Ruffle Rompers at Princess Piper’s Boutique

BRAND NEW ITEM! Check out our ruffle rompers at Princess Piper’s Boutique.  More sizes and colors arriving soon. 

Above: Olivia is dancing her little heart out in the light pink size 3-4yrs Ruffle Romper.  This romper has optional straps and also comes in turquoise at the moment.  Soon we will have light pink/hot pink layered ruffles alternating with each color in size Infant (0-12 mos) and size 3-4yrs.  We will also have Yellow rompers in size 1-2 yrs, and turquoise in size 2-3 yrs.  Perfect for springtime photos.  This photo was taken by Tara Nichole Photography, proud mama of Miss Olivia.

Each ruffle romper sells for $25.00. 

These rompers are fun and feminine, perfect to wear for dress up, spring/summer photos, photo sessions, photo props, or spring/summer daily attire.  The satin ribbon attached to the romper seen to the left is not attached to infant sized rompers due to choking hazzard and the fact that infants are often laying on their bellies.  The ribbon can be added to your romper at no extra charge.

Treat your little Princess to a Lacey Romper today!  Feedback is more than welcome


Washington State News: Making child vaccinations mandatory and a legal issue.

By Barbara Loe Fisher (shared from

If you are a resident of Washington state, you should know that there is a bill quietly sailing through your state legislature that violates your privacy and threatens your right to make informed, voluntary decisions about vaccination. House Bill 1015 1 and Senate Bill 5005 also discriminates against parents by failing to give them equal protection under the federal National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 (PL 99-660). 2

New Law Threatens Informed Consent Rights and Violates First Amendment

The proposed new law will legally require doctors and nurses to personally sign off on all religious or personal belief exemptions to vaccination filed with the state. Parents seeking non-medical exemptions will be required to include a signature from a vaccine provider on the exemption form stating that they have been given vaccine benefit and risk information. 3 Currently Washington state mandatory vaccination laws 4 only require signatures from medical personnel when medical exemptions are filed. 

If this bill becomes law, it will put doctors, nurses and other medical personnel in the legal position of acting as inquisitors of religious beliefs held by fellow citizens, which is an invasion of privacy and a de facto violation of First Amendment rights. 5 Americans associated with the medical profession will have the power to sit in judgment of, or interfere with, the free exercise of religious, spiritual or conscientious beliefs of other Americans. It will also make it easier for doctors to punish parents making selective vaccine choices by denying their children medical care, which is the official policy of many U.S. pediatricians. 6

The ethical principle of informed consent 7 to medical risk taking means that you, as an individual or the legal guardian of an individual, have the human right to be fully informed about the benefits and risks of a medical intervention and make a voluntary decision without being harassed or coerced by anyone. 8 The informed consent principle protects individuals in every society from exploitation by those in positions of power in medicine, government and industry. 9, 10, 11

The proposed Washington state bill makes it easier for doctors and other medical personnel to violate an individual’s informed consent rights and discriminate against those filing vaccine exemptions, who may hold different beliefs and values. 12, 13, 14, 15 Informed consent is especially important when it comes to vaccination because doctors and nurses cannot predict ahead of time who will be injured by vaccines. More than $2 billion dollars has been awarded by the U.S. Court of Claims 16 to compensate vaccine victims, mostly children, whose doctors did not know they would suffer brain inflammation, immune dysregulation and become permanently disabled or even die after vaccination. 17, 18, 19

Bill Also Ignores Federal Law Requirements

Co-sponsors of the new Washington state vaccine law do not acknowledge in the bill that there is already a federal law in place since 1986, 20, 21 which legally requires doctors, nurses and all vaccine providers to: 

  1. Give parents vaccine benefit and risk information before vaccination takes place; Record serious health problems, including hospitalizations, injuries and deaths, after vaccination in the child’s permanent medical records;
  2. Report serious health problems after vaccination 22 to the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) 23 
  3. Keep a permanent record of all vaccines given, including the manufacturer’s name and lot number.

