Humor – Kindred Media https://www.kindredmedia.org Sharing the New Story of Childhood, Parenthood, and the Human Family Wed, 25 Nov 2020 17:53:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.8 https://www.kindredmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/cropped-Kindred-Black-Logo-square-32x32.png Humor – Kindred Media https://www.kindredmedia.org 32 32 Report: Many Companies Now Offering Women Permanent, Unpaid Maternity Leave https://www.kindredmedia.org/2014/11/report-many-companies-now-offering-women-permanent-unpaid-maternity-leave/ https://www.kindredmedia.org/2014/11/report-many-companies-now-offering-women-permanent-unpaid-maternity-leave/#respond Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:39:41 +0000 http://www.kindredcommunity.com/?p=12273 The Onion Takes On The Insanity of Maternity Leave In America But really, this is no laughing matter.  Forcing women to choose between financial stability and family is a choice women worldwide consider a violation of their human rights.  Why are American women okay with the options presented by The Onion video above?  Because this […]]]>

The Onion Logo and Company LinkThe Onion Takes On The Insanity of Maternity Leave In America

But really, this is no laughing matter.  Forcing women to choose between financial stability and family is a choice women worldwide consider a violation of their human rights.  Why are American women okay with the options presented by The Onion video above?  Because this is how it really is now in America: have a child or have a career.  To understand how shockingly behind the rest of the world America is on maternity and family leave, consider the video that appeared on Buzzfeed this fall:

More on Maternity Leave from MomsRising:

Motherhood manifestoKnow the Facts

  • Having a baby is a leading cause of “poverty spells” in the U.S. — when income dips below what’s needed for basic living expenses.
  • In the U.S., 49% of mothers cobble together paid leave following childbirth by using sick days, vacation days, disability leave, and maternity leave.
  • 51% of new mothers lack any paid leave — so some take unpaid leave, some quit, some even lose their jobs.
  • The U.S is one of only 4 countries that doesn’t offer paid leave to new mothers — the others are Papua New Guinea, Swaziland, and Lesotho.
  • Paid family leave has been shown to reduce infant mortality by as much as 20% (and the U.S. ranks a low 37th of all countries in infant mortality).

What You Can Do

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“We’ll Never Be Rested” A New Video Parody of Lorde’s “Royals” for Overtired Parents https://www.kindredmedia.org/2014/04/well-never-rested-new-video-parody-lordes-royals-overtired-parents/ https://www.kindredmedia.org/2014/04/well-never-rested-new-video-parody-lordes-royals-overtired-parents/#respond Sun, 06 Apr 2014 19:52:33 +0000 http://www.kindredmedia.org/?p=10959 About the Video All vocals done by FiveBasketsofLaundry Recording and mixing and background music recording done at Deep Cove Music Studios- www.deepcovemusic.com Full permission to use lyrics by Josh Stearns and Erica Carlson See original lyrics at http://stearns.wordpress.com/2013/12/… Blog regarding this video-http://stearns.wordpress.com/2014/03/… Get the Original   Rested Lyrics by Josh Stearns and Erica Carlson I never […]]]>

About the Video

All vocals done by FiveBasketsofLaundry
Recording and mixing and background music recording done at Deep Cove Music Studios- www.deepcovemusic.com
Full permission to use lyrics by Josh Stearns and Erica Carlson
See original lyrics at http://stearns.wordpress.com/2013/12/…
Blog regarding this video-http://stearns.wordpress.com/2014/03/…

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Rested

Lyrics by Josh Stearns and Erica Carlson

I never set my alarm clock anymore
I wake up before the dawn, I get up early
And I’m not proud of my outfit
It’s three am
And the baby’s screaming

And every minute’s like diapers, Thomas, splashin’ in the bathtub
Juice stains, snack traps, screamin’ in the minivan
They don’t care, we can’t remember the last time we dreamed
But everybody’s like swaddles, white noise, sleeping with your baby
Warm milk, rocking, let them cry it out now
We don’t care, we haven’t slept in a couple years.

