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The day I left my son in the car

The day I left my son in the car | Talk Birth | Scoop.it
I made a split-second decision to run into the store. I had no idea it would consume the next years of my life
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C-Sections, Ventouse & Forceps Delivery | The Blissful Baby Expert

C-Sections, Ventouse & Forceps Delivery | The Blissful Baby Expert | Talk Birth | Scoop.it
C-Sections, Ventouse & Forceps Delivery by Lisa Clegg, The Blissful Baby Expert
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When All the Other Moms Still Have Babies

When All the Other Moms Still Have Babies | Talk Birth | Scoop.it
By Rachel Pieh Jones A young American mom in Djibouti said her husband recently asked what she wanted and she looked at him, all crazy. “What do I want? I don’t know what I want. I only know what the baby wants. Do I have wants? Do I get to have wants?” Maybe not now, I thought. But one day,
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Inside Story: My Experience with Baby Blues | Vanessa Lachey

Inside Story: My Experience with Baby Blues | Vanessa Lachey | Talk Birth | Scoop.it
Official site of Vanessa Lachey features her insights on love, marriage to Nick Lachey, food, fashion and parenting in her fun and practical style.
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Does Breastfeeding Hold Women Back? - Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference

Does Breastfeeding Hold Women Back? - Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference | Talk Birth | Scoop.it
Does breastfeeding = drop in women's status? An exploration of the paradoxes around women, work and breastfeeding, by Paige Hall Smith.
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The Sunday Rumpus Essay: Grief Magic - The Rumpus.net

The Sunday Rumpus Essay: Grief Magic - The Rumpus.net | Talk Birth | Scoop.it
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"...What do ruined people do? Weird shit. This seems to be the consensus of psychoanalysts as far back as Freud and Jung; the traumatized self creates, out of necessity, a system of self-care that is keen to avoid repeat trauma. This makes change difficult; it makes people who’ve had part of their psyches destroyed by unmanageable emotions push people and emotions away, create obstacles, generate unnecessary drama. As a side bonus, one also gets the fun rollercoaster ride of a panic attack, the stress moving into and controlling the body when the mind has had enough. The psyche has become the filter, both for the bad AND for the good. Self-protection becomes self-sabotage. I’m reading a super brainy book about this very phenomenon, and it still takes me a while to track these patterns in myself. I also have another brainy book about the brain itself that can tell me why tracking these patterns is a difficult endeavor in the first place, and which lobe of this most mysterious organ it involves....

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The Doula-as-Savior Myth

The Doula-as-Savior Myth | Talk Birth | Scoop.it
Doulas are not, cannot, and should not be saviors. Instead, we can, and should, do all we can to ensure that a woman's power, agency, and autonomy remain in her own hands.
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"...Moreover, if a client expects their doula to save them from their care provider or their hospital or some overarching birth “system,” this expectation tends to speak to deeper issues that a doula might be able to help her client probe. Is the client able to choose a different care provider? (Why stay with one from which the client needs saving?) Is the client able to choose a different birth location? (Are there other hospitals or birth sites in town?)

 

What fears about “the system” might be alleviated by a good conversation with the doula and the client’s care provider? (Narratives about “systems” can represent real experiences that are rooted in truth, but they are generalized experiences: individual experiences can defy those generalized narratives.) These conversations are exceedingly important, and they are ones that good doula support can enhance. But the central issues in these conversations are not ones that require a doula to be a “knightress in shining armor.” Instead, they require the sort of support that where a woman’s power is reinforced by the powerful support she receives from those around her..."

