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An article titled Vaccinating Our Children: A Shot in the Dark can be found at
The following is an excerpt from it:

...a form of mercury called thimerosal was used as a preservative in many of the vaccines given to infants and young children, including vaccines for hepatitis B, influenza, diphtheria, tatanus, pertussis, and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib). Congressman Dan Burton (R-Indiana), who spoke before the House committe on Government Reform's hearing on mercury and medicine last year, knows just what this poison can do to the delicate brain and nervous system of a young child: his once-healthy grandson, who was given vaccines for nine different diseases in one day, now suffers from autism....

You can read the rest of the article at

The National vaccine information center
This site has alot of continually updated 
information about vaccines, diseases and how to protect your informed consent rights.
I must warn you though, if you read the personal accounts of the 4 children on the home page be prepared to have your heart broke.
This site is a must read for anyone planning to have their child vaccinated. If you have school aged children and feel you have no choice, please read the
information on this site before making that conclusion.

Birth, Babies and Breastfeeding

"Just as a woman's heart knows how and when to pump, her lungs to inhale, and her hand to pull back from fire, so she 
knows when and how to give birth." -Virginia Di Orio 

This page is a portal to tons of helpful information relating
to all areas of pregnancy, birth, newborns and breastfeeding.
To try and make this info easy to find, I have divided the
articles into sections and put on separate pages.

Here are the page categories with samplings of their articles:

Natural Relief For Common Discomforts of Pregnancy
Books for Pregnancy 
Pregnancy Journals
Is Homebirth Safe?
A Breech Birth Photo Story
Breech Birth Plan
More Breech Information
Read about other womens homebirths, waterbirths, VBAC's and cesarean's.

Share your birth story on the Forums

Cloth Diapering Information
Baby Sign Language
Are You Preventing Your Baby from Sleeping Through the Night?
Breastfeeding Facts
Maintaining Your Milk Supply 
Breastfeeding An Adopted Baby
Breastfeeding My NICU Baby
Think BEFORE you cut!
The Infant's and Young Child's Bill of Rights
Circumcision Complications
Sex As Nature Intended It
Do-it-yourself Cloth Menstral Pads - Stop throwing hard earned money away! These pads are not only economical but quick and easy to make.
Click here for answers to frequently asked questions about using cloth diapers.
25 to 50% of cesareans performed are unnecessary! Plus they carry a death rate that is 3 times greater than vaginal birth!
Birth & Baby Related Links & Resources
Pregnancy Links & Resources
Birth Related Links & Resources
Breastfeeding Links & Resources
Midwifery Links & Resources
Baby Care & Items Links

Send us your birth stories!
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I remember how encouraging they were to me.
Click HERE to submit YOUR story! 
Click HERE to read some!
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Do-it-yourself Cloth Menstral Pads
by Kelly Frohnauer
It never failed! That special time of the month would arrive and I would quickly discover that I had once again forgot to buy some pads! So off to the store I would have to go, whether a town trip was in the schedule or not or, much to my dear husbands chagrin, I would ask him to get some on his way home from work! It was during one of the those caught off guard times (and Tony had already left for work!) that I decided to just sit down and make some cloth reusable pads. It turned out to be so easy that I wondered why I hadn't done it sooner!
I used an old flannel nightgown and a couple of old cloth diapers. (If you don't have any diapers to use then several layers of flannel will also work.)  Using a disposable pad for a sizing guide, I made a pattern and cut the flannel and diaper all the same size (see drawing to the left). For each pad I used 2 sections of flannel and 2 sections of diaper (I used the thick section from some prefold diapers so if the diapers you use are thin then add another layer or 2.   Basically, you
want the pad to be about 1/4" thick.) I sandwiched the diaper sections between the flannel sections and zigzagged through all the layers completely around, as close to the edges as possible. A serger would be great for this, if you have one (I don't, but hope to someday!) otherwise, set your zig-zag spacing as close as possible. Trim close to the outside of your stitching and you're done!

I made 6 of these, which has been adequate for me. You can add another layer or two of diaper if your flow is heavy. I rarely have a problem with leakage. During the initial heavier flow I just change pads more frequently. There is also no need to pin or secure these as the flannel doesn't slide around (if you wear cotton underwear). To wash, I rinse them out in the sink and then launder with the rest of the clothing. Machine or line dry.

With minimal supplies and about an hour of your time you, too, can be prepared each month. Your husband will really appreciate it!

~~If  you are not able to make your own but wish to have the ease and convenience of cloth, you can buy them at Earth Baby. You can see the ones that they offer by just clicking here:

Below are several websites that offer cloth menstral pads. Most are WAHM (Work At Home Mom) sites:

For an alternative to tampons try The Keeper. For more information go to:

(c)2002 - Kelly is a WAHM of 5 children. She has been involved in Midwifery for the past 15 years and has attended many homebirths. Using natural remedies and herbs has been a way of life for her and her family for over 22 years now.


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