Already the 20th, and I haven’t gotten to my favorite reads this month! Sorry about that, but I do have some good ones to share with you now.
Navelgazing Midwife offers her thoughts on the show One Born Every Minute. I haven’t seen it myself, but it’s nice to know what’s out there.
The Midwife Next Door offers 3 reasons midwives do not offer more superior care than obstetricians.
Stumbled across a study published in the CMAJ in 2003 showing a strong link between prenatal ultrasound and delayed speech in children.
One mom shares her story on becoming a birth doula.
Former Blossom star Mayim Bialik, shares her home birth story.
A good reminder: Doulas aren’t just for hippie home births
Dads in Australia now banned from filming their wives’ births. Good grief!
Of course CNN had to spin the drama, but I enjoyed this dad’s story of catching his baby boy. In his words, the experience “reinforces, in a powerful way, what just about all dads want our kids to have — the feeling, the knowledge, that we will take care of them, protect them, provide for them.”
Do you have a prominent sacral promontory? Don’t schedule that c-section yet! Consider hiring a chiropractor.
The FDA has long advised against the use of terbutaline to prevent premature births, but it must still be in use because they reissued an advisory against the drug for pregnant women.
A Johns Hopkins University group has designed a magic marker that will recognize dangerous levels of protein in pregnant women’s urine. This means that clinics in third world countries will be able to treat for preeclampsia faster than usual, hopefully saving many lives.
Another mom’s home birth story. The baby inhaled fluid during the birth and contracted pneumonia, but knowing that could have happened anywhere, she defended her midwife, who helped her have a safe birth.
Enjoy Birth features an article on rupture of membranes that we published. She has a great blog, go check her out!
Interesting studies on placentas.
Prenatal surgery may increase health of babies with spina bifida.
A Certified Professional Midwife, who has practiced for over 30 years and convicted of NO wrong doing, was arrested and charged for “unauthorized practice of midwifery”. Imagine, a midwife practicing midwifery! The audacity! (I hope you are hearing the sarcasm)
Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Makena
— hydroxyprogesterone caproate injection, or 17P — is a synthetic version of progesterone, is showing promise for preventing premature birth.
Obstetrics and Gynecology’s latest issue
includes a commentary by Dr. David Grimes, entitled Electronic Fetal Monitoring as a Public Health Screening Program: The Arithmetic of Failure.
He says, “electronic fetal monitoring has failed as a public health screening program. Nevertheless, most of the four million low-risk women giving birth in the United States each year continue to undergo this screening. The failure of this program should have been anticipated and thus avoided had the accepted principles of screening been considered before its introduction.”
shows compelling evidence that breastfeeding reduces the incidence of SIDS.
The Times reports
that too many hospitals are scheduling elective inductions before 39 weeks – a recipe for trouble when it comes to baby’s health.
A student midwife
, local to my area! shares her story of an unexpected birth outcome.
It will be interesting to see how this works out. A mom from my state
may be planning an unassisted birth because she can’t find a VBAC friendly hospital, and her insurance won’t cover CPM. It’s sad to see women being forced into an unassisted birth for lack of good care, but I hope that courageous women like her will send a message that we need more freedom for VBAC in hospitals. I’m rootin’ for ya Leah!