We’ll never be rested (rested)
Now that we have kids
That kind of luxe just ain’t for us
We gotta find a different kind of buzz
I drink my coffee (coffee), you can call me sleepy,
And baby I’ll sleep (I’ll sleep, I’ll sleep, I’ll sleep)
Let me live that fantasy.

My friends say that they have cracked the code
They sleep in to 8 am, and go to parties
And everyone who knows us knows, that were losing it
We look like zombies.

And every minute’s like diapers, Thomas, splashin’ in the bathtub,
Juice stains, snack traps, screamin’ in the minivan,
They don’t care, we can’t remember the last time we dreamed
But everybody’s like swaddles, white noise, sleeping with your baby
Warm milk, rocking, let them cry it out now
We don’t care, we haven’t slept in a couple years.

We’ll never be rested (rested)
Now that we have kids
That kind of luxe just ain’t for us
We gotta find a different kind of buzz
I drink my coffee (coffee), you can call me sleepy,
And baby I’ll sleep (I’ll sleep, I’ll sleep, I’ll sleep)
Let me live that fantasy.

(Ooh ooh oh)
Our kids have so much energy
They’re runnin’ circles around me
(Ooh ooh oh)
So you’re sleeping without a care
We aren’t caught up in your love affair

We’ll never be rested (rested)
Now that we have kids
That kind of luxe just ain’t for us
We gotta find a different kind of buzz
I drink my coffee (coffee), you can call me sleepy,
And baby I’ll sleep (I’ll sleep, I’ll sleep, I’ll sleep)
Let me live that fantasy.

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Mayim Bialik on Bill Maher Show – Talks Attachment Parenting and Veganism https://www.kindredmedia.org/2014/02/mayim-bialik-on-bill-maher-show-talks-attachment-parenting-and-veganism/ https://www.kindredmedia.org/2014/02/mayim-bialik-on-bill-maher-show-talks-attachment-parenting-and-veganism/#respond Mon, 17 Feb 2014 01:05:04 +0000 http://www.kindredmedia.org/?p=10599  About the Video Mayim Bialik, vegan author and neuroscientist, discusses her new cook book, attachment parenting, increasing cancer rates and public health policy on  Real Time with Bill Maher.  Real Time is a talk show that airs weekly on HBO, hosted by comedian and political satirist Bill Maher. Bialik is best known for her portrayal […]]]>

 About the Video

Mayim Bialik, vegan author and neuroscientist, discusses her new cook book, attachment parenting, increasing cancer rates and public health policy on  Real Time with Bill Maher.  Real Time is a talk show that airs weekly on HBO, hosted by comedian and political satirist Bill Maher. Bialik is best known for her portrayal of the young Bette Midler in 1989’s “Beaches” and went on to star in the popular sitcom “Blossom” from 1990-1994. Bialik holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, has two young children, is the spokesperson for the Holistic Moms Network and Texas Instruments and currently appears as Amy Farrah Fowler on the WB/CBS hit sitcom “The Big Bang Theory.”

Books by Mayim Bialik

Get your free e-book excerpt from the new book, Mayim’s Vegan Table here.

 

Books by Bill Maher

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Calvin and Hobbes Tribute Cartoon for Dads: “Create a Life That Reflects Your Values” https://www.kindredmedia.org/2013/09/calvinandhobbescartoonfordads/ https://www.kindredmedia.org/2013/09/calvinandhobbescartoonfordads/#respond Mon, 02 Sep 2013 02:21:01 +0000 http://www.kindredmedia.org/?p=8595 From Kindred What an impact Calvin and Hobbes had on my life, with Bill Watterson’s heart-warming and hilarious insights brought to life by a boy and his stuffed tiger.  Below, cartoonist Gavin Aung Than has brought to life the wise words delivered by Watterson to college graduates at Kenyon College in 1995 in a tribute […]]]>

