For years I dreamt of motherhood. Everywhere I looked, there were pregnant women and mothers. I was an aunty. Being an Aunty is great. Until you want to be a Mother. My heart would wrench as I watched my beautiful nieces reach up to my sister and wrap their arms around her neck. I longed … More The Tenacious Breastfeeder
You feel like you have made an Informed Decision, you have agonised over your options, after first insisting that there HAD to be another option. Never one to accept the Status Quo, you ask – WHY? If someone tells you you HAVE TO or you SHOULD BE, this makes you ask – WHY? It can … More Why aren’t more people asking why?
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When I first became pregnant, I assumed I would breastfeed for at least 12 months. Most people I knew had breastfeed about that long (or less), I had been breastfeed for 14 months alongside my twin. I grew up with stories of how we would ‘drive by feed’, as my mum would be feeding one … More The Natural Age of Weaning
The Killing Season is a new series reflecting on the Rudd-Gillard years in Australian Politics. This goes to air on ABC for the next three Tuesdays. My feeling is that Rudd is a narcissist, he charmed us all and it all started well. The Apology was a great moment. Especially when everyone turned their back on … More The Killing Season
The normal biological process at birth is for the cord to be left alone until it has finished delivering blood to the baby. This post, by the very thorough Kate Emerson, explains the biological importance of cord blood as part of a normal birth. She also cautions against being hoodwinked by cord banking advertisements. Birth … More Newborn blood, truth and advertising