Author Marcy Axness, Ph.D. Articles

The Nurtured Womb

Gone are the days when we could consider pregnancy a nine-month grace period before the job of parenting begins. Mounting research tells us that lifelong well-being, including mental health, begins in the womb, and everything parents do—beginning e...

Risks of Induced Labor

A new study linking labor induction to increased autism risk made the news last year. This latest study on the connection between induction and risk of autism comes out of Duke University, and was reported in the Journal of the American Medical...

The Mind-Body Connection in Fertility & Pregnancy

One of the biggest challenges we face in creating the lives we want is that our basic attitudes and perceptions of the world were shaped in the earliest days, months and years of our lives, long before we had a chance to form our own opinions....

Gratitude: Upgrade Your Life

We are always self-creating. When we focus our consciousness toward gratitude, beauty and communion, we weave peace into our very cells. This isn’t just flowery sentiment; this comes from leading-edge research in the fields of positive psychology a...

Lifelong Lessons from the Womb

Gone are the days when we could consider pregnancy a nine-month “grace period” before the job of parenting began. Mounting research tells us that everything we do— beginning, even, before conception—shapes our children in critical, life-altering...

Also labeled: Issue #25, Pregnancy & Birth

When the Joy is Missing: An Organic Perspective on Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is one of those everyday terms we use, though few of us understand what it means. We know it is important and serious, but it remains abstract. How does one recognize postpartum depression? What does it feel like? A...

Also labeled: Issue #24, The Outer Womb

Moms & Dads, Who is the Boss of You? The Force of Culture on Birth and Parenting Choices

By Marcy Axness, PhD (with contributions from Robbie Davis-Floyd, PhD) Few things get me as riled up as people or companies that parlay the fragile hopes of well-meaning parents into a fat bottom line. Take, oh, for example, the Baby...

Also labeled: Issue #21, Parenting

Raising Generation Pax: Peace Begins with How We Parent…From the Very Beginning

A Universal Peace Offering The universe has presented us with a powerful means of creating peace: the way we bring our children to life. Important principles about the influence of our thoughts and attitudes, together with...

Of Love and Milk: Facing Our Breastfeeding Ambivalence

Mother’s milk. The term is synonymous with everything tender, nourishing, and loving. The best. Indeed, a slogan-writer bottom-lined it succinctly: Breast is best. So why do we have so much ambivalence about breastfeeding? Why do we wrestle with t...