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What an impact Calvin and Hobbes had on my life, with Bill Watterson’s heart-warming and hilarious insights brought to life by a boy and his stuffed tiger.  Below, cartoonist Gavin Aung Than has brought to life the wise words delivered by Watterson to college graduates at Kenyon College in 1995 in a tribute cartoon.  Note the timely dilemma depicted as a young man decides to “create a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul” and then chooses fatherhood.  The portrayal captures a hot and current topic, as men are faced with shifting identities and new opportunities in our culture.  Follow the New Story of Fatherhood on Kindred to learn more about these new fatherhood insights.  And share this page with a dad you love.  Lisa Reagan, Editor

 From the Cartoonist, Gavin Aung Than

Bill Watterson is the artist and creator of (in my humble opinion) the greatest comic strip of all time, Calvin and Hobbes. I was a bit too young to appreciate it while it was originally published from 1985-1995, but I started devouring the book collections soon after. I think my brother had a few of the treasury collections and I must have read those dozens of times. I was hooked, and I remember copying Watterson’s drawings relentlessly as a kid (Calvin’s hair was always the hardest to get right).

To me, Calvin and Hobbes is cartooning perfection – that rare strip that has both exquisite writing AND gorgeous artwork. A strip that managed to convey the joy of childhood, absurdity of humanity and power of imagination all through the relationship between a boy and his stuffed tiger. And most importantly, a strip that was consistently laugh-out-loud funny. I flick through my Calvin and Hobbes books a few times a year, not to read them cover to cover anymore, but just to get lost in Calvin’s world for awhile and to remind myself what comics are capable of.  Read more…

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Birth Song Video: “For All The Men Who Wish They Could Give Birth” https://www.kindredmedia.org/2013/08/birth-song-video-for-all-the-men-who-wish-they-could-give-birth/ https://www.kindredmedia.org/2013/08/birth-song-video-for-all-the-men-who-wish-they-could-give-birth/#respond Wed, 14 Aug 2013 17:33:05 +0000 http://www.kindredmedia.org/?p=8379 Birth Remix (Original) I’m a man There’s many things I can do Like pee standing up And hit low notes like this too And wear my facial hair Take off my shirt when it gets hot But what is really unfair Is what I don’t got The Chance to Give Birth I want to Give […]]]>

Birth Remix (Original)

I’m a man

There’s many things I can do

Like pee standing up

And hit low notes like this too

And wear my facial hair

Take off my shirt when it gets hot

But what is really unfair

Is what I don’t got

The Chance to Give Birth

I want to Give Birth

Birth

Cause I’ll never feel inside

The kicks of a new life

And I’ll never feel the strife

That makes the miracle so…

Beautiful you get the first nine months

To snuggle closer than I can

I’ll always be playing catch up

it sucks to be a man

Cause I can’t give birth

I want to give birth

Birth

I wish we could switch places

Just for those nine months

It would be more painful than braces

Or stomach pain after a bad lunch

But if I could

I’d take your spot,

I’d be so thankful,

I’d cry a lot

I’d have morning sickness

Night sickness too

I’d be so sick with joy

I wouldn’t know what to do

But I can’t switch places with you, I’ll hold your hand the whole way

Through, Living vicariously through you

And then I’m gonna take paternity leave for the rest of my life

 

Cause I am a retired magician

Pulled enough rabbits out of hats

While tweedling my moustache

Charging that admission, with a stoic disposition

A magician with a suspicion that real magic is

Birth, what on earth

Cells teaming up to form a new heart

Meiosis and mitosis, the eyes and the lungs start

And pretty soon they will be asleep on your shoulders

As you hold em and feel they will never get older

The weight of the world is on your shoulders

On your shoulders, walk with care

 

Cause I can’t give birth

I want to give birth

Birth.

