Evidence-based Maternity Practices

INDUCTION AND AUGMENTATION OF LABOR

INDUCTION AND AUGMENTATION OF LABOR

By Amy V. Haas, BCCE Induction of labor is the artificial starting of labor with the use of pitocin, castor oil, or herbal preparations such as blue cohosh. Other methods used to start labor include breaking the amniotic sack (an amniotomy), stripping of the membranes (separating the membranes of the amniotic sack from the uterine wall), and inserting prostaglandin gel, or pieces of Misoprostol tablets into the vagina to soften the cervix. The idea is to get labor going artificially, by starting contractions of the uterus. The most commonly used agent is pitocin, an imitation of the natural...

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Birth Planning/Healthy Pregnancy Class!

Birth Planning/Healthy Pregnancy Class!

Healthy Birth of Rochester Presents a Birth Planning/Healthy Pregnancy Class June 24th, 2017, from 11 – 12:30 pm, in Fairport NY. Please contact Amy directly for the schedule and how to sign up. A 1 1/2 hr. seminar that covers the nuts and bolts of How to stay Healthy and Low Risk during Pregnancy labor and birth, and how to plan the birth you want. Grab your partner and join Certified Childbirth Educator Amy V. Haas, BCCE in learning the important information and steps toward a healthy, positive birth experience. Topics covered include: How to be healthy and low risk, Choosing a care...

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Microbirth film showing and expert panel

Microbirth film showing and expert panel

The Institute for Family-Centered Childbirth would like to invite you to a showing of the ground-breaking film Microbirth on Saturday, November 12th, 2016, from 2 – 4 pm at Shults Auditorium, Nazareth College.  Please join us after the film for an expert panel discussion.  Three of the foremost researchers in the field will be discussing the film, their work, and the implications for the future of community health.Included on our panel with be:   – Dr. Mary Caserta, University of Rochester Professor of Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases   – Dr. Rodney Dietert, Cornell...

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Midwifery Birth Center Bill – NY State

Midwifery Birth Center Bill – NY State

The Midwifery Birth Center Bill was signed into law by New York Governor Cuomo! Midwifery Birth Center Bill – RABN statement of support Rochester Area Birth Network A Chapter of Birth Network National, a 501c3 nonprofit organization “It’s your birth… Know your options.” www.rabn.org October 31st, 2016 RE: Passage of S. 4325.“An act to amend the public health law, in relation to midwifery birth centers” RE: Passage of A.446: “An act to amend the public health law, in relation to midwifery birth centers” Dear Governor Cuomo: Rochester Area Birth Network is a chapter of Birth Network National,...

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If birth is so natural, then why do I have to take classes?

If birth is so natural, then why do I have to take classes?

Human beings are cerebral creatures who think way too much. And we come with baggage. Add to that the fact that we have been socialized by the media into believing that birth is a horrible, painful thing that needs lots of medical intervention, and you have a major challenge. Birth in the US is not evidenced based. The ways in which laboring and birthing women are treated and cared for are not the ways that will produce the healthiest outcomes. Most women desire to have a loved one/husband/partner/friend trained as their primary labor assistant, or at least thoroughly educated so they know...

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Guilt in Childbirth, and the need for Balance

Guilt in Childbirth, and the need for Balance

A recent popular publication posted an interview with a retired doctor who believes that natural birth is evil, promotes guilt, and was invented by a doctor in the 1950”s.  This woman tends to vehemently promote medicalized birth, and is presently selling a book she wrote.  I don’t have a problem with promoting your work, but when you make statements like “Dr. Grantly Dick-Reed invented Natural Childbirth”, and that natural childbirth is a bad way to go, it borders on insanity. (I won’t reference this person’s name, or book, because it just feeds the troll, as the saying goes. But, if you...

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