Author: Deb

23 Feb Are Women Making Bigger Babies?

The answer is NO, and I am actually quite surprised by this conclusion! I thought that the upward trend in adult weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and processed food consumption in this country would be accompanied by an average increase in fetal weight. However, research...

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15 Dec Medical Indications for Cesarean Sections, Fact vs Myth

Last Sunday I took a workshop with Jessie Levey, Certified Childbirth Educator (CCE) through the Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York (CEA/MNY) on Cesarean Birth and Prevention. Workshops likes these always get me driven to share what I learn. I figure if some of...

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30 Nov Nutritional Preparations to Help With Labor

The other day I was reading through some blogs and came across a story about the correlation between Vitamin D deficiency and an increased risk of C-sections. The article, Vitamin D deficiency ups risk of C-section deliveries, study says, is featured in Scientific America....

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19 Nov Cervical Dilation and Effacement

“Cervical dilation” and “effacement” are terms that you will hear your care provider talk about toward the end of your pregnancy and throughout your labor. These terms refer to the opening and thinning of the cervix. Dilation is measured in centimeters, from 0-10cm, and being...

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11 Nov Estimate Fetal Birth Weight and Shoulder Dystocia

In the past week I have heard two rather disturbing stories from my students. One student came back and told me the unlikely unfolding of her birth story: the mother hit her due date, and the doctor predicted she was going to have a...

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22 Oct The Birth – Insurance Relationship and Ways to Avoid a C-section

Before I became involved in the prenatal yoga and childbirth education world, I associated childbirth with a cute cuddly baby, happy parents and fuzzy teddy bears. Now, I think technology, defensive medicine and insurance issues. Hmm...

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