Unfortunately, today most vaccine providers do not obey these important federal law requirements. So if the goal of the new law is to educate parents about vaccination, it should simply state that all vaccine providers are legally required to give every parent Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) produced by the Centers for Disease Control, 24 which also contain information about reporting vaccine reactions and the federal vaccine injury compensation program.

Protect Your Rights. Take Action TODAY!

If you are a Washington State resident and do not want to lose your right to file a religious or personal belief exemption to vaccination without getting the signature of a doctor or nurse, you need take action TODAY.

Sign up for NVIC’s Advocacy Portal and learn how to take action and make your voice heard. No matter what state you live in, please join forces now with the oldest, largest, and most experienced vaccine safety and informed consent organization, the non-profit National Vaccine Information Center, 25, 26 and fight for your freedom to make voluntary vaccine choices in America.

If it can happen in Washington state, it can happen in your state. Defend your informed consent rights.

Please forward the public service announcement linked to the end of this commentary to everyone you know about how to join NVIC’s Advocacy Portal.

It’s your health. Your family. Your choice.

Click here to watch NVIC’s Advocacy Portal Public Service Announcement.


Alexis – Introduction to a Home Birth Story

Here is a little about our pregnancy and childbirth, and what forms our opinions of a natural birth. While this may seem “extreme” to some, it is what came natural to us:

Prior to even getting pregnant, we realized an issue with Robyn’s thyroid. Knowing that could become an issue when we decided to start a family, we had it confirmed by Bridget Houston, and began to strengthen her hormone systems. Robyn also started taking a prenatal, knowing that nutrition was vital long before a pregnancy even begins. In October of ’07, Robyn’s thyroid finally came into balance, and weeks after we suspected we were pregnant, only to find out it was a chemical pregnancy. Around Valentine’s Day we had our first interview with Kathi Mulder in Traverse City, the closest midwife we could find that came to Petoskey (have since found out about another). Finally, on March 6th, we found out we were pregnant with our first child. We went and saw Bridget the next week, and confirmed we were expecting! With no intentions of having an ultrasound, we were quite surprised when Bridget asked us if we wanted to know what we were having. Our immediate reaction was no, but at lunch afterward, we changed our mind. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get in touch with her that afternoon, and she was closed the next day. 2 impatient days later, we were told we were having a girl! A few weeks go by, and then the nausea started. With our cabinets filled with ginger lozenges, nux vomica, and sprite in the fridge, we tackled the all day, all night, what-idiot-coined-the-phrase morning sickness. At 20 weeks Robyn started bleeding, and we called our midwife. Turns out she was on vacation out of country, and I spoke with her apprentice, who assured us it was normal. The next morning, as the bleeding had increased, we got ahold of Bridget and she got us in immediately. Turns out her progesterone levels had plunged, which prepares the body for the monthly cycle! In our quest to find something that Robyn could stomach, we discovered she could eat Rosemary and Olive Oil Triscuits. As any good husband would do, I went out and bought several boxes. Come to find out that morning that the rosemary was causing her progesterone to drop! This event reassured us that our approach was right for our pregnancy. As we progressed further into the 3rd trimester, we were given a few tips to prepare Robyn for delivery. When we finally went into labor 10 days past our due date, Robyn birthed our beautiful baby girl at 9 lbs, 4 oz, and 22 inches at home in a birthing pool in our nursery. Such a fitting place! I gave Alexis her first adjustment just minutes later. We had her first check-up with Bridget at 6 days old. Mild jaundice, and the recommendation was to drink a hoppy beer! I couldn’t have been happier! Then she said it was for Robyn. To this date, Lexi has never been to a medical doctor, never vaccinated, never on any antibiotics, eats organic, mostly gluten free, has a green drink (her power juice!) every morning, was potty trained at 15 months, and even says please and thank you! Her health care consists of regular chiropractic adjustments, and periodic trips to Hummingbird Health.

I was the first of 4 home births in my family. The first 2 were attended by midwives, the second two were not. They weren’t unassisted, but my father (also a chiropractor) realized if it’s uncomplicated, all you do is catch.

