Issue #33 Articles

Expanding Our Focus: C-Section Recovery

In 2009, the most recent year for which final data is available, a record 32.9 percent of women gave birth by C-section, according to the National Vital Statistics System, part of the Centers for Disease Control. Preliminary data shows that in 2010...

On Language Development Imagination Is More Important than Knowledge

From the seventh month in utero, before a child is born, every word the mother says brings about a muscular response in the infant. A word is just a vibration of sound, and each vibration is called a phoneme. From the very beginning, there is this...

Healing Birth: The Second Time Around

How do you heal from a traumatic birth experience? How do you put it behind you and find the inner strength not only to move on, but to decide to do it all again? Could I, and should I, risk another traumatic birth? I asked myself these questions...

Surviving the In-Laws

You: It’s quite important for us to co-sleep. We learned about child-led weaning and love the idea of it. We are not letting our baby cry it out. Baby will have solids later so there is less chance of allergies. It is very easy for me to use...

Fostering the Flip Side of Gratitude

Cajoled into seeing a friend’s obstetrician—the one she praised so highly—I came prepared with a list of questions folded up in my jeans pocket. But I didn’t get a chance to ask my questions about a doula or the Leboyer method. The doctor walked in,...

Mythology of Science Based Medicine

The current healthcare debate has brought up basic questions about how medicine should work. On one hand we have the medical establishment, with its enormous cadre of M.D.s, medical schools, Big Pharma, and incredibly expensive hospital care. On...

Poised

When doctors question your family’s vaccine choices, have your answer ready.I’m no stranger to the onslaught of questions the medical field throws at me about vaccines. One of our doctors finally stopped asking when we would “catch up” on some...

A Message from our Editor, Issue #33 - A Child's Song

From Jeanne Ohm, D.C. In the spirit of Pathways, touching our hearts with inspiring words of wisdom, I share this passage with you…A Child’s Song By Alan CohenThere is a tribe in Africa where the birth...

The Law of Prayer

For centuries, mankind has lived with prayer. When most people think of prayer, they think of asking for help from a Higher Source, to aid them in the traumas or tragedies or anxious circumstances of their lives. That is great; who could be against...

The Pleasure of Eating

A farmer and distinguished writer explains why it is vital that we understand where and how our food is produced.Many times, after I have finished a lecture on the decline of American farming and rural life, someone in the audience has...

Conscious Decisions: The Popular Choice isn’t Necessarily Right for Everyone

Just because an idea or way of doing things is popular doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone. Part of the way that something becomes popular is that many of us don’t take the time to determine what’s right for us; we simply do what most people we know...

Cultivating a Reverence for Life: Parenting for a Sustainable World

It wasn’t until I became a parent that I truly understood the deep connection between early childhood experiences and how they affect our relationship to the earth and all living things. In my work with children, I found that many kids seem to have a...

What to Expect from Your Doula

Women have been giving birth since the beginning of time—but those times have now changed. Many women give birth without having witnessed the childbirth experiences of their own mothers, aunts, sisters and community members. We are now seeing that...

What a Family Needs

Help your friends and family help you with this list of support and necessities that are hard to manage once baby arrives.“Let me know if I can help you in any way when the baby is born.” “Just let me know if you need a hand....

Staying Motivated in Tough Times

It’s easy to become discouraged during hard times, especially if you aren’t financially stable. Increased problems, such as job insecurity, fear of the unknown and everyday stress, can lead to anxiety and depression. When so much is out of you...

Mindful Mothering: It’s Not What You Think!

Sponsored by Families for Conscious Living, the Institute of Noetic Sciences and Pathways, the first-ever Mindful Mothering Conference gathers at the Museum of Motherhood in New York CityWhy do people conjure an image of a mother and...

Can You be a Radical Homemaker With an Unsupportive Partner?

What happens when one member of a couple wants to live a new kind of life— but the other doesn’t?“But you have Bob.” I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard that refrain about my husband since I first began promoting the ideals of radical...

Do-It-Yourself Cash: Dollars With Good Sense

Local currencies value time, build community, and keep business moving even when credit dries up.Total dependence on one currency is like total dependence on one crop, or, for that matter, a single energy source: There’s always the risk that...

The Truth About Homework

Widespread misconceptions about learning keep our children busy with needless assignments.There’s something perversely fascinating about educational policies that are clearly at odds with the available data. Huge schools are still being b...

Quantum Consciousness: Our Evolution, Our Salvation

I call it “quantum consciousness”: the consciousness we access when we use the potential of our quantumcomputer brains. The brain is a macroscopic quantum system, yet we use it as if it were exclusively a classical biochemical system. With its...