Issue #65 Articles

A Message from our Editor, Issue #65 - Lionhearted Mother

The fear of failure is a pressing issue, and when it is present, it weighs down every aspect of life. It can show its face at any time. We know the difficult feeling in the question “What if I fail?” But what does failure even mean?

The Secret Power of Your Stable Nervous System

There’s a lot of well-deserved attention right now on teaching mindfulness to children, at home and in school. We know that mindfulness can be a powerful intervention to help young people cultivate critical skills for paying attention, and calming...

Thank Eustress

I am sitting on the ground, weeding our tomato plants. I gratefully take refuge in useful tasks like gardening and cooking. Busy hands almost always un-busy my mind. But that’s not working for me right now. Instead, I’m thinking about sev...

Fertility and Chiropractic

Does chiropractic help with fertility? A few years ago, a couple walked into my office seeking to change their health and lifestyle. They both already had children from previous relationships, but desperately wanted a baby together. They had been...

Birth Trauma: A Cultural Blind Spot

If I were to walk into a room of mothers and declare that it was complete nonsense that birth was painful, I would expect outrage and anger in respone. Yet the idea that birth may be painful for the baby as well as the mother carries very little...

Waking Up Your Heart Intuition

On the journey of becoming a mother, the inclination to connect with our inner wisdom rises up spontaneously. What is intuition? According to Wikipedia, intuition is the ability to acquire knowledge without proof, evidence, or conscious reasoning,...

Somatic Development as Biotechnology

What is “biotechnology”? Is it the capacity to produce fire, or to sculpt sharp tools, or to have the Internet? What if there was another side of technology? Could we flip the coin and realize that we may be a technology of life itself? Maybe the bod...

What Is Continuum?

Diving into deepening awareness of the fluid body we inhabit, we find ourselves often beyond the scope of words. How do we describe such profound, often primordial experiences? For approximately 45 years, Emilie Conrad has been investigating...

Keep Your Power: 9 Reasons Why You Don't Want to Hand Over Your Power in Birth

Handing over your power to a provider or place of birth means so much more than we realize. When we throw our hands in the air and say, “they know best,” we limit our own ability to find our inner power and move into parenthood as advocates for...

Informed Choice and the Politics of Pregnancy and Birth Care

At the most basic level, informed choice is the process by which care providers involve clients in decisions about their care. The waters become murky, however, when you delve deeper into the real-life experiences of clients navigating the modern...

The Doula Research Gap

Doulas are disrupting the existing system of medicalized birth. So why haven’t we seen more research on their effect?As a young woman, at the beginning of my doula career, I naively thought that major medical journals would be regularly...

Adventures in Tandem Breastfeeding

By the time I got pregnant, I knew I wanted to breastfeed. I had read all the books, websites, and Pathways articles I could, and became extremely interested in the benefits of breast milk. All of my reading led me to decide that I wanted to...

Enjoy Your Kids

Being present as a parent can make both the fun times and the struggles something to savor.Have you ever noticed how pregnant women and parents with little kids seem to naturally attract all kinds of unsolicited advice? When I was pregnant,...

Engaging Mindfulness Every Day

Living mindfully holds appeal for many of us. When we meet a person who has integrated mindfulness into his or her experience, it sparks an inner longing. The thought of less rushing and more presence is appealing. The challenge is how to get...

Self-Care Isn't Selfish

Being kind to yourself is the key to being your best for the people who depend on you.In writing about self-care, I have one immediate hurdle to overcome: I loathe the term “self-care.” And, in fact, I am not so great at the actual task. Lik...

Change

Looking out the kitchen window, I sighted the remnants of summer play—collected shells, sticks, soldiers. All abandoned to the call of dinner, or perhaps a friend. They are frozen, waiting for my 12-year-old to reanimate them with his young mind a...

Creating Security in an Insecure World

We humans need security. We want to know that we are safe and we are loved and it is all going to be okay. And yet…it isn’t always safe, and it sometimes isn’t going to be okay. Even being loved can be taken away. Enough good news? I certainly...

Five Reasons to Start Gardening

I love to garden— so much so that I’ve created a little urban farm at my home in New York City, replete with food, medicinal herbs, and chickens. Gardening is such an easy way to interact with nature. You get to surround yourself with flo...

Every Act a Ceremony

I met a woman a few weeks ago who works with a Kogi mama, or shaman, from the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Colombia. He came to California a few years ago and performed extensive ceremonies on a particular spot of land. He said, “You’d better do a...