Birth Story – Shawna from Australia

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Baby Adelle, Let me tell you a story about an end and a beginning. This story takes place over a very short period of time, only twelve hours, but being as it was the end of Life As We Knew It, the beginning of Motherhood for me, and the beginning of Life for you, it is a significant one. It's the story of our journey through your coming into this world. The night before … [Read more...]

Birth Story – Alex from Adelaide, AU

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Alexandra writes over at 'Alive and Blogging: The life of a modern day cave-mama'. She is mother to nearly 2 year old Evangeline, and step-mother to 5 year old Grace. She writes about her journey towards living a more conscious, natural and back-to-basics lifestyle, including everything from her parenting choices to what her family eats to how her family lives. I have always … [Read more...]

Birth Story – Sam from the UK

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On Sunday, 6th June, we went to a BBQ and I ate FAR too much. I had the most horrible tummy ache. A couple of people joked that it was Peanut making a move, but it was JUST indigestion. I think. Anywho, I barely slept at all night until about 4:30am, when I managed an hour before I needed to get up (again) for the loo. I drifted off again just after DH went to work and I was … [Read more...]

Guest Post: A Letter Regarding Birth and Breastfeeding

Source: Tracy Cassels

The following is an email sent to Professor Elizabeth Armstrong of Princeton University after she wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Times on the use of formula in hospitals.  I believe they both make wonderful points and hope more people consider all the factors that can help women and babies have the best start in life Dear Prof. Armstrong, I just finished reading your … [Read more...]

Birth Story – Lizzie from the UK

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On 26th September 2009, my mother-in-law called us in the morning to tell us she'd had a vivid dream the night before that Lily had been born. I was not over 42 weeks by this point, but I was definitely starting to feel rather ready to birth this baby, finishing my last letter to Lily in her special book with "Oh darling, come quickly to us, you are so welcome here!" The … [Read more...]

One Step At A Time

Evolutionary Parenting - My Birth Story

“The plural of anecdote is not data.” As most of you will know, I’m a firm believer in providing evidence to back any statement.  When I witness campaigns based on anecdotal evidence, it drives me mad.  Hearing people say, “If my story helps change things…” drives me mad, especially when it contradicts the research (anti-co-sleeping campaigns, I’m looking at you).  And yet, … [Read more...]

Re:Birth Volume 5

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By Tracy G. Cassels I must admit that every time I open up an issue of Re:Birth and go through it to do this little write up, I feel like it’s something that has been written just the other day.  It’s a sad reminder of how far we have to go to get things back to the way they used to be.  I want to highlight the primary article in this current volume though as it is the … [Read more...]

My Birthing Story

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By Tracy G. Cassels I should preface this anecdotal article on my birth experience and the lessons I learned from it by explaining my past a little.  Me and my siblings were all born at home (you can read the story of my birth as written by my mother in the 2nd installment of Re:Birth, linked here).  My mother hates doctors, hospitals, and anything to do with the medical … [Read more...]

Re:Birth Volume 2

Rebirth Magazine

By Tracy G. Cassels In this second issue of Re:Birth, there are articles on the Ultrasound (which was quite new at the time), mothering the mother, VBACs (yes, they were talking about them 20 years ago) and C-sections, support during labour, and breastfeeding policies. I would like to briefly discuss one piece though – ‘Reflections’ by Maaike Asselbergs (as a personal … [Read more...]

Celebrity Mom: Mayim Bialik

Celebrity Mom: Mayim Bialik

By Tracy G. Cassels When you first think of Mayim Bialik, a young chipper Blossom probably comes to mind.  Or if you’re on the younger end, you probably think of Amy Farrah Fowler (my personal favourite of her work).  Or you may think of her as the actress who got a Ph.D. in Neuroscience (and I do believe we can use “the”, not “a” for that category).  What most people are … [Read more...]