Log in

No account? Create an account
100% Natural [entries|friends|calendar]
100% Natural

[ userinfo | livejournal userinfo ]
[ calendar | livejournal calendar ]

Elimination Communication [5:11pm - 02/27/2008]

Hi, I am quite new here!

I'm 10 weeks pregnant with my first child and the other day I found myself wondering what people did before nappies (or diapers) were invented. Obviously cloth nappies were the norm for a long time, but I just couldn't shake this niggling thought.

Imagine my fascination a few days later when, while browsing the internet, I came across the phrase "Infant Potty Training". I discovered that in many other cultures across the world, mothers never use a nappy on their infants, and despite this, the babies never soil themselves, their bedding or their homes. Through a process called Elimination Communication, the mothers were so in tune with their children that they knew exactly when they were about to go and helped them do so hygienically and easily. The mother then makes a certain sound every time the infant "goes", which the infant eventually comes to associate with the process, and will hold his toileting needs until his mother makes the noise, indicating this is a good time to go.

I've found a few websites on this, and heard of a few books, but in our Western world it is virtually unheard of. Very few people do practice it, but some do.

So I was wondering:

Has anybody here heard of EC before? Does anyone have first hand experience of it?
Would anyone be interested in learning more? I can provide some links etc if anybody is.

I think it would be fantastic to meet someone else interested in ECing their child(ren) because I feel a bit daunted by the idea at the moment, though I absolutely love the idea of not using nappies at all.

New Member [2:07pm - 01/20/2008]

Hi Everyone,
I am at the later stages of my pregnancy (35 weeks Tuesday) and finally looked around to join some parenting communities.

I am Sarah, 27, and have been married 2.5 years. This is our first and I will be a SAHM. We plan to breastfeed, co sleep, believe in AP, cloth diaper (I actually just ordered our diaper package this morning) and go the delayed solid route.

This is our first baby, and we are both so excited. All in all, I try to keep our house on the more natural side and continue to make changes as I can. I also have Celiac which motivates me to look for alternatives so I can stay healthy.

I am excited to have found this community and I am looking forward to meeting everyone!

NIP [12:51pm - 10/08/2006]


Natural progesterone? [1:30pm - 10/05/2006]

x-posted to

I am thinking about taking natural progesterone for my endometriosis- has anyone here done this? Did it help? Is there anything I should know (about side effects and such)?

If you haven't done this particular treatment, have you done anything that worked well for you?


[2:35pm - 08/08/2006]

Article on ultrasounds:
Ultrasound scans can affect brain development

Fruit Juice and the rest. [11:59am - 07/29/2006]

I was reading the Fruit Juice section in the Fit For Life Recipe Book by Marylin Diamond. She said the non-juice part of the fruit could be used as a body scrub (I think). I can't find where exactly that bit is, so i don't remember exactly what she said (it wasn't much anyway).

What else do you all do with the non-juice part of juiced fruit? Mainly how you use it in food.

I don't want to waste anything!


The Clock, the Bed, the Chair [8:54pm - 07/22/2006]

The Clock, the Bed, the Chair
by Sheila Kitzinger

Many interventions accepted as normal in labour and birth are insidious and hallowed by time. They do not proclaim themselves with new technology, or entail major expenditure, but form part of the conventional environment of birth in Northern industrial countries. Without them, some caregivers would feel unsettled. They provide the basis for other interventions and are unrecorded because they are unseen.

The Clock

A central item of equipment in childbirth is the clock on the wall. Records are based on the information it provides: the timing and length of contractions, assessment of uterine activity, the parameters of the first, second and third stages, and the Apgar score of the baby.

For some health professionals a birth without a clock would seem a shambles. They would feel out of control. The information produced by the clock is reinforced by the caregiver's watch and a print-out of an electronic fetal monitor which also records time. In retrospect, labour and delivery are defined in terms of the clock: degree of cervical dilatation, membranes ruptured, intravenous catheter inserted, descent of the fetal head, medication given, the infant and placenta delivered at specific times.

