved and my son's father. Each day, I am struck by the profoundness of our loss and the effort required of us to face the future. Primarily, I am a mother striving to create a safe haven of love and trust for my young child who was unprepared for letting go and grieving the death of his father. Simultaneously, I am, now, a woman in mourning, a single parent, and the family breadwinner. Prior, to the homebirth of our son,... read more

Regret and Circumcision

How do I live with the deep regret of having our son circumcised? He is almost 10-months-old now, and I am still struggling with this. Sadly, I did not find out the facts until it was too late.Of all the questions I'm asked, this one is the most difficult for me to answer because I have three circumcised sons. I believed the doctor who told me circumcision didn't hurt, only took a minute, and would protect my babies from terrible things that would befall them if they weren't circumcised. Many years later, as a nursing student, I witnessed a circumcision, which literally... read more

Death of Sibling

About two years ago our infant son passed away. My two older children were clearly affected. My son has autism and found his brother in the crib already gone. My daughter has since been paranoid about not having me around. At first, that meant coming downstairs every five minutes to make sure we were still there. It then spilled over to checking on us even from another room. Lately though, I was wondering why she is still doing this. We had another baby who is now four-months-old. Our son, Daniel, died at six-months-old. Things are clearly stressful in the house right... read more

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