Category: infant and maternal health

Breastfeeding Article: Utilizing the Breastfeeding Pathway Model to Help NICU Mothers and Babies Breastfeed

For my Breastfeeding Educator Certification I had to write an article on a topic related to breastfeeding. I chose to write about breastfeeding in the NICU because of the pressure I felt as I was breastfeeding my oldest during his stay in a Level IV NICU.  Breastfeeding in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) can be extremely challenging. Not only does the baby have … Read More Breastfeeding Article: Utilizing the Breastfeeding Pathway Model to Help NICU Mothers and Babies Breastfeed

Rethinking How We Approach The Abortion Debate

My views on the abortion debate- not so much the procedure itself- changed forever when I found out that a friend of mine had an abortion. She had been engaged and was pregnant when she found out that her boyfriend was cheating on her, using drugs and had a criminal history. She wanted to place the baby for adoption, but the slimeball said he … Read More Rethinking How We Approach The Abortion Debate

The Butlerian Jihad and Maternal Health

Frank Herbert’s epic sci-fi novel Dune chronicles humanity’s interstellar civilization thousands of years into the future. (If you read it, you’ll notice more than a few similarities between Dune  and Star Wars: A New Hope. George Lucas was very inspired by Dune and his initial versions of Star Wars were more of a reworking of it. Once he used a little more Force and a little less spice, the whole thing really … Read More The Butlerian Jihad and Maternal Health

Shaken Baby Syndrome: A Public Health Issue Looking For Evidence

Have you ever noticed that parents get an awful lot of education about Shaken Baby Syndrome? We’re told all the time never to shake our babies- though any other form of abuse is rarely talked about. Have you ever stopped to ask why shaking is such an issue rather than just child abuse in general? It’s actually a rather strange story. Shaken Baby Syndrome … Read More Shaken Baby Syndrome: A Public Health Issue Looking For Evidence

This post was inspired by a bathroom door in a California State Park

We decided to visit a state beach and I had to the use the bathroom, which was (of course) something less than luxurious. There was a lot of graffiti on the door, but the most prominent was scrawled in permanent marker stating: “Hope you had your Hep C shot”. A more enlightened soul wrote beneath it “You can’t get Hep C from a toilet”. … Read More This post was inspired by a bathroom door in a California State Park

Everything You’ve Never Been Told About SIDS

I know this isn’t the most fun topic. On the other hand, SIDS remains one of the leading causes of death for infants under one year of age and the information that we as parents are given is usually vastly oversimplified and even misleading. I personally feel like every parent has the right to know clinical information about SIDS, how it is diagnosed and … Read More Everything You’ve Never Been Told About SIDS