Research & Statistics

Why Should I Write My Birth Story?

April 1, 2013

I am daily compelled by the siren call of birth stories. I read them late at night when I can’t sleep because I’m pregnant. I read them early in the morning when I need inspiration because I’m pregnant and my toddler’s favourite co-sleeping position is ‘H is for Hell’. I recount them to my husband, […]

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Hello Aunt Flo {And Toxins?}

March 27, 2013

Lets talk about PERIODS. Cycles. The Curse. Aunt Flo. Your Monthly Visitor. You know…that thing. The thing you were most likely taught to hide at all costs and were so afraid to be shamed about, be it from a stain on your pants to an “odor”, to hell…just being a woman. Now readers – this […]

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D-MER {No, You Are Not Crazy}

March 27, 2013

We all hear about the joys of breastfeeding. The bonding, the flow of love hormones, and the feeling of accomplishment that often comes to mothers upon reaching goals. Breastfeeding can be tough the first weeks of your baby’s life (or longer), but after that it is smooth sailing right? This promise of positive emotional connections […]

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Cord Clamping {Give Me All My Blood!}

February 15, 2013

The “Third Stage” of labor is one that is often forgotten. This is the span of time between the birth of the baby and the expulsion of the placenta. The typical medical birth looks like this for the third stage: baby emerges, cord is clamped immediately, baby is taken by a nurse to a warmer, […]

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New Study Reveals Midwife-led Birth Centers a Key to Decreased Cesarean Rate, Lower Health Care Costs

January 31, 2013

With health care costs skyrocketing and approximately one-third of all hospital births resulting in cesareans in the United States, childbirth overseen in midwife-led birth centers is emerging as a safe and cost-effective alternative to hospital births, cites a new study conducted by the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC) and published in the Journal of […]

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Hyperemesis Gravidarum – {More than Morning Sickness}

December 21, 2012

With the recent news that the beloved Duchess Kate was hospitalized recently in relation to HG (Hyperemesis Gravidarum), I saw both an out pouring of love, and more often, ridicule. First – why on earth would we malign a soon-to-be mother for getting medical help? That in itself is mind boggling. Second – the absolute […]

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PPD, PTSD and Antenatal Depression: Nutrition and Research…What Helps?

August 8, 2012

Postpartum depression, antenatal depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder related to birth are multi-faceted, complicated illnesses that can be caused by a number of different things.  While some experts propose that these things have physical causes, others report psychological factors as the main cause.  And others, like myself (although I would not consider myself an expert), […]

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Bad or Good Advice…Delay Breastfeeding to Help Vaccine Effectiveness?

January 4, 2012

A friend shared this article with me from GreenMedInfo.Com. My jaw dropped. Literally. “Vaccination proponents have suggested that breastfeeding should be delayed in order to prevent immune factors within breast milk from inactivating vaccine-associated antibody titer elevations and vaccine potency.” – GreenMedInfo Summary This actually came from a study published in the Journal of Pediatric […]

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A 10‐Year Population‐Based Study of Uterine Rupture Shows Risks of VBAC to Mom and Baby are Low

November 5, 2011

Obstetrics and Gynecology released this 10 year population based study of uterine rupture in October 2002. Objective To review the incidence, associated factors, methods of diagnosis, and maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality associated with uterine rupture in one Canadian province. Methods Using a perinatal database, all cases of uterine rupture in the province of […]

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Risk for Mother: Higher With Cesarean Birth?

October 26, 2011

I was reading this story and came across more information about cesarean sections. Natural birth advocates talk about the number of surgical births being too high, but what does that mean? Why do we care? To quote from this article: “C-section or caesarean section risks are roughly fewer than 1 in 2,500, significantly more than […]

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