Sunday, December 27, 2009

Why A Blog? [from "Guerrilla Parenting" - the original title of this blog on WordPress]

I deleted my old blog, but thought it’d be good to start a new one, more focused on parenting and things, so I’ll have a record of what it was like, especially during the first few years after the baby is born. I’m copying some of the pregnancy related posts from my other site over to this one as well, so I can keep them.

A guerrilla is a member of a small, irregular army or force that operates in small bands inside occupied territory to combat stronger forces, usually by unconventional means. Guerrilla marketing relies on time, energy, and imagination to create unexpected & unconventional campaigns that create unique, engaging, and thought-provoking concepts designed to generate “buzz” and interest, and ideally to spread to a much larger audience.

While looking for information on birth and parenting as I await my first child, it seems to me that mothers are fighting an uphill battle against larger, stronger forces [much of the medical "establishment", the marketing forces of formula and other baby-related consumer industries, and much of public opinion].
Considering the current climate concerning birth, parenting, and women’s reproductive health, I thought that “Guerrilla Parenting” would be a good name for a blog. In the same way that small, less powerful companies use “Guerrilla Marketing” to compete with large companies and their advertising budgets, it seems like anyone who questions the current medical and consumer-driven “wisdom” concerning their options for birth and raising their children may have to resort to “Guerrilla Parenting” in order to control their own birth experience and guide their children’s lives as they see fit.

By blogging, tweeting, talking to other women, and otherwise combating the disinformation and misinformation out there, it is my hope to let other women know some of the options available to them, as well as some of the risks and negatives of many “routine” care practices, and to help give them more resources in making informed decisions and taking charge of their own birth and child-raising experiences.

[for anyone interested in the previous posts, they're available at:  http://guerrillaparenting.wordpress.com/]
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