 

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Convos with My Two Year-Old Re-enacted, a New Video Series https://www.kindredmedia.org/2013/05/convos-with-my-two-year-old-re-enacted-a-new-video-series/ https://www.kindredmedia.org/2013/05/convos-with-my-two-year-old-re-enacted-a-new-video-series/#respond Thu, 23 May 2013 16:32:31 +0000 http://www.kindredmedia.org/?p=7491 What meaning and hilarity do the real words of a two year-old take on when a grown man says them?  Take a look at this side-splitting re-enactment created by dad, Matthew Clark, from Warmland Films.  This is the first episode in the series.  We can’t wait for more. Did you have this discussion with a […]]]>

What meaning and hilarity do the real words of a two year-old take on when a grown man says them?  Take a look at this side-splitting re-enactment created by dad, Matthew Clark, from Warmland Films.  This is the first episode in the series.  We can’t wait for more.

Did you have this discussion with a toddler today?
Created by Matthew Clarke

Directed by Darshan Rickhi

Cast:
David Milchard as COCO
Matthew Clarke as HIMSELF
Leila Harrison as HERSELF
Coco Frances Harrison-Clarke as HERSELF

Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/warmlandfilms
And Twitter: @warmlandfilms

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My Love-Hate Relationship with Mother’s Day: How We’re Turning it into a Kindness Scavenger Hunt https://www.kindredmedia.org/2013/05/my-love-hate-relationship-with-mothers-day-how-were-turning-it-into-a-kindness-scavenger-hunt/ https://www.kindredmedia.org/2013/05/my-love-hate-relationship-with-mothers-day-how-were-turning-it-into-a-kindness-scavenger-hunt/#respond Wed, 08 May 2013 22:10:10 +0000 http://www.kindredmedia.org/?p=7189 I hate to admit this, but I’ve come to feel entitled to breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day (complete with gifts and a clean kitchen afterwards), a family hike (no whining, everyone remembers their water bottles and packs their own snack, remembering one for me), and a little downtime with a good book before dinner. […]]]>

I hate to admit this, but I’ve come to feel entitled to breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day (complete with gifts and a clean kitchen afterwards), a family hike (no whining, everyone remembers their water bottles and packs their own snack, remembering one for me), and a little downtime with a good book before dinner.

But truth be told, I rarely get all, if any, of these Mother’s Day treats. I know this shouldn’t surprise me, and it shouldn’t irritate me… but it kinda does, or it has in the past. It’s a horrible confession for someone like me to make, but I’m rarely as cranky as I can be on Mother’s Day.

I know I’m not the only one feeling blue on on the second Sunday in May. In fact, I’m bracing myself for a series of phone calls from disgruntled friends again this year. “All I wanted was to picnic on the beach with the kids,” one friend lamented last year. Her often-charming but rarely-helpful-with-the-kids husband couldn’t get it together—the waves were looking good, and he thought he’d sneak a quick surf into the schedule, right when he should have been securing picnic supplies. Her kids, two of whom were old enough to take the day into their own hands, didn’t rally either. She felt abandoned, and taken for granted.

I know how she felt. One year my kids didn’t do anything for me but make very, um, hasty, cards on scrap paper, an effort so effortless it brought tears to my eyes.

Not the happy kind of tears.

The problem isn’t the kids, though. It is my focus on myself and what I’m entitled to. Even though I really do believe that we moms deserve a day to be treated like goddesses—at least one day!—I don’t think it sets us up for the happiest of Mother’s Days when we expect this to happen.

Although we think that indulging ourselves is going to make us happy, it generally doesn’t:Studies show that we’re happier after spending money on others than after spending on ourselves—yet when people are asked, they expect the opposite will be true.

I see this play out on Mother’s Day (for myself, and some of my friends). After we spend so much time caring for those around us—our kids, our partners, our parents—we think that a quick ticket to a happy Mother’s Day will come from being pampered. But we’re inevitably disappointed when we find that focusing on ourselves is not always, or even usually, a sure route to happiness.

The solution to this sticky-wicket is deceptively simple: We can set ourselves up to be happy on Mother’s Day—to feel gratitude and awe and deep love instead of frustration and disappointment—by simply helping other people. People who help others tend to be less stressed, more joyful, and healthier; less stress, more joy, and greater health all sound good to me this Mother’s Day.

