Two new studies associate dental amalgam fillings with pregnancy risks and confirm that action is urgently needed to protect babies from the known risks of mercury, according to the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT). A growing number of countries have taken measures to prevent the placement of dental amalgam "silver" fillings in women and children … [Read more...] about Are Dental Amalgams Safe During Pregnancy?
Pregnancy and Birth
I admit that I've been prejudiced in favor of the cradle carry for breastfeeding. It's what worked for me so I naturally think it is "right." I don't like the cross cradle or other "carries" because they seem too complicated. And, when I see mothers today breastfeeding with their babies positioned straight onto their breasts I think they're doing it wrong. But, it is I who h … [Read more...] about What is Natural Breastfeeding?
While thanksgiving is one of the most universal of human celebrations, few of us know of its brutal origins in the US. Thanksgiving was first memorialized in Connecticut after the 1637 massacre of 700 unarmed men, women and children of the Pequot tribe; "Days of Thanksgiving" continued to be celebrated following successful raids on native peoples. Indigenous people in the US … [Read more...] about Childbirth Resources for Native Women
"This post originally appeared on Parenting Pod" Did you know, if your partner is depressed after the birth of your baby, then there’s a 50% chance you will be too?  When you become a dad, you undergo an incredible amount of change. There’s a shift in your intimate relationship and your personal identity and you experience new emotions. It can be demanding and over … [Read more...] about Paternal Postpartum Depression Guide
Many of the couples I've taught childbirth classes to—especially those expecting their first child—experienced high levels of anxiety and fear when talking about the specifics of childbirth. Some of them were misinformed, some of them were afraid, all of them wanted the best childbirth experience possible, of course! The journey to ease their discomfort around childbirth was … [Read more...] about Talk to Children about Childbirth
Tomorrow, my daughter, Charlotte, will turn two. On the eve of this anniversary, I find myself contemplating my mothering journey, humbly marveling at how such a tiny child has changed me so profoundly and permanently. I am deeply thankful for the opportunity to mother Charlotte, though some might find that surprising and unbearably sad. WHEN CHARLOTTE DIED On the day of … [Read more...] about Charlotte’s Grace: Loss of my Baby
As is the case for many young women, my indulgence in recreational drugs, including alcohol and caffeine, came to an abrupt halt when my husband and I discovered we were pregnant with our first child. To say we were ecstatic is an understatement. Doctors had told me we might never conceive, yet here we were, expecting our first miracle. I closely followed my doctor’s r … [Read more...] about Marijuana for Hyperemesis
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. The US spends more than any other country in the world on health care and yet is only 33rd in the world in infant mortality. A baby born in Cuba, … [Read more...] about Infant Mortality: National Disgrace
Some research shows that having a strong sense of community may be a factor that has greater health implications than nutrition and exercise. One of the biggest sources of support for mothers of babies is their network of other mothers. Often this network must be built over time with intention and effort. And for many mothers, this network includes real time friends as well as … [Read more...] about Your Network of Other Mothers
Fathers don’t get enough attention during pregnancy and early parenthood. Expected to be the tower of strength for their partners, new fathers are, in fact, having their own unique and challenging experience. Anthropologist E.B. Taylor used the term couvade to describe the cross-cultural rituals that fathers enact during pregnancy. In Papua New Guinea, for example, fathers buil … [Read more...] about Resources for New Dads