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    • Julie Parker

    • April 11, 2014 in Columnists

    You aren’t the boss of me

    It seems there’s always someone stepping in to take charge and tell us what we can and cannot do.  It’s especially annoying when it’s obviously in their best interests, not ours.

    In this week’s podcast, Ruth Cummings of The Birth Center explains the history of how the medical profession decided that women could not possibly give birth without a doctor (they would lose money) and discusses options and obstacles determined mothers-to-be (and fathers) face today.

    Let’s not forget the other end of the life spectrum. Money makers weren’t content with controlling births, so they also latched onto those who have passed, with funeral corporations robbing the grieving. Heidi Boucher is a home death provider who also created a documentary, “In the Parlor, The Final Goodbye,” which highlights the benefits of caring for your loved one in lieu of incredibly expensive options foisted upon you, and specifies the logistics of a do-it-yourself home death care program (embalming not required).

    Arriving or departing, the choices are ours.

    To us!

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