At the end of WWI the German and Austro-Hungarian economies were on the verge of collapse and children in these countries were starving. Moved by their suffering, Eglantyne Jebb was arrested for handing out leaflets about their plight in Trafalgar Square. Jebb was from a wealthy, socially conscious family and she spearheaded a fundraising drive to bring relief to these British a … [Read more...] about End Corporal Punishment
Archives for April 2014
Ginger Moon is the dream of three mothers who share a deep love of food, tradition and community, and a lifelong passion for social and environmental justice. During our pregnancies, we realized that without the support we received from each other, our physical and emotional health would have suffered immensely. We owed our health and sanity to that nutrient-rich, delicious … [Read more...] about Ginger Moon Food Doulas
Not two weeks after Mom’s memorial service, there was a rush on the maternity ward. Birth always comes this way, coupled in a twisted dance with death. You don’t learn that in medical school. I was a health unit secretary, thirty-two years old, and since my coffee at eight that night, I had admitted five women. I kept misplacing things—files, messages, my keys. The phone’s pe … [Read more...] about Hannah Delivered: A Midwife’s Story
Pop icon, Katy Perry, was on the Jimmy Kimmel Show (ABC) Monday night, April 21, 2014 to talk about being an assistant doula at her sister's recent homebirth. She talks about birth as normal and straight-forward. … [Read more...] about Katy Perry as Doula
The Sierra Club has said that the loss of cloth diapers is one of the greatest environmental tragedies of the 20th century. And today, we use roughly twice as many disposable diapers as we did in the 1990s when this statement was made. Throwaway diapers require billions of gallons of oil each year to produce and are the third top contributor to our already crowded … [Read more...] about Great Cloth Diaper Change
One in 7 women experience Postpartum Depression (PPD). This is the story of how one woman turned her PPD into a resource for other women by participating in and helping to produce the film, When the Bough Breaks. MY DREAM I had a dream. My dream was to get married to the love of my life and have a family. I lived the good life in my twenties. I worked in the music … [Read more...] about When the Bough Breaks
Did Whitney have a disease that would need a cure? Or did he have symptom clusters that would respond to symptom training, so that he could become symptom-free? That was the question I asked myself when, after 15 years of clinical work and research in the brain science of language and communication disorders, my third child was diagnosed with severe autism, retardation and … [Read more...] about Autism or Maverick Mind?
As you tone your mind in preparation for childbirth and fine-tune your birth plans, you can tone your body as well. Raspberry leaf tea, and Blue Cohosh are the two most popular herbs used during pregnancy, and are particularly useful during the third trimester. RASPBERRY LEAF TEA Raspberry Leaf's astringent and stimulating properties strengthen and tone the uterine and … [Read more...] about Third Trimester Herbs
April 11th is Read Your Labels Day, a campaign sponsored by Citizens for Health for the purpose of "recognizing and exposing the health risks of the toxic additives found in the ingredients of everyday food products." Here are the Top 10 Food Additives to Avoid according to Citizens for Health. High fructose corn syrup Aspartame Hydrolyzed protein Autolyzed … [Read more...] about How to Recognize Labels To Trust?
We are conflicted as a society about mothers who work outside the home. In just one generation we have gone from a time when the majority of mothers worked only at home to a time when the majority of moms work outside of the home. Today about 70% of us believe that a working mother “can establish just as warm and secure a relationship with her children” as a mother who stays … [Read more...] about More Mothers At Home