Issue #31 Articles

“If I Were at Home,I Would Have Died.” The Trouble With Extrapolating Hospital Birth Events to Homebirth

A midwife in North Carolina was recently charged with practicing midwifery without a license because her state does not license Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) and other direct-entry midwives. There was some local news coverage of the arrest...

In Honor of Midwifery

I don’t tend to get nostalgic. Maybe it’s that I have enough not-so-nice memories of times past that I’d rather poke holes in myself with a pickle fork than go back in time. Or maybe it’s that I am perfectly happy in the present. In any case, I don’t...

Epidurals: Facts, Implications and Alternatives

Epidural anesthesia (EA) is the most commonly used method of pain relief during labor today. In fact, approximately 80 percent of vaginal deliveries involve EA, according to The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Epidural anesthesia is...

Romancing the Mom

I’m meeting an old lover today. He sounded great on the phone: successful, influential, professional. All the traits that attracted me to him in the first place. A string of “what-if’s” float through my mind. No, it’s not a man that’s setting...

Ina May Gaskin: There From the Start

A Pathways exclusive interview with the godmother of modern midwiferyIn the midst of the baby boom’s promises of Twilight Sleep to conceal the routine use of episiotomies, forceps and brute force in overflowing maternity wards, Ina May G...

Find Stillness to Cure the Illness

It’s a busy day, and you’re inundated by non-stop e-mails, text messages, phone calls, instant message requests, notifications— interruptions of all kinds. The noise of the world is a dull roar that pervades every second of your life....

Circumcision: Medically Unnecessary

There is no more precious moment in a mother’s life than that first gaze into the eyes of her newborn baby. The surge of love, the desire to protect—all of these emotions are part of the universal mothering experience. How strange then, that when tha...

A Message from our Editor, Issue #31 - The Principles Within

The Principles WithinThirty years ago, we had our first of six children. It was an unattended home birth. The word “unattended” wasn’t even in the birthing vocabulary yet. I can’t tell you how many times I got asked, “Home birth? Did...

Morning Wellness

In 1980, my then wife, Kathryn, and I were on vacation in Hawaii. She began waking in the mornings with nausea, although she was otherwise healthy. We had been eagerly working on having a second child. After a couple of days of this, reality dawned...

Too Many Things

When you spoil your children with material goods, is the motivation coming from your own inner child?One of the greatest things about children is that they have the ability to entertain themselves for long periods of time with something as...

Resolving Food Sensitivities with Good Taste

Nearly 60 percent of the population has some degree of celiac disease, or gluten intolerance. Meanwhile, diabetes is becoming more and more prevalent, especially among children. Now doctors are also diagnosing both diseases in many people, finding...

Wholeness, Not Perfectionism

“Do not doubt your own basic goodness. In spite of all confusion and fear, you are born with a heart that knows what is just, loving, and beautiful.”

The Missing Piece: Consciousness and the MotherBaby Bond

Most information pregnant families access today is designed to prepare the family for childbirth and early parenting—detailing such things as nutrition, hazards to avoid, the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and birth, breathing techniques,...

Co-sleeping as Nighttime Bonding

Judging by my e-mail inbox and the conversations I share with parents and health professionals, infant sleep has become a veritable industry. An industry, it seems, that is driven by fear—particularly the fear that if we dare to respond to little...

Eye On the Ball: Why We Need to Fix Youth Sports

Picture the typical youth sports game—a blur of motion and sound. Some parents are busy cheering or just chatting among themselves, enjoying the day. Others are prowling the sidelines. The prowlers mean business. These parents become field g...

Seeking Wellness and Wisdom with Worldview Literacy (Part 2 of 2)

You probably have noticed, even if you just flip through an issue of Pathways, that we’re not an average parenting magazine. Unlike a mainstream ad-driven magazine, Pathways states in its mission that we, as a nonprofit, are here to support your...

Fence Rows and Gut Health: A Macro Look at Microflora

The similarities between diverse ecologies never cease to amaze me. One area of life may seem to be totally unrelated to the next, but upon reflection, we notice that an extremely simple truth connects the two. Observing and understanding the...

Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature

Personal transformation is critical to mitigating our global crises. Educators and psychologists, artists and activists, elders and leaders have all asserted that at the core of our global, societal and environmental crises is a need to change our...

Creating Learning Communities: Freeing Education to Create a Sustainable Cooperative Society

“If our earth is to survive, we need to take responsibility for what we do.Taking control of our education is the first step.” —Heidi PriesnetzThomas starts the day just like any other child who sets the pace for his own learn...

Understanding Why We Change

How do people change? How do they make significant and long-lasting shifts that affect every aspect of their lives? Learning something new, taking a different approach, or engaging with someone with a different perspective from your own can...