Video: The Power of Oxytocin

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In a culture where overmedication and intervention take place during the birthing process, we may not realize how much we actually miss out on with respect to the powerful effects of birth and birth hormones.  Oxytocin, the hormone that causes us to want to care for, cuddle, keep close, and love our newborn (in short, it's responsible for the parenting behaviours we hope to … [Read more...]

Inductions and Autism

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An ahead-of-press article in JAMA Pediatrics[1] made headlines recently when it reported findings suggesting that the use of inductions and augmentations in labour were associated with an increased risk of autism (but not an autism spectrum disorder; i.e., the focus was on primary autism).   It’s a fascinating study and probably raises more questions than it answers, but in a … [Read more...]

For the Love of Sleep

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I think we all know how obsessed we are in our culture with sleep.  Although infants and children bear the brunt of the worry and obsession, it extends into adulthood as well.  There are countless studies on the benefits of getting enough sleep and getting good sleep.  A good sleep helps us cognitively (focusing, attending to information, learning), it helps our motor skills, … [Read more...]

My Baby Cries Too

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One of the things I’ve realized recently, whether it be through comments on this site or comments in daily interactions, is that when people find out you’re anti-cry-it-out they usually have the following to say about either why they did it or why it can be good: “My baby just gets overtired and needs to cry to get all that extra energy out before she sleeps.”  Sound familiar?  … [Read more...]

Choices in Childbirth: ReBirth Newspaper

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By Tracy G. Cassels We like to think of our society as constantly moving ‘forwards’.  We gain more rights, society becomes more equal, and we admit to problems passed and insist they will not happen again.  However, one realm where we seem to be heading backwards is that of birth.  Today, women are fighting for the right to birth at home, interventions are at an all-time … [Read more...]

Theseus’ Parenting

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I was thinking about parenting the other day and then (oddly) starting thinking about the idea of  Theseus’ Ship (in all fairness, not completely random as it was the philosophical basis for my comprehensive exam paper).  For those of you unaware of the story of Theseus and his Ship, let me provide you with a little synopsis: Theseus, the mythical founder and king of Athens, … [Read more...]

The Benefits of Baby Wearing

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By Tracy G. Cassels One of the simplest yet most effective aspects of Evolutionary Parenting is baby wearing.  I’m also pleased to say it’s one of the ones making a rather large comeback after years of a stroller monopoly.  These days you walk down the street and see many parents – moms and dads – carrying their babies in bjorn’s, ergo’s, wraps, etc., something that was rarely … [Read more...]

To Drug or Not to Drug? The Epidural Debate

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Disclaimer:  The following article involves topics of a medical nature.  This commentary is not supposed to take the place of advice given by a medical professional (midwife or doctor).  It simply provides research information regarding the use of certain drugs and can only be considered general information, not specific advice for a given person. Epidural.  That one little … [Read more...]