Author: Deb

14 Jul Your Abdominal Muscles Can Help You Push Your Baby Out

Many women think that the abdominal region is off limits during pregnancy, when in fact it is even more important to maintain strength and stability in the core to help support the exaggerated curves of the spine and the weight of the growing fetus. ...

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08 Jul Updating a Standard: Fetal Monitoring

Take a moment to read this article about External Fetal Monitoring from yesterday's New York Times. It has become a real issue and a routine practice in so many hospitals. July 7, 2009 New York Times By JANE E. BRODY Electronic fetal monitoring during labor and...

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25 Jun Hospital’s Oxytocin Protocol Change Sharply Reduces Emergency C-Section Share

One of my fellow chidlbirth advocates turned me onto an article about the correlation of pitocin usage and emergency cesareans. Interestingly, as the usage of pitocin increases (According to the authors of Williams Obstetrics, 81% of the women who gave birth in the hospital...

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10 Jun Do We Over Value Technology to Personal Touch

I just received my copy of New York Magazine yesterday and noticed that it was the "Best Doctors" issue. I eagerly opened it to see if I knew any of the featured doctors, since I have worked with quite a few over the past...

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04 Jun The US Has One Of The Worst Maternal Mortality Rates In The World. Why?

FACT: The United States ranks 42nd in the WORLD for maternal mortality rates FACT: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that there has been no improvement in the maternal death rate in the United States since 1982. FACT: The CDC estimates that more than half of...

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26 May The Gate Control Theory of Pain Management in Childbirth and the Epidural

Last night I was teaching a refresher childbirth education class to a couple. The father is a physician and the mother is an occupational therapist - so when I started talking about non-pharmacological methods of pain relief, specifically those related to the Gate Control Theory,...

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19 May Recent Artcile, Childbirth: Can the U.S. Improve?

I love when childbirth related articles fall into mainstream media. The Sunday, LA Times published an article, "Childbirth: Can the U.S. improve?". It highlights some of the biggest issues facing expectant parents now a days; high cesarean and induction rates, the growing strain...

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30 Apr Largest Study of it’s Kind States: Home births ‘as safe as hospital’

A recent article from BBC News, Home Births "as safe as Hospital", highlights the largest study of its kind, with over a half million participants. It indicates that for low-risk women, giving birth at home is as safe as doing so in hospital with a...

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07 Apr Study Finds Benefits For Skin to Skin contact with Newborn

Part of my job as a doula is to hold a prenatal meeting with the couple I’m working with, then type up notes from that meeting and return them to the couple for review. Over the years I have established a format for the questions...

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