So this year, even though I often long for a break from caring for others, I will make Mother’s Day all about other people. (I know that this strategy isn’t for everyone; those of you suffering from caregiver or compassion fatigue won’t want to try this from home.)

We’ll celebrate the grandmothers in our family, of course, with a big brunch or a fun family dinner (or both, for both sides of the family). But for months, I’ve been wanting to try what this guy does for his birthday: spend a day or two doing dozens of little good deeds—and bring my kids along for the ride.

We’re finally going to do it—for Mother’s Day instead of my birthday—as a way to honor my own mother, Sylvia. She just turned 70 and is as beautiful and vibrant as ever. We’d like to help one person for each year that she has been a mother (41 years). Since her mother, my Oma, passed away this year (at the amazing age of 104!) we’d also like to honor her by helping at least one person for each year Oma was a mother (71 years). Silly math, but we’re aiming to do kind acts for 112 or more people.

We started our “kindness scavenger hunt” this weekend, but to be honest, we didn’t get as far with it as I’d hoped. Personally, I could have powered through the whole list, but my kids fatigued after checking just a few things off the list. We agreed we’d do some more on Mother’s Day, and each week thereafter, until we think we’ve helped more than a hundred people.

Here’s our “Kindness Scavenger Hunt” list:

1. Pick the lemons from our elderly neighbor’s tree, make lemonade, and deliver it to her.
2. Bring food to the food bank.
3. Do a loving-kindness meditation for all those that we love and are concerned about—and also for those that bother us.
4. Leave flowers for a widow who is grieving the man she was married to for 59 years.
5. Give vegetables from our garden to neighbors.
6. Pick up trash in our local park.
7. Stop for everyone looking to cross the street or merge.
8. Make a larger-than-comfortable donation to Tipping Point, a group that is striving to eradicate poverty in our area.
9. Fill a thred up bag full of like-new clothing to benefit Teach for America.
10. Give out extra hugs to the grandmothers in our lives, who really appreciate them.
11. Write a thank-you note to the kids’ preschool teacher: one of those “other mothers” that really made a difference in their lives.
12. Make and deliver “care-kits” to as many homeless people in Berkeley as we can, and give the extras to our friends and family to distribute in their travels.
13. Send someone a book I think they will enjoy, totally randomly.
14. Send all the pregnant women I know some of my favorite parenting books.
15. Write a letter our beat cop thanking him for all he does for our neighborhood.
16. Help a friend with some work on Sunday morning (instead of sleeping in).
17. Visit people at the old age home where my father-in-law used to live (and bring the dog, who despite also being quite old, tends to light up their day).
18. Babysit for the neighbors that have little kids, so that they can have a date-night.
19. Deliver Challahs to temple congregants who are grieving or ill.
20. Serve dinner to homeless and hungry people in San Francisco’s tenderloin neighborhood (Glide Memorial allows kids to volunteer).


What do you think we should add to our list? Please add your suggestions as a comment below!

Happy Mother’s Day, all. Cheers to all the work you and the mothers you love are doing to raise happiness.

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Portlandia on Parenting Books! https://www.kindredmedia.org/2013/02/portlandia-on-parenting-books/ https://www.kindredmedia.org/2013/02/portlandia-on-parenting-books/#respond Sun, 24 Feb 2013 15:37:41 +0000 http://www.kindredmedia.org/?p=6402 Side-splittingly funny, because it’s true! Portlandia lampoons parenting expert advice books, including ones that recommend avoiding eye contact, letting them cry it out (and other ways to ignore your child), using white noise (blow dryers), using direct eye contact, and elevating your game to French parenting techniques, whatever that is. We LOVE Fred and Carrie […]]]>

Side-splittingly funny, because it’s true!

Portlandia lampoons parenting expert advice books, including ones that recommend avoiding eye contact, letting them cry it out (and other ways to ignore your child), using white noise (blow dryers), using direct eye contact, and elevating your game to French parenting techniques, whatever that is.

