Podcast: Dionna Ford on Natural Parenting and Writing

I first met Dionna Ford a couple of years ago, when we bumped into each other online. She’d recently started her blog Code Name: Mama, while I was the seasoned pro with years of experience under my belt. In the intervening time, though, this dynamo has become extremely accomplished, leaving me in the dust. She’s been published in magazines, she helped create the website NursingFreedom.org, she co-founded the Natural Parents Network, and she wrote For My Children: A Mother’s Journal of Memories, Wishes and Wisdom, which will be published next month.

Strocel.com Podcast Dionna Ford Code Name Mama Natural Parents NetworkLike I said, she’s a dynamo.

I recently had a chance to connect with Dionna for an interview, and I really enjoyed speaking with her. This midwestern mom of two is very real, very easy to speak with, and very passionate about the work she’s doing in connecting parents and helping them learn more about natural parenting and how it can work for them. Basically, what I’m saying is that you don’t have to be the world’s biggest hippie to find Dionna’s writing engaging, approachable and informative.

Strocel.com Podcast Dionna Ford For my Children A Mother's JournalDuring our conversation Dionna talked about her own blogging journey, filled me in on the work she does with the Natural Parents Network, and told me all about her soon-to-be-released book. She shared some of her own parenting (and blogging) missteps, and talked about how she shares information in a way that’s non-judgmental. If you want to hear how one mom built up her own blogging empire, you’d like some natural parenting tips, or you’re curious about Dionna’s upcoming book, you’ll want to listen to our conversation here:

Stay tuned to Strocel.com, as well, because sometime in the next few weeks I will be receiving a copy of For My Children: A Mother’s Journal of Memories, Wishes and Wisdom to give away. I’ll fill you in on the details of how you could win that once it arrives in my hot little hands.

Next week on the Strocel.com podcast I’ll be sharing an interview with Megan Massaro and Miriam Katz, authors of The Other Baby Book. They’ll be continuing this week’s theme, with some natural parenting tips of their own. Subscribe to the Strocel.com podcast in iTunes, and you won’t miss a minute!

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  1. It was great to connect a voice with Dionna’s face. I did indeed look up Nursingfreedom.org and found that Utah does protect my rights to breastfeed in public. I actually only breastfed once in public (as my baby was my first, I could mostly nurse at home then leave for appointments, shopping, etc) and that was at my sister’s graduation ceremony at one of the more “liberal” universities in the state. I felt strange doing it, although personally I didn’t feel that I should feel weird about it, it must be one of those things you get used to. For the next baby, I hope to feel more comfortable about breastfeeding in public; as I assume, I’ll be out and about more with my oldest being already 3. However, my in-laws live in Germany, and when we visited them, I just wiped it out wherever, whenever because the entire issue of breastfeeding isn’t even questioned (and I supposed I was more seasoned as she was 1 at the time.) So refreshing!
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  2. Violetsouffle says:

    I love Dionna! I can’t wait to listen to this when T is asleep, or to pick up a copy of her journal/book.

  3. Rebecca – Europe definitely has fewer hang-ups about nursing in public. I did a post recently on ideas for Google to help us normalize nursing, and a midwife from Europe commented – she said something about “what does this mean, normalizing nursing, isn’t it normal? What am I missing?!” So sad that we’re dealing with it in the US.

    Violetsouffle – <3!!

    • Dionna and Rebecca:

      I have gotten similar comments from friends who are familiar with customs in Europe. We certainly have gotten turned around by our perceptions of the female form and the purpose of breasts. . . luckily, we’ve got great role models like Dionna (and every other mama that nurses her baby) to help nursing become “normal” in the US again 🙂

      I’m going to have to find another time to listen to the podcast, as my babies are falling asleep upstairs and it’s “shhhhh” time at our house. But I’ll listen soon!

      Nurse on, mamas, and keep writing and sharing!
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