Author: Deb

24 Sep Birth Plan vs Hospital Protocol

I often encourage my students and doula clients to take some time to figure out how they foresee their birth. This is, of course, with the understanding that nothing - especially birth - can ever truly follow a plan; however, at least one might hash...

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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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