Articles from The Compleat Mother Magazine

Sisters on a Journey:10 Best Ways to ensure the midwifery profession continues to struggle
or How to Self-Destruct While Providing Entertainment for the Medical Community
by Yvonne Cryns

10 Valuable Things Anyone Can Do To Truly Encourage Parents To Empower Themselves During Conception, Pregnancy, Childbirth and Beyond
1.Adopt and express a belief in, and behave in a manner supporting, parent's rights and abilities to make and carry out the best decisions for themselves throughout childbearing processes.

Baby Brain and Mommy Brain � A Dynamic Pas de Deux

About two weeks past due my midwife suggested an ultrasound, just to make sure the placenta was fine. I agreed, reluctantly, but in my heart I knew that nothing was wrong.

Medication and Lactation 
I nearly weaned my baby at nine days old.

Infant Mortality Rates by ranking

Understanding Breastfeeding
Knowing how to breastfeed should be as common as knowing how to brush your teeth.

Why Men Leave�A Hidden Epidemic - Assertion: Modern culture is in the midst of a hidden epidemic of fathers leaving their families�usually around the time when the first child is born. Men leave their families in a multitude of ways. Even if they remain in the home, many fathers are often emotionally absent�through depression, workaholism, violence/aggression, physical or emotional abuse, or a retreat into addiction to substances, media, consumer goods, sports, food or sex.

Breastfeed Anyway
This is the book edited by Catherine Young. It is a work in progress but there is enough here to keep you busy for awhile.

The deadly influence of formula in America  (opens new window)
Editor�s Note:
This groundbreaking analysis from noted author, health educator and advocate Dr. Linda Folden Palmer is the first time a health expert has published an examination of the available scientific research comparing the death rates of formula-fed and breastfed babies. While the results hold no surprises for breastfeeding educators and advocates, the study may prove to be a rude awakening for the millions of Americans who have bought into the myth that infant formula is a perfectly safe breast milk substitute.

It�s Not Easy Bein� Me
When I hear the popular children�s song, �It�s Not Easy Bein� Green,� sung by the lovable character, Kermit the Frog (a.k.a, Jim Henson), my heart hears instead, �It�s Not Easy Bein� Me.�   My thoughts turn to my son, Dustin, and the many children with disabilities who are often shunned by their fellow classmates and peers.

Herbal Allies for Pregnant Women *
Few women, however, understand that vitamin/mineral supplements are more drug-like than food-like. (opens new browser window)

Adoption vs Home-Grown by Karen Squires
We went through court and he became legally ours although he was already ours by love. (opens new browser window)

Be kind to your guts - (or you may lose your milk)
I lost my milk supply. I�ve never had that happen before and it has really made me ponder some things.

Birthin� and Readin�
As our family has gone back and forth from homeschool to a variety of public school situations, I still feel strongly that the main reason one should teach their own is the reading issue

More Effective Communication with Children
Another wonderful series in seven parts worth your consideration.

Nice three part series about the benefits of meditation.

No truth should lead us to become indifferent to how our actions might affect others.

Our Children's Needs
Wonderful eight part series for your consideration.

Love in the Garden
I�m a beginning husband and a beginning gardener, which is to say about the same thing.

Breastfeeding Woes and Triumphs
When all you have ever known is the fantasy of crisp white nightgowns, antique rocking chairs and breast milk that flows abundantly, a glitch in the system is enough to rock your world.

True Terror

I was crazy, flat out psychotic when the psychiatric profession got it�s hands on me, but I really question the �care� I received from these people.

Robert Mendelsohn in his book, Confessions of a Medical Heretic, claims the most political thing one can do is to fall in love, get married and birth the babies at home.

Why traditional midwifery is important to me.......
By Chantel L. Bacon

The Professional Demarcation of Obstetric Medicine
and Traditional Midwifery

behavior that define obstetrics and traditional midwifery are markedly different from one another and, as such, constitute distinct cultures of care.

The Freedom to fail and thoughts on death�.
It was Christmas time eight years ago when I traveled home with Jeff to spend the holidays with my family.

Natural Man Natural Woman
Jock Doubleday's fabulous newsletter for concerned parents

The Persistence of Fathers
Dad persists. He persists in my own aging brain.

