Blog: Morning ThoughtsThere are always new stories and new ideas. The stories come from mothers, babies, and research. The ideas come from me, after 30+ years of clinical practice, usually in the morning. Hence the category: Morning Thoughts.

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

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 →

Listen to people. . . reflective practice

Right now the US is polarized, in just about every arena. Politics are heartbreakingly scary. People’s Uprising’s posted on social media today, “It’s really cool to be alive in America at this point in history because it’s like the collapse of the Roman Empire but with wi-fi.” While I have been reaching out, talking to anyone,.. read more →

Mind-blowing books for birth and breastfeeding.

When I was pregnant with my first daughter, in 1975, I read Suzanne Arms book Immaculate Deception that revealed another side of the story of labor and birth in the US. What I read resonated deeply with my feelings of distrust for authority, a reluctance to believe what was told to me by an authority, “just.. read more →

Feeling and seeing.

  A long time ago, pediatrician  Dr. Richard Schanler was quoted as saying that new breastfeeding mothers needed to be seen at least once in the first week. This is because he found that new mothers can’t recognize that their babies are showing signs of underfeeding because there is something that protects their vision from.. read more →

Political work is like brushing teeth

You can brush your teeth thoroughly on Sunday, flossing and using a periodontal stimulater and mouthwash. Your teeth will be sparkling clean after that work. To have healthy teeth, you will have to do that every day. Doing it completely and wonderfully on Sunday doesn’t give you an exemption from doing the work on Monday,.. read more →

Forgiveness

For most of my life, forgiveness was an abstract and desired goal, the final square on a spiritual game board that had no rules. I had a vision of forgiveness being an instant, magical event, with a spotlight coming down from heaven to shine on me, and angel voices singing, with a vast improvement in.. read more →