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Brandy Ferner
Brandy's writing style is honest, unembarrassed and strives to break down
the façade of "perfect" parenting (or perfect living in general). It is a
balanced mix of witty and humorous with compassionate and simply
philosophical - much like her favorite breakfast - a homemade green juice of
kale, celery, cucumber, lemon and apple with a side of bacon. She
represents, respects and understands both sides of the parenting coin -
Waldorf and SpongeBob.

She currently teaches "Birthing From Within" childbirth education classes as
well as Birth Story Medicine workshops for women who are processing and
wanting to make peace with their not-so-perfect births. She also
facilitates a Mamas Circle for new moms that explores their new role as
"Mama," marriage, sleep (or lack thereof), familial relationships, career,
health etc. She is also currently a guest expert for Sheryl Paul's (from
the Oprah show) tele-seminar "What Nobody Tells You To Expect When You're
Expecting..." and has been published by Mothering magazine.

Entries by Brandy Ferner

Why Baby Sleep Books Can Suck It

(3) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 10:46 AM

This is going to be a train wreck because I haven't slept in months. So my mind is about as sharp as a Boppy pillow and organizing a cohesive thought is not my strong suit these days. But I need to speak from these depths of exhaustion and bleariness, to...

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Jo-Ann Fabrics: A Forsaken Place

(39) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 6:15 PM

There are select errands in life that you know are going to be hell on Earth even before you step foot out the door. You know there's going to be an excessively long line. You know they are going to only have one person working despite the excessive unmanned counters...

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Words That Heal: Cesarean Birth

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 1:38 PM

For Women's Health Providers (and anyone else that works with and loves women)

Being a care provider for women in the childbearing years is much like being a guide on a steep and rocky, yet breathtaking, hiking trip. For many women, this is new territory and you are their barometer...

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How to Choose a Birthing Class

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 3:40 PM

These days, when it comes to choosing a childbirth preparation class, couples can get easily overwhelmed by the different options and methods out there -- some familiar, some not. Parents today are asking themselves: Do I want to be hypnotized during birth? Do I want my husband to coach me?...

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Dear Beard and Moustache Trend...

(13) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 1:48 PM

Dear Beard and Moustache Trend,

You are living it up right now, aren't you? You are blasting "(I've Had) the Time of My Life" from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, I bet. I don't blame you -- you've got almost every hipster male, "with-it" dad and a scattering of unaware loggers...

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In These Halls

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2012 | 4:25 PM

A few days ago, I toured my first local public elementary school for the big hurry-up-and-freak-out-about-where-your-kid-is-going-to-go-to-school Fest that apparently happens each year as parents all over my city tromp through the schools, hoping to at least not hate what they see. My son is old enough to be in kindergarten...

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Too Cynical for Santa?

(4) Comments | Posted December 2, 2011 | 3:35 PM

'Tis the season for many of us parents to find ourselves searching within to answer the questions:

"What do I teach my child about Santa, if anything at all? Do I tell them the story of Santa? Do I wait until they ask? Do I include the part about being...

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Setting Up Realistic Expectations of Birth -- Changes We Can All Make

(3) Comments | Posted October 24, 2011 | 12:56 PM

I was recently asked to be an "expert" on a tele-class titled, "What Nobody Tells You To Expect When You're Expecting." My specific role was to speak about birth, being that I'm a Birthing From Within childbirth mentor, but I have had experience (read: drama) in...

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