The Birth of Our History
The wise matriarch of our family gasped at the awesomeness of the sight. Then, in the presence of us all, she sobbed.

Alternative Remedies for Post Partum Depression/Psychosis: Oprah Winfrey Censors
I cried on Wednesday as I watched the Oprah show partly because I could relate so well to the pain that others have felt, and partly because I was relieved that I was not the only one feeling pain.

The Hound of Heaven
My fave poem. Why does it give me goosebumps?. ~Greg Cryns

My Wife: My Date
After 30 years, can you have a "date" with your wife?

Learning Through Compassion
what is the difference between babbling, early syllables and words, and crying?

When giving birth - Romance or Rape?
The trauma and powerlessness I experienced during my first birth was similar to accounts that I have read of molestation and rape.

Antenatal Testing: The Truth be Told
What about those tests? Do you really need them?

Circumcision...A Human Rights Issue
Americans routinely remove the healthy foreskin of almost 63% of their newborn baby boys for no medical reason.

Tyranny of the mind services social workers who are not accountable to anyone and run roughshod over parents constitutional rights on!

Learning Through Compassion
Jan Hunt's gentle look at how to teach babies

Girl gets $4.7M for vaccine injuries
(links to an article on another site and opens a new browser window)

My Blessing Way
The ultimate principle in all of this is LOVE....

Fungus or Roses?
It was during my teens that I began to question all of these drugs I was taking for the myriad infections I was plagued with.

Alternative Remedies for Post Partum Depression/Psychosis: Oprah Winfrey Censors
I am not able to sleep at night, I get heart palpitations all the time, especially at night, I bite my lips incessantly (they bleed)...

Family Sovereignty
Over the past decades a shift has occurred in the hearts and minds of some parents.

Latching-on problem
Frightening moments when one mother's infant will not latch correctly

A moment in transition....
Allison Groves paints a vivid birthing description....

Being the Change I Wish to See in the World
Why is midwife Gloria LeMay fighting Goliath?

Jagged Little Pill (full article at another site)- must read
What every pregnant woman should know about a powerful new drug

An article about The Compleat Mother Magazine
Did you ever wonder how it all got started?

My Husband Calls Me �The Stephen King of Birth��
Warning! Strong language here. An angry mom pens her thoughts about modern medical birth and more.

Rage On
Warning! Strong language here. An angry mom pens her thoughts about modern medical birth and more.

The Evolution of a Compleat Mother
One woman's trek.....

Our Weaning Story
"No mommy, I don't have that anymore I am a big girl now. Booby is for babies."

Book Review: Misconceptions by Naomi Wolff
not everyone loves this book....

Suddenly Single
I always knew that I wanted a Donna Reed life.  I had it, too.  My husband, Michael, went to the office each morning in his suit and tie, carrying his brief case...

Moms Contract Flesh-Eating Disease During Cesarean Sections 
Who said hospital birth is safer?

The Art of Breastfeeding
Nice article to give you encouragement.

Don't Forget Our Children When Tragedy Strikes

I had a good excuse to formula-feed...
My baby was born early, and I didn't get to hold or feed him for 6 hours...

For New Mothers  The Motherhood Conspiracy
The Bizarre Pregnancy Facts No One Ever Told You About

Don't Forget Our Children When Tragedy Strikes 

Divine Beginning....A love story
Divine birth as might not thought of it before.
A must-read.

Love, Marriage, Dreams, and a Miscarriage
Very compelling story with a beautiful picture of this mother's breastfeeding baby.

Rethinking Circumcision
Great article with much food for thought here.

Breastfeeding Bliss
One mother's intense feelings.

Turn It Off
by Lisa Reagan
But how can I live without The Simpsons?

Changed to the Core
by Kathleen Harrah Sturm
How one mother's journey through a C-section led to her enlightenment.
(Ed. note: highly recommended)

Is "I Love Lucy" Educational?
By Jan Hunt
"Clearly, Shakespeare's plays were written with the intention of entertaining a mass audience, just as many TV sitcoms and dramas are written now."

Why Doesn't My Mother Understand Me?
by Amy Rawson
"When I began speaking to my mother again after 13 years, she was appalled at my parenting."

Jock Doubleday's response to Susan Gerhard's article in Salon about her "botched homebirth."

