Elizabeth Gray CLC's blog

Relaxation and Child Birth

For most American women in labor they expect to be in unbearable pain, and to be begging for an epidural upon arriving at the hospital.  Images of purple sweat dripped brows come up when most people think of birth. However, with the use of relaxation techniques childbirth can be a calm, relaxing event.

The Developmental Effects of Ankyloglossia and Upper-Lip Ties

In recent years, the buzzword around breastfeeding difficulties is “Lip and/or Tongue-Ties.” Ask on any social media site, as Milk Meg Nagel (2015) did, about pain while breastfeeding and the responses will be instant telling people to get their baby checked for lip and tongue-ties.  An overly tight frenulum is medically referred to as Ankyloglossia, colloquially referenced as a tongue-tie. This paper will look at Attachment Theory, and how it relates to breastfeeding.

Help Nurse in Public Tips 4 for Less than Helpful "Advice"

There may be no breastfeeding topic more controversial than nursing in public. Just about every week there is another news report of a mother, and her baby, being harassed across the country.  One of the worst parts of these incidences comes from comments made about nursing in public. The comments will range from support, to those that are intended to be helpful, but really are not, and those that are downright hurtful and harmful. I suggest listening to the positive comments.

FarmVille 2: Escaping the City to For the Farm Life

FarmVille 2: ­­­­­­­­­­­Escaping the City to Be On the Farm


 

Looking out over the farm; you can see cows, chickens, and vegetables a plenty.  So much work to be done, so little time, yet in Farmville you can simply walk away and return when you want to escape the busy life.  Welcome to FarmVille2.

 

Hugs and Tears

                As a family we decided while we were pregnant with R2 that we would never use Cry-it-out (CIO).  I know families that are happy to have used this method and it has worked well for them, but we knew it was not for us.

My Still Birth and Closing the Bones Ceremony

Those of you that follow my blog know that I have difficulty with my fertility, for those of you who are unaware you can read more about it in Infertility: Endometriosis, Blood Clots (Factor V Leiden), Low Progesterone. Much to my surprise and excitement, I found out I was pregnant on October 20th; which also meant I was pregnant when I wrote that blog post thinking my time as “The Mother” had past and I was entering the time of “The Crone” was starting.   

Teacher Leave Them Kids Alone

“All in all, you’re just another brick in the wall,” (Floyd, Another Brick in The Wall) while traditional schools bind our children to the dark fate of being nothing more than a number, unschoolers break that mold.  They are given carefree, safe, fun learning environments, where the student decides what to focus on.  Unschoolers use: no learning manuals, no text books, no teachers; just a child, the love of learning, and play time.  Compare this to the doldrums classrooms where students are shoe-horned into state certified, brick-like, one-size fits all, curriculums built by politicians, an

Infertility: Endometriosis, Blood Clots (Factor V Leiden), Low Progesterone

I was 14 years old when I first learned that having children could be difficult for me.  I was having extremely painful abdominal cramping anytime during the month, not just during my period. It was incapacitating- I would be curled up in a ball unable to move, making me miss both school and work.  I had very heavy periods, always lasting 7 or more days. I was lucky that my first job was at an OB/Gyn’s office, and that my mother worked there too; because of this others were able to recognize that something was abnormal. 

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