Issue #24 Articles

A Pregnant Pause

Pregnancy is obviously a time of great physical change in a woman’s life, but take the time to honor the emotional journey as well. Pregnancy is a transformative time in a woman’s life, bringing about powerful physical, mental and emotional...

Adjusting to a New Life

Parents often ask why a newborn baby should be checked by a chiropractor. Adjustments help alleviate spinal subluxations (misalignments of the vertebrae) caused by intrauterine constraint, abnormal positioning in the uterus, and spinal distress...

Appreciating the Process of Birth

The knowledge of how to give birth is already inside every woman. Women need encouragement to have more faith in, and a greater appreciation for, their bodies’ wisdom. The nonprofit organization Birth Works International provides that encouragement b...

Also labeled: Author Cathy Daub, Gratitude

Avoid a Cesarean: Know the Facts

These facts are presented by the International Cesarean Awareness Network with the hope that parents, childbirth educators, doulas, nurses, midwives and doctors together can effectively reduce the rate of unnecessary cesarean sections and their...

C-Sections and Premature Deliveries

A New England Journal of Medicine article from March 2009 highlights the importance of a natural course of birth. The study examined women who elected to have cesarean sections, a classification that means there was no reason for the surgery beyond...

C-Sections Linked to Asthma

A study from the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in Bilthoven, Holland, has found that children who were born with a cesarean section are 79 percent more likely to have asthma. The study examined almost 3,000 8-year-olds...

Chiropractic Care for an Easier Pregnancy and Safer Birth

You might have noticed that chiropractic care is becoming an important part of birth preparation for many pregnant women these days. These women are realizing the benefits of regular chiropractic adjustments as they prepare for safer, easier...

Eating in Labor: Trusting the Mother’s Gut Instinct

The wheels of progress seem to turn excruciatingly slowly over at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). The organization has just come out with official policy that reverses its position on withholding beverages from...

Empowering Websites for Pregnancy, Birth & Baby

Resources , Information and Directories of Practitioners BirthCenters.org A comprehensive resource of birth...

Also labeled: Pathways Magazine, Resources

Essential Ingredients for a Natural Birth

In addition to regularly visiting your chiropractor during your pregnancy, consider these nine holistic paths to strengthen your mind, body and spirit for your upcoming birth. Homeopathy Homeopathy is a gentle system of...

Improve Maternity Care

The International Mother Baby Childbirth Initiative has compiled 10 Steps to Optimal Mother/Baby Maternity Services. Here is their summary. Step 1. Treat every woman with...

Letter From the Editor, Issue #24

Pregnancy and birth have held a special place in my heart for many, many years. Perhaps it comes from spending so much of my life either pregnant, giving birth or bonding with our little ones. Maybe it evolved from the 30 years I’ve spent...

Mother’s Health Before Conception Linked to Fetal Development

Parents-to-be have many things to consider about diet and health over the course of a pregnancy, but science has shown a strong link between early fetal development and maternal lifestyle during the very first days after conception. Essentially, a...

New Report on Evidence-Based Maternity Care

As low birth weight and pre-term births continue their decade-long increase in the United States, dedicated health professionals are pushing back against these spiraling trends. In an effort to identify where improvements can be made, studying...

Pregnant Women and Exercise

Exercise for pregnant women has been a controversial issue in the past, but no longer. Research once again agrees that pregnant moms should engage in low to moderate levels of exercise every day of the week. As recently as the 1990’s, some doctors...

Prenatal Ultrasounds

With autism appearing rapidly on a national and international level, many theories have been made about how such a devastating condition can emerge so quickly. Due to the widespread prevalence, many “normal” procedures for pregnancy are being exa...

Protecting the Cave

The ancient archetype of a father during birth is that of him standing guard at the opening of the cave, protecting the birthing mother and newborn from danger. As we move through time, he comes closer to the actual location of the birth...

Purposely Breaking Water Doesn’t Speed Delivery

A large review of 14 randomized controlled studies involving more than 5,000 women suggests that a common procedure in labor, intentionally breaking the water, has no effect in reducing the length of labor and no health benefit to the baby. It was...

Safer Childbirth

Consumer Reports has supported the findings of a striking new review of maternity care. Several costly, unproven techniques are rising in the United States without a similar increase in positive outcomes. Some of the most troubling methods being...

Taking Charge of Giving Birth

A commitment to natural delivery in a birth center, without doctors or pain relief of any kind on the premises, was the farthest notion from my mind the summer I learned I was pregnant. Like many other newly expecting women, I reluctantly...

Also labeled: Author Cynthia Overgard, Birth
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