We are not sharing this with you because we think our birth is “better,” or that it’s “the right way to do it.” We just wanted to share with you exactly where we are coming from, so you can get a better understanding. Does medicine have it’s place? Absolutely. Without medical intervention, many people would not survive serious complications. What most don’t realize is that it’s the medical interventions that lead to the serious complications!

Stay tuned for the full birth story, coming soon!

Distance to Hospital: Does it make a difference for pregnant women?


Below you will find a very interesting article about the cycle of induction and fast-tracked birthing.  I kept thinking about my own experience when I was reading this and it is so very real.  I was very uncomfortable at home and my contractions were almost always 5 minutes apart with some varying.  I had to travel 30 minutes to the hospital in my case and I was told to make sure I was at the hospital early enough to receive two doses of antibiotics for the Group B Strep and was very nervous about that.  So when I garbed up and they checked my cervix, I was only dilated to 3 and they told me “if your body doesn’t start showing harder contractions, we might discharge you” and explained that would have to walk around Walmart (or something) until my contractions became more intense.  I think something between brain and body connected because within a minute (they gave me 3 minutes to prove I was in hard labor) my body pumped out some serious contractions and they decided to hook me up to the IV.  It’s a good thing we stayed because I think it took them a good hour to get the IV in, they had to call a pediatric nurse to get the IV in correctly.  That seemed to last forever, but I’m glad I didn’t have to have any pitocin prior to giving birth to my baby.  However, they did pump me full of it once the baby was out and they impatiently ripped the placenta from my body.  Sorry to be graphic but the words capture my feelings toward the unnecessary actions taken in my very real birthing experience.  I hope this article is beneficial to understanding the complications that induction can cause and many women (and families) may not be aware of prior to giving birth.

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Distance to Hospital: Does it make a difference for pregnant women?

Posted: 22 Feb 2011 07:44 PM PST

pregnant-woman-inside-a-car-pm2A recent study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology concluded that women who travel more than 20 minutes to the hospital while in labor are at greater risk of birth complications or even death.  

Dr Anita Ravelli, the principal investigator of the study said:

“In critical circumstances where the travel time is long, this may lead to complications for the baby including hypoxemia, asphyxia and intrapartum or neonatal death.”

This seems to be a no-brainer.  Anyone in “critical circumstances” who has a long travel time to a hospital is likely at greater risk of an adverse outcome.  This is why many midwives who practice in home birth settings recomend or even require that the home be within a few minutes of a hospital. 

In the Netherlands, a two-tier system of midwifery is practiced.  Those who are low risk are cared for by midwives, those who are high risk are referred to obstetricians.  If the woman wants a hospital birth, but is low risk, she is often attended at home by a midwife until she is well into labor.  The authors of the study suggest that women who were higher risk, and proceeded to the hospital in early labor, actually had better outcomes than lower risk women who did not travel to the hospital until labor was well established.

What implications does this have for American women who give birth in hospitals?  at home? 

The problems with early admission in labor in the US involve the cost of beds in hospitals.  Labor units make money by getting babies delivered and emptying beds so new patients can be admitted.  Most labor nurses get very nervous when a patient in early labor is walking the halls with a smile on her face, rather than in bed being “pitted” (receiving pitocin to hasten the birth).  Patients who are walking and comfortable are still assigned to a nurse who cares for them, but who otherwise could be assigned elsewhere.  This leads to the “cascade of interventions“, where one small intervention intended to improve labor leads to another, which leads to another, and so on. . .   If women who planned hospital births could be admitted early in labor and left alone, perhaps only checking in with the nurse when they felt a need, or at intervals to listen to the baby’s heartbeat, we might make a case for the benefit of early admission.  Unfortunately, early admission actually turns into an induction, because the mother is not even in established labor yet.  Normal labor may stop and start, off and on for days.  The cervix is not ready to respond to active labor contractions during the beginning hours of labor, yet women’s bodies are often forced into an early labor in order to “get things going”. 

