Ain't no power like the power of the mama

About nine months after I had my first child, I went (with the kiddo in tow) to my first Mothers Acting Up meeting. It was my first foray, at least post-children, into an organized activist group. While the timing wasn't right for me to become a regular member, I gleaned a piece of knowledge from that meeting that I think will always stay with me. That is that mothers as a whole are a very, very large group, and if they use their power for good, they can become a force to be reckoned with. ...more

I think one of the main keys to unlocking this issue is the mindset so many mothers get ...more

Baby On Booby, To Go

When I first started breastfeeding my first child, I was totally anxious about nursing in public. Was anyone looking? Was anyone freaked out by my boob? I sought out nursing rooms wherever I could, until it became clear that if I was to move about in the world with my child and not spend all of my time in stuffy nursing rooms or - horror - washroom stalls, I would have to chill out and just bare the booby. And so I did. And it was, mostly, fine. ...more

I wonder if they have these discussions so much in other parts of the world (forgive me for ...more

Bookstores' Neglect of PPD Moms Leads to Bookstore Challenge

I've come to realize that for some reason, there are a lot of booksellers out there who just don't feel it's important to offer a single book on postpartum depression or related illnesses for sale in their stores. I don't know why. I think that's a major disservice to women everywhere. ...more

As my daughter turns 4, I'm thankful for health care

In less than a week, my firstborn child, my baby girl Ava will turn 4. While this isn't often considered a major milestone, it is still very dear to my heart, being her mother and all. It got me thinking about how good we have it here in North America. I feel fortunate to live in a country where we have access to things such as clean water, nutritious food and medical care. ...more

 When my daughter was about 5, she got the flu. It was one of the worst cases ever. She ...more

Is Cervical Cancer Preventable?

According to the people behind the digene HPV test, hell, yes. Let me just repeat that: Cervical cancer is preventable. But there's a hitch: Cervical cancer is caused by HPV, of genital warts fame. So ew, what good girl would want to get tested for HPV? What married woman, what teenager? After listening to a webinar this week with Marissa Jaret Winokur of Hairspray and Dancing with the Stars and hearing about her battle with cervical cancer (her Pap didn't test positive until AFTER she had the cancer) that left her unable to bear children except through a surrogate, I decided to dig in a little to this whole HPV test thing. ...more

As I feel the risks were few and the potential good is great, my 12 yr old is getting the ...more

Everyone's eager to meet baby, but are elective inductions safe?

Elective inductions are on the rise in the United States, and while this means many excited mothers get to meet their babies sooner than if they waited for labor to begin spontaneously, it also means they are much more likely to meet their babies as a result of a cesarean section, which of course comes with it's own set of risks to both mother and child. According to a study linked on Birthfriend's Place to Ponder: ...more

I'm so glad everything turned out OK with your induction, despite Cytotec being involved. At ...more

Loss of insurance - another price to pay after a c-section?

An article in the New York Times this weekend reported that some women are being forced to pay higher health insurance premiums or are being denied insurance coverage all together if they've had a Caesarean section in their past. Peggy Robertson of Centennial, Colo., was turned down for individual health coverage by Golden Rule Insurance Company because she had given birth by c-section. No matter that she was in perfect health. ...more

Having been in the industry for a while, initially on the operations side, there are a lot of ...more

China's heroic mother and the importance of breastfeeding in natural disasters

By now many of you have probably read about police officer Jiang Xiaojuan of China who became a national, and then international, hero practically over night. After the devastating Chinese earthquake on May 12, the 29 year-old mother of a 6-month-old son, was called to duty. What she encountered when she reported for duty was babies crying in hunger and that's when her maternal instincts kicked in. ...more

I loved this story when I read it. So touching. A true mom ...more

Where DOES gold come from? You don't want to know.

Five years ago, I hadn't heard of Tegucigalpa and it's been at least that long since I've played a game of pool, but still I found myself there in October, teaching a group of Guatemalan Mayan men the ropes. Honestly, I wouldn't have been so confident as to teach them had I thought they'd ever played before, because I am a fraud. Knowing only the basic rules, I'm not qualified to be a teacher, but they were eager to learn and I couldn't refuse an opportunity to bond with them outside of the day's more serious agenda. ...more

Garden Shopping Goes Green at BlogHers ACT Canada

May's focus at BlogHers ACT Canada is on eco-gardening.  Does this sound redundant to you?  Ideally, all gardening practices would be ecologically friendly, but the fact of the matter is, many are not. Every year, thousands of gardeners all over North America head out to shop for flowers and vegetables, taking all kinds of non-biodegradable plastics home along with their plants.  Most municipalities do not recycle these pots and flats, which then end up in landfill sites. ...more