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.

Today’s political issues are bipartisan.

My country is polarized.  One side is arguing, “let’s keep the air clean” and the other side is arguing, “let’s make the air dirtier.” Does this make any sense? Everyone has to breathe. . . and have clean clear water to drink. This is a bipartisan issue affecting every single person. My country is polarized.  Sometimes one.. read more →

Picking up a penny.

I’ve always picked up money that lies in my path. I figure if the universe has put money down for me, I’d be foolish to ignore it because it wasn’t as much money as I want. Usually it is pennies. I’ve probably earned 10 dollars in pennies over the past 30 years. 1000 pennies; it adds.. read more →

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 →