New mothers also go through 9 stages of attachment

In 2011, Dr. Ann Marie Widstrom published an article entitled ” Newborn behaviour to locate the breast when skin-to-skin: a possible method for enabling early self-regulation.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20712833 After decades of observing newborns after birth, Dr. Widstrom noticed a pattern of 9 stages of behavior that a newborn goes through between the birth cry and sleep:  this.. read more →

21st century mothering.

I have been working with babies, birth, breastfeeding, mothers and families since 1975. That’s a lifetime. I get to have opinions, based on observation and on seeing patterns, one of the joys of living to be older.  The opinions are mine, and are shared here as a thought-provoking exercise. I am limited by my own.. read more →

Truth in Advertising

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6 months after delivery, and still wanting to breastfeed.

RP got pregnant after the first act of aiming (“Surprise!”) and felt happy and well all along. In the 5th month of pregnancy, her baby was found to have several organ defects. The world changed.   At 28 weeks, she started weekly ultrasounds. She always felt that her baby was fine, despite continual worry and.. read more →

Stories from the birth world.

Liz works as a doula, a professional labor assistant. She says, “I walk a fine line when I work in a hospital. I am there for the birth woman and her partner and family. And, I am always under scrutiny by the hospital staff. Sometimes I am welcomed by the nurses as they are so.. read more →

History and tips about breastfeeding

How we got into the habit of encouraging mothers to throw their milk away. Breastfeeding entered the mainstream in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, after being lost to public awareness for a long, long time.  Some brilliant women of the 1940s and 50s were among the rare ones to breastfeed. They paid attention to what.. read more →