Birth

Helping Breastfeeding Mothers in Haiti: One Women’s Experience

Following is a Guest Post from my friend HopeAllison Dwiggins. HopeAllyson is an IBCLC who recently traveled to Haiti with Circle of Health International. For a week she provided lactation support in a maternity clinic in Fond Parisien and the surrounding community. She taught classes to nurses and expectant mothers, as well as assisting mothers who had just given birth in ...

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Damaged By Accidentally Breastfeeding Someone Else’s Baby? Seriously??

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Jennifer and Scott Spiegel are suing the hospital in which Ms. Spiegel gave birth because she was accidentally brought the wrong baby to breastfeed. I haven’t found a copy of the legal Complaint seeking damages in excess of $30,000 for the couple, but in every interview with the Spiegels I can find there is no allegation that ...

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Not Another Blog Post About Breastfeeding and Weight Loss

When I was pregnant with my first son, I gave myself permission to eat as much as I wanted. On some level I decided “you’re eating for two now” could reasonably be interpreted as “you’re eating for twelve now.” Having had a long history of binge eating and binge dieting, being pregnant gave me a margin of error I had ...

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Babies as Commodities: Will the Suleman Octuplets Be the Next Dionnes?

In a dark chapter of Canadian history, the Dionne quintuplets were a more popular tourist attraction than Niagara Falls.  Back in 1934, the first known surviving quintuplets involved no reproductive technology – ethical or unethical.  The Dionne girls were the product of one egg, fertilized during sexual intercourse, splitting into five embryos.  What happened after they were born was a different matter ...

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Bringing Baby to Work: Maternity Leave Alternative?

Most mothers either want or need to both mother their children and work for a wage. It always surprises me that some find that a controversial statement. It is pretty hard (though some try) to dispute the economic necessity of waged labor for mothers in the U.S. (where I live) today.  I won’t go down the “but what if she ...

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