How to Stay Healthy & Low Risk

There is a better way!

There is a better way!

I recently read an incredibly sad story of a woman who was grieving her birth experience. Her gut told her that birth was a normal experience for the human body, and there should not be any reason to have to do much of anything to prepare for it.  She didn’t necessarily desire a natural birth, and trusted her careprovider and hospital to do only what was medically necessary.  And there in lies the rub. 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.  We have been...

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Homebirth Conversation on Public Radio

Connections: Understanding the New Study on the Safety of Home Births with Evan Dawson of WRUR Rochester, and members of Rochester Area Birth Network http://wxxinews.org/post/connections-understanding-new-study-safety-home-births For more information check out an excellent analysis by Researcher Henci Goer: http://www.scienceandsensibility.org/homebirth-safety/ And from Researcher Dr. Eugene DeClerq of Boston University:...

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Delayed cord clamping study

Delayed cord clamping study

This is an interesting study on delayed cord clamping, with references. It discusses the issue of iron and stem cells and the benefits of the baby receiving them as nature intended. Rethinking Placental TFX JPNN 2012

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The Sociology of Birth

How our cultural socialization effects how we birth – Socialization about birth in the United States is a pervasive thing. We are, from the time we are born, receiving messages about our roles in life, and subsequently our ability to birth or be a parent. Both males and females go through this. How we are socialized by our culture and our families dictates our personal beliefs about ourselves and our respective roles. The United States is somewhat unique in this, as a great deal of disassociation from the body and cultural ritual has taken place. Mass consumerism and affluence have shifted...

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The Importance of Childbirth Education

The Importance of Childbirth Education

The Educated Parent: The Importance of Childbirth Education By Amy V. Haas, BCCE  Congratulations! You and your partner are expecting a baby! What next? Well, if you have already chosen your care-provider, your next step will be to find a Childbirth Education class that fits your family’s needs. The best childbirth classes are going to ones that are the most thorough & comprehensive. Short hospital classes are offered in most communities, but remember, hospitals are in the business of making money. Hospital classes sell hospital services to the attendees of those classes. Add to that the...

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Choosing a Prenatal Careprovider

Choosing a Prenatal Careprovider

The Educated Parent: Choosing a birth attendant By Amy V. Haas, BCCE It’s exciting to find out you or your partner are expecting a baby. One of the first choices a woman has to make is who will care for her during the pregnancy, and attends her during the birth. Many women simply continue going to the Gynecologist/Obstetrician that they have previously been seeing. However, this may not be the best choice when it comes to the birth of their baby. Choosing a Doctor or Midwife to care for you during pregnancy can be one of the most difficult decisions a family can make. We are all told we need...

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