In my next post we will further analyze this study and its implications for American women.

frustrations with spam

To all my readers: I want to let you know that I have had a huge increase in spam mail recently (403 letters today alone) and I want to appologize if you have commented and your post was not publicized.  I became overwhelmed and frustrated with the amount and decided to empty the spam file without continuing to decide which is spam and which is real appreciation for such stories.  Please know that I am working to fix this problem and may eventually switch blog sites to avoid this problem.  If I decide to do so, I will post a link to this site directing you to the new site.  Stay tuned, hang in there with me.

Feeling Guilty about collecting unemployment…no more!

Just a little history: I was laid off one month before my precious baby girl was born and didn’t really mind too much in the begining because I had planned to be on maternity leave for about 12 weeks anyway.  I figured I would use that time to find a job.  After my daughter was born I decided to just continue with graduate school and live off the unemployment and suppliment with student loans as needed while continuing to leisurely look for a job.  I had already been enrolled in graduate school for a year by this time and had two years left.  Well, I am now coming to the end of my unemployment compensation (in the begining of June) and have felt incredibly guilty the entire time.  This is my journey:

I thought I might be eligible for the “No Worker Left Behind Program” but there were so many people signed up for it that there was a lot of changes in the qualifications and one of them had to do with what was considered “jobs in demand”.  Social work, my field, was considered “in demand”.  However, because I was persuing a Master’s Degree and already had a Bachelor degree in Psychology they decided that I already had enough education to get a job.  Okay…not so much, I live in Northern Michigan there are very few jobs in the field as it is and if there are jobs, there are at least 100 applicants per position or more from what I’ve been told.  So I was told that I could petition this and prove that a MSW is different and can provide more options for getting hired than a B.S. in Psychology.  It doesnt take a genius to answer the question but I jumped through the hoops and got denied.

I also applied for WIC (Women Infant Children program) hoping that I might get to suppliment my groceries so that my daughter would have healthy choices for food or even to off set the cost of groceries even a little bit.  No such luck, we made $100 per year too much to qualify…are you kidding me?  I know people getting the benefits who make more than us but because their husbands are in construction or another similar field they can write off their losses and it looks as though they make a lot less.  I’m not suggesting doing that because I could never lie and take away something that should be used for others in need (more than my need, anyway…).  So, I didnt fight it. 

Still feeling guilty and applying for every job that came about.  I continued to interview to each place that called me back (I think I’ve been on about 4-5 interviews, one of which didnt even have a job available) and most said that I was a good candidate (one said perfect :)) but my internship schedule was so inflexible that I would not be able to work full time and do my internship.  With only 9 months of school left, I cannot justify quitting school to take a job that would not allow me to finish the degree I had put so much time, energy, and money into.

So, I just completed my FAFSA form for school to determine grant money and student loans and guess what my estimated family contribution is supposed to be: $1006 for the year and they are granting me $20,500 in student loans for the 2011-2012 school year.  Isnt that nice of them?  Not really!  I have never once received any assistance for school minus a $300 scholarship from a local business women’s group.  I have been in school for 8+ years without any government assistance and I have paid for all of my education through student loans, savings bonds, and working more than one job while in school.  I have close friends and family who have had their entire schooling paid for and many of them live more luxurious lives than I ever have.  It is infuriating.  So I have decided from this point on that while I will continue to apply and interview for positions in which I am qualified, I WILL NO LONGER FEEL GUILTY for accepting unemployment for this very short time in my life when I will be working the rest of my life and will probably overpay in taxes so that others can screw the system and have an easier time getting through life than I have for most of my life. 

I dont want to get down on people accepting assistance for short periods of time in their life because that is what the assistance is there for.  It just really irritates me that some people manage to live their whole lives without worrying about how they will surrive because someone is always picking up the pieces for them.  I realize that Social Workers are supposed to be empathic and helpful in these situations and I am and always have been but our purpose is to help these people feel empowered to make changes in their lives in order to better themselves, not find ways to continue living off of government assistance.  So I repeat, more for myself than others, I WILL NO LONGER FEEL GUILTY FOR ACCEPTING UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION…

Thank you for all of those who continued reading my rant 🙂

Article: Are American Women Out of Touch with the Reality of Childbirth Facilities?

