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The end of the Big Gulp, men banned at births, and ugly duckling or beautiful swan? It’s episode 45 of the Mama Natural Show.
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First, NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg takes on the issue of super-duper-sized sugar drinks.
No one’s disputing the U.S. is obsessed with sugar!
Just look around.
There’s Wendy’s 26 ounce Biggies.
7-11’s 64 ounce Super Big Gulps as well as KFC’s Mega Jugs.
[Not talking breastfeeding]
These mega sodas offer twice the liquid volume of an adult’s stomach capacity.
[Where do they put it?]
Well, not on NYC menus anymore, it seems.
Mayor Bloomberg is at it again!
He proposes to ban all sweetened drinks that exceed 16 ounces.
Some New Yorkers are crying, Food Police.
[We think perhaps he’s a closeted-crunchy!]
Bloomberg’s emphasis is on improving nutrition for all New Yorkers.
He’s trying to make healthy eating easier.
During his time in office, he has
• Blocked the sale of sugar-laden beverages in schools and city-owned buildings
[Later overturned by the school chancellor]
• Banished transfats from city restaurants
• Required all city menu boards to provide detailed nutritional information to customers
• Implemented the National Salt Reduction Initiate forcing certain food establishments to lower their recipe sodium levels
• Banned food donations to the homeless that doesn’t monitor serving size, caloric content, salt, fat and necessary fiber levels
Bloomberg feels everyone’s health and nutrition matters and rather than just wringing our hands about the obesity epidemic, as New Yorker’s, they’re doing something about it.
Well, I appreciate his spirit…
Even if soda consumption is on the decline and better if manufacturers changed their formulations to include cane sugar rather than high fructose corn syrup.
But bottom line, people are gonna do what they’re gonna do. Even in New York.
Next, one child specialist believes the ideal birth environment involves no men.
[You heard it correct!]
That means no husbands, fathers, or doctors around the woman in labor.
Michel Odent, a retired French medical doctor and child specialist, is an advocate of experienced midwifery and been a huge early advocate for water births.
[Okay, he gets points for that.]
He states the best way to create an easy birth is when nobody is around.
Instead, create a silent, low-profile and experienced midwife to assist.
No one else.
[Is this guy serious?]
Odent’s experience tells him that male figures hinder the birthing process.
Supposedly, a man’s presence can create adrenaline surges in women leading to longer labors, more pain, the need for more c-sections, and even lead to marriage break-ups and mental illness.
[I’d like to see some convincing studies.]
Odent claims, emotionally and sexually some men never get over it.
[Is he living in a time capsule from 1950’s?]
The bond created between the man, woman and child at birth is immeasurable.
Men are just as capable of appreciating the true miracle of birth.
To stand in the trenches of blood, sweat and tears with a woman giving birth is not only a privilege and honor, but duty.
Conception is a two-person process, birth and child rearing should be too.
Now it’s time for some community news!
First up, little Gavin will be celebrating his FIRST birthday on June 8th!
According to mama Krissy, he’s such a happy little dude! [He certainly looks like it!]
Krissy is thrilled to be still breastfeeding because they had a rough start with her retraining him how to latch properly at 3 months. No easy feat! But now, he loves to nurse, is going strong, and won’t be giving it up anytime soon.
Congratulations Krissy and family for your little guy’s big milestone!
Next up, natural mama Kristen gave birth to Leland on February 17 at 3:09 a.m.
Well, little Leland was a whole week late!
Mama Kristen was dying of exhaustion.. mainly because of chasing her three year old son, Nolan around while being so big with child.
Determined to get this baby out, Kristen went to a pregnancy chiropractor to get adjusted and directly afterwards she rode her bike for a full hour non-stop at the park. Later that night her and her husband did the deed (strictly business haha) and POP! Her water broke! Finally! She started having contractions immediately and called her midwife, Sam. Within 30 minutes, they were at the birth center and things went along swimmingly. Her midwife even took a nap while Kristen labored! After the birth ball wasn’t cutting it for her anymore, mama stepped into the tub and sat for 3 hours before feeling the need to push.
When the urge finally came, it took her an hour of pushing, and he came out into the water and she caught him herself.
It was amazing.
He was gently lifted out of the water and placed on her chest and didn’t even cry He weighed in at 8 pounds 4 oz and was 19 inches long.
After getting out of the tub and getting cleaned up, her midwife brought in a chocolate cake and champagne. They all sang Leland Happy Birthday and toasted to a job well done.
YAY! Kristen! Congratulations to you and family!
Finally, babies and beauty.
When I was born, a nurse said to my mom, “with thighs like these, she ain’t gonna be a ballerina.”
I also was bald as can be until the age of three.
Let’s just say there were moments my mom was worried… thinking that I’d still be living with her past the age 40.
She used to tell her friends “ugly in the cradle, pretty at the table.”
While few mothers admit it, there may be some private moments when mamas wonder “Is my baby ugly?”
[Wait a minute!]
Every baby is beautiful – in their own way. But sometimes they can look different than what we expect which can lead to disappointment.
One mother confessed her tears of sadness when she saw her son’s red birthmark.
Bottom line, she was worried about him and for him.
I remember when Griffin was born I thought he was absolutely beautiful… but his head was SUPER deformed after a tough labor. Mike was a little scared. [So that’s why they’re so quick to put on the baby caps!]
Bottom line, parental protection runs deep… and if we aren’t worrying about them being teased for their looks, we’re worrying about mental development and social behaviors.
Three things to remember when we’re worrying:
1. Weird quirks in babyhood are common.
So they’ve got a big head. More space for their brains!
So their ears stick out, they won’t once they get hair.
It’s all part of their development as different parts of their body grow at different paces.
2. All kids are awkward at some point.
I remember when I had braces, wore blue eye shadow and ice pink lipstick, and had died my hair using Sun In… let’s just say I had better moments. It’s all good.
3. And most importantly, beauty comes from within.
What makes someone truly beautiful is the spirit. The best thing we can do as mothers is focus on developing kind, loving and considerate little human beings as that’s what makes the world beautiful.
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