The Human Rights and Parent Issue of Circumcision

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By Tracy G. Cassels Today is Blog Action day and the topic is Human Rights.  It seems the perfect day to announce on EP that I have taken up a new role: I am now a member of the Advisory Board for the Children’s Health and Human Rights Partnership.  What is this?  It’s a Canadian group of doctors, midwives, nurses, policy writers, IT professionals, and, well, me who agree to … [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 … [Read more...]

Reasons Babies Cry and Wake at Night

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By Tracy G. Cassels With all the press scrambling to tell parents just to leave their kids to cry-it-out at night (see my response to the latest here), I thought I’d just present a few of the many reasons a baby or toddler may be waking and/or crying in the night.  And why you should respond. They are hungry.  Especially younger babies need to nurse frequently and … [Read more...]

One Year Later

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By Tracy G. Cassels It’s been exactly one year since I woke up, got on a plane to Toronto for a family visit to celebrate my mom’s birthday and my daughter’s birthday.  I hadn’t been back in almost a year because of cost.  (And who wants to visit in the dead of winter???)  My husband was meeting me a couple days later and I got off the plane and headed to my dad’s where I … [Read more...]

Circumcision and STIs: Should We Care?

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By Tracy G. Cassels "If you are ever presented with a multifaceted social problem and the first solution that springs to your mind is "We'd better cut off part of everyone's penis," you might want to consider another line of work." Fatherhood For Geeks I received a comment today on my circumcision series questioning whether I had fully considered the role of circumcision in … [Read more...]

Birth Story: Allison

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Dearest Little Ones- Here is the story of your amazing birth. :) Like I mentioned before, we had to check into the hospital at 9pm on Wednesday night, May 16th. When we arrived we didn't have to wait very long in the reception area because we were already preregistered. They took us back to our room and got mommy into a big ugly hospital gown. Before I laid down in the … [Read more...]

The Media and Birth: Influences and Consequences

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By Tracy G. Cassels In Part 1, I spoke about some examples of how the media treats birth, focusing on four major themes that seem to emerge: speed, pain, fear, and danger.  If you think about discussions with people who do not spend time around pregnancy and birth, they are often the categories comments fall into, pain probably being the most prominent one.  Britney Spears … [Read more...]

The Media and Birth: How the Media Views Birth

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By Tracy G. Cassels When I was pregnant I had a discussion with one of my midwives at a visit about how birth is portrayed on TV and movies.  She shared that for her and most midwives she knew, they just couldn’t suspend disbelief long enough to actually enjoy any episode or part of a movie that covered birth.  I get that.  It’s a problem many people in professions have when … [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...]

Guest Post: Words That I Remember

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By Anonymous Sticks and stones may break my bones, But words can also hurt me. Sticks and stones break only skin, While words are ghosts that haunt me. Pain from words has left its scar On mind and heart that’s tender. Cuts and bruises now have healed, It’s words that I remember. - Unknown *** My early life wasn’t just filled with the ups and downs of living with … [Read more...]