Two-year-old Darcy Atkinson was a stubborn and "charming little man" who liked lots of things, but not the water. That his death was associated with the very thing he feared only added to the tragedy, says Deputy State Coroner Hugh Dillon. Many "troubling" questions have been left unanswered surrounding the circumstances of the toddler's death after he suffered a brain injury while in the care of his mother's boyfriend, Adam Taylor, on NSW's Central Coast.
Darcy was being looked after by Mr Taylor on December 6, when triple zero received a call in which Mr Taylor said: "Oh, what have I done? Sunny, amiable and open, Henry is her precise opposite. Against the finely drawn backdrop of small-town life, they each surrender to longing, warily circle disruption and choose instead to soldier on together for reasons neither chooses to articulate.
To watch McDormand and Jenkins bring these people to life is pure joy; to see them do it together is astonishing. After Watson Lucy Liu told Holmes in the Season 2 finale that it was time for her to move out, Sherlock took all his marbles and moved back to London.
Tom was the perfect western hero, with his "wonder horse" Tony, and TM-Bar Ranch, where he lived with his young wards, Jane and Jimmy, along with his elderly sidekick and ranch hand, "the Old Wrangler.
Joe "Curley" Bradley played Tom Mix through most of the later years of the show. A child actor, George Gobel, went on to become "lonesome" George Gobel, a flat-top haircut styled star of black-and white TV. The early shows are thought entirely lost in that great sunset, but there are some examples of the later show to enjoy. It's the usual mix Tom Mix-style of western ranch life, bad men, an occasional mysterious ghost or invisible rider. Tom could carry a tune, too, and occasionally sang a number, and even sang on the commercials!
Though she admits to membrane sweeping and castor oil early in her homebirth labor, London's progress remains on its own initiation and accord. There were no routine interventions, and pushing began spontaneously and concluded in a birth pool with no separation of mom and baby, including delayed cord clamping. London's accounts would surely lead to interesting follow-up conversations and discussions and, possibly, serve as a tool for mind-set transformation.
London's writing style is very personable, as if she is just sitting with you, telling you her story. Empowered to Birth Naturally is quick and easy to read. London admits her bias toward natural birth and midwives, but she also expresses gratitude toward the obstetric medical field in necessary situations. Having recently attended my first homebirth as a doula, I easily related to London's journey described in Empowered to Birth Naturally.
I also have a few doula clients in mind who would likely benefit from loaning them my copy of the book. For a fairly small purchasing price, Empowered to Birth Naturally may spark life-changing transformations for expectant mothers, doulas, and childbirth educators.
A quick and entertaining read, Labor of Love is an excellent introduction to the world of modern childbirth and, especially, to homebirth midwifery. At its core, Labor of Love is the life story of a strong and passionate woman who answers her calling to be a midwife and, then, a mother, learning both joyful and painful lessons at every juncture.
Muhlhahn describes her life from the beginning, literally! She begins by reflecting on her own time in utero and speculates about why she was born a double-footling breech. Woven into her narrative are important insights about modern childbirth and the needs of birthing women today. Muhlhahn's descriptions of the births she attends and of the level of care, attention, and expertise she offers her clients—all birthing under very different circumstances—are remarkable reminders of what is lacking in institutional-style maternity care.
Anyone reading her story cannot help but wonder why every woman does not have a midwife like Muhlhahn looking out for her. Muhlhahn's book would be especially useful for women who are curious about midwifery or are exploring the possibility of homebirth for the first time.
Lamaze educators should preview the book for their own particular clients before adding it to their group library. That being said, Labor of Love is a delightful book that most educators, parents, and anyone interested in birth, motherhood, or the lives of strong women can read with enjoyment and profit. Chrissy Butler's The Wonderful Place is a beautifully written and illustrated short story regarding breastfeeding and extended feeding with children.
It is written almost like a poem, with short phrases. The main audience for The Wonderful Place is breastfeeding parents, but I believe the book could also be used in a childbirth class for expectant parents or in a nursing support group where extended feeders may gather.
Butler's book does not serve as a reference for breastfeeding questions; rather, it offers beautiful examples of how breastfeeding and extended feeding can be amazing for a child and parent. Butler's original illustrations are particularly impressive in The Wonderful Place. Each page in the book includes a loose, yet clearly drawn picture of what feedings look like and can accomplish.
Each illustration not only completes the words on the page but also adds an additional level of interest in breastfeeding and could be used in classrooms and offices as an artwork representation of extended feeding at its best.
The Wonderful Place embodies the Lamaze Approach to Parenting by showing how breastfeeding creates a bond that is beyond the infant stage, showing pictures of not only young children but older ones, too. In The Wonderful Place, Butler clearly has a set vision: She believes in extended breastfeeding and is not ashamed or embarrassed of feeding in any circumstance.
She does not speak as an authority on the matter; instead, she speaks as a parent who loves to breastfeed her children. You can tell by the words and circumstances in the book that Butler has breastfed her children through many years and loves each time, knowing that every feeding has a purpose. Although The Wonderful Place is a short book, I love the simple message of how special and rewarding breastfeeding can be, and I especially enjoy seeing a parent illustrate and write on this subject so passionately.
Pam England's book, When the Labyrinth Becomes a Laborinth , is designed to supplement England's Birthing from Within book or class but could certainly be used by those pursuing other preparation for birth. In the book's introduction, England does a nice job of detailing the history of labyrinths. She notes that labyrinths are ancient; one in Sardinia is estimated to be 3, years old.
Many labyrinths are found in Scandinavia where they were believed to capture violent winds that could harm ships. Fishermen walked the labyrinths seven times before heading out to sea, believing that bad spirits or trolls attached to them would be trapped in the labyrinth's center.
England also tells how, years ago, midwife-healers in Cromwell used labyrinths with pregnant women to answer questions or to heal by holding the question in their mind while humming and tracing a labyrinth etched in slate. When a midwife-healer died, her slate was either passed down to an apprentice or buried with her.
England shows how it differs from a maze and notes that the classic seven-circuit labyrinth is the most widely used around the world. When the Compact Disc Digital Audio standard came out in , there was a curious fact about it: It was 74 minutes long. Not 60 minutes. Or an even 70 minutes. And it was all one deaf man's fault. The fault of a deaf man and one of the best musical compositions ever written—one that gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it on my big honking Denon reference headphones: The Symphony No.
Picture this: The s, the greatest rock era of them all. Nobel laureate Nadia Murad's fight to bring ISIS to court; Then, why Hungary is paying its citizens to start families; And, the family that dominates saddle bronc riding. Still no justice for MH17 as reconstructed plane shows shrapnel damage from warhead; Then, the history and future of Confederate monuments; And, "West Side Story": The new take on a Broadway classic.Jul 17, · Darcy's mother Ms Maxwell said outside the court she felt as though Darcy had been "let down". "I love Darcy and we miss him, and we will live with that for the rest of our .