Prepare for Pregnancy, Birth, & Parenting

What Makes for a Positive Birth Experience?

June 4, 2010

My two children were both born in midwife-attended hospital births. I opted against using epidural anesthesia for a number of reasons. But the biggest factor, for me, was that with excellent support and relatively short labors I found the discomfort manageable. I trusted my husband and the midwives who were there with me. Looking back, […]

Read the full article →

Spring Mini Series Installment #3 – De-moralizing mom

May 31, 2010

I will start with a direct quote from Babywise because when I read it I actually had to re-read it several times to make sure that I had read it correctly. I quote from page 150 of Babywise “Mother’s decision without assessment can be dangerous… They should not be driven by their emotions.” It isn’t […]

Read the full article →

5 Ways To Care For Yourself Postpartum

March 11, 2010

As soon as the blue line appears on a pregnancy test, many women go to great lengths to keep the fetus growing in our wombs healthy. We may stop drinking diet soda, or stop eating sushi. Some of us quit smoking. We sleep in a position that provides the best blood supply to the placenta, […]

Read the full article →

Overcoming Isolation When a Baby Arrives

March 10, 2010

Welcoming your first baby is a very overwhelming experience for many parents. In North American culture very few of us spend much time around newborns until we have our own. I probably clocked in about 17 minutes total holding other people’s new arrivals before my daughter was born. Most of us just don’t see a […]

Read the full article →

Prepare for Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting Blog Carnival – 2010

February 19, 2010

Welcome to the first of the 2010 Attachment Parenting International Blog Carnivals. Today’s carnival focuses on the 1st Principle of Parenting – Prepare for Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting. Here is an excerpt from the 1st Principle: The remarkable journey of new life is a positive, transformative experience. Pregnancy offers expectant parents an opportunity to prepare […]

Read the full article →

Prepare for Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting Blog Carnival

February 5, 2010

Attention attachment parenting bloggers. The first of the 2010 Attachment Parenting International Principles of Parenting blog carnivals will be posted on February 19, just two weeks away. The February carnival will focus on API’s first Principle of Parenting, Prepare for Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting. Although the submission deadline for this carnival is still a week […]

Read the full article →

Trusting Birth

February 4, 2010

A few days ago I was putting together a letter for the 2010 Trust Birth Conference and it started me on a train of thought that culminated today as I was sitting having the second pedicure of my life at the local beauty school. Let me take you for a little ride. Most of us […]

Read the full article →

Modeling AP Values

January 28, 2010

I spend a lot of time writing and speaking to people about the values I hold as a person who practices attachment/responsive parenting. I try to use facts and logic to respectfully encourage others to research their parenting decisions and embrace ideas that might have been uncomfortable a generation ago, such as full-term breastfeeding and […]

Read the full article →