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A Monkey as a Midwife

February 18th, 2013

The art of midwifery has a deep, rich history dating back to The Old Testament, but what if it went back even further than that?  Could midwifery be a practice that dates back to the origin of (wo)man?  A new article addresses the idea that midwifery may not be an exclusively human role.
Chinese black snub [...]

The birth world was abuzz this week with the release of a recent review of birth center outcomes by the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health.  The study followed more than 15,000 moms-to-be who were planning to give birth within a midwife-run birth center.
The conclusion of the review showed birth centers to be a safe [...]

Vaginal checks during labor, used to determine cervical dilation and the progression of labor, is one of the most dreaded and uncomfortable procedures for a laboring woman.  Vaginal exams can also increase the risk of infection as bacteria is forced toward the cervix, especially after the membranes have ruptured.  For low risk labors, vaginal exams [...]

6 Date Fruit Per Day…

November 20th, 2012

If you are in your last few weeks of pregnancy, I have some news for you!
Did you know that eating 6 date fruit per day for the last 4 weeks of pregnancy could have an impact on your labor?  A 2008 study at Jordan University of Science and Technology indicates that women who consume dates [...]

The placenta, the organ responsible for for nourishing your baby and regulating maternal-fetal interactions, may be a contributing factor in a child’s autism diagnosis.
“There is increasing evidence implicating the placenta in autism risk. For example, abnormal inclusions of trophoblasts, the cells that comprise the placenta, are found more frequently in placentas from [...]

New research from Yale has identified that vaginal birth prompts the secretion of a special protein that promotes the development of the baby’s hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for learning, memory, and stress response.  This protein is also a key component of breastmilk, possibly explaining the link between early nurturing from the mother [...]

The three U.S. midwifery organizations, MANA, ACNM, and NACPM, recently came together to make a joint statement regarding the support of normal, physiological childbirth.  In 1996, The WHO called for the elimination of all unnecessary interventions in childbirth, yet as you know, some of these interventions are being overused in our maternity health system, often [...]

What’s A Few Weeks?

July 17th, 2012

Many pregnant women, antsy due to the aches and discomforts of late pregnancy, wish they would just go into labor when they hit the 37-week mark. Chances are, they aren’t sleeping well, they are going to the bathroom every time they sneeze, and they may have the discomforts of sciatic or back pain.  It’s understandable; [...]

There was a very interesting slideshow, titled Vanishing Voices, in this month’s National Geographic.  According to the magazine, as many as half of the languages spoken in the world today will be forgotten and disappear in the next 100 years.  So much cultural identity and significance is rooted within language.  It’s not only how we [...]

It is believed in Ayurvedic medicine that if a baby is born appearing lifeless, the placenta can be warmed to restore life in the child. The practice of warming an attached (unclamped and uncut) placenta in hot water or by massage is thought
to restore the jeeva, or life force, that is stored in the placenta. [...]

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