DEWEY DECIMAL

I went to the weekly “Ring Ding Sing-A-Long” program for children at the library today with Anna (the light of my life, almost 16 months). There was a woman there with a stroller that held three little ones, approximately six months each. She promptly put them on the floor on blankets and it did appear…

FETA and CHOBANI IS ALL I KNOW

(a letter from Nancy in reply to an impassioned e-mail from Greece) Oh Bernice,  I am crying right along with you. You were given such bad advice every step of the way. I am so sorry. It appears as if the addiction to do unnecessary cesareans is not only confined to the USA. Three weeks…

CHARMIN NOTWITHSTANDING?

Ouououou….now you can not only get soft toilet paper, but you can get ultra soft toilet paper. We are so used to thinking that ultra means better…. and so it would stand to reason that ultra-sound would be better than just plain sound, right? Most women have no idea that the little machine with the…

MEXICAN, ANYONE? and THANKS, ANI…

A woman wrote to me just today. She said she is staying home to birth. As far as I’m concerned, she has the best possible chance of avoiding a c-section that way. She’s already had four – I’d say that was enough for anyone, wouldn’t you? If the incision holds up to term, it has…

MOOOOOOOOO

My clients drink little or no milk. We are the only mammals that drink another mammal’s milk. Once weaned, all other mammals refrain from drinking milk. Cow’s milk is really not for humans (hence all that lactose intolerance – or is it all the chemicals that are now put into milk that make it a…

BIRTH BALLS

Our ancestresses didn’t use them. Lightweight as they are, they would have perhaps been somewhat cumbersome to carry out into the fields, where many of our ancients had their babies. I ask my mothers not to sit on them until we are absolutely certain that the baby has its head in the correct position.  In…

SAY “CHEESE!” ????

One of the advantages of a home birth is that the woman/couple gets to orchestrate this event. At most hospitals, you can’t even video the birth. Are you kidding me? And people put up with that???? I mean, not everyone wants to have their birth recorded, but that’s not the point. The point is that…

DO YOU SPEAK PIG LATIN?

Oh oh oh , what woman who wants to feel the full ripeness of her femininity when she is pregnant wants to have a mucous plug – a glob of snot – in her vagina? The Yoni (Sanskrit word for sacred place/space) would never hold on to such a substance – it would sneeze it…

AND I JUST WANTED RAISINS (organic)

So this morning, I was rushing into Whole Foods to get something and asked a stock person if she could assist me in finding the item. She was turned away from me and so I didn’t notice she was pregnant. When I realized she was, I said to her,  “Oh, you are pregnant!”  and she…