Birth Articles

A Timely Birth: Part 1

The timing of birth has major consequences for a baby. Too early or too late can mean the difference between life and death—or so we have come to believe—and it’s undoubtedly true at the extreme ends of preterm and post term birth...

Also labeled: Issue #05, Author Gail Hart

A Timely Birth: Part 2

Postdates alone are not associated with poor pregnancy outcome. Extreme postdates or postdates in conjunction with poor fetal growth or developmental abnormalities do show an increased risk of stillbirth. But if growth restriction and birth defects...

Also labeled: Issue #06, Author Gail Hart

A Timely Birth: Part 3

Bacterial Vaginosis Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) has been associated with a two or three times increased rate of preterm labor and delivery, urinary tract infections (UTIs), premature rupture of the membranes (PROM) and endometritis.

Also labeled: Issue #07, Author Gail Hart

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...

Also labeled: Issue #16, Pathways Magazine

All According to Plan: A Breech Homebirth Story

Our birth plan with Chase was rigid: Rose knew exactly how it would happen and exactly what she wanted. But life taught her that things do not always go according to plan. Little did we know that this lesson was going to be delivered in...

An Interview with Suzanne Arms

I recently had the opportunity to speak with best selling author Suzanne Arms about her 30 years as an educator and activist. With passion in her voice, she shared her struggles as well as her hopes for the future. Arms is frequently,...

Anemia Link to Postnatal Depression

Joint research by three American universities indicates that postpartum iron deficiency can cause anxiety, stress, and depression. The study looked at 64 South African women who were mildly iron deficient ten weeks after childbirth. Half the group...

Also labeled: Issue #09

Another Reason to Support Midwifery Care

A new study showed, the only time caesarean section was found to be a safer alternative than vaginal birth was for babies who were in a breech position. But for normal, headfirst deliveries, the risk of the baby dying or suffering serious...

Also labeled: Issue #17, Pathways Magazine

Birth - What are the Philosophical Options?

A woman's body is exquisitely designed to conceive, nurture, and birth another human being. After conception, a woman and unborn child will unite in an oceanic blend of energy and identity... where one ends and the...

Birth Resources

Non-Profit Organizations Association for Pre- & Perinatal Psychology and Health In the last 25 years, the APPPAH community has fundamentally redefined the nature of the human prenate as an aware, communicative and...

Also labeled: Pathways Magazine, Issue #23

Birth: from Fear to Faith

Giving birth in a culture that continually depicts labor as painful and dangerous is a feat in itself these days. Everywhere we look, we’re shown images of women screaming while giving birth, and masked doctors heroically saving the day. TV medical...

CDC Releases Birth Data for 2003

2003 U.S. Rates Total Cesarean Rate: 27.6% up 6% from 2002 Primary Cesarean Rate: 19.1% up 6% from 2002 VBAC Rate: 10.6% down 16% from 2002 “This whole situation is the result of the A...

Also labeled: Issue #05, Pathways Magazine

Cesarean Section

One striking example of the overuse of technology in childbirth is delivery by cesarean section. In 1993, 22.8 percent of live births in the United States were by cesarean section. In teaching hospitals, the rate is now closer to 25 percent. In...

Childbirth Affirmations: The Power of Positive Thought

Julie’s story is not unique. In her latest book, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, midwife Ina May Gaskin relates the story of a woman who said, “I just want to open up and let this baby out.” Gaskin wrote, “I had never heard a woman express the wish for...

Chiropractic Care and Respiratory Distress in Newborn

Maleea’s birth was very difficult, the hardest of my three children. Her head was stuck in the birth canal totally looking over her left shoulder. The doctor could not get her head into an upright position. Having had two babies before, I knew how t...

Also labeled: Issue #10, Pathways Magazine

Chiropractic Care in Pregnancy for Safer, Easier Births

Chiropractic care is essential for the pregnant mother. Her systems and organs are now providing for two and their optimal function is critical for the a healthy pregnancy and birth.

Common Chemical May Cause Defects in Baby Boys: Pregnant Moms’ Exposure is Key.

For the first time, scientists have shown that pregnant mothers exposed to high but common levels of a widely used ingredient in cosmetics, fragrances, plastics, and paints can have baby boys with smaller genitals and incomplete testicular descent....

Also labeled: Issue #06, Pathways Magazine

Dangers of Hospital Births: Why Birthing in a Hospital Can Cause More Problem's than it Solves

There’s a saying that birth is as safe as life gets. There are times when birth can become dangerous for the baby or, very rarely, for the mother. This is when hospital-based maternity care really shines, and we’re able to save mothers and babies who...

Delayed Cord Clamping at Birth Reduces Neonatal Anemia

Delayed cord clamping at birth reduces neonatal anemia, according to the results of a randomized trial reported in the April issue of Pediatrics. “The umbilical cord is usually clamped immediately after birth,” write José M. Ceriani Cern...

Also labeled: Issue #10, Pathways Magazine

Doulas: Before, During, and After Birth

A doula is a woman experienced in childbirth who is specially trained to provide various kinds of support for the mother before, during, and/or after the birth. The term comes from ancient Greece, where a female servant called “the doula” attended the...

Also labeled: Issue #19, Author Jan Mallak
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