What Lena Dunham Did

What Lena Dunham did is not ok. It’s natural. It’s common. It’s not shameful. It’s not dirty. But it’s not ok. What Lena did, as recorded in her memoir, is ...


A Love Letter To My Midwife

Dear Beth, Thank you for attending the birth of my baby. Thank you for your support. Thank you for your wisdom and knowledge. Thank you for providing me with evidence-based ...

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Corporal Punishment is Not OK: Adrian Peterson, My Heart Goes Out To You

It’s true. My heart does go out to Adrian Peterson. My heart also extends greatly to his 4-year-old son who survived the wrath of severe punishment distributed by his father, ...

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Amanda’s Peaceful Homebirth Story

Marleigh Jade was born on December 3rd at 8:33pm after only 6 hours of labor and about 5 “pushes.” My labor and birth was peaceful and breathtaking. It was vastly different from my son’s birth. To explain the differences, I first have to give you some background. Jasper is our first-born. He was conceived on […]

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Crystal’s Powerful, Self-Directed Homebirth

My homebirth didn’t go according to plan (as much as one can “plan” a birth).   In fact, it happened so quickly and so unexpectedly that my mother, midwife, and doula all missed it!  But it was perfect, unassisted, and happened exactly how it was supposed to.  This is the story of how my second […]

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Things I Wish I Knew When I Was Pregnant

As mothers, hindsight makes it easy to look back on our choices and see what we would do differently. Mothering is such a learning journey, and I have gained so much knowledge along the way. I am now 23 weeks pregnant and I am able to put that knowledge to use in preparation for my […]

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Circumcision Part II: Men DO Complain

This blog is part two of a series. Please be sure to read part one here. Circumcision is a hot topic these days among many parents. Often times, people only hear what their doctor tells them, and neglect to do any actual research. I was one of these parents. It is a hard road traveled […]

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Pregnancy and Birth Etiquette in the Internet Age

Using social media to share our experiences with pregnancy and birth is a beautiful thing; through sharing our journeys, we build communities of informed mothers who feel empowered and supported.  Yet with the information age comes a peculiar sense of urgency and entitlement towards this instantaneous form of communication.  It seems that, as with pregnancy […]

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Possibly the Most Effective Yeast Infection Treatment Ever

Yeast infections.  Most women have had at least one, especially during pregnancy.  I experienced that terribly itching feeling during my pregnancy, and it led me to researching natural treatments, since I generally don’t trust drugstore-variety products.  I learned that coconut oil, lavender oil, and tea tree oil are all anti-fungal and anti-yeast, so I decided […]

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Things to Consider When Preparing Your Birth Plan

Every mother wants to feel informed, empowered and prepared for childbirth.  This can be challenging and sometimes very overwhelming given the reality that more often than not, doctors don’t do an adequate job supplying evidence-based information or even clear factual explanations as to why many interventions or newborn procedures are common practice today. Although it […]

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Gluten-Free: It’s an Evolution

There are many benefits of eliminating gluten from your diet, but it can be hard to know where to begin.  Time and time again I am told, “Oh I could never go gluten-free, it would be so hard.” To which my response is always, “It takes time to get used to but as you go […]

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I Did NOT Consent: My Terrifying Experience with Pitocin

Pitocin is a synthetic version of Oxytocin, a hormone naturally created in the body. Oxytocin is released naturally during kissing, intercourse, and birth. It reduces the stress hormone known as Cortisol and assists the mother in bonding with her baby. Oxytocin also helps stimulate lactation.  Using pitocin reduces the body’s production of Oxytocin. This can […]

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Why I Breastfeed in Public

On our Facebook page, we often post breastfeeding photos as part of our effort to normalize nursing, and the reaction is always the same: lots of support and celebration, lots of oohs and ahhs, but also a plethora of insulting, attacking, disgusting comments.  No matter how many times this happens, I am always stunned by […]

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Sitz Bath Healing Time

After birthing, every woman needs dedicated time to heal and regroup while acclimating to the addition of a family member. While keeping up on hydration, nutrition, and rest is imperative there are other things women, and those who support them, can do to assist along this healing journey. One of the wonders nature provides is […]

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The First Rule of Circumcision Deaths Is: Don’t Talk About Circumcision Deaths

So let’s see: A baby with a serious heart condition is circumcised, bleeds profusely, and dies. But we’re not supposed to blame it on circumcision, because the baby had a heart condition. A toddler is put under general anesthesia to be circumcised, and he dies shortly after he wakes up. But we’re not supposed to […]

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My Vaccine Info

Vaccination. The topic is enough to turn my stomach, because of the ugliness that so often follows.  I’ve read numerous debates about breastfeeding and formula, circumcision, cry-it-out, carseats, and more.  Yet nothing gets so viciously attacked as the choice to refuse or even question vaccines. It is a very bad sign when people are expected […]

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Why Choose Placenta Encapsulation?

