There are always new stories and new ideas. The stories come from mothers, babies, and research. The ideas come from me, after 30+ years of clinical practice, usually in the morning. Hence the category: Morning Thoughts.

If YOU have a story to share, contact me and I will put it up.

You have a role in your healing.

Doctors have been testing and treating my friend for anemia for more than a decade. Sometimes he has received blood transfusions to make him feel better and restore his energy. The anemia, and the long process to figure out what is wrong has been draining, and kept him from fully enjoying his life. The process.. read more →

A woman of privilege; thoughts about growing up racist.

Racism was a family value during my childhood and adolescence; it was both subtle and overt. My history is ugly; it is my heritage, my burden to carry, to acknowledge, and to let go. During his time working for the Sinclair Oil Company in Portuguese West Africa (now Angola) from 1920 to 1924, my maternal.. read more →

The other side of the coin.

My beloved grandfather lived alone for 17 years after he was widowed. My daughter and I were his only close family as his last sibling had died a decade earlier, and he was estranged from his only child, my mother. His regular social activity was at the IRS, where he worked part-time after finding retirement,.. read more →

Hold your baby. . . instead of restraining it.

Babies are meant to be carried, which gives them the physical stimulation they need to continue the vestibular, musculo-skeletal and nervous system maturation that started inside, while they were gestating. Babies are very active in utero, as any pregnant woman can tell you. In the 21st century US, it is customary  for babies to be.. read more →

Thoughts about daughters

Two blessed girl babies have graced my life, emerging from my body into the world. They have triggered in me the emotions only a parent can feel: worry, pride, joy, fury, bafflement, anguish, comfort, amusement, wonder, frustration, vulnerability, fear; above, below and through it all, was, is and will be LOVE. They are both infinitely.. read more →

Teen breastfeeding and future careers.

In the 1990s, I worked as the lactation consultant in a grant-funded program serving low-income mothers in West Philadelphia; in 6 years I worked with at least 600 dyads. Findings were published as “Observations Based Upon Multiple Telephone Contacts with New Breastfeeding Mothers” in the Journal of Human Lactation, June 1997 13: 147-150. During that time,.. read more →