Sacred birth: Ina May Gaskin talks to Lucy Pearce about fighting for home birth

Ina May Gaskin has empowered hundreds of thousands of women around the world to give birth naturally. She has done this through her best-selling books Spiritual Midwifery and Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, and, for a very lucky few, at the Farm, in Tennessee. The Farm was established in 1971 by Ina May and her husband Stephen, a philosophy professor in San Francisco. They set off across the US, joined by many of Stephen’s students, in a convoy of 60 yellow school buses, picking up followers … [More...]

Holistic Healthcare for Everyone – Dr Preeti Agrawal in London

Friday 11 November 2016, 9am - 5:30pm at effraspace, London "We are not a bag of organs. Western medicine is used to make us believe our health is only a piece of paper with our blood test results or the picture of our organs on a scan screen. It’s approach is very fragmented and incomplete- the doctor usually treats the disease, not the human being. The doctor treats disease for a specific part of the body, not caring about the fact that other organs and emotional states exist too, this has a … [More...]

Organic School Uniform from EcoOutfitters

If you are looking for school uniform ahead of the new term, why not consider online EcoOutfitters? They have an excellent range of uniform for boys and girls including shirts, trousers, skirts, dresses, socks and polo shirts. We are trialling skirts and a long-sleeved blouse. The cotton in the blouse is thick and you can tell by touch that it’s good quality. My daughter really likes the skirt with the black bow; she said it is “comfortable”. It has 3% spandex so there is slight … [More...]

Suzanne Whitton shares what she’s learnt about embracing change

In a matter of days, my eldest daughter will be leaving the comfort of her primary school and embarking on life as a secondary school student. For her this marks an exciting milestone full of opportunities; for me it’s an uncomfortable, emotional and daunting prospect. I am ordinarily not an emotional person. It was therefore a great surprise when these increasingly melancholic thoughts began creeping in. I certainly never imagined I would be that mother hiding behind the dark glasses on the … [More...]

Joanna McNiff shares her personal and professional experience of parenting children on the autism spectrum

Parenthood always has its twists and turns, and for some of us it means embarking on a journey we had never planned. A child diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder or Asperger syndrome challenges our well-ordered lives and requires us to learn new skills to connect with our child. Often we are struck by an emotional paralysis as we cross into the Narnia of Special Needs – a kingdom of behavioural assessment and educational jargon. But let us remember that autism is a condition that affects … [More...]

Reflections on the Continuum Concept: Two mums describe what close parenting means to them

Stone Age parenting – Caroline Cole explains why she parents like our ancestors Our babies are born with the same desires as a baby born in Stone Age times. It is our environment and culture that have so radically changed, affecting how we parent our children today. Living in a fast-paced, materially and technologically driven age, we need more than ever to listen to our inner voice, for the sake of our children’s and our own wellbeing. I am bringing up my son, Ewan, in modern-day Britain. … [More...]

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