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The extent and magnificence of the medical discoveries made during the last hundred years is beyond both praise and gratitude. But now that many of the troubles and dangers have been overcome, we must move on - not to save more lives, but actually to bring happiness to replace the agony of fear. For although the consciousness of a woman's discomfort can now be dispelled, it is only at a price, for with it goes the awareness of birth and the joyful sensations and emotions that should accompany it. Now we must bring a fuller life, truer to natural law, to women.
-Dr. Grantly Dick-Read, M.D

The truth for women living in a modern world is that they must take increasing responsibility for the skills they bring into birth if they want their birth to be natural. Making choices of where and with whom to birth is not the same as bringing knowledge and skills into your birth regardless of where and with whom you birth.
-Common Knowledge Trust

Just as a woman's heart knows how and when to pump, her lungs to inhale, and her hand to pull back from fire, so she knows when and how to give birth.
-Virginia Di Orio

If we are to heal the planet, we must begin by healing birthing.
-Agnes Sallet VonTannenberg

What's done to children, they will do to society.
-Karl Menninger

$13 to $20 billion a year could be saved in health care costs by demedicalizing childbirth, developing midwifery, and encouraging breastfeeding.
-Frank Oski, MD, Professor and Director, Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

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Natural Medicine Caution
Very young or elderly people and pregnant or breastfeeding women should consult their doctors before using any supplements or herbal drugs. Using some herbs for medicinal purposes can de dangerous for people with certain conditions. Or for those on particular medications. is intended merely as a general guide to the subject of herbs and [..]

Buddy System
I am a sort of new Mother. I have a daughter going on 2 years in feb. I am not single, but I remember what it felt like when she was born. You might find it helpfull to take your baby for a walk in the stroller when you are feeling stressed. That’s what I [..]

Raising a Stronger Daughter
As the first generation of liberated mothers, it may be easy to think that our daughters will grow up in a world far kinder and more accepting of women. It certainly is better; however, evidence shows that our daughters are still being shortchanged – in school, on the playing field, in peer relations, etc. After [..]

Fiber Needs
My doctor says I need more fiber in my diet. How much do I need? What are some easy ways to add fiber. I am a 28 year old woman balancing work and 4 toddlers. Your doctor is right. Most people do not get enough fiber. The newest dietary recommendations call for women under age [..]

Exercise Good for What Ails Ya! Part 2
3) Exercise helps reduce symptoms related to seasonal allergies. Yes, it’s true! Conditions such as hay fever and asthma can benefit from exercise. Since all seasonal allergies and some asthma-related respiratory conditions are allergic in nature, exercise has the ability to regulate the allergic process. Specifically, exercise has been shown to help the adrenal glands [..]

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