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As featured in Issue 7 of HPM, written by Dr Jessica Payne. As holistic-minded parents we don’t consider nursing a choice, do we? Yes, we’ve heard it can be painful, challenging, and frustrating at times. But we know if we stick to our guns, get the right support, and never give up we will persevere. For most of us, this is reality. Nursing may not be as easy as we anticipated, but mother and baby eventually fall into sync and nurse happily ever after. But what about those who, despite...

 Written by Mountain Mama.  I should start by saying that I was raised Catholic. The concepts of reconciliation and absolution are completely ingrained in me. I grew up going to confession at a beautiful monastery where Father Francis, an elderly monk, held my hand as we walked the grounds, and I asked for forgiveness for my transgressions. I always felt great relief and unconditional love after our time together.

Art: Katie m Berggren So you’ve decided, along with a growing number of other loving and intelligent mothers and fathers, not to vaccinate your child. You’ve done your research, however little or lot you needed to do, to support yourself in feeling confident about your decision. You’ve talked with people whose moral compass you trust. You’ve watched what other parents have done, you’ve observed how healthy unvaccinated children often are, and you have declined vaccination. N​ow what?

  The topic of vaccines can make or break a conversation.  People tend to be either adamantly for them or vehemently against them.  While legislation forcing vaccinations exists in certain states, getting a vaccine usually comes down to personal choice.  For those who choose to vaccinate, learning as much as they can about vaccines is important. Here is some information not typically talked about in the exam room but can be useful to know should one be contemplating...

Photo: Anna Bondarieva   Have you ever been in a situation where your child has a fever that continues to rise? As it rises your child begins to feel worse and worse. The worse they feel, the more worried you become about what’s going on and what could happen. Sure you know that a fever is a sign that the immune system is working and that most times it should be left alone to run its course, but no matter what you know you should do, you still have fear in the back of your...

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