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What articles and features of Mothering issue #162 did you enjoy?

  • A Quiet Place: The Examined Life

    Votes: 10 18.5%
  • Your Letters

    Votes: 13 24.1%
  • What's Kickin'? News you won't get anywhere else

    Votes: 5 9.3%
  • The Art of Mothering: There's a New Dad in Town

    Votes: 20 37.0%
  • Candy Experiments

    Votes: 8 14.8%
  • Do it Yourself Birth

    Votes: 31 57.4%
  • What about complications? Unassisted laborers share their experiences

    Votes: 21 38.9%
  • Name That Baby!

    Votes: 3 5.6%
  • Breastfeeding Beats the Blues

    Votes: 25 46.3%
  • If a Mom You Know is Depressed

    Votes: 9 16.7%
  • Protein Power for Pregnancy

    Votes: 12 22.2%
  • Strokes of Genius

    Votes: 1 1.9%
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<i>Mothering</i> would like your opinion on the articles you enjoyed most in the September-October 2010 issue #162 of <i>Mothering</i> Magazine. Please vote for the articles you enjoyed in issue #162. Feel free to post your input about the articles as well as other things you might like to share about issue #162. Thanks<br><br>
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Two things<br><br>
1-I miss Living Treasure I always go to that part first and I miss it.<br><br>
2-I hope someone tells Victoria Chisholm about the great story you did on KANGAROO CARE.
 

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Not so patiently waiting....I can't wait for my first issue!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I shared the "New Dad in Town" article with DH and he liked it so much he brought it up in discussion with a friend of ours who is a new dad. I would love to read/share more articles that include men in the art of mothering!<br><br>
Loved the short article on lesbian mamas, too.
 

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Wow! How is it that Mothering sometimes reads my mind, this has happened on 3 occasions, and they really stand out in my memory. With this issue it's a "Quiet Place", it's funny how little coincidences will happen in our lives, yet they mean so much!! I just resubscribed to Mothering, after being without it for about 9 month to a year. I also just switched my major in school to a double major of Philosophy and History, and in my History class right now I'm working on a project about Socrates, and I love his quote "The unexamined life is not worth living." Since I read this quote by him and have been reading about his philosophy, I can really relate to it (I'm actually thinking of getting that quote tattooed on me along with a bunch of other quotes that are very meaningful to me.) It was such a wonderful/funny coincidence, to me, that the first article I started to read was Peggy's article, and there's Socrates quote, along with an explanation of it, followed by a wonderful article that I can totally relate. This is the reason why I subscribe to Mothering, and why I'm now a supporting member of the Mothering Community. Thanks Mothering!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 
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I loved the Do It Yourself Birth, and the New Dad in Town. Both were well written and brought a smile to my face. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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What I *loved*--I actually gave this issue to our local LLL Leader so she could read the article on PPD. I really loved how it addressed helping the mother with OTHER THINGS like housework, the other kids, maybe watching the baby when baby is not hungry so mom can shower, things like that. It was *right on*, the FIRST thing most people do is tell the mom that it's OK to supplement or to quit breastfeeding. ABSOLUTELY should ask the MOM what SHE wants to do and help make that happen!<br><br>
What I did *not* love.<br><br>
I'm not anti-pumping WHEN NECESSARY...but I was very surprised to see an article IN MOTHERING where it's mentioned so that Dad can feed the baby too. Seriously?<br>
My DH is an involved dad, even with his newborn babies. Other than helping me supplement with a dropper when I was working with DS2 on nursing, he has *never* fed one of our babies until they started solid food.<br>
What DOES he do? He's changed diapers. He talks to them and gets them to smile and talk back. He knows what toys they like because he tries out different ones. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> He burps. He walks. He probably *could* do baths...however, one of MY favorite things to do is bathe with my little babies, so he sometimes gets the job of diapering and dressing while I quickly wash my hair.<br><br>
And six months FLIES by...and then HE gets to do HIS favorite thing...which is introduce their first solid foods. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> One of the very first things he does is put them in that same position he's been talking to them in for months and squeeze grape juice into a little open, waiting mouth. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> THEN he holds the watermelon while they suck on it. etc etc etc.<br><br>
There are LOTS of things dads can do BESIDES feed the newborn. And, like I said, six months FLIES by!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm not anti-pumping WHEN NECESSARY...but I was very surprised to see an article IN MOTHERING where it's mentioned so that Dad can feed the baby too. Seriously?<br>
My DH is an involved dad, even with his newborn babies. Other than helping me supplement with a dropper when I was working with DS2 on nursing, he has *never* fed one of our babies until they started solid food.<br>
What DOES he do? He's changed diapers. He talks to them and gets them to smile and talk back. He knows what toys they like because he tries out different ones. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> He burps. He walks. He probably *could* do baths...however, one of MY favorite things to do is bathe with my little babies, so he sometimes gets the job of diapering and dressing while I quickly wash my hair.<br><br>
And six months FLIES by...and then HE gets to do HIS favorite thing...which is introduce their first solid foods. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> One of the very first things he does is put them in that same position he's been talking to them in for months and squeeze grape juice into a little open, waiting mouth. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> THEN he holds the watermelon while they suck on it. etc etc etc.<br><br>
There are LOTS of things dads can do BESIDES feed the newborn. And, like I said, six months FLIES by!</div>
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I couldn't agree more about the pumping thing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I was actually quite saddened because I read in other parenting magazines all the time this idea of pumping *just* so that someone besides mom can feed the baby. I have a very supportive, engaged DH as well who does a ton with our babies. But he's never fed them before 6 months (or whenever they start solids - it's varied). What he *does* do is support *me* in my exclusive breastfeeding relationship! He brings the baby to me, gets me water, boppy, nursing stool, etc. And he gives me LOTS of encouragement when I'm dealing with cracked nipples or fatigue or mastitis and want to throw in the towel. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
Is there no one who's supporting mamas as the *only* one feeding baby before solids?? Is that really such an outdated, extreme position? :\
 

