Author: Deb

10 Sep Study: Home Birth With Midwife As Safe As Hospital Birth

My very good friend, Liz, recently told me she is pregnant with her third child. I had the thrill and privilege to be her doula for the first two births and was so excited when she invited me back for the third (and final!) one....

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01 Sep Perineal Massage

I am often asked about the usefulness of perineal massage for expectant mothers. To be completely honest, I haven't heard much feedback about it either way. I decided to investigate the question a bit more and see if there was any hard data on...

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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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