RESPECT to all those parents in Dominica that support and assist their children’s schools.  This is a wonderful way to provide a more enhanced educational programme. As teacher I have found that when sought out and welcomed parent volunteers enhanced my programme tremendously. ….. nuff respect


What is active parenting?

“active” – energetically involved in; “parenting” – the act of bringing up children.

Active parents acknowledge that their parenting skills will reflect on life in the future – as children are the future.

An active parent exercises their right to be informed and knowledgeable about the choices they have to make while raising their children.

Active parents realize that their choices may not be another’s; even the closest of friends can disagree on parenting methods.

Active parenting is a choice available equally to men and women.

Parenting is underrated for its effect on the future well being of the world. Studies show direct relationships between informed parents and healthier: pregnancies; births; babies; children ………. future adults.

Active parents need access to information and community resources. We take years of education to get a job but there is almost no training programs available for parents. Programs that offer concrete resources for parents to use in day to day life.

Let’s face it, involved parenting is a very challenging yet rewarding job. Terrible pay, little training, long hours, few breaks, no holidays. Extreme joy, laughter, sense of wonder and fulfillment ensue.

We need many different skills: medicinal, psychiatric, sociology, scholastic, organizational, nutritional, anatomical, and we need to constantly update our skills to keep abreast of the newest studies.

Studies show that one of the most important determining the success a child has in school is the support of the parent.

Million’s of dollars are invested into jails, if those same dollars were invested into supporting parents as they raise their children what could our future be? Imagine …… toy libraries where families can access intelligent toys that stimulate their children’s minds and then return them and get others when the child gets bored; seminars disseminating information in a variety of ways; through classes, workshops; and theatre providing parents with skills for healthy pregnancy; baby care; nutrition; behaviour management; anger management; homework help; assistance with education; tax breaks for each child to assist parents in the tremendous costs of raising a child. What would help you as an active parent?

Investing now in the raising of children today can ensure a safe, healthy society in the future.




We are putting chemicals originally developed as neuro toxins in the second world war on our food and therefore in our food, our rivers, our soil and our oceans. This affects those who apply the chemicals, and those who consume them as well as those who are nearby when the application is happening or afterwards.

The following information is a copy and paste from Medscape, I have highlighted a few sentences


Frances M Dyro, MD  Associate Professor of Neurology, New York Medical College; Neuromuscular Section, Department of Neurology, Westchester Medical Center

Organophosphates (OPs) are chemical substances originally produced by the reaction of alcohols and phosphoric acid. In the 1930s, organophosphates were used as insecticides, but the German military developed these substances as neurotoxins in World War II. They function as cholinesterase inhibitors, thereby affecting neuromuscular transmission.

Organophosphate insecticides, such as diazinon, chlorpyrifos, disulfoton, azinphos-methyl, and fonofos, have been used widely in agriculture and in household applications as pesticides. Over 25,000 brands of pesticides are available in the United States, and their use is monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Diazinon was sold in the United States for 48 years with 14.7 million pounds sold annually. It was the most widely used ingredient in lawn and garden sprays in the United States. Diazinon was found under the brand names Real Kill, Ortho, and Spectracide. In the past decade, the EPA reached an agreement with the pesticide industry to end the production of diazinon by March 2001 for indoor use and June 2003 for lawn and garden use. Chlorpyrifos (Dursban) was involved in a negotiated phaseout in June 2000. These phaseouts resulted from recognition of the special risk that these substances posed for children. Four percent of patients presenting to poison control centers report pesticide exposure. Of those patients, 34% are children younger than 6 years.

Toxic nerve agents used by the military are often of the organophosphate group; an example is sarin, the nerve gas used in a terrorist action in Tokyo in 1995. In anticipation of military use of OP neurotoxins during the Gulf War, the US military was given prophylactic agents which some believe caused some of the symptoms of Gulf War syndrome.

With the emergence of the West Nile virus in the northeastern United States, programs of spraying have been implemented in large urban areas, in particular New York’s Central Park.

Controversy exists regarding the long-term effects of exposure to low levels of potentially neurotoxic substances.

Therapeutic uses of organophosphates

Several organophosphate agents are being tried therapeutically. Cholinesterase inhibition, which in large doses makes these agents effective pesticides, also may be useful in other doses for treating dementia. Metrifonate has been used to treat schistosomiasis and is undergoing trials for the treatment of primary degenerative dementia.

The organophosphates pyridostigmine and physostigmine are carbamate anticholinesterases that have been used for many years for the treatment of myasthenia gravis. Although the short-duration anticholinesterases are generally safe, reports of their abuse are associated with a picture similar to pesticide intoxication.

One of the author’s patients had been diagnosed erroneously as a myasthenic. Long-term “therapeutic” doses of physostigmine chemically altered her neuromuscular junctions to the point where she had to be slowly weaned from the drug.

Sung and others have reported on the ability of these substances to induce nicotinic receptor modulation. This explains the action of these drugs and may result in development of more effective agents.

Historic and new uses of organophosphates

The first organophosphate was synthesized in 1850. Physostigmine was used to treat glaucoma in the 1870s. By the 1930s, synthetic cholinesterase inhibitors were being used for skeletal muscle and autonomic disorders. Some organophosphates were tried in the treatment of parkinsonism.