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I loved the New Dad In Town article! I read it to my husband and we talked about it for a while. He said that he has even caught himself saying he's going to be babysitting his kid. Even though he knows that's not what he's doing. Great to see dads making a difference in their baby's lives! Go dads go!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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Thank you so much for the article "Breastfeeding Beats the Blues".... This is just the article I needed to restore my spirit after 4.5 months of severe colic/difficulty breastfeeding. Instead of being met with loving support, I have been told by those closest to me that I should start formula feeding or that something I'm eating (though I've already cut out the most common allergens) is affecting my breastmilk and therefore my baby. This is my second baby and I nursed my first successfully for 15 months. I feel very strongly about breastfeeding and it's benefits to babies AND mothers. This article made me feel confident again that I AM doing what is best for my baby and myself. Thank you!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><br><br>
The recipie for Coconut Carrot soup was DIVINE!! I've made if for a few people and they are absoluetly in love with it! What an amazing fall soup!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat"><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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<p>It was refreshing to see unassisted childbirth uplifted from the dark recesses of our culture and brought to light in the pages of your magazine.  When I realized my homebirth midwife and I did not agree on labor protocols my husband and I decided to have a UC.  My family, however, was extremely unsupportive.  We ended up doing what I call an "in between UC" where a birth professional was in another room just in case.  Reading "Do It Yourself Birth" brought back so many emotions surrounding our original decision to do a UC and my family's reaction.  It was refreshing to see my own thoughts mirrored in Margulis' words and the quotes from UCer's and supportive midwives.  Uncomplicated birth is not lucky, it's normal and birthing unhindered is life changing.  I am saddened that our fearful birth culture is robbing women of this transcendent experience and is instead inflicting higher and higher rates of complication and intervention. I hope this article inspires more women to take charge of their births and causes midwives and OB's to question their routine procedures.  As for me, I plan to send a copy to my family.</p>
 

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<p>I was a little frustrated that this was the pregnancy and birth issue and so much space was given to UC. There are so many other choices/options available to women who want a natural childbirth that it would have been nice to see those other options in there. I imagined that a new expectant mother would not have gotten very well informed by this issue at all.</p>
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<p>Way to go on the breastfeeding/PPD article.</p>
 

