Biological Nurturing: The Laid-back Breastfeeding Revolution

Author and breastfeeding consultant, Suzanne Colson, details a new neurobehavioral approach to breastfeeding initiation.

The Two Faces of Postdate Pregnancies

As practitioners, it is our duty to examine the attitudes we have developed as well as the language and terminology we use. Our society defines a pregnancy with a gestation of 40 weeks plus 1 day as overdue. This notion is planted deeply in our culture with origins I was unable to unearth. Many factors come into play surrounding this issue, including some subjective considerations beginning with dating a pregnancy.

Kitty Breastfeeding

Why don’t cats have breastfeeding problems? If we answer this we might have an answer to human breastfeeding problems. When Momma Cat had her babies—see last issue’s editorial—they began breastfeeding even before the other babies were born.

Engaging the Senses as Midwifery Tools

A homebirth midwife shares how all of the senses (touch, taste sight, sound and smell) are valuable to the midwife for gathering important information during a woman’s pregnancy and labor.

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Adapting Birth Services for Incarcerated Mothers

The Prison Birth Project shares the unfortunate situations of incarcerated mothers and their “inherently traumatic” birth experiences. Fortunately, the doula care PBP provides has had such an effect on these women that the cycle of violence is stopping in some of their lives.

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The Role of the Shy Hormone in Breastfeeding

A look at how the hormone oxytocin behaves similarly to a shy person “who does not appear among strangers or observers.

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