Autumn is another season of the year when wild food is bountiful (and free for the gathering). Acorns, the fruit of the oak tree, are one of the important foods because they can be preserved (through drying), therefore providing a plant-based staple through the winter.
I question the routine use of a hospital for giving birth. A hospital is a place where ailing people go for a diagnosis and receive treatment (and sometimes also therapy) for that diagnosis. When did pregnancy become an ailment? When did something as natural as giving birth become something that requires medical intervention?
Those who have been attending my recent lectures know that my focus has broadened to incorporate the study of hunter-gatherer children and how they were tended, nourished, and spent their time and how they differ emotionally from agricultural/industrial children. Suffice to say, this study has been very eye opening. I could never have imagined the full impact of our modern lives on children, which for many is sedentary, material, and divorced from nature.