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Midwives for the Dying

Midwives for the Dying | Talk Birth | Scoop.it
A physician and nurse practitioner discuss the emerging role of medicals professionals who ease the death process.
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Why Ending the “Mommy Wars” is Misguided and Dangerous | Evolutionary Parenting | Breastfeeding and Sleeping Arrangements - Science and History in Parenting

Why Ending the “Mommy Wars” is Misguided and Dangerous | Evolutionary Parenting | Breastfeeding and Sleeping Arrangements - Science and History in Parenting | Talk Birth | Scoop.it
Do you think the world would be a better place without the "mommy wars"? That we need to just support one another and accept that every choice is valid and equal? I call bullshit on the whole thing.
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Dear parents, you need to control your kids. Sincerely, non-parents

Dear parents, you need to control your kids. Sincerely, non-parents | Talk Birth | Scoop.it
To the fan I lost yesterday: I don't owe you an explanation, but I thought I'd offer one anyway. I do this more for your sake than mine. You see, maybe, as you later suggested, I was in a bad mood....
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Explaining why, next time, I won't breastfeed

Explaining why, next time, I won't breastfeed | Talk Birth | Scoop.it
Two weeks ago, Bahar Gholipour of LiveScience reported the findings of a new study that reveal that breastfeeding is associated with upward class mobility, but you probably didn't read it.
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I found this article to be misguided and unfortunate. FAMILIES in general "deserve" better working environments that support their relationships with their babies---the relationships of both fathers and mothers. The answer is not bottles, it is widespread culture revolution!

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(Essay 1) Gestating Thealogies Through Birth by Nané Jordan

(Essay 1) Gestating Thealogies Through Birth by Nané Jordan | Talk Birth | Scoop.it
[Author's Note: I seek to reclaim a wider understanding of birth in society-at-large and in human spirituality. Birth mysteries have been invariably silenced, lost, or co-opted towards metaphors th...
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HIV and Mother's Milk

HIV and Mother's Milk | Talk Birth | Scoop.it
Protect and survive BAD though it has been, the AIDS epidemic would have been a great deal worse but for a strange and unexplained quirk. Infected mothers, it was...
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Reports on breastfeeding sibling study are vastly overstated

Reports on breastfeeding sibling study are vastly overstated | Talk Birth | Scoop.it
There are multiple flaws in the conclusions that have been drawn from a recent study comparing outcomes between breastfed and formula-fed siblings. But even if the study results are accurate, the t...
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Goodbye, Breastfeeding.

Goodbye, Breastfeeding. | Talk Birth | Scoop.it
Breastfeeding is leaving us.   I walked into the living room a couple weeks ago and her bags were by the door. I ran to the room where Logan, my 4-year-old, was playing. “Logan!” I shouted, “D...
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In praise of breast milk

In praise of breast milk | Talk Birth | Scoop.it
Attached to my left hip and resting snuggly in his carrier, Taber spent the afternoon with me exploring downtown Philadelphia. At one point, we took refuge from the winter chill in a Catholic church.
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What I Learned Between My First and Last Children

What I Learned Between My First and Last Children | Talk Birth | Scoop.it
Often the lessons of parenting young children come too late. You do the best you can with the first kid, ushering him through the early stages of childhood, by instinct and expert advice, with varying degrees of success.
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Boys and Girls May Get Different Breast Milk: Scientific American

Boys and Girls May Get Different Breast Milk: Scientific American | Talk Birth | Scoop.it
Milk composition differs based on a baby's sex and a mother's wealth
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Guest Post: My CBAC & the Practice of Acceptance | Evolutionary Parenting | Breastfeeding and Sleeping Arrangements - Science and History in Parenting

Guest Post: My CBAC & the Practice of Acceptance | Evolutionary Parenting | Breastfeeding and Sleeping Arrangements - Science and History in Parenting | Talk Birth | Scoop.it
Seeing the phrase “MY CBAC” in print can occasionally have the power to be painfully debilitating. I so strongly yearned for a VBAC.
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How to beat Discouragement (a mini workshop) | Leonie Dawson - Amazing Biz, Amazing Life

How to beat Discouragement (a mini workshop) | Leonie Dawson - Amazing Biz, Amazing Life | Talk Birth | Scoop.it
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To My Post-Partum Self: Things I Wish I’d Known.

To My Post-Partum Self: Things I Wish I’d Known. | Talk Birth | Scoop.it
You are not a failure if you don’t hand-mash organic baby purees. It is okay to make things easier for yourself.
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