We LOVE Fred and Carrie and love this baby in the end, who recommends that parents follow their instincts and ignored the kaka found in parenting books.

If you want parenting books that SUPPORT your instincts, take a look to the left!

Visit the Portlandia website.

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10 (Mildly Shallow) Reasons to Breastfeed, by Scary Mommy https://www.kindredmedia.org/2013/01/10-mildly-shallow-reasons-to-breastfeed-by-scary-mommy/ https://www.kindredmedia.org/2013/01/10-mildly-shallow-reasons-to-breastfeed-by-scary-mommy/#respond Sun, 13 Jan 2013 03:28:56 +0000 http://www.kindredmedia.org/2013/01/10-mildly-shallow-reasons-to-breastfeed-by-scary-mommy/ (Photo: Shutterstock/Keith Levit/Richard Semik) I breastfeed my kids. I’m passionate about it. I’m righteous about it. But I’m not entirely honest about it. I advertise that I do it for the heartfelt and health-related reasons we’ve all heard from other moms and pediatricians a bazillion times. But come on. If there weren’t also some hardcore […]]]>

(Photo: Shutterstock/Keith Levit/Richard Semik)

I breastfeed my kids. I’m passionate about it. I’m righteous about it. But I’m not entirely honest about it.

I advertise that I do it for the heartfelt and health-related reasons we’ve all heard from other moms and pediatricians a bazillion times. But come on. If there weren’t also some hardcore mama-centric reasons to let my kid nibble on my nips for a year, I’d never be able to endure the insane commitment. These are the reasons that see me through the worst breastfeeding days and get me to hang in there when I want to bail. They’re pretty damn shallow, but whatever. They get the job done.

1. Milk boobs are awesome. Have you seen milk boobs? The new-mom, my-milk-just-came-in(!!) boobs? They’re glorious. They’re porn star glorious except they’re REAL. They’ll make even the staunchest feminist reconsider her rabid stance on breast augmentation. These fabulous tits were a fabulous surprise after my first child, and a highly anticipated perk (for both my husband and me) after my second.

2. I don’t have to work out. My baby weight lost itself because breastfeeding burns 500-800 calories A DAY. Even my best workout when I was in my twenties and maintaining a hot college body to bring the boys to the yard didn’t burn 800 calories. How crazy would I be to opt out of something that burns a shitload of calories while I sit on my ass, snuggling my baby, in my thirties?

3. I don’t feel remotely guilty about what I eat. I need to replace the calories nursing burns otherwise my milk production decreases dramatically. So heeeelllllloooo, Smashburger. Thank you for contributing to the cause of better infantile nutrition. And yes, I would like a salted-caramel shake with that. It’s all in the name of milk production.

 4. I can’t forget my breasts when I leave the house. I’ve forgotten diapers, clothes, blankets, binkies, the stroller, the entire diaper bag after spending 20 minutes packing it, and even the friggen baby, but I’ve never forgotten milk. If you don’t have kids, having one less thing to remember as you herd your family out the door may not seem significant. If you do have kids, you know how significant it is.

 5. I get guaranteed breaks during crappy social functions. It is completely acceptable to excuse yourself from a party to nurse your child in private. Even though I don’t really care about privacy, I sometimes take advantage of this understanding to avoid awkward acquaintances and annoying relatives and go play Angry Birds or check Facebook for awhile.

Read the next five mildly shallow reasons to breastfeed at Scary Mommy’s blog!

