Sunday Surf, May 15 2011: Food, Birth, Early Child Development

May 15, 2011 · 7 comments

baby playing

a baby in free play

I am in the midst of a very busy May.

I returned from LA yesterday and am heading to Monterey today, followed by trips to Newport Beach and Portland, OR in the next few weeks. I’m feeling a bit of guilt about it because I’m dragging my babies with me, but I’m glad I’ve learned a lot of new interaction skills at the RIE conference yesterday (the reason I was in LA). I have a lot of writing to do about it. I’m itching to go through my notes and share what an amazing experience it was.

In the meantime, I have to give a shout-out to the many lovely people I met. I sat at a table with three gorgeous, metropolitan moms who knew each other through their childbirth class and stayed friends. Two worked outside the home (one with a blog I’m looking forward to reading) and the third was contemplating starting her own business. I was disappointed there wasn’t more time to chat and get to know them better.

Also at my table were two early childhood educators, one who used the RIE philosophy in a daycare setting, and another who teaches traditional RIE classes in Santa Monica and Venice.

I did mindfulness exercises with a young mother who’s working on her Master’s degree in early childhood education, met a few women who found my blog through Janet Lansbury, and received my first gift from a reader — a beautiful hand-made miniature Maypole to hang on a tree — from a Waldorf teacher who has studied the RIE philosophy.

And last but not least, I got to meet two of my favorite bloggers (whose writing always inspires me), Janet Lansbury and Miven Trageser.

I cannot wait to tell you about all the things I learned. If want to learn more about RIE, here are my most popular RIE-inspired posts:

and three RIE books (I just sent two to my sister):

And if that’s not enough reading for you, here’s my Sunday Surf for the week:


US Version of Kraft Mac and Cheese versus UK Version

Worth reading just to see the horrifying new Kool-Aid advertisement, with children sticking out their multi-colored tongues . . . tinted from dyes derived from petro-chemicals and linked to hyperactivity in children . . .

Birth & Midwifery

“If I were at home, I would have died” — The trouble with Extrapolating Hospital Birth Events to Homebirth

“You can’t simply cut and paste all the circumstances surrounding a given hospital birth, superimpose them on a homebirth setting, and predict the same outcome — or vice versa. The models of care are too divergent.”

Moms who planned C-sections report high satisfaction, study says

What this article misses is that women with home births tend to have high satisfaction, also — but it’s not because either C-sections or home births are the “superior” way to give birth. As a reader commented over at the Unncessarean facebook page, women who feel prepared, respected, and heard during labor tend to have the most positive experiences.

With a planned C-section, women know what to expect and they can make preparations for their known outcome. Home birth doesn’t always have an expected outcome, but the midwife model of care emphasizes the the laboring woman is in control and has autonomy to make decisions about her care.

When a Home Birth Ends in Tragedy, Can the Midwife Go to Jail?

A breech baby died during childbirth in Virginia, attended by an out-of-state licensed CPM who was prosecuted for criminal negligence. More than anything else, this story raises many questions about women’s freedom of choice when it comes to their medical care.

Before praising C-sections, consider the cost

With rising healthcare costs plaguing our country, I’m generally surprised that maternal care isn’t scrutinized more for ways to improve both patient satisfaction and outcomes . . . particularly since the rate (and costs) of C-sections are soaring.

Thoughts on “No Woman, No Cry”

Model Christy Turlington finally released her documentary on the state of maternal healthcare world-wide. I haven’t seen it yet, but The Navelgazing Midwife did, and offers this in-depth analysis.

Child Development

Ten Ways To Confuse a Child

Spot-on analysis of everyday things we often say to children . . . and why we shouldn’t.

How to see Parenting as Leadership. (Hint #1 Don’t Underestimate Children.)

This fascinating look at a common child/parent interaction brought a whole new perspective to how and why children “manipulate” — and why we shouldn’t look at it as a negative thing.

Is it possible to give too much positive praise to preschoolers?

I love this illustrated and helpful guide on how to provide constructive praise to young children — very informative!


Be Careful What You Pray For

I read this post from my blogger friend, Nina, and got tears in my eyes. It’s amazing how life has a way of working things out.

Photo Credit: DaGoaty on Flickr

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