Showing posts from December, 2013

History is important, facts are helpful too. The more you know.

So here are some articles that breakdown some unknown facts:
This article: shows when c/s started. 1890.
This article: was the earliest I could find on how our maternal mortality is steadily getting worse. This chart starts from 1987, I will continue to try to find earlier.
This article: shows around the time we started to medicalized childbirth 1856.
Then we have this bit of info: The death rate for women giving birth plummeted in the 20th century. The historical level of maternal deaths is probably around 1 in 100 births.[14] Mortality rates reached very high levels in maternity institutions in the 1800s, sometimes climbing to 40 percent of birthgiving women (see Historical mortality rates of puerperal fever). At the beginning of the 1900s, maternal death rates were around 1 in 100 for live births. The number in 2005 in the United States…

Low risk pregnant women, your safer at home!

I'm a midwife. I study low risk women all day, I know normal and this allows me to pick up abnormal quite quickly. This article speaks what midwives before me having be saying since the evolution of hospital births. When those try to oppose this historical fact, its nice to have reporters, and researchers that remind us how very wrong they are.
"Oft quoted research studies state 3X to 10X more babies die in the first week after low risk homebirth than hospital birth.  In order for low risk homebirth to have higher perinatal mortality rates there would have to be a theory to explain this. There would have to be one or more complications of low risk homebirths that result in death in the first week that can be prevented by being in hospital, and death from these complications would have to occur more often than low risk deaths at planned hospital births."

Benefits of delayed cord clamping

I always knew the benefits were great, but sometimes you need a good article to back you up. Here it is:
Take the time, research it. Most midwives practice this as standard of care for all clients, but always a good idea to check with your provider.

Getting ready to feed your baby solids? Then you MUST read this!!

It's the common go-to, and common error that has been handed down to us, fortunately its a new "tradition".
What to do when its time to feed your baby solids? Well, once your baby has shown you signs that he/she is ready ( then I highly recommend you start some healthy brain developing foods over the "normal" cereals, and here's why:

Know your hospitals c/section rates, 2012

I find it extremely important that if you do choose a hospital birth, you should know about that hospital. One of my first questions would be "what's your c/section rate?". Most don't have a clue, lucky for us we stumbled upon this great site and article that opens our eyes to the $100 question!
I know a lot of these hospitals listed are very "pro natural birth" but when you see the stats, you sometimes wonder. It's important to know, the more you know the better!
I'd love to see a comparison graph that included epidurals....hmm.

Proper childbirth preparation for natural birth

I find it extremely helpful to be prepared. Whether its knowing the weather in the location I'm headed to, or knowing the groceries needed before my trip to the grocery store, being prepared is key! So why do we assume preparing for birth is any different?
If your goal is a natural birth, and you want to know what to expect, please join our series!
This is a childbirth education series so there are MANY topics covered, including:
Anatomy and Physiology of mom and baby
Stages of Labor
Coping techniques
Addressing fears
Practice labor vs. true labor
What to expect
Newborn Care
Please RSVP so I can have enough packets and gift bags for all!!

Cost: $75, (Medicaid and P3 clients are no charge)

Heading back to work, but want to continue breastfeeding??

A lot of women are on to the health benefits of breastfeeding. They no longer buy the 'formula hype', and trust their bodies. I love it. I support it. However, back to the daily grind creeps up on us before we realize and what to do then?
The amazing, in my eyes, lactation consultant Sandy Lobaina with has created a Pumping 101 class. If you live in South Florida, its worth the outting! She is internationally board certified as a lactation consultant and is passionate about what she does. The class is geared towards properly preparing women to return to the work force and also continue breastfeeding their babies.
RSVP required.