Hiking as a Metaphor for Labor and Birth

Hiking as a Metaphor for Labor and Birth

I love to hike and every Monday, unless I have an imminent birth due, I am lucky enough to be able to do challenging hikes with a small group of girlfriends.  One Monday last fall however, no one could make it and so just my trusty dog, Oscar and I set out on our own.  It was raining and a little cold and I soon started to realize that without the support of my friends, the next few hours were going to be a challenge for me.

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Best Feeding: The Modern Fairy Tale

Best Feeding: The Modern Fairy Tale

The fairytale is this: there’s a pregnant mother daydreaming of her round-faced baby suckling on her enlarged breast and then drifting off to a deep and restful sleep. She knows that breast is best; she of course, will do what’s best. Months later, the new mother sits with that round-faced baby in her arms. But, instead of suckling and drifting off to sleep, there are tears and frustration. They find themselves in a cold, dark forest. Ok, maybe it’s not a real forest, but that’s how it can feel for the woman struggling to feed her infant.

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