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Vaccination Exemption in Texas

On 20 August 2009 , tags: health, life, parenting 2 Comments

In addition to medical and religious reasons, I recently learned that Texas and Arkansas have been added to the list of 20 states that allow for "philosophical" exemptions from vaccinations. By stating that you are opposed to vaccinations based on your philosophies, your children can be exempt from getting any or all vaccinations. It is not necessary to state your ...

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Newborn Crawl to Initiate Breastfeeding

On 18 August 2009 , tags: breastfeeding 0 Comments

I love the video of a newborn crawling up it mother to feed. I wish the poor baby was a bit more dried off and had a hat on, but overall, it is a great demonstration. Evidence shows that 22% of all deaths among babies in developing countries may be prevented by early breastfeeding initiation. The breast crawl is ...

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It's Up For Discussion

On 17 August 2009 , tags: etc… 0 Comments

Thanks to all my faithful readers! I want to hear from you. Vote for the topics you want to know more about on my new poll to the right. Or, if there is something else you want to read up on, leave a comment or send me an email.

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My Current Read: Making Babies

On 16 August 2009 , tags: life 0 Comments

Making Babies: The Science of Pregnancy by David Bainbridge The cover really grabbed me! This book is a bit over my head, but has some fascinating, scientific information about how sex and pregnancy has evolved over the last several hundred years and really since the beginning of time. It is amazing how much we were not able to know and discover ...

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The Seduction of Induction

On 15 August 2009 , tags: birth 0 Comments

As a doula, I have to be up to date on all the statistics, findings, pros, cons, and all the other information out there on induction of labor. According to statistics, induction of labor accounts for42% of all births (research done by www.solaceformothers.org). I think it is important to point out that in most cases their is no evidence of ...

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Can You Relate?

On 13 August 2009 , tags: fertility 0 Comments

First of all, I want to say thanks for all the great comments on the Attachment Parenting post below. I think that the diversity in parenting is great. I do not have children yet, so I have not tried any parenting techniques. I will be curious to see what we pick and choose to use to form our own ...

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Attachment Parenting: The Science Behind the Style

On 12 August 2009 , tags: mothering, parenting 6 Comments

Okay, attachment parenting it is!Attachment Parenting is the special bond between you and your baby. It means the mother (and father) are in harmony with the needs of the baby. It usually refers to the mother more because the mother-infant attachment can be stronger than that with the father mostly due to breastfeeding and the ...

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What Do You Want?

On 09 August 2009 , tags: birth, pregnancy 1 Comments

Hello Friends! I have missed you. I just returned from a DONA (Doulas of North America) conference in Atlanta. It was a packed three days of much information that I cannot wait to share with you. We had speakers who are well known to the field and are authors, educators, and professionals such as Dr. Robert Sears, Penny Simkin, Marshall ...

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FAM "Miss-Conception"

On 28 July 2009 , tags: fertility, health, pregnancy 2 Comments

Natural methods of birth control have kind of gotten a bad reputation. I hear women say "I got pregnant using those methods". If used correctly, this will not happen. But, FAM and NFP are often confused with the rhythm method. The rhythm method is an unreliable method of family planning in which the fertile phase of the cycle is calculated ...

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Why I am a FAM girl

On 27 July 2009 , tags: fertility, pregnancy 2 Comments

FAM - Fertility Awareness Method and NFP - Natural Family Planning Methods I often use the description of birth control like this. Men are fertile every single day of their lives from the age they hit puberty until the day they die. Women are fertile 12-24 hours of each month. So, to me, the idea that birth control methods that fall completely ...

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