In 1986, testing began for tacrine, the first cholinesterase inhibitor to be tried for Alzheimer disease; it was released for clinical use in 1993. It is no longer in use. The blood-brain barrier has been the limiting factor in developing a cholinesterase inhibitor for use in dementia. Drugs such as rivastigmine are now widely used. Reported adverse effects are nausea and vomiting, with resultant weight loss because of the increase in cholinergic activity. It has been shown to be useful in mild to moderately severe Alzheimer disease.

Pyridostigmine has been tried for the fatigue of postpolio syndrome but showed no benefit.

“It is not only that we want to bring about an easy labor, without risking injury to the mother or the child; we must go further. We must understand that childbirth is fundamentally a spiritual, as well as a physical, achievement. The birth of a child is the ultimate perfection of human love.” ~ Dr. Grantly Dick-Read, 1953

FDA and CDC have recently detected an increase in the number of reports to VAERS of febrile seizures following vaccination with Fluzone (trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine or TIV, manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur, Inc.). Fluzone is the only influenza vaccine recommended for use for the 2010-2011 flu season in infants and children 6-23 months of age. These reported febrile seizures have primarily been seen in children younger than 2 years of age.”

 ‎”If a woman doesn’t look like a goddess in birth, someone isn’t treating her right.” – Ina May Gaskin


I had wonderful natural births. One was a planned home birth that ended up in hospital and one was in a rural area where there were no midwifes so I had to birth in the hospital.

Home birth was illegal in Canada at that time but there were a few brave midwifes who helped women to have the birth of their dreams at home. Times have changed and now there is a University Degree in Midwifery and Natural Birthing available in more than one university.

I feel my healthy lifestyle contributed greatly to my easy uncomplicated births. I utilized yoga techniques such as the 3 part breath; progressive muscle relaxation; creative visualization and guided relaxation to calm me during the birthing process. I also did a lot of research and joined birthing classes. I had birth plans in both cases and the staff in both hospitals did their best to follow them. I went home immediately after the births. My recovery was quick and uneventful.

I believe whenever possible women need to have the option to birth where they wish and how they wish. I believe in most cases birthing where they feel the most comfortable can increase the chances of a positive outcome.

Statistics show that birthing at home is just as safe as birthing in the hospital.

Below I provide some links to articles and videos that I have enjoyed on natural birthing.

Beautiful peaceful natural birth in hospital in water. The woman is smiling.

A trailer about a new movie on Organic Birthing.

Hypnobirthing Part 1    Hypnobirthing Part 2

I was lucky when I was pregnant to have an amazing sister named Jane Jordan who told me positive birthing stories.

Mothering Magazine and the Compleat Mother provided up to date information on natural birthing and parneting.

Natural Childbirth of Twins and Triplets

More links and natural birthing topics coming!

I believe all women should have the right to choose their birth place.  Where ever they feel most comfortable whether it be home, birthing clinic or hospital. – Trudy

In many countries in the world homebirth was the norm in my parents generation. Slowly over the 20th century hosptital birth became mandatory.

When my children were born home birthing was illegal and midwifes who helped happy couples birth healthy babies were always working just outside of the law. My midwife was truly an intricate part of my healthy easy birth for my first child. She provided personal care throughout my pregnancy and for a few weeks after my birth. I will be forever grateful to her even though I ended up having a natural birth in hospital.

Times change and over the years and many provinces in Canada have made it legal to have a home birth. A 4 year baccalaureate midwifery education program has operated at Ryerson University in Ontario since 1993.

There is a wealth of opportunities for women birthing in both hospitals and at home from hypno birthing to water birthing to

A two year study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in 2002 showed that women who gave birth at home attended by a midwife had fewer procedures during labour compared with women who gave birth in hospital attended by a physician. It was also found that rates of perinatal mortality, 5-minute Apgar scores, meconium aspiration syndrome or need for transfer to a different hospital for specialized newborn care were very similar for the home birth group and for births in hospital attended by a physician.

A more recent  four year study  published in the same journal in August of 2009 found home birth attended by a registered midwife was associated with very low and comparable rates of perinatal death and reduced rates of obstetric interventions and other adverse perinatal outcomes compared with planned hospital birth.

Now that we have proven that home birth assisted by a midwife is as safe as birthing in a hospital; I hope women will enjoy a wide range of options for their birthing experience.

“The health care company Abbott says about 5 million containers of its Similac-brand powdered infant formulas—which includes Isomil and Go & Grow—are being recalled because of possible contamination with insect pieces or larvae.” ~ FDA

This formula is selling in the US AND the Caribbean!

” Insect pieces in the formula could irritate the gastrointestinal tract, causing babies to have an upset stomach or refuse food, FDA experts say. Parents should consult a doctor if symptoms persist for more than a few days.

FDA is encouraging consumers to check lot numbers on the bottom of formula containers against those being recalled. Anyone who has a recalled container should stop using it immediately and return it to the manufacturer for a full refund. ”

Check here for Lot #’s recalled – 38 pages of them!

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