Reposted with permission from Holistic Birth of Orlando. We are one of the only placental mammals that do not eat our placentas after birth. Why is this? It seems that we have been too far removed from trusting our bodies. It’s common in America to think of medicine as something manipulated or invented by man instead […]

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Pregnancy Announcement Etiquette

For some people, announcing a pregnancy is a happy, exciting time.  Many soon-to-be mothers experience joyous reactions, hugs, happy tears, high-fives, and other loving, encouraging responses.  Others are not so fortunate, and it seems that an etiquette guide is in order. I am a single parent, and although I was 23 and had a good […]

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Our Bedroom, Our Sanctuary

During bedtime, I often get quite a bit of contemplation time. A recent topic that has been streaming through my mind is how important my bedroom is to me. Lately things have been a bit hectic, so our bedroom has not been up to my standards in orderliness/cleanliness. Now, before you jump to any conclusions […]

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GOOT: Garlic Olive Oil Treatment (With Coconut Oil)

Among the many medicinal food choices out there, garlic is one of the best.  It is a highly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory food.  I often turn to garlic during cold and flu season, because it fights infection and protects the immune system so well. GOOT (Garlic Olive Oil Treatment) is a powerful medicine traditionally made […]

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A How-To Guide for the World of Cloth Diapering

Cloth diapers aren’t that complicated. That being said, this will a long blog, packed with information. Take time to read it section by section. I am reviewing all of your options, but you don’t need all of this info. I just want you to be informed about all aspects of cloth diapering, so you can […]

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My Journey to Understanding the Truth About Circumcision

I was seventeen when I found out I was pregnant for the first time. I didn’t have much support locally but thought I understood enough of the basics of how to birth and care for a child. I knew it would be challenging and confusing at times but I also knew I loved the small […]

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Quick and Healthy White Chili!

This chili is typically called White Chili because it has cheese in it, making it a lighter red-orange color, and because of the white beans that are most often used. In today’s version I used aduki beans because I did not have white beans, nor did the health food section of the grocery store closest […]

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Planting Seeds of Awareness with Bumper Stickers

When I first started learning about breastfeeding, attachment parenting, circumcision, gentle discipline, etc. I enthusiastically purchased some bumper stickers espousing the messages I believe in, hoping to plant seeds of information at every stop light and traffic jam.  Since then, I have received some angry looks, some honks of support or disgust, plenty of glares, […]

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10 Tips to Tame a Tantrum

“Tantrums” are normal reactions from kids that almost every parent deals with at some point.  They can be frustrating and scary for us, particularly if we do not have the tools to guide our children through them in a healthy way.  Understanding where they come from can be endlessly helpful.  Tantrums are urgent, overwhelming panic […]

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Whole Nutrition and Food-Based Vitamins: Keys to Total Health

Vitamins.  There are so many options available today that it can be overwhelming.  What types of vitamins are out there?  What kind of supplement is best?  Do people even need to take vitamins?  The truth is that not all vitamins are created equal, and knowing the difference is essential. My experience with vitamins began when […]

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Meet the MotherWise Bloggers: Amanda

Hey there! My name is Amanda. I am a 28 year old mama & wife. My husband’s name is Ramsey (24yo) & my son’s name is Jasper (1.5 years old). We have a Texas Heeler named Opie who is 2.5 years old, a chocolate lab/border collie mix named Coco who is 1.5 years old, and […]

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Meet the MotherWise Bloggers: Crystal

Hello everyone!  I’m Crystal.  I suppose it’s only appropriate that I start from the beginning. From the ethers of time and space I chose my parents, landed on this planet and began my journey. In my early youth I enjoyed writing and reading. I wrote stories with our old typewriter, and then our newer typewriter. […]

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Meet the MotherWise Bloggers: Kristen

My journey into attachment parenting and mothering-as-activism began long before I became a mother.  I have been into alternative living since I can remember, choosing vegetarianism at 12, shaving my head for the sake of Buddhist-style simplicity/punk rock style at 15, and moving away from home to attend an alternative art school at 16.  I’ve been […]

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Giving Tuesday: The Isis Rising Prison Doula Program

Imagine your first memories as a child are clouded in violence, fear, and instability. The person who was tasked with keeping you safe, who you loved unconditionally, was also the person with whom you shared your first high. You embarked on a decade-long battle with addiction, which began before you could drive a car. You […]

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Dear Mom Judging the Mom on Her iPhone

This blog has been passed around numerous times on social media, and I understand why.  People are disconnected.  Folks are glued to their technology.  The other day I saw a young boy on a swing.  He was simultaneously using his iPhone, possibly updating his whereabouts: “Swing.” It may be true that some parents pay more attention […]

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The Birth of River

With every birth a mother is born.  Whether it’s your first or fifth birth, it is a transformative time, poignant and capable of creating personal revolutions.  As soon as my husband, Chad, and I found out we were expecting a baby, I knew I was going to give birth at home.  My experience giving birth […]

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Makeup-Free Selfies and the Fight Against Cancer

    There is a new social media trend going around, the premise being to post “makeup-free selfies” to raise awareness and money for Cancer Research UK.  Headlines all over the web express excitement (and some dismay) that women, especially celebrities, are willing to go bare-faced for all to see.  It is considered noble and heroic […]

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MotherWise Gentle Parenting Challenge!

Here at MotherWise, we advocate gentle parenting, with the understanding that it is in the best interest of our children.  There is ample evidence that spanking, hitting, swatting, corporal punishment– aggression towards children comes with risks that we want to avoid for our children. We know that spanking is bad; we know we don’t want […]

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Breastfeeding, Social Media, and Rampant Ignorance

“Nothing wrong with breastfeeding, but I don’t understand why you want to show it to the world. I breastfed, but a photo on instagram or FB??” The answer to this question is simple. To normalize it. In many cultures around the world, women breastfeed their children while they work and it is no big deal, […]

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Protected: Healthy Pregnancy Class: Detoxing Your Diet

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Protected: Healthy Pregnancy Class: Oh, Sweet Sugar

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Protected: Healthy Pregnancy Class: Saying Goodbye to Gluten

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Protected: Healthy Pregnancy Class: The Downsides of Dairy

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