For women, too, narratives of hospital birth frequently rate the experience as easy or difficult with reference to the clock.

This is rarely the case with accounts of home births. I studies of women’s narratives of birth, comparing those who gave birth at home with others who gave birth in hospital When I did a content analysis of their birth stories it emerged that they made references to time in contrasting ways.

In hospital, birth time was recorded in relation to the clock and the partogram. Sometimes it is clear from the accounts that time dominated the decisions about labour. Everything that occurred in labour happened at specific times, and some women even wrote their stories in the form of a time chart, with the exact time introducing each line or section.

When a woman was transferred from home to hospital the decision was usually made in relation to time. One woman told how the midwife who arrived at their home at 3 p.m. announced,' You must have this baby by six o'clock, because I'm going off duty then, and there's no-one to take over from me.' time, She was transferred to hospital, labour was stimulated by a syntocinon intravenous drip, and she ended up with an emergency Caesarean section on the grounds that labour was prolonged.

Home births were described in relation to natural phenomena, to night and day, dawn and dusk, full light, half-light and darkness, and also with reference to social relationships that impinged on the labour: children waking up, going to school, coming home, neighbours dropping in, and family mealtimes. One woman recorded that she found time to plant out beans in her garden, with the help of her midwife, before labour became too strong to do this any longer. Many home birth mothers told how they prepared meals in advance or baked a cake for the party afterwards.

In hospitals clock-watched labour is so normal that it is unremarked.

The clock is an unevaluated technological intervention that has major impact on the conduct of birth.

The Bed

Read the rest, it's interesting :)Collapse )

Breastfeeding, Formula, and Guilt [1:08pm - 07/14/2006]

This is an amazing article I found this morning, and the author has been kind enough to let me share it. It's so well-written, and so...true.

Credit goes to Jan Andrea.

Kind of long, but it's definitely worth it.

So often, breastfeeding advocates are met with the assertion that they're just trying to "make women feel guilty" for formula-feeding. Is this truly the case? Is guilt even the appropriate term?

First of all, let's look at guilt. In order to be guilty of something, you have to have done something wrong. In order to feel guilt, you have to be aware of it. Guilt implies not just wrongdoing, but the choice to do wrong. I don't think that guilt applies universally to women who don't breastfeed. Often, they should *not* feel guilty for that; though sometimes, they should.

Analogies often help, so I'll try one. When I was growing up, people believed that the cholesterol and saturated fats in butter were really, really bad for you, so my parents used margarine (which has no cholesterol and less saturated fat) with us instead. They didn't want to give us all the cholesterol and saturated fats in lard, so they used vegetable shortening. Now, current evidence suggests that the trans-fats present in partially-hydrogenated oils -- what margarine and shortening are made of -- are far, far more harmful than the naturally-occuring (but still not exactly healthy) cholesterol and sat. fats in butter. So it turns out that in giving us margarine and shortening instead of butter, my parents were actually doing something harmful to us, more harmful than what they were trying to prevent.

Should they feel guilty? No. They were doing the best that they could based on what was known then. As far as they knew, they were making the healthier choice for us. Now we know differently, and it would be natural for them to feel badly for having made that choice, but they shouldn't for one minute feel guilty for doing so.

Here's another. Consider Pop-Tarts® and related snacks. They're certainly not health foods; indeed, they contain partially-hydrogenated fats, simple sugars that break down quickly and can contribute to insulin resistance; and when eaten to excess, take up room in the child's diet that would be far better filled with healthier choices. If there are healthier choices available to me and I give my children Pop-Tarts® every morning anyway, knowing that they are contributing to potential health problems, should I feel guilty? Absolutely! However, if there were a natural disaster and all I could find to give them -- if all we had to live on -- were Pop-Tarts®, I would not feel the least bit guilty about giving them to my children. In the absense of healthier choices, they would keep them alive, and given the natural disaster, I'd far rather have them kept alive on unhealthy foods than starving to death.