What every woman should watch for after giving birth
by Kathy Evans Wisner
Just what are those "blahs" you feel 3 to 7 months after giving birth?

Breastfeeding and Guilt
Even some strong breastfeeding advocates are disarmed by this "not making mothers feel guilty" ploy.

Michael Belkin's Written Congressional Testimony on the Hepatitis B Vaccine which killed his daughter.

Considering a Midwife?
B Y  K A T I E  A L L I S O N  G R A N J U

Minnesota Parent
The best article about the state of midwifery in the U.S. that I've ever read-Greg Cryns.

Young, Russian And Pregnant
By Anna Badkhen , The Moscow Times
Fascinating description about what it's like to be pregnant in Russia.

Canned Milk vs. Breast Milk
Why didn't I think of this before? You will be amazed, for sure!

Caring for Cloth Diapers    
Great article about the benefits of cloth diapering and how to care for those diapers.

The $25,000 Challenge
by Jock Doubleday (a real offer about home birth)

Parents Certainly Are Misunderstood!
By Steven C. Staats
"You thought you were happily smiling at your child from a hard stadium seat or a hot packed auditorium,"

The Treasure of Newborn Time
by Elisabeth Hallett

Another Way To Promote Infant Health
by Jennifer Coburn  (co-sleeping article)

The Cost Benefits of Breastfeeding
by Karen M. Zeretzke

"All about Epidurals" Parenting Experiment
Trashing the Ezzo Theory

The Faulty Theology of the Ezzos  
A Christian mother examines the Ezzo child-rearing theory
from the theological aspect.

Attachment Parenting in a Detached World
by Jennifer Coburn

The Caesarian Fact Sheet

Attachment Parenting and Depression
by Linda E. Katz, Ph. D.

The Instinct of Birth
by Candace Whitridge, CNM

Yeast Invasion
by Audra Krystell Kish

My Anti-Vaccine Passion
by Jan Tritton, editor Midwifery Today Magazine

Side Effects of Not Breastfeeding Newborns
from Pediatric News


Premature Rupture of Membranes (PROM)
By Elizabeth Bruce
What is it? How is it treated?

Nursing Past A Year
Wonderful article about why extended nursing is good.

Pregnancy Articles

Cord Blood Articles






Women's Health

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Moms Health & Nutrition

It's doubly important that you make sure you're getting the right vitamins and minerals when you're pregnant. During pregnancy, our bodies need more of certain nutrients, like iron to perform its daily duties. If you're not able to get enough from your diet, talk to your doctor about vitamin and mineral supplementation to determine whether Feosol iron supplements can help prevent anemia during your pregnancy. 

The Shelf Life of Fear

As the spotlight of fear studies moves from rats and rabbits to humans, the most recent results from the animal lab may be telling us that fear hasa long shelf life in the cells where its memory is warehoused.  Joseph LeDoux, Greg Quirk and
Chris Repa experimentally created anxiety in rats and then electronically eavesdropped on single brain cells in the animals' amygdalas. Once certain cells have been coupled by the perception of dangerous circumstances, they discovered, these cells continue to fire in unison, even after the animal has abandoned the behavior rooted in fear.

Fear, in other words, has soldered the circuitry of these rats into a permanent state, waiting for the right circumstances to trigger the effect again. 'The party line is that fear is forever, says Le Doux."

For  those of us concerned with longterm effects of  circumcision, spanking, daycare or the practice of 
"letting them cry it out" the semantics of how fear is
hardwired in the brain is most relevant.

Duane Voskuil, Ph.D 
[email protected]

Stop the formula pushers-boycott Nestle!

The Infant Peni$

What is the primary function of the penis?

A. Urination,
B. Procreation,
C. Recreation, or
D. to generate income for the stock market

It depends on the age of the person it is attached to. In an infant, the primary function is urination. The function of the foreskin in an infant is protection and maintenance of comfort.

These days, babies experience alot of discomfort due to being circumcised and in synthetic diapers. Nature did not design it  like that. Babies were intended to have foreskins snugly protecting the glans. They were also intended to be fed nothing but mothers' milk, which produces a stool that does not irritate the skin.

The stools from formula can rip the colon, and eat right through the skin.