This Article is fantastic! It totally sums up my feelings about birthing options in Northern Michigan…slim to none.  If you are all for having a c-section you are golden, anything else very much appears to be termed “hippy-dippy” and people tend to look at you like you are crazy to consider natural birthing.  Hello…what do you think women did 100 years ago and before that?  I dont want to rant but please read this article…very intriguing!

Are American Women Out of Touch with the Reality of Childbirth Facilities?

Posted by Danielle625 on February 9th, 2011 at 9:23 am


In the one week following the premier of One Born Every Minute, I heard a lot of criticism of the couple who made the decision to have a natural childbirth in a hospital setting. Most comments I came across called them rude, and out of touch with reality… even as far as accusing them of purposely trying to harm their baby by not listening to their nurse.

But what bothered me most was the comment that this couple was that so many people felt they had no business in the hospital, throwing around statements like, “They should have had a home birth,”  or “Why didn’t they just go to a birth center?”

Well, there is an easy answer for that question that American women don’t seem to know. These options are not available to all women across the country. In fact, in that area of Ohio, there is no birth center, and midwifery care for home birth is also scarce.

Susan, the natural birth mother featured in the episode of One Born Every Minute was actually  interviewed after the episode, by The Feminist Breeder, and that was one of the questions answered.  Susan said:

First of all, there are no birth centers in Columbus, and several homebirth midwives, but only one homebirth midwife practice that has a physician ‘back-up’ (which just felt responsible to me).  But, NO insurance locally covers homebirthing, so at first, it was an economical decision.  Later in my pregnancy, after we began taking NCB classes, we decided that our next baby would be at home, but there was also a measure of comfort in doing the first at the hospital, since I had no idea what to expect.

After research of my own, I decided to see really how many states have no options for out of hospital births, whether it be in a childbirth center, or at home.

First birth centers… Our of the 51 states in The United States, only excluding Puerto Rico, there are 19 states with no freestanding birth center option. Those states being:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Wyoming

That is a lot of restricted access across the United States. Women in those areas only have few options, and many of those states also have lengthy drives to the next hospital if their area hospital is not what some would call natural birth friendly.

And then we talk home birth. While home birth is not illegal in any state, there are a lot of states with legal restrictions on who can attend a home birth, meaning what kind of midwife, or provider can provide you with prenatal care and attend your birth.
In all states, Certified Nurse Midwives can attend home births, but the availability of actually finding one of these midwives who currently practice delivering at home is slim to none. I can tell you from personal experience in my state of Connecticut, there was a practice of Certified Nurse Midwives that attended home births, but once they lost their OB/GYN backup, the practiced had to stop taking on births altogether and eventually lost their midwives. Sadly we see this happening more and more.

Then there are the CPM’s or Certified Practicing Midwives. Their educational background is different than CNM’s and the legality of them practicing drastically varies. In 10 states it is illegal for these kind of midwives to attend births:

  • Alabama
  • Washington D.C.
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Dakota

Then there are the states, like my state, where these kind of midwives are neither legal, or illegal, leaving them in limbo and in fear of prosecution.

  • Connecticut
  • Ohio
  • Nebraska

But why does all this information even matter? Well lets take a look at home many states do not offer home birth with available midwives, and do not have any kind of childbirth center:

  • Arkansas
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • South Dakota

No options except to birth in a hospital. You would think with this kind of availability we would be talking about a small third world country, or someplace with seriously lacking medical care, not the good ol’ United States. But for the women in these areas their options are not there. And for Susan, the mother from One Born Every Minute… that meant a battle with Nurse Pam to labor and birth the way she wanted.

Unfortunately until we see some serious changes in the laws regarding maternity care, and women being able to freely make their own educated choices on birth, we will not see more options available to these women.

