The Outer Womb Articles

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...

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,...

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...

The Twinkle in Your Parents' Eyes: Conscious Conception and Conscious Pregnancy

You know the expression, “When you were only a twinkle in your parents’ eyes.” The phrase conjures up the happiness of loving parents who truly want to conceive a child. It turns out it is also a phrase that sums up the latest genetic research...

The Myth of Self-Settling

Many people, parents and experts alike, advocate the idea of “teaching a baby to self-settle” or “self-soothe.” Self-soothing is often referred to as the holy grail of baby sleep. Once babies can self-soothe, parents are told to expect uninter...

Injury and ADHD

Early research has shown that very young children who sustained head trauma often meet the diagnostic criteria for ADHD within two years—even if they were not diagnosed with ADHD prior to the injury. Spurred by these findings, a study published in T...

My Child Is Vaccine-Injured (Just Like Yours)

If you wait until your child is born to think about vaccines, a vaccine injury is almost impossible to recognize. You are too tired and overwhelmed when it strikes. You are too immersed in the trees to see the forest. Too busy putting Band-Aids on...

The Milestones That Matter Most

“M-a-t” “M-at.” “Mat.” My 6-year-old pored over her Bob book, painstakingly sounding out each word. I listened and worried; her older brother was able to read those same words at a much younger age. It’s natural to compare our children and fret...

A Touch to Heal: A Chiropractor Helps Direct an At-Risk Newborn Toward Wellness

The text came through at 10:41 p.m. on a Friday night. It was from our midwife, Michelle Ruebke, C.P.M.: “I just delivered a baby and think he needs to see one of you guys. He’s too fussy (not crying) and won’t nurse.” Instantly I turned to my wife,...

The Wearable Baby

When comparing baby-wearing to carrying babies in a car seat, the car seat doesn’t stack up.As a chiropractor that cares for mostly expectant mothers and children, I see both baby-wearing and car-seat-carrying parents on a daily basis. I w...

Seven Reasons to Not Carry Baby Facing Out

Chiropractors recommend wearing your baby facing inward. Here’s why.I love to see parents “wear” their babies! The positive effects of carrying their babies around with them are numerous, and it is heartening to see more and more parents retur...

Baby’s Hungry: A Daddy’s Perspective on Nursing (and Nursing in Public)

I was about 12, riding the D.C. Metrobus home from school, when a woman started complaining loudly about another woman breastfeeding her baby on the bus. I didn’t see anything, so I don’t know if the nursing mother was covered up or not, but that’s...

Vaccination

Most of the medical profession claims the issues surrounding vaccination have been “settled long ago, and laid to rest.” After my experiences in the hospital system and thoroughly examining both sides of the vaccination debate, it is clear that tha...

Mother and Child are Linked at the Cellular Level

The Mother and Child Connection As we approach this Mother’s Day, I wish to honor all mothers and show an understanding of the healing relationship we have shared with our mothers and our children, and how they have reciprocated this...

Adjusting for Life: How Releasing the Power that Made the Body Heals the Body

When Sofia was 2 months old she started having multiple seizures daily. Her parents brought her to specialists throughout South Florida in the hopes of finding an answer. An EEG showed significant epileptic activity and brain waves characteristic of...

Epidural Anesthesia: Important Facts that will Help You Take Charge of Your Birth

Each year, 4 million American women give birth.1 Epidural anesthesia is used in almost two-thirds of labors, making it one the most common obstetric interventions in the United States today.2 In...

Barefootin'

How keeping little feet in the buff helps babies’ brains and nervous systems develop.There is nothing more wondrous than watching as babies begin to learn and explore the world. With innocent joy and excitement, the newness they experience...

Breastfeeding As an Ecofeminist Issue

After Hurricane Katrina, I read a news story about a young mother whose newborn baby died of dehydration during the days in which she had been stranded without access to clean water. Upon admittance to the hospital, the mother was asked if she...

Pre- and Perinatal Experiences for Health and Healing

It has been nearly a century since pre- and perinatal psychology was introduced by Otto Rank, a student and colleague of Sigmund Freud. His slim book, The Trauma of Birth, was a gift to his mentor and friend in 1924. This birthday surprise detailed...

The Gut Microbes and Poop

What Number Two can tell you about the number one person in your life.There’s a topic I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about…to the point that I think I may be obsessed. To put it into perspective, I live in Paris. Just wan...