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    When our youngest was just three weeks old, he suddenly developed a high fever, accompanied by high-pitched crying. In all my years of mothering our other 5 babies, this had never happened. I became worried about possible infection, so I sadly left our babymoon nest and headed for ER. By the time he was checked over by a pediatrician his temperature had fallen, but we were admitted nevertheless, for observation. The following 4 days were some of the most difficult in my life;...

Peggy O'Mara   Holistic Parenting Magazine: Welcome Peggy! I am so excited to spend the morning with you today, and pick your brain about topics our readers are excited to hear your views on. Peggy O’Mara: I’m delighted to be here! HPM: Ok, I’m just going to jump in here and ask: We are all aware of the growing trend of women taking birth into their own hands. Do you perceive this movement’s growth due of lack of choices within the system? Lack of supportive health care providers? I...

Photo: Petal & Vine Photography   Within days of his birth, he is taken from the comfort and security of his mother, he is strapped down against his will and part of his tiny body is cut off with limited to no pain relief. He thrashes in a desperate attempt to free himself and he cries, a devastating cry of distress, a heartbreaking plea for help, but no one responds and the cutting continues. Is this a day at a factory farm or a day in an American hospital’s maternity ward? Like...

  Photo: Nichole Hanna Photography   It was getting late at night. I was driving on an unfamiliar road with two of my children in the back seat. We were expected at a Bed and Breakfast before the owner goes to bed. Unbeknown to us, the exit we needed was new and not yet marked. I lost the way and soon we were on a winding mountain highway, trapped between a river and tall cliffs with no sign of an exit to turn back. As I continued getting away from our destination I...

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