The Outer Womb Articles

Playful Wisdom

In the quiet moments when Carly melts into my arms, there is attunement, resonance, shared meaning, trust, respect, appreciation, curiosity, wonder, all moving, changing, and so much more—embodied, nonverbal, silent. This silent, reciprocal a...

How to Reboot Your Nervous System for Optimum Performance

Have you ever seen a healthy newborn baby appear bored? Of course not. Babies radiate awe, joy, wonder, vitality, energy, life, and rejuvenation. It’s their natural state. But it’s your natural state, too. You are always in touch with the vitality of...

Five Reasons Your Birth Can Affect Your Baby and Your Parenting

When I meet a new mom, dad, and baby for the first time at a consultation for colic and sleep, I always start by asking them to tell me about the birth. Mostly I’m met with confusion, wrinkled eyebrows, and curious looks. Very often they ask me w...

This Is a Mother's Love

I recall vividly the first night our son, Harper, slept at home with us. He was all of two days old. He slept right next to us in a tiny hammock thing. The idea that he was now on the outside of my body was so bizarre to me that no matter where he...

The Last Time

From the moment you hold your baby in your arms, you will never be the same.You might long for the person you were before,When you have freedom and time,

Also labeled: Inspirational, Issue #53, Parenting

Considerations For Pregnancy, Birth and Early Mothering

The more we understand about the human microbiome, the more fundamental it seems. Pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding seed a child’s microbiome, and therefore have long-term effects on his or her health. More research is needed to explore h...

Hear My Cry

Why “cry it out” may be one of the most misguided parenting philosophies of our generation.Babies cry. Then they angry cry. Then they stop. Imagine you’re hanging out by a riverbank with some co-gatherers a couple million years ago,...

Dads and Birth Trauma

Dads have birth stories, too—and some of them are pretty rough. Maureen Campion unpacks the birth trauma no one else is talking about.

Beyond Babywearing

Do you wear your baby? Nurse your toddler? Sleep in a family bed? If you do, chances are you’ve been influenced by an obscure little book penned more than four decades ago. Many of today’s Attachment Parenting principles were first brought to the...

The Birth Pause

If a “pregnant pause” is a breath held in a story, a moment’s stillness where we linger between what has been told and what is yet to be told, then what we are calling a “birth pause” might be thought of as a breath at the moment of birth: a...

Grounding for Babies

Caregiver meditation to help us calm infants and be present for them. It’s no secret that babies feel what their mothers feel, both inside and outside of the womb. In much the same way, they sense their caregivers—which is...

If You Lay Down, The Baby Will Never Come Out

An Overview of Traditional Native American Birth PracticesAs I celebrated Thanksgiving this year, I couldn’t help but remember the culture and heritage of America’s indigenous people, a culture mostly lost because of the establishment of...

Modern Myths about Tongue-tie

The Unnecessary Controversy ContinuesTwenty-three years ago, when I was doing my research on tongue-tie’s impact on breastfeeding and developing the Assessment Tool for Lingual Frenulum Function, the most problematic attitude I ever...

Finding Our Feet

Developing Necessary Tone in the Body and Finding the Way to Being VerticalDevelopmental movement works on the body and the brain. The movement of infants is driven by their senses and their drive to thrive. As a baby grows, these forces,...

There is a Bed, a Family Bed, Where Everyone is Sleeping

Recently, I went on yet another business trip. Fortunately, this was the first business trip I’ve made in some time, almost a year if memory serves correctly. I have traveled several times a year over the past 10 years or so—sometimes more, som...

Safe Co-Sleeping with Infants

As you make your own decision about where and how your infant should sleep, here are some of the issues to be concerned with. What constitutes a “safe sleep environment”?

Screaming to Sleep: The Moral Imperative to End ‘Cry it Out’

I remember the scene vividly. I’m around 1½ years old. Recently separated from my mother, my grandmother cares for me. I see myself standing in my crib at my grandparents’ home. It’s dark. I am crying and crying. I don’t know what I...

The Vital First Adjustment

The baby was born without respiration or a heartbeat. There are moments in one’s life where time seems to slow down and you truly do experience an out-of-body sensation. There were so many things going on around me, but all I could do was stare at t...

Nurture the Nervous System, Nourish the Baby

How Chiropractic Supports BreastfeedingWe all know the benefits of breastfeeding for a newborn, but we also must not underestimate the joy and emotional well-being that follow when a mother is able to feed her infant as planned and find...

The Fourth Trimester: A Guide to Healthy Postpartum Recovery

The journey that a woman takes with her baby during pregnancy is a special and sacred time. Many women devote a considerable amount of time preparing for the day of the birth, as well as stocking the house with baby supplies. While we must prepare...