Category Archives: Natural Parenting

  • The Crunchy Skeptics Changed My Mind

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    We started out following the doctor’s orders with our first baby—she received her first year’s vaccines on time. After a period of moving around a bit and coping with some family illness, we fell behind on immunizations, but did manage to catch my daughter up once we had settled in Texas. After a move to […]

  • A Mother I Never Met Changed My Mind About Vaccines

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    Have you ever strolled by someone in the grocery store who smelled like she just walked out of a package of incense? That was me. I bathed in patchouli oil, smeared crystal rocks on my armpits (and let me tell ya’, people: it doesn’t work). I had Himalayan salt lamps and amber teething necklaces. You […]

  • A Moment of Hesitation

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    I was still trying to come to terms with how things had played out. In the space of just over a week I’d gone from winding down my work so I could go on maternity leave before experiencing what I hoped would be a natural hospital birth to holding a teeny preemie who had just been […]

  • From Anti-Vax to Pro-Vax: Natural Parenting Perspective

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    Almost seven years ago my journey in motherhood began. My son was born into this world in our bedroom, though it left him scarred (a severe obstetric brachial plexus injury). And while he should have been whisked away to a hospital and promptly given a Vitamin K shot (he was a severe shoulder dystocia with major hematoma on his […]

  • I’m a Crunchy, Libertarian Pro-vaxxer

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    I might be the last person you’d expect to be pro-vaccine. I might also be the first person you’d expect to be called a “hippie.” I like midwives, extended breastfeeding, alternative schooling, wholesome foods, homemade cloth diapers, cleaning with baking soda & vinegar, cooperative living, home remedies, not trusting the government, reusing secondhand things, do-it-yourself-ing…and […]

  • Leaving the Anti-Vaccine Movement

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    I can’t tell you how I became pro-vaccine without first telling you how I became anti-vaccine. When my oldest daughter was about four months old, I discovered “crunchy” parenting. I entered a world full of cloth diapers, “intactivism,” and home birth. I made a lot of new friends who shared my beliefs about peaceful attachment […]

  • Growing Up Unvaccinated

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    I am the 70s child of a health nut. I wasn’t vaccinated. I was brought up on an incredibly healthy diet: no sugar til I was one, breastfed for over a year, organic homegrown vegetables, raw milk, no MSG, no additives, no aspartame. My mother used homeopathy, aromatherapy, osteopathy, we took daily supplements of vitamin […]

  • Getting with the Schedule: Slow-Vax to Pro-Vax

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    I am the mother of a two-year-old girl and a nine-month-old girl. My pregnancy with my youngest was unexpected and filled with worry. I nearly suffered a miscarriage during the first trimester. At our 20 week ultrasound we were told Claire had an enlarged kidney, a marker for Down Syndrome. When Claire was born, she […]

  • Science is Real

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    Of all the criticisms lobbed at me after I “came out” as pro-vaccine, by far my favorite is that I’m in the pocket of Big Pharma. If only! I don’t exactly know what happens to one who is in the pocket of Big Pharma, but I hope it involves a lot of gold chains with […]