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Things Movies Get Wrong About Birth

Fact: Movies are not a realistic reflection of real life. Another fact: This is especially true when it comes to childbirth. According to a recent survey by Childbirth Connection, 68% of moms say they get their information about birth from TV. This is very troubling because TV and movies have so little accurate information about childbirth. This is probably one of the most frequently … Read More Things Movies Get Wrong About Birth

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Now Open For Enrollment! Happier, Healthier, Easier: Breastfeeding In The Real World!

Happier, Healthier, Easier: Breastfeeding In The Real World is now open for enrollment! I am so excited about this class!!! Putting the curriculum together was an adventure. This is the first breastfeeding class to address the many experiences that mothers have breastfeeding in the real world. Rather than being based in theory and assuming that you will have a flawless experience breastfeeding, this class … Read More Now Open For Enrollment! Happier, Healthier, Easier: Breastfeeding In The Real World!

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

Public Health Mythbusters Edition: Raw Milk, Friend or Foe?

The last twenty years have not been kind to Louis Pasteur. He ordered that his laboratory notebooks be withheld from outsiders, but in the 1970’s one of his heirs left them to the Bibilotheque Nationale in Paris. In the mid-1990’s a researcher from Princeton went through the notebooks and then wrote a book on what he found. Since then embarrassing revelation after embarrassing revelation … Read More Public Health Mythbusters Edition: Raw Milk, Friend or Foe?

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Breastfeeding Is a Weed, Not an Orchid

Sometimes I get the impression that people think breastfeeding is like a rare orchid that can only bloom under the most precise conditions. Like in order to successfully breastfeed you have to be a middle-class white woman who doesn’t work outside the home with a full-term, singleton pregnancy and uncomplicated natural birth of a baby who has no problems. This is, in fact, false. … Read More Breastfeeding Is a Weed, Not an Orchid

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Making Peace With Your Diet Through Traditional Chinese Medicine

We’ve all been through different diets to try and eat healthy. Vegan, vegetarian, raw, gluten-free, paleo and the list goes on… Some people see phenomenal results with one way of eating while others see little to no change. It used to be a big mystery to me. But the more I’ve studied the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective on diet, the more I understand. … Read More Making Peace With Your Diet Through Traditional Chinese Medicine

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

Measles Facts and Fiction

Fact: the news media is not trained in epidemiology. Another fact: TV shows (like, say, Law and Order) are not scholarly sources of information on anything. There are a lot of misconceptions circulating about measles and the state of measles here in the United States. Personally, I feel like the media bears some responsibility as journalists and TV shows present a series of half-truths or outright … Read More Measles Facts and Fiction

Michael Crichton, Natural Birth Proponent

Yes, the author of Jurassic Park was actually a natural birth proponent. It goes back to his medical school days when they were still doing scopolamine births. Remember that episode of Mad Men  where Betty goes to the hospital and gives birth to Gene with scopolamine? Yeah, that was sanitized for TV audiences. But back to the guy who wrote Jurassic Park… Crichton wanted to be a … Read More Michael Crichton, Natural Birth Proponent

Will breastfeeding *really* make your baby smarter?

This is one of those claims that actually made me raise my eyebrows, you know, like “Listening to Mozart will make your baby smarter.” It’s also the claim that I hear breastfeeding critics deride the most. So what’s the deal with breastfeeding and intelligence? Will breastfeeding really make your baby smarter? Well, first of all let’s just acknowledge that intelligence is not really determined … Read More Will breastfeeding *really* make your baby smarter?