Tuesday, September 29, 2009

misrepresenting homebirth

I am outraged that such a misrepresentation of birth options was presented by The Today Show, a show that I once respected and admired, in a story titled, "The Perils of Home Births," originally captioned, "Extreme Birth." While my prayers and sympathies do go out to any family who loses a child, it is important to consider that tragedies do happen in childbirth, no matter the location or attendant. Birth tragedies do not solely take place for women who choose to homebirth. It is also important to note that the United States has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the western world, after all, and one of the lowest percentages of homebirth rates.

I encourage the producers of The Today Show to air a more unbiased story of the importance of birth choice and birth options, the wonders of midwifery and homebirth, and how homebirth can be a safe alternative for many healthy, normal pregnancies and deliveries. I signed the petition Demand Accurate Reporting of ALL Birth Options. I am asking you to sign this petition to help reach the goal of 5,000 signatures. I care deeply about this cause, and I hope you will support their efforts, as well. The petition will be presented to the producers of The Today Show next week.

Here is a link to the video "The Perils of Home Births" presented by The Today Show.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

the flu vaccine

There is so much information circulating about the influenza vaccine, and it is exceedingly difficult to decipher. The facts are influenced by politics, media, vaccine manufacturers, and are often blurred by marketing tactics and opinion. After doing a TON of research on the subject, I believe that the risks of getting the flu vaccine far out way the risks of possibly contracting the flu virus naturally. I say no to the flu shot, not only for myself, but for my family as well. There are many precautions you can take to prevent the flu. Wash your hands frequently, get adequate rest and exercise moderately, drink plenty of water, cover your mouth when you sneeze/cough, avoid close contact with people who are sick, and eat a healthy diet rich in natural vitamins and minerals. Breast milk also gives a major boost to the immune system of nursing children. Mama's milk is rich in nutrients and natural immunities that will help protect nurslings from contracting the flu and other illnesses. One good resource about the flu virus is Flu Facts from the National Vaccine Information Center. The best thing you can do is learn the benefits and risks of the illnesses themselves as well as the vaccines and make an informed decision for yourself and your family.