In our society, babies are denied both foreskins and mothers' milk. That's called progress. Companies cash in on this, selling their formula, gripe water, Tylenol, diaper rash cream, and more disposable diapers. When none of those purchases satisfy the baby, parents go to a pediatrician, and receive expensive perscriptions for their 'high needs baby' They usually aren't explained; how circumcision and formula feeding created the problem. Better, apparently for the parents to do it all again with baby's sibling than feel a twinge of guilt about falling into advertising traps.

The correct answer, unfortunately, is d.

Darillyn Starr and Catherine Young

Check Questionable Docs  

When the state hands out a license to practice medicine, it bestows an extraordinary power on that doctor, granting him or her the authority to see us naked, to cut us pen, to inject chemicals into our bodies, and literally to affect whether we live or die.

Now, what if this individual has proven unworthy of such trust, having sexually abused some patients, for example or become a drug addict, or simply being incompetent? You'd want to know that, right? But mostly, we trusting patients are not informed about abusive, negligent, dangerous or shoddy doctors. Even those who are caught by the medical review boards generally get protected by the establishment, maybe getting a slap on the wrist, but allowed to keep their licenses and to keep practicing.

A decade ago, Congress finally mandated that a data bank be created to store details about all those "bad docs" in America who have been officially sanctioned by authorities or successfully sued for malpractice. Problem is, Congress also mandated that this information be kept secret from us patients. So there are thousands of practicing doctors out there guilty of serious medical offenses, but their patients are not even informed about them, much less warned.

This is why a new set of books by Public Citizens' Health Research Group is so valuable. Called 16,638 Questionable Doctors, it provides for us what the government and the profession are hiding: a state-by-state, case-by-case, name-by-name record of doctors in america who have been disciplined by medical authorities. It also includes information on what you can do to report a doctor.

This is Jim Hightower saying...Check-out the docs in your own town. Regional listing are available for $23.50. Better yet, ask your library to order copies so others in your community can check this vital consumer resource. For odering information, call Public Citizen: 202-588-1000.

-Jim Hightower, The Progressive Populist, October 1998
Jim Hightower's Website
The Progressive Populist Website


That man over there say
a woman needs to be helped into carriages
and lifted over ditches
and to have the best place everywhere.
Nobody ever helped me into carriages or over mud puddles
or gives me a best place...

And ain't I a woman?
Look at me
Look at my arm!
I have plowed and planted
and gathered into barns
and no man could head me...
And ain't I am woman?
I could work as much
and eat as much as a man---
when I could get to it---
and bear the lash as well
and ain't I a woman?

I have born 13 children
and seen most all sold into slavery
and when I cried out a mother's grief
none but Jesus heard me...
and ain't I a woman?

that little man in black there say
a woman can't have as much rights as a man
cause Christ wasn't a woman
Where did your Christ come from?
From God and a woman!
Man had nothing to do with him!
If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down, all alone
together women ought to be able to turn it rightside up again.

Sojourner Truth, 1797-1883


If I Had My Child To Raise Over Again

If I had my child to raise all over again,

I'd build self-esteem first, and the house later.

I'd finger-paint more, and point the finger less.

I would do less correcting and more connecting.

I'd take my eyes off my watch and watch with my eyes.

I would care to know less and know to care more.

I'd take more hikes and fly more kites.

I'd stop playing serious, and seriously play.

I would run more fields and gaze at more stars.

I'd do more hugging and less tugging

I'd see the oak tree in the acorn more often.

I would be firm less often, and affirm much more.

I'd model less about the love of power,

And more about the power of love.

Diane Loomans

Chew On This

If shop mannequins were real women they would be too thin to menstruate.

There are three billion women who don't look like supermodels and only eight women who do.

If Barbie were a real woman, she'd have to walk on all fours, due to her proportions.

The average American woman weighs 144 lbs. and wears between a size 12 and 14.

The Medical Misogynists Guide
to Malevolent Maternity Care

Size them up, Butter them up, Wind them up, Work them up, Shut them up, Feel them up,  Hook them up, Shoot them up, Rough them up, Tie them up, Cut them up,  Wake them up, Lock them up, Hush them up, and $Hold them up$.
By Jody McLaughlin (Editor of the Complete Mother Magazine)



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