Blog: Morning ThoughtsThere are always new stories and new ideas. The stories come from mothers, babies, and research. The ideas come from me, based on 46+ years of clinical practice, and observation. The ideas arrive mostly in the morning. Hence the category: Morning Thoughts.

If YOU have a story to share, contact me and I will put it up.

Postpone jury duty for breastfeeding.

In 1975 and again in 1990, I was summoned for jury duty. At those times, I was also breastfeeding my babies. There was no way I could leave my babies to give my full attention to a trial. I would have had to leave the trial every few hours to take milk out. This would.. read more →

Long-Acting Reversible Contraception

A paragraph from this recent study jumped out at me:  ( Pearlman Shapiro, Marit et al. “Breastfeeding and contraception counseling: a qualitative study.” BMC pregnancy and childbirth vol. 22,1 154. 25 Feb. 2022, doi:10.1186/s12884-022-04451-2) “Among women who attended a prenatal visit at Montefiore, more than one-third did not return for a postpartum visit, highlighting a.. read more →

Observations from a 20-year old nursing student.

I did my maternity rotation at Bellevue Hospital in 1970. Even then, at age 20,  I was horrified at the care given by hospital staff. I wrote this essay for a class assignment. I wonder about the impact on all the nursing students who were taught to accept, to abet, and to function in a.. read more →

What’s happened to birth control options?

When I was growing up, birth control meant a variety of things: vaginal cream, diaphragms, condoms, the rhythm method, and the Pill.  Today, when someone says “I’m on birth control”, everyone knows they mean hormonal stuff. How did birth control come to mean only hormonal methods? After watching a terrific movie last night with my.. read more →

Keep your lungs healthy.

In 10th grade,  we high school students had to watch a scary video in our health/gym class about smoking. We were exhorted never to smoke, and saw ghoulish photographs of blackened shrunken lungs contrasted with juicy pink healthy ones.  Later, when we got on the bus to go home, a flock of students rushed to.. read more →

Snow White and the Stolen Kiss.

Some people are complaining about the Disney cartoon movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The handsome Prince brought the sleeping Snow White back to life and love by kissing her as she lay in spellbound sleep. The Prince didn’t ask Snow White’s permission; Snow White was in no condition to give permission. Consent.. read more →