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Jim Gaffigan – Mr. Universe – on Homebirth and Four Kids https://www.kindredmedia.org/2012/10/jim-gaffigan-mr-universe-on-homebirth-and-four-kids/ https://www.kindredmedia.org/2012/10/jim-gaffigan-mr-universe-on-homebirth-and-four-kids/#comments Tue, 23 Oct 2012 19:20:42 +0000 http://www.kindredmedia.org/2012/10/jim-gaffigan-mr-universe-on-homebirth-and-four-kids/ Comedian, Father of Four and Homebirther Dad From the video clip, Mr. Universe, a comedy special released in August 2012: “People are like, ‘you didn’t want to go to that germ-infested building where sick people congregate? Didn’t your wife want to give birth in a gown someone died in yesterday?’ Well, it’s the truth… There […]]]>

Comedian, Father of Four and Homebirther Dad

From the video clip, Mr. Universe, a comedy special released in August 2012:

“People are like, ‘you didn’t want to go to that germ-infested building where sick people congregate? Didn’t your wife want to give birth in a gown someone died in yesterday?’ Well, it’s the truth… There was also a midwife there, because we believe in witchcraft.”

About Jim Gaffigan

Mini Biography

Indiana native Jim Gaffigan arrived in New York City, New York in 1990 at the age of 24. Officially, he had relocated to work in advertising, but his real fascination with New York had a lot more to do with pursuing his dream of making people laugh as an actor and stand-up comic, a dream he would eventually realize through hard work and ample talent. Hailing from a clan of conservative Midwestern bankers, young Gaffigan had virtually no contacts or connections in the entertainment industry. In a 2006 interview for The Onion’s AV Club, Gaffigan told journalist and film critic Noel Murray he came from “a conservative family where you’re driven by security, and wearing a tie to work is considered a success. My uncle was the first one to go to college and, at that point, we’d been in this country for 150 years. It took us five generations to get to the middle class, and I was like, “Hey, I think I’m gonna go into the entertainment world!”

Read more…

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Cesarean Statistics for Your Local Hospital.  Find C-section and VBAC, vaginal birth after Cesarean, rates for your local hospital.

Citizens for Midwifery. The goal of Citizens for Midwifery is to see that the Midwives Model of Care is available to all childbearing women and universally recognized as the best kind of care for pregnancy and birth. Citizens for Midwifery also endorses the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative™.

Coalition for Improving Maternity Services. The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) is a coalition of individuals and national organizations with concern for the care and well-being of mothers, babies, and families. Our mission is to promote a wellness model of maternity care that will improve birth outcomes and substantially reduce costs. This evidence-based mother-, baby-, and family-friendly model focuses on prevention and wellness as the alternatives to high-cost screening, diagnosis, and treatment programs.

Doulas of North America. Pardon us for bragging, but we are the oldest, largest and most respected doula association in the world. Our founders are among the foremost experts on doula care, and DONA International certification is a widely respected measure of quality and professionalism. We are an international, non-profit organization of doulas that strives to have every doula trained / educated to provide the highest quality / standards for birth and/or postpartum support to birthing women and their families.

International Cesarean Awareness Network. The International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc (ICAN) was formed over 25 years ago in order to support women in their journey towards understanding the risks of cesarean section and with the purpose of helping them have healthy births and healthy lives after undergoing the surgery that changed them.

Midwives and Mothers in Action, MAMA, The MAMA campaign is a collaborative effort by the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM), Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA), Citizens for Midwifery (CfM), International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC), North American Registry of Midwives (NARM), and the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC). This partnership is now at work to gain federal recognition of Certified Professional Midwives so that women and families will have increased access to quality, affordable maternity care in the settings of their choice.

Midwives Alliance of North AmericaMANA, In 1982, the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) was established as a professional organization for all midwives, recognizing the diversity of educational backgrounds and practice styles within the profession. Its goal is to unify and strengthen the profession of midwifery, thereby improving the quality of health care for women, babies, and communities.

National Association of Certified Professional Midwives.  Find a local midwife.

North American Registry of Midwives.  Find a local midwife.

Midwifery Today. Well-written technical articles by doctors, midwives, doulas, childbirth educators, nutritionists, herbalists and other practitioners. Birth stories that are beautifully written and have something to teach the practitioner. Stories about midwifery practices in other countries. Well-written academic articles on the subject of midwifery by experts.

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