Despite flame retardant and other chemicals found in breast milk, breast is still best

When I made the decision to breastfeed my children, I did so confident in the knowledge that I was doing the best thing for both their health and mine. After all, studies have consistently shown there are numerous health benefits to both mother and baby. ...more

You know, I'd shied away from doing so because Matt is reading it right now. And also because ...more

Pregnant With a Hungry Corpse

About a year ago, I began this piece. I forgot about it and never finished it. But I just came across it again. Lately I've been feeling the need to revisit the depression I felt so overwhelmingly when I was pregnant and for the first few months after the birth. Perhaps I'll post more of it if I can get myself to sit down and really finish this piece. It feels like it might be important to finish as I come upon my one-year anniversary of hitting bottom... ____________________ ...more

Many African maternal deaths are preventable, Bush provides malaria relief

A recent study revealed that a surprisingly large number of deaths among pregnant women in developing nations are from infectious diseases such as malaria, as opposed to from pregnancy-related illnesses. The findings suggest that many of these deaths are preventable. ...more

We really take for granted how far our heath care has come- it is so sad in this day and age so ...more

Maternal Deaths - Preventable

In the time that it takes you to read this post, at least one woman will die from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth. One woman dies, every minute. A new study shows that the majority of maternal deaths are caused by infection or infectious disease and are preventable. ...more

Thanks for this important information, Denise.


I Can Feel It Clogging Up The Air Tonight

As I've mentioned in this space before, my husband and I recently moved our family out of the city, to a small town in the country. We were looking for wide open spaces, fresh air, quaint village bakeries, the sort of healthy-crunchy-outdoorsy thing that we assumed to would better serve the end of raising of a healthy and well-rounded family. And we certainly found it, in spades. ...more

Hey, I'm right there with you. Until this week, we had the entire world's largest carbon ...more

Helping African girls stay in school - one pad at a time?

In 2007 FemCare, the Procter & Gamble (P&G) unit that makes Always pads and Tampax tampons, started a program called "Protecting Futures" to donate Always disposable sanitary pads to girls in southern Africa in hopes of keeping African girls in school. In Africa, where adequate menstrual supplies are generally nonexistent, it is not uncommon for girls to use newspapers, rags or camel skin to try contain their period. ...more

I largely agree with you.

The fact is, P&G is getting spreading the word about this problem. ...more

The Ravages of Naples

Lately, Naples has made the press for the trash piled high to the sky. But just this week, it was the scene of a far more ghastly mess, lurking just below the surface and in the hearts of men. Like Mt. Vesuvius, it unleashed its toxins which had been building up over the last 30 years -- when the Abortion Law 194 gave women in Italy the Right to Choose. ...more

I'll keep my eyes peeled, but, you'll be glad to know that what transpired in Naples has gone to ...more

Toxin Avengers

I'm the sort of person whose first reaction when she hears bad news is to stick her fingers in her ears and chant la-la-la-la-la. Economy taking a turn for the worse? Cow farts burning up the ozone layer? La-la-la-la-la-la. But if the news is really scary? I take my fingers out of my ears and go running around like a madwoman looking for information. To the point where I get somewhat obsessive and - my doctor tells me - prone to anxiety. The thing is, though, sometimes one has good reason to be anxious. ...more

I like the lifewithoutplastic site's "Facts on Plastic" ...more

Senate HELP Committee Meets Thursday to Mark Up MOTHERS Act for Postpartum Depression

FEBRUARY 14, at 10am, the Senate's HELP committee will mark up the new Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act Bill ... Let's ask the HELP committee to send a Valentine to America's mothers by finishing up the bill and sending it to the Senate floor for a final vote.  ...more

Life In Plastic, Not Fantastic

I'd better just admit this right up front: I am terrible at limiting the number of plastic shopping bags that cross our threshold. It's not that I'm not committed to reducing our consumption of plastic bags - I have multiple recyclable shopping bags stashed in closets and cupboards all over our house - it's that, well, I'm just not so good at the whole remembering thing. As in, remembering to bring said recyclable shopping bags with me when I, you know, go shopping. ...more

I love the idea of making yourself buy more reusable bags if you forget to bring yours in with ...more