Birth Story: My CBAC & the Practice of Acceptance

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By Sheetal Daswani Seeing the phrase “MY CBAC” in print can occasionally have the power to be painfully debilitating. I so strongly yearned for a VBAC. Yet, when I search deeply into my own psyche, I am confronted with the fact that I got everything I wanted for my baby out of my CBAC. I did not get everything I wanted for me, but I got everything I wanted for my baby. It is … [Read more...]

An Open Letter on Support

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To the parent who is asking that we just support one another, no matter what each of us has chosen on our parenting path… I first have to tell you that I hear you.   I hear you on the confusion over different pieces of conflicting advice.  I hear you on how difficult it is to face family and friends telling you that you “must” sleep train or wean or supplement.  I hear you … [Read more...]

Review: The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective Discipline

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By Tracy G. Cassels The newest addition to Little Hearts book is a short handbook on discipline.  If you’ve read other Little Hearts books you know the focus is to get right to the heart of the issues in a clear, quick manner and on this note, The Gentle Parent does not disappoint.  If you’ve read Two Thousand Kisses a Day or Whispers Through Time, you know that L.R. Knost has … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Living with a Reflux Baby

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By Jennifer Harrell When the average person thinks about infant reflux, or GERD, they often equate it to spit-up – not a big deal, something “all babies do”. Speaking as the parent of a child with severe reflux, I can say that it really is a big deal. It is an emotionally draining misadventure full of heartache, stress and frustration.  As my husband and I say, our entry into … [Read more...]

Pinky McKay’s Interview With Me

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On Wednesday June 10th, I had the honest-to-goodness pleasure of having a long chat with the wonderful Pinky McKay.  We focused on a talk about "happy babies"... listen herein to know what was said and to find out more about the series on Happy Babies :) For example, we spoke of how certain current parenting practices are counter to the evolutionary adaptiveness of babies, … [Read more...]

Why “Delayed” Cord Clamping Should Be the Norm

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By Tracy G. Cassels In today’s modern birthing picture, you finish birthing your baby and the doctor immediately clamps the cord and you wait to expel the placenta before cutting.  However, this isn’t actually the norm around the world (though notably there is variability worldwide in clamping practices currently).  Often, mothers engage in what is, in our culture, called … [Read more...]

Five Reasons to Wear Your Baby

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This piece was originally published as a guest post on the Ergo Baby Blog, which you can visit here.  For my review of the Ergo Carrier, see here. By Tracy Cassels It seems that in many Western societies, one of the first things people do when they find out they’re expecting is to look at strollers, baby carriers, bassinets, anything that will hold your child for you.  And … [Read more...]

The Importance of Partner Support

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Note: This piece was originally posted back in 2011 but I have updated it and edited it to repost now because I feel it's just as important now as it was then but needed a little updating! If you’re old enough to remember the 80s and early 90s, you’ll probably remember the hoopla over single mothers and how awful they were.  It seemed to come to a head with Murphy Brown, a … [Read more...]

Do C-Sections Impair Maternal Responsiveness?

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By Tracy G. Cassels I’m continuously amazed at how biased the popular media has become when it comes to parenting and infancy.  Given how the media blasts you with information on it being good to CIO or put your infant in a room alone, or how formula is just as good as breastmilk, you’d think there was no research to the contrary.  But there is.  It just doesn’t seem to fit … [Read more...]

Birth Story – Sam in NZ

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My birth was perfect. It was everything I had planned and expected it to be, albeit I had no idea what I was expecting! I planned a homebirth because I hate hospitals and that environment was not somewhere I wanted to birth my baby into. My stress levels would have been elevated just being there. Homebirth and breastfeeding is a part of my family culture. All of my five … [Read more...]