• D-MER {No, You Are Not Crazy}

    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 to breastfeeding is true for…

  • Cord Clamping {Give Me All My Blood!}

    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, mother is injected with pitocin, cord…

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

    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 Midwifery & Women’s Health, the…

  • Hyperemesis Gravidarum – {More than Morning Sickness}

    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 disregard of any information given…

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

    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 Infections & Diseases in 2010.…

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

    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 Nova Scotia for the 10‐year…

  • Risk for Mother: Higher With Cesarean Birth?

    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 the one in 10,000 risks…

  • Breech Birth Statistics

    This article by Richard Fischer, M.D. gives eye opening and reliable information about breech births. Types of Breeches Frank breech (50-70%) – Hips flexed, knees extended (pike position) Complete breech (5-10%) – Hips flexed, knees flexed (cannonball position) Footling or incomplete (10-30%) – One or both hips extended, foot presenting Percent of Breech Babies Breech presentation is defined as a…

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