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  • If You Lay Down, The Baby Will Never Come Out

    An Overview of Traditional Native American Birth Practices As I celebrated Thanksgiving this year, I couldn’t help but remember the culture and heritage of America’s indigenous people, a culture mostly lost because of the establishment of European...

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  • ACOG’s Place-of-Birth Policies Limits Women’s Choices Without Justification and Contrary to the Evidence

    In October 2006, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released a Statement of Policy on “Out-of-Hospital Births in the United States.” Following feedback from ACOG members and from Childbirth Connection and many other...

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  • FWF - 007 - Infant Mortality

    Family Wellness First The E-newsletter for Parents to make Informed Health Care Choices Issue 7: Infant Mortality Rate Increase The U.S. is not the safest place to give birth:After years of steady progress toward improved health in the U.S., there...

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  • Report Reveals Serious Problems in Maternity Care Quality and Value

    Overuse of Cesarean Section and Other Interventions Puts Women and Babies at Risk, Increases Costs New York NY – More than 31% of U.S. births are now by cesarean section although a 5% to 10% rate is best for mothers and babies. The extra cost is...

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  • The Dad Factor

    Fathers make a world of difference to a child’s life—but what about at birth? While no one was looking, the very foundations of our society, our culture and our families have undergone a metamorphosis. Fathers are attending the births of their...

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  • Informed Consent in Childbirth: Making Rights into Reality

    Analyses of problems in U.S. maternity care often focus on medical factors and cost issues, important issues for healthcare policy. But a central factor at play in the use and misuse of medical resources is a foundational concept of healthcare law:...

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  • My Body Rocks: A Playwright, Mother and Activist Discovers Her Power

    I needed a nap. It was spring 2004, and my body felt a deep-in-the-bones exhaustion. My boys were 3 and 4 years old, I had been rising at 5 a.m. with my older son for more than four years, and I had just spent a year interviewing more than 100 women...

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  • Pre- and Perinatal Experiences for Health and Healing

    It has been nearly a century since pre- and perinatal psychology was introduced by Otto Rank, a student and colleague of Sigmund Freud. His slim book, The Trauma of Birth, was a gift to his mentor and friend in 1924. This birthday surprise detailed...

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  • The Due Date

    The concept of a due date is based on a gestational length established by fiat in the early 1800s. Franz Carl Naegele officially declared that pregnancy lasted 10 lunar months (10 x 28 days), counting from the first day of the last menstrual period)....

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  • Why Are We Asking Doctors if Women Should Have Midwives?

    New pro-midwife guidelines have recently been issued in the United Kingdom. But in the United States, doctors are all too often the gatekeepers for women’s birth care. A few months ago, I was bumped from a national radio show. The choice of...

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  • FWF - 047 - New Year and Lots to Share

    Issue 047 - New year--Lots to Share If you cannot read this newsletter, please visit: www.icpa4kids.org/wellness/0047.html to access it Table of Contents Pregnancy Matters    o Homebirths in Jeopardy in AU    o Midwifery reborn in birth review...

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  • Pitocin: Is the Pit Bull?

    In one day's time I received two calls asking about the relationship between the administration of pitocin and neurologically compromised infants at birth and my intuitive antennas went off. Pitocin is a synthetic version of...

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  • Research to Remember

    The most common risk factor for shoulder dystocia is the use of a vacuum extractor or forceps during delivery. Dystocia occurs to varying degrees in infants with a birth weight of 2500 grams (0.6% to 1.4% increased risk) and in infants weighing 4000...

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  • Obstetric Interventions: Epidural

    Epidural pain relief has major effects on the hormones of labor. It inhibits beta-endorphin production (1) and therefore also inhibits the shift in consciousness that is part of a normal labor. When an epidural is in place, the oxytocin peak that...

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  • What to Expect from Your Doula

    Women have been giving birth since the beginning of time—but those times have now changed. Many women give birth without having witnessed the childbirth experiences of their own mothers, aunts, sisters and community members. We are now seeing that...

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  • In Honor of Midwifery

    I don’t tend to get nostalgic. Maybe it’s that I have enough not-so-nice memories of times past that I’d rather poke holes in myself with a pickle fork than go back in time. Or maybe it’s that I am perfectly happy in the present. In any case, I don’t...

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  • Common Obstetrical Procedures and Their Link to Autism

    Birth today has become a technological experience where a natural process has been replaced with artificial procedures and schedules. Without the necessary vitalistic support during pregnancy, women enter the birth process with fear and are led to...

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  • Pelvic Exercises Ease First-Time Labor

    BMJ Study Shows Kegel Exercises Can Stave Off Prolonged Labor A recent RCT in BMJ found that women who workout their pelvic muscles by doing Kegel exercises during the last few months of pregnancy have an easier time giving birth. The...

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  • How Long Should a Woman Feel Comfortable Going Overdue?

    I would never put a number on how long a woman should feel comfortable going “overdue.” For one thing, errors are too easily made in recording of dates, and length of natural gestation varies widely, not only from woman to woman, but also from baby...

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  • Forceps and Vacuum Delivery Pose The Same Mortality Risk For Babies

    Neonatal mortality is similar after vacuum delivery and forceps delivery. Demissie and colleagues (p 24) analyzed more than 12 million deliveries in United States and New Jersey birth cohort files and found that, compared with babies delivered with...

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