The Outer Womb Articles

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...

The Cover Shot Heard ’Round the World

An Interview with Conscious Parenting Revolutionary Jamie GrumetRock singer Alanis Morissette nailed it when she wrote during the media frenzy surrounding the Time magazine cover featuring Jamie Grumet nursing her 3-year-old son:...

A Natural Age of Weaning

Cultures around the world have very different beliefs about when children should be weaned, from very early in the United States to very late in some places. One often hears that the worldwide average age of weaning is 4.2 years, but this figure is...

What’s in Your Baby’s Formula?

Breastfeeding has long been considered the best option for mother and child. Now, compared to most major formula brands available, breastfeeding is really the only option. Most infant formulas have added DHA and ARA, two important essential fatty...

Societal Barriers to Breastfeeding

When people think of breastfeeding difficulties, the things that probably come to mind are supply issues, bad latch, cracked nipples, constant feedings and the like. Certainly, there are women who are afflicted by those difficulties and who cannot...

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...

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....

Also labeled: Author Gloria Lemay, Issue #33

Happy Healthy Child: A Holistic Approach

An Interview with Bruce Lipton By Sarah KamrathEarlier this year, filmmaker Sarah Kamrath sat down with Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., for an interview about a holistic approach to parenting for her Happy Healthy Child DVD series. Lipton, the author...

All In The Timing: Why Delaying Cord Clamping Benefits Your Baby

Umbilical cord blood is a baby’s lifeblood until birth. It contains many wonderfully precious cells, like stem cells and red blood cells—and recently, scientists have discovered that umbilical cord blood contains cancer-fighting T cells, as well....

Also labeled: Author Kelly Winder, Issue #32

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...

Breastfeeding Boobytraps: Five Cultural Misconceptions that Come Between Baby and Breast

A few weeks ago my 15-month-old son weaned from breastfeed- ing. It was an event that passed almost unnoticed because it happened so gradually, and it was a day or two before I realized he hadn’t nursed. When I stopped to think about it, I knew it w...

In It for the Long Haul: A Dad's Opinion on Breastfeeding

My name is James, and I fully support the breastfeeding mothers of the world. “Ahhhh,” you say, “he must live in California.” Nope. I live in New England. “Well, then he must be one of those ‘dot-edu’ types: lectures, tweed coats...

Also labeled: Author James Latham, Issue #30

The Benefits of Baby Carrying

Horizontal transport stresses an infant’s body… while the upright position provides a variety of health benefits. Europe seems to host the greatest number of pediatricians who recommend that, in order to avoid pressure on their und...

From Russia, With Love

Adopting a child is enriching and rewarding…and brings with it a variety of health challenges If you’re like most women, you dream of getting pregnant one day and having a little baby. I certainly did. When the time was rig...

Understanding Your Baby’s Cries

One of the inevitable realizations experienced by new parents is that there are times when your baby will cry, and be seemingly inconsolable. This often leaves you, the parent, feeling inadequate, frustrated or as though you’ve done something w...

Making Motherhood Mindful

Mindful motherhood, simply put, means being present in your body and connected with your baby. It’s being aware of your experience from moment to moment, as it is happening, without pushing the moment away, trying to make it stay, or judging it as b...