So it goes with breastfeeding and formula feeding. Breastfeeding is our biological norm -- it's what babies evolved to eat (or were created to eat, if that happens to be your persuasion). As mammals, our breasts are there to feed babies (fringe benefits aside), and our babies are meant to have breastmilk when they are infants. Breastmilk changes from day to day, month to month, so that it's specifically crafted not just for the age of the child and her needs, but it also responds to immunological factors. Breastmilk contains thousands of compounds that ensure proper brain development, healthy gut development and flora, jaw alignment, teeth placement, and hundreds of other factors that are only now being discovered. Many of these will never be replicated by artificial milk, no matter how ingenious the scientists who work on it are trying, unless we get involved with recombinant bacteria, and even then, the immune benefits will be absent. So clearly, anything less than breastmilk will tend to have health effects on the infant -- that's just a fact. Many babies will do "fine" on artificial breastmilk, or appear to do so, just as a child who eats only Pop-Tarts® can still grow and be relatively healthy. But clearly, there's no comparison.


Wanna read the rest?Collapse )

The house with no doors; [10:54pm - 07/10/2006]

I posted this in my personal journal, and figured it was on-topic for here, too.

Sometimes, I fantasize about living in a house with no doors.

I can see this house. It's at the edge of the woods. It has a big back yard.

We live there. Me, and my husband. We're free to make babies, and have babies. Have babies in water, on a bed, on the floor, in the woods, on a rock...we're free to follow our instincts. We sometimes have babies two weeks early, sometimes four weeks late. Sometimes they're fat and come out with rolls, sometimes they're skinny and come out bony. We don't know when to expect these babies. We can watch as my belly grows, watch the babies rolling and turning and twisting and growing, and get a hint as to when they'll come, but we know that they will come, when they're ready.

We grow our own vegetables, we pick our own fruit, we raise our own meat. My babies live on the food my body makes, for as long as they wish.

The rest is behind the cutCollapse )

[11:09pm - 07/07/2006]

My Nursing StoryCollapse )

Posted to:

my own journal

The C-section Conundrum [1:35pm - 07/06/2006]

I never read the newspaper, but I noticed this on the front page today:
(by the way: I can't seem to get rid of the crazy ads on the page)

The C-section Conundrum

Caution advised for popular procedure

Elizabeth Avery-Hammond intended to deliver her baby, Ivy Elizabeth Hammond, through natural childbirth, but after 34 hours of induced labor, the Curtis Park resident said, she decided to give birth through Caesarean section. Ivy Elizabeth is now 5 months old.

Read the rest behind the cutCollapse )

Quick Mod Note [6:41pm - 07/04/2006]

Hey there,
I've been on vacation for quite a while, so I apologize for the fact that I haven't been around!

Just letting you know that I'm back!

Going organic [8:06am - 06/06/2006]

We live paycheck to paycheck but I really want to switch the household to all organic. Do you ladies have any advice on that? We are already down to the bare minimum on bills and such and even got another roommate that lowered our rent. Hopefully all these recent charges will net us some extra cash but that will likely go to paying off bills that have been neglected, getting the car fixed, and possibly even getting me a car. I may also be getting a part-time job here in the future so we'll see how that goes.

[9:03pm - 06/05/2006]

I came across a cool site today. I've heard so many mothers-to-be wondering how to tell people what they don't want (whether it be bottles, plastic toys...), and how to tell them what they do wish to recieve (organic/wooden toys, etc...).

This site has a few different merchants that sell natural baby products. You can set up a gift registry through them, and add items through any of the merchants. Then, you give the person the link to your registry, just as you'd do through Wal-Mart/Target/Amazon.

Just thought I'd share, I found it interesting! :D

[5:30pm - 06/05/2006]

I found this interesting, so I thought I would share.

What to Look for, What to Ask, When Making Your Birthplace Choice

What is your gut reaction to the environment? Does it feel warm? Do you feel welcomed? Do you like the people who are showing you around? Are they the same people you will have contact with during the birth?