In some sad cases, we also have women taking matters into their own hands in desperation, and having unattended births. Whether or not these women have safe and successful births is a whole other story. But no women should be forced into birthing alone because they cannot find someone to attend their birth, or may be scared to head into their local hospitals.

It is a time for change!

Princess Piper’s Boutique – Hair Bow Holders

Each week I plan to showcase some of the items sold at Princess Piper’s Boutique.  Above you will see many of the Bow Holders available.  Each Bow Holder has a ribbon loop at the top (approx 2″) for hanging on the wall.  Each bow holder has a different painted wooden figure holding three ribbons, most often the center ribbon is the main ribbon for attaching your clippies and bows and two side ribbons that accent the center ribbon.  The accent ribbons can also hold clippies and bows and each ribbon is approx. 22-24″ in length and will hold at least 10 clippies/bows depending on size.  More bow holders will be coming soon with different options.  These bow holders can be customized per request; they can also be personalized with your child’s name on the figure.   Some figures may not look as good personalized and you will be notified if that request is made and the creator is unable to make that happen and keep the integrity of the item.  These sell for $6.00 each and can be found on the website and at Upsy Daisy Floral in Boyne City, MI.  

Which item would you like to see in a Giveaway?  I plan to do another giveaway soon and I am currently interested in what item at Princess Piper’s Boutique is most appealing for the giveaway.  Thanks in advance for your input! Much appreciated.

chinese birth chart and more fertility aids

First off: No, Im not pregnant.  However, many of my friends are or are trying to get pregnant so I thought I would share some resources that I’ve used.  The first one is the Chinese Birth Chart  or Chinese Gender Chart which supposedly predicts with 93% accuracy (according to whether you will likely have a boy or girl baby depending on the age you were when you conceived and the month in which you became pregnant.  It was right for my daughter.  I just took the test with the age of 27 and the month getting pregnant of October.  Well, I have to say that depending on ovulation this suggests that I conceived on October 31st rather than November 1st because had I entered November, it would have told me that I was having a boy.  So, the mystery remains whether it was accurate for me but I had a girl so there you go.  The second link “Chinese Gender Chart” has an option to enter your age and an option to select which gender you would prefer to have.  After you select your options it provides months in which you should try for that gender.  Most people who have difficulty conceiving just want a healthy baby and are hopeful to get pregnant period…for those of you who have at least one child and maybe you dont have trouble getting pregnant, I can also see the interest in having one child of each gender or maybe having more than one of the same gender depending on what your preferences are.  No arguments either way, although I don’t think I would go to the trouble of using bioengineering to select the gender…anyway, food for thought for another post at a later date…

I charted my fertility based on ovulation and menstrual cycles through two websites when I was trying to conceive.  One is Fertility Friend Online and the other is My Monthly Cycles.  I liked one of them better while I was trying to conceive but I dont remember which.  I continue to use them to track my cycle and predict ovulation so as to not get pregnant.  I use them to monitor the Natural Family Planning method.  They warn you not to use these sites to prevent pregnancy but I have yet to find one specifically for the Natural Family Planning Method.  I do use the ovulation and pregnancy tests in addition to the sites to predict ovulation which I have found very helpful.  Both tests cost less than a dollar depending on how many you order and once and they have packages which allow you to order a combination of pregnancy and ovulation tests. 

I decided to share this with a few friends who are trying to become pregnant, one of them didnt end up needing the information because she got pregnant shortly after I told her about the websites, so I thought I would share the info since it was on my mind.  Good luck! I hope these are helpful!

Announcing the Birth of our new Facebook page: A Purpose Driven Pregnancy

I would like to invite all my friends and readers to check out and “like” our new facebook page A Purpose Driven Pregnancy.  It features amazing articles related to natural birthing options and relevant resources for those interested.  We respect a woman’s (families) right to have the birthing experience they want and deserve.  Please feel free to comment on helpful posts and check back often for updates.  We are very excited about this new page and hope you find resources that are helpful and informative.  Feel free to comment on this blog; I would to hear your thoughts and opinions.

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