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    Eating the placenta could be considered delicacy, often reserved for new moms looking to benefit from all the rich goodness that our afterbirth contains. You could eat it raw, in a smoothie, cook it up with some pasta sauce, or have it in pill form. I'm not sure it could ever be called delicious, but nutritious, yes. Still, it's often something for new mothers, and maybe for fathers who are adventurous eaters. Or maybe there is more to it than that.

    New dad Nick Baines decided to eat his wife's placenta. It's what gave his child life, after all. If it was good enough for his kid, it's good enough for him. So first he tried some in a smoothie, and then he made some in a taco.

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    It's clear that Teen Mom Kailyn Lowry is a natural-minded mama -- some may even call her crunchy. She breastfeeds Lincoln and isn't afraid to post photos on Instagram, she reportedly didn't vaccinate her sons, and she ate her placenta ... in pill form. And now she's making a major statement about exactly what baby Lincoln will be eating ... or rather not eating.

    Lincoln is about to be six months old, which is typically the time to start solid food. But Kailyn has other ideas.

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    In her new book, The Kind Mama, Alicia Silverstone covers everything from her pregnancy to her beliefs on circumcision and vaccination. Though the book has only been out for two days, it's already got tongues wagging, as does a recent interview the famous vegan actress did with People about her parenting philosophies, in which she says she's "not against Western medicine. The problem is we’re using it as a first step for everything, even when it’s not needed."

    Alicia deserves applause for bravely putting that sentiment out there! She's right: We are far too quick to jump to conventional medicine "fixes" -- which can be disappointingly closer to temporary bandages than true cures -- for too many of our ailments.

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    It's no big secret that she's a fan of attachment parenting, but Kourtney Kardashian keeps defending her decision to co-sleep with her kids -- and I honestly don't understand why everyone makes such a big deal about it.

    In a new interview with Redbook, Kourtney admits that Mason, 4, and Penelope, 19 months, often share a bed with her and Scott Disick -- though some nights they do start off in their own rooms.

    She admits co-sleeping isn't something she set out to do, saying, "It's what came naturally to me; I didn't plan it. When I had Mason, I just felt really attached to him and wanted to bring him everywhere. He ended up sleeping with me, and I breastfed for 14 months."

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    One of the new buzz terms heard more when it comes to birth is "gentle c-section." Which is fantastic because with c-sections on the rise, we should all want women to have the most gentle one possible. Of course it would be better if cesareans were on the decline. With this gentle c-section, moms do skin-to-skin contact with baby right after birth. Seems like a no-brainer. Why wouldn't mama put baby to chest right after giving birth? Particularly after a c-section. But doctors seem to have forgotten the human element in birth and rely too heavily on the technology.

    Skin-to-skin doesn't happen as much as it should. In fact, for the first time in America, a gentle cesarean was performed in May of 2013 where a healthy triplet birth resulted in mom placing her babies on her chest right after birth -- skin-to-skin. First time? What took so long?

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    Let's talk about animal birth for a second. Animals give birth in the wild. They just birth. Why can't we? You don't see giraffes heading to the giraffe hospital asking for a giraffe epidural and having giraffe Pitocin. Humans are capable of birthing in the wild. If we wanted to. If we trusted ourselves more. If doctors trusted the process more. It's not that we are animals -- though sometimes we are just like them -- but can we agree that we are as capable as giraffes to give birth? I'd argue yes.

    That "wild" place for humans would be at home. Home birth isn't some crazy experience reserved only for granola-eating hippies. It's for everyone simply because we can all birth at home -- without intervention -- provided there isn't some sort of extreme circumstance. There is proof. Doctors need to get on board.

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    There's really no worse feeling a mom can have than seeing our kids sick and miserable, especially when they're up in the middle of the night suffering from a fever.

    And while there are certain things you can give to try and bring down their temperatures -- not all parents want to medicate their toddlers, especially without having them seen by a doctor first. On top of that, sometimes our poor little ones feel so icky, they refuse to take the meds in the first place.

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    We've all seen videos of water birth -- women giving birth while inside a tub of water. The practice is rapidly gaining in popularity. I know moms who tell me laboring in water helped relieve a lot of their pain and made the whole experience more peaceful. So what exactly is water labor, and how do you go about it? Will your insurance even cover it? I talked with midwife nurse practitioner Kristen Mallon of Mindful Midwifery and Hackensack University Medical Center about what's called hydrotherapy and why it's so helpful to laboring women.

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    Holy moly, have breastfeeding mothers just gotten a gift from on high. Forget the nursing celebrities who are lavished with praise for letting the paparazzi snap pictures of them feeding their babies, there's a new promoter of nursing in public who eclipses them all. You have heard of Pope Francis, haven't you?

    The still relatively new pope has once again proved himself to truly be the pope of the people, and this time his people are all the nursing moms who just can't get no respect. His eminence might have just settled the debate over sex vs. sustenance when it comes to moms whipping out the breast to feed in public.

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    Remember when the Internet was taken over by a crazy load of "Sh-- So-and-So Says" videos? It turns out pregnant women who are going all natural never got their day in the sun. So what's a mom to do? Make her own "Sh-- Crunchy Pregnant Mamas Say" video, of course!

    Don't worry, AP parents, this is not another attack from parents who just don't get why someone would home birth or want to attack your placenta burial. Created by the mom behind Mama Natural, the video pokes good-natured fun at the way a certain set of expectant mothers tend to sound exactly alike.

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