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#1 of 8 Old 10-06-2017, 08:24 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Fifteen Years!

Forty-one years ago I bought my first Mothering magazine at the little mom'n'pop health food store in town.

In addition to the mom'n'pop health food stores, today there are chains of health food stores across the nation, and regular supermarkets carry organic produce. Most cities have a farmers' market and vitamins and many alternative treatments are mainstream or are respectable.

Homebirth, breastfeeding, and del/sel/non-vaccinating are hotly debated and a reality. Going to a chiropractor is fine. Yoga classes are everywhere.

I found this website in the summer of 2002 when my son set up our computer to be online with the screeching dial-up. I read through it enjoying every thread and post. I am now a proud member for fifteen years!

While the magazine has gone out of print and is now online and traffic here on the forums has slowed quite a bit, I am happy to have found this place and watched it grow and mature.

How about you? What brought you here and why have you stayed or returned?
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"Vaccines are like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get - acute hemorrhagic edema of infancy, allergies, diabetes, eczema, petit/gran mal seizures, ADEM, AFP, ASIA, CFS, GBS, JPA, JRA, LGS, LKS, MS, POF, POTS, RA, SJS, SLE, SPD, TPI, Henoch-Schonlein purpua, fibromyalgia, Retts Syndrome, encephalitis, Hughes Syndrome, neurological damage, coma, or death."

~paraphrased from "Forrest Gump"~
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Eight (I think) years ago I watched a documentary series called 'Bringing Up Baby' which compared three different styles of parenting. One of them was continuum concept parenting and it immediately struck a chord with me. I bought and read the book and then started looking for a community of likeminded people. A few google searches lead me here.

I stay because I enjoy the little insights into the lives of people who have vastly different experiences, attitudes etc and because I still learn a lot from reading various posts. And because it's nice to have a safe space.


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12 years ago a great doula came into my life. I was only weeks away from having #1 and I wanted a natural birth. She gave me a Mothering mag. I found my people. I miss the mag so very much.

MDC - I only started coming here more after the mag ended. Why do I stay? I don't know any more.
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Thank you, katelove and Nazsmum. I have learned much from many people here.

I could be wrong, and it would not be the first nor the last time, but I do believe I have something to offer. I grew up in the 1950s and I was born to a chiropractor father and a housewife mother at home. I recall people asking my parents if they could not afford the hospital! Now the reverse is true since having a baby at home is more expensive, most often not covered by insurance - actually having a baby at home does cost less, but since the money is all ready spent on insurance, most people will use what their insurance will cover. In those days, the mother spent a week in the hospital, getting plenty of rest before coming home. Many women looked forward to being waited on in the hospital. Of course, that scenario also jeopardized the breastfeeding routine as women did not have emotional support in that first week for establishing breastfeeding with their new little one. Today, women are sent home 48-72 hours after birth with little support for anything.

My family tried mostly to follow a very raw vegan diet back when Americans were meat and potato types. It was not easy.

I recall exercising with Jack LaLanne on television.

I did yoga - the lotus squat and a headstand, later the backbend.

LLLI was established in 1956 after a Catholic parish picnic with several wives of professional men, medical doctors. (Marian Tompson, Mary White, Mary Ann Cahill, Edwina Froehlich, Mary Ann Kerwin, Viola Lennon, and Betty Wagner.) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Leche_League The wives all breastfed and discussed how it would be a wonderful thing if all new mothers could have a group to reach out to for help and support since many women after WW2 had moved with their husbands for the military or for new jobs away from their families and had little help for breastfeeding or any other babyhood concerns - this is why pediatricians became such a widespread profession after WW2 as they provided the support and were trained, certified, licensed authorities for child health. However, pediatricians pushed baby formula and shots, in addition to the monitoring babies' growth and development. Dr. Robert Mendelsohn often said that ONE GRANDMOTHER = two pediatricians. The growth pattern charts pediatricians used never took into account heredity factors, so a small baby of small parents was subjected to the percentiles of the pediatric charts.

Pediatricians served to refer children to specialists as allergists, surgeons for tonsillectomies, dermatologists for eczema, neurologists, psychologists, and other specialists.

Babies were fed solid food in the first month, in addition to cow's milk and juices. Now solid food is delayed as much as a year.

Cloth diapering is an unusual practice, but still worth it.

Doulas and midwives are a routine in many maternity wards. Fathers participate if they wish. Childbirth classes are offered in most hospitals.

And over three years ago, mothering.com forums had its biggest day ever with 499,755 participants at one time on this forum. Today at this moment, there are 19 members and 12,569 guests on line. Times change. Other websites take our time now.
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Oh dear- what landed me here? I'm not sure I remember. I've been through a couple crashes, a website or 2 that changed, some drama, more drama, changes, slow downs, speed up along with comings and goings during my time here. I was probably seeking people who understood 'gifted' kids, single parents or something along those lines. Individuals who understood there were choices and people who made those choices weren't necessarily outcasts but making the best decisions they could at the time with the information available.
My kid is almost an adult, this place feels like home.
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lost the connexion earlier in the day ... and my longish post ...

18 years ago an American expat Mom i met up at my first ever LLL meeting gave me a few issues of Mothering magazine
i just HAD to have subscription, despite the postage cost ...
was not using the computer much then so it's only about 8 years later that i started browsing the forum, didn't post for a whole year but learned so much anyway !
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What brought me here....Hmmmmm... 10 years ago I was a young expat with a hippie bent thinking about starting a family. I'm not sure how I found mothering (probably through googling something). I loved the energy of the place. The vibrant discussions the dramatic disagreements and how "Talk Amongst Ourselves" (TAO) threads came up so quickly. If you didn't check them at least once a day, you would be left behind.

There was so much to read and so much to learn. To me it's sad that time has past. Everything moves so slowly here now.

I'm back in my own country and we have four kids now. I'm a lactation consultant and a midwife - things that mothering.com in some ways helped shape the path toward. And for that reason, I return every so often out of a sense of nostalgia. It always makes me so, so, sad though...
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I found it 10 yrs ago after the birth of my baby. I really wish I had looked for help before I gave birth. But that's a different story. I probably was searching for colic or some or the other issue, possibly breast feeding and landed up here. I've received good advice and different perspectives, except once when someone was obnoxious and rude and I had to block her out.
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