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I love Mothering Magazine but sometimes I think you need a little balance. Science and technology are not all bad. Some people are going to have a "Do-it yourself birth" and that is fine but not all births are fairy tales. I gave birth in a hospital, induced two weeks past my due date. I gave birth with my husband, mother, and my midwife and her student assistant present. I had no drugs or other interventions during labor. The midwife saw the amount of meconium in my amniotic fluid when my water broke and quietly got the neonatologist ready to assist if needed. My daughter's meconium aspiration syndrome was so bad that she might have died had we not been at that particular hospital (the regional NICU center). My midwife knew have the neonatologist on deck, the neonatologist saved my daughter's life with machines and science. In fact, 20 years ago the equipment that saved her didn't even exist. After 10 days in the NICU, my daughter finally got to come home. This breast feeding, co-sleeping, organic eating mommy was happy to have had the benefit of experience and research supporting her for this birth.
 

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<p>I haven't finished reading the whole magazine yet, but I have definitely enjoyed reading a "A Quiet Place" and "DIY Birth". I really identified with a "Quiet Place," my whole family on my mother's side, (grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts, cousins) have practiced Naturopathic medicine and all things holistic for over 40 years; we're used to being a minority, we accept it. Personally, I've been very open about my desire to use a midwife, to use organic products, to not drink a single drop of alcohol or coffee, to use cloth diapers, etc etc. I always feel a little saddened when people I know say things like "a glass of wine now and then is ok!" or that using cloth diapers is "expensive".  Of course, I will do what I feel is best for me and my baby, regardless of what other people say. As for where baby will sleep, baby'll be with me while I'm feeding and in the crib next to our bed some of the time, I have a strong suspicion I'll want my baby with me all the time for the first few months, even if it means little sleep. The babies in my family have always slept with the adults and all of them/us are fine! It was heartening to read the article, it helps to remind me I'm not alone in my mind-set.</p>
 

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<p>I loved the article "Do It Yourself Birth" by Jennifer Margulis. I thought that it was written in a very informative, but not too in-your-face way. Maybe it will plant a seed for some women out there who feel called to take more responsibility for their own pregnancies and births. Sharing that very personal journey was a gift to Mothering readers. Thank you, Jennifer! I also really loved the article "Breastfeeding Beats the Blues". The information provided was really groundbreaking, and I wish that it could be made required reading for any health professional who works with women who are dealing with postpartum depression. This is an issue that I know I will refer back to for years to come.</p>
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<p>I'd also like to add a response to a couple of comments above. There are plenty of magazines out there who represent the medicalized, fear-based model of childbirth prevalent in mainstream America. To me, Mothering Magazine and MDC are here to provide community, information, and entertainment to those of us who choose to parent and live in a more natural way, and to educate those who are interested in learning more about how to do that. As a mother, a midwife, and the UC birther of a baby who might have died if he was born in the hospital, I appreciate Mothering so very much.</p>
 

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<p>I honestly enjoy every little bit of the magazine.  As I was (impatiently) waiting for the last two issues of Mothering magazine to arrive in my mailbox (and then figured out they came in digital format only) I went through all of the previous issues I had, paying special attention to this one.  "There's a new dad in town" was a very special article and I think it's very important more supporting dads speak out, and more moms share equal responsibility with their counterparts!  </p>
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<p>I must have read "Do it yourself birth" about 5, 7 or 10 times!!!  My first (and only) labor experience was similar to Margulis's, and I strongly felt a connection to what she expresses in the article and the family's choice to "make it a family affair." </p>
<p>"Breastfeeding beats the blues" was an amazing article but the first time I started reading it I couldn't finish... I was extremely saddened and outraged, I just couldn't keep reading, the tears and emotions were too much!  I did have the courage to finish reading while I was waiting for the printed issues... and I loved it!!  It also helped me to talk and help to other mamas in need of support of breastfeeding to "beat the blues" so Thank You!!</p>
 
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