Issue #06 Articles

A Family Affair: Getting Dad Involved

What is the father’s role in breastfeeding? This article will combine a review of what has been found in the literature about the role of fathers in breastfeeding with ponderings and ideas based on the author’s own experiences both as a...

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: Birth, Author Gail Hart

Antidepressants in Pregnancy Affect Newborns

Infants born to mothers who take antidepressants during the final months of pregnancy can suffer mild to severe symptoms of drug withdrawal. Researchers reported that newborns exposed to antidepressants taken by their mother late in pregnancy have...

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...

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: Pathways Magazine, Birth

Ease Those Bug Bites with Easy Herbs

Summertime means insect bites and stings. Ouch! Take a leaf from Susun S. Weed’s storehouse of natural remedies: Soothe, heal, and prevent bites with safe herbal remedies that grow right where you live, north or south, east or west, city or c...

Engineered Foods: A Threat to Children

What is Genetic Engineering? Genetic engineering is a laboratory technique used by scientists to change the DNA of living organisms. DNA is the blueprint for the individuality of an organism. The organism relies upon the...

Episiotomies May Bring More Risks

For years, some doctors believed that an episiotomy, an incision to enlarge the vaginal opening during childbirth, would prevent spontaneous tearing that would be harder to repair. They also believed the procedure would help women avoid...

Also labeled: Birth, Pathways Magazine

FDA Alert on Cytotec

On May 16, 2005, the FDA issued an FDA Alert on the risk of Cytotec (Misoprostol) when used in labor and delivery, which states: “This Patient Information Sheet is for pregnant women who may receive Misoprostol to soften their cervix or i...

Also labeled: Birth, Pathways Magazine

Great Expectations

A very busy road near my home is under construction right now. I travel this way twice every day, but the other day I noticed a sign I hadn’t seen before. The sign said, “New lane configurations—EXPECT DELAYS!” Now at first, this didn’t seem strange...

Letter From the Editor, Issue #06

There is a saying in chiropractic: “Chiropractic Today, for a Better World Tomorrow.” When we personally improve our own lives with chiropractic care, there is a huge ripple effect on the lives of our family, our community and then, yes, our...

Love and the Heart Warming Innocence of Children

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4- to 8-year olds: “What does love mean?” The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think… When my grandmother got...

Also labeled: Pregnancy, Pathways Magazine

Movement is Life & Chiropractic Delivers

This may sound a bit strange at first, but if you think about it for a moment, the truth of this statement begins to become more and more apparent. Without movement you could not sustain life: blood cells that don’t move cannot transport oxygen, l...

New Breastfeeding Policy

Nursing moms advised to keep babies close. Nursing babies should sleep right next to their parents’ bed, advises the American Academy of Pediatrics in a new breast-feeding policy out on February 7 that’s drawing applause and pointed criticism. The...

Not a Battle, But a Housecleaning

Fear of infection is increasingly common today, but it is based on a misunderstanding. Most of us imagine that we are uninfected when we are well and infected when we are sick. We therefore imagine that a cold, sore throat, flu, etc., are...

Questions Parents Frequently Ask About Children and Chiropractic

Why? Children are as susceptible to trauma in their spines from various activities and events. These microtraumas can subluxate the vertebrae of the spine, placing pressure on their spinal nerves and therefore decreasing their...

Swaddling Helps Babies Sleep

A new study shows the time-honored tradition of swaddling might help babies sleep. “In many parts of the world, infants are swaddled to sleep, with their bodies tightly wrapped in tissue cloths, sheets, or light blankets,” Patricia Franco, MD,...

Also labeled: Co-sleeping, Pathways Magazine

Synthetic Estrogen Risks

Diethylstilbestrol (DES) was once prescribed to prevent miscarriages or premature delivery. A study that included 3373 women exposed to DES, a synthetic form of estrogen, and 1036 unexposed controls revealed that DESexposed daughters are more...

Also labeled: Birth, Pathways Magazine

Taking a Road Trip with Your Baby

To Grandmother’s house we go! And you’ll be in the car for five whole hours—how can you make the trip enjoyable with a baby along? There’s no question: Marathon car trips with a baby on board take a good amount of planning and organization....

The Outside-In Child

Young expectant parents can hardly wait for the arrival of their blessed child. Months, if not years of dreams and preparation go into starting a family. Every detail has been thought of: what schools will our children attend, what will be our...

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