How does the facility look and sound? Is there a “hospital room” feeling? Is there street noise to deal with? Can the lights be dimmed during the birth?

What is the facility’s policy on birth attendants? Can you include friends, children and relatives, or only your partner? If it is a hospital, is a doula allowed?

What is the policy on walking around during labor? Will you be required to wear a fetal monitor the whole time you are in labor?

If it is a hospital, do they routinely start an intravenous line? Are women routinely given enemas or pubic shaves?

Are you allowed to eat and drink during labor?

Can you wear your own clothing or is a hospital gown required?

What is the facility’s cesarean section rate? What is its rate of episiotomies?

How are emergencies handled? If it is a freestanding birth center, how are transfers done and what hospital is used as a back-up?

What is the policy on mother/baby separation? Will your naked baby be handed directly to you at birth for skin-to-skin contact, which has been shown to be best for baby? How long can you hold her? Will the baby sleep in your room? Will the baby be taken away from you for exams or can you attend these as well?

If the baby should need intensive care, are parents encouraged to hold him? Is breastfeeding encouraged in the intensive care unit?

Does the facility have a lactation specialist who can help you with early breastfeeding? Can you specify that no bottles are to be given to your baby?

If it is a birth center, is it licensed? About 37 states currently license birth centers, so check to see if your state does.

Once you have had a chance to explore all the options, you should make a decision from your heart instead of your head. Since all of the options are statistically safe, the best place for you to give birth is where you feel emotionally safest. It is that simple, really - your baby’s birth will proceed most smoothly where you feel most comfortable.

I wrote this up for a friend and thought I would share... [11:51pm - 05/30/2006]

Today I took pictures of the toys that my son, who is six months old, currently plays with. Not everything is organic, or wooden or handmade like I would like, but I feel we have a great mix of things that I have purchased for him and things that other people (like my family) have bought for him going by our family's "standards" for toys.

Pictures and descriptionsCollapse )

The Keeper/Diva Cup? [11:11am - 05/30/2006]

I have heard so much about The Keeper and The Diva Cup that I am finally going to get one.

I'm just not sure which one. What are your favorites? How are they for swimming? Which one is the most comfortable, and which one holds the most? Which ones the easiest to clean?


[5:25pm - 05/26/2006]

My body is pretty weird, so I have a few different completely unrelated questions.

Any tips for dealing with acid reflux? Fairly new problem, but it's bugging the heck out of me.

Also, tips for IBS-like symptoms? Constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain?

And, I have hyperhidrosis, so do you know of any herbs that would help with excessive sweating? I've come to the conclusion that I will probably never find a "cure", but something that would at least minimize it would be great.

Thanks in advance!

x-posted to Natural Living.

Cat Allergies [10:53am - 05/23/2006]

My Mom has decided that either something be done about her allergies, or the pets go. The pets can't go- they are my babies, and I'm not willing to take that as an option.

So, I need ANY suggestions you can give me. Stuff I can put on the pets, stuff my mom can take, stuff we can spray around the house. Natural suggestions are great, but she's willing to take things that aren't natural.

I have 2 cats and a dog, if that helps. The dog was recently trimmed, but I think we'll have to have her shaved. I think we also need to have the cat shaved. I feel horrible about shaving the cat, but I'd rather have a hairless cat than no cat.


x-posted to naturalliving and naturalfamily

Any ideas? [9:58am - 05/18/2006]

A few days ago, I came down with a very bad sore throat. It felt like it was on fire, and it came with a fever, cough, body chills and aches- the whole nine yards.

It went away Monday morning, and came back Wednesday night. But this time, as the sore throat progresses, it feels more like heartburn or something. It starts pretty much in my mouth, and goes down to my stomach, and it just feels kind of...acidy? I don't even know how to explain it, but it kept me up all night. It makes my stomach upset, and makes me feel a constant need to burp (too much information yet?).

So, I'd appreciate any ideas on what it might be, and anything I could do to make it go away. Thanks!

[ viewing | most recent entries ]
[ go | earlier ]