Issue #44 Articles

A Message from our Editor, Issue #44 - The Conscious Breath

Birth may be one of the most profound experiences we ever encounter. We try to plan and arrange what will happen, but with all birth comes the unknown. All natural processes follow a course that is not necessarily measurable and predictable. At...

A Message to Mums

My mother and father grew up in a society with no overprotective impulses—totally without cotton wool, as we say in New Zealand. Kids got on their bikes and were gone for the day. All was well as long as they were home for supper, or there’d be hel...

Enhancing Our Babies' Innate Expression

When my husband and I became parents, we had a strong recognition that children were intelligent, conscious beings responsive to their surrounding experiences. The world around us was waking up with what was termed the “Human Potential Movement.” Fro...

Babies Remember Birth

What do you see when you look at a newborn baby, bright-eyed, gazing straight at you? Is there really a person there? Silently frowning or beet-red with rage, can this baby think and feel? For its small size, a newborn makes a powerful, compelling...

10 Things I Wish All Women Knew About Giving Birth

When I was pregnant, I seemed to be a magnet for birth war stories—cords around the neck, emergency cesareans, and more. It took a lot of inner conviction to believe in birth as a natural, beautiful event that my body was capable of, rather than a...

Birth Is the Key

A natural birth unlocks breastfeeding potential and so much more."Breastfeeding is complicated, and most mothers can’t do it.” That’s what this culture has thought for decades. But the more we learn, the more we realize that human newborns are...

New Blood

Infants have a right to all the blood they’re born with. Why are doctors keeping it from them?Are we allowing our health providers to rob our babies of their full potential of health, intelligence, immunity and longevity? At the time of b...

The Controversy Reignites

Vitamin K shots are routine for most newborns... but the practice has its dark side.The controversy surrounding administering vitamin K shots to newborns recently surfaced when physicians at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at V...

The Circumcision Decision

During my first pregnancy, I was overwhelmed with joy when I found out that there was a little boy in my belly. Like many mamas-to-be, I instantly fell in love and spent my days (and nights) dreaming about him. As the months passed by, I began to...

Questions to Ask a Pediatrician

Things you want to know before you entrust your family’s health to a new doctor.

Where Are the Happy Babies?

Have we forgotten what babies need from (all of) us?I was so glad to meet a happy, confident, socially engaged baby this week. Baby Loren was a stark contrast to most babies that I encounter these days. Most tend to look distracted, unhappy,...

Raising A New Generation of Strong Women

Imagine if you were taught from an early age that, as Carla Hartley puts it, “birth is a medical event, preceded by an illness called pregnancy and ending with an emergency called labor.”

Face Off

No one likes getting caught in the crossfire of the Mommy Wars. But calling for a truce is misguided and dangerous.Ending the so-called “mommy wars” has become quite the news item, and one that everyone seems to get on board with. I mean, how...

Train Your Brain

Creating new neural pathways will help you let go of bad habits.When you understand how neural pathways are created in the brain, you get a front-row seat for truly comprehending how to let go of habits. Neural pathways are like...

Cereal Isn't the Crunchy Thing To Do

Why “sacred” foods—high in nutrition and good for brain development—are a better choice.First foods for babies are so controversial these days. If you were a child born in the ’80s, your mom probably fed you cereal before anything else. Her...

Gratitude Is More Than Simply Saying Thank You

There is a general sense that children today are unhappier and more ungrateful than they were a generation ago. On the face of it, it seems strange. Our children have more than we could have ever imagined—more gadgets, more clothes, more e...

Learning to Live with Less

William Morris once wrote, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” If we were to take an honest look around our own homes, most of us would find that we may be holding on to many things that are no...

Interbeing

A recognition of alliance is growing among people in diverse arenas of activism, whether political, social or spiritual. The holistic acupuncturist and the sea turtle rescuer may not be able to explain the feeling, “We are serving the same thing,” but...