Guest Post: One Dad on Being There

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By Kurt W. Kroeck It seems appropriate, somehow, to be writing this just 5 days before my son Thomas turns a year old.  I know that there’s a lot of buzz on the internet about different parenting issues, concerns, and styles. I also know that when my partner Holly and I talked about how we were going to do things, I wasn’t familiar with a lot of the things she planned. When … [Read more...]

Thirty Billion Dollars and Counting

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Luckily very few people (outside those who work with formula companies) argue the devastating effects of a lack of breastfeeding in developing nations where preventable diseases run rampant and we’re losing approximately 830,000 children a year who should still be alive[1].  Child mortality runs rampant and families spend precious money on formula when they could be saving … [Read more...]

Kids in Cars

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By Tracy G. Cassels Today I shared the story of a NZ mom who left her sleeping infant in the car while she did some grocery shopping.  My own point of view is this:  I would not do this because the thought of my child waking up with me gone and crying for me and me not being there is something I could never do.  It’s why we co-sleep, it’s why I babywear (well, wore, she … [Read more...]

Reflections On “One of Those Years”.

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By Tracy G. Cassels With the close of 2012 coming, I’ve been hearing people say that 2012 was “one of those years”.  Something we say about a year when it hasn’t been what we’d hoped, and thus something I hear on a regular basis every year.  It has made me realize that I’m not sure what our expectations are for the years as they pass.  What constitutes a good year?  We might … [Read more...]

To Lose A Mother

Tracy and Brian's Wedding

By Tracy G Cassels June 11th, 2012: I woke up this morning and thought to myself that I didn’t like the word “skort”.  That was the highlight of my morning thought process.  I finished packing, got my daughter up, and got us ready for our trip back to Toronto.  We were going for a yearly visit before my daughter turned two to avoid paying a full fare for her.  We got to … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Does It Really Matter? (A Poem)

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Trisha Lawrie has kindly shared three incredibly powerful poems regarding birth and I am thrilled to share them.  I feel they speak to so much that we speak of on EP and give voice to experiences that, sadly, far too many women experience during the birth process.  Though "enjoy" isn't quite the right word, I hope you find these as moving and powerful as I have.  This is the … [Read more...]

Ask EP: Mother-Infant Responses

Ask EP

Q:  Any articles you can recommend on maternal nervous system response? When my little guy cries I feel like I can't hear anything else and like my skin is on fire until I get to him. Love to somehow explain this to my partner. -          Christine S. A:  What you’re referring to is the beginning (or later) stages of mother-infant synchrony.  It’s a very common phenomenon in … [Read more...]

Birth Story: Lindsey from South Yorkshire, England

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Prior to becoming a mother I knew virtually nothing about babies and parenting. I have one brother who is only 4 years younger than me, so don't really remember him as a baby. None of my friends have babies. And the only time I can ever remember holding one was when I was a kid... and I dropped it! I'm not quite sure what made me want to have a baby, given that they have pretty … [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...]

Tragic Accident or Murder?

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By Tracy G. Cassels I recently came across an article in the Guardian on the outcry by American women over the fact that certain pregnant women are facing murder charges for losing their babies in utero[i].  On the surface of it, it sounds outrageous and we should have every right to be furious over what’s going on – it seems like it’s just another attempt of the state to … [Read more...]