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It is fairly common in our society for women to delay pregnancy, especially when compared to our parents’ generation. For a variety of reasons including career goals and delayed marriage, many women are waiting until their 30’s to start families. Waiting may consider these moms “high-risk” by most obstetricians for being of advanced maternal [...]

80% of new moms suffer from the baby blues after their baby arrives.  20% of new moms will go on to suffer from postpartum depression.  Researchers have found that a blood test may identify which new moms have a high risk of developing the sometimes debilitating condition known as postpartum depression.
Women with a history of [...]

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 [...]

When a woman becomes pregnant and the embryo implants into the lining of the uterus, the trophoblast cells give off a hormone called human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG).  In standard pregnancy tests, hCG is detected and causes a reaction, resulting in a positive or negative result.
The same trophoblast cells also exist in malignant cancer (specifically [...]

Postpartum Breast Cancer

October 15th, 2012

A breast cancer diagnosis is rare if you are a woman 45 years of age or under.  However, of the 25,000 cases of breast cancer in women in this age bracket, one-third of them are postpartum mothers.  For unknown reasons, the risk of breast cancer goes up in the first five years postpartum.
“It’s likely that [...]

Preschoolers whose mothers suffered from depression in the first 9 months postpartum are more likely to be shorter in stature.  Research has suggested that a mothers postpartum depression can impact a child’s growth in their first 2 years.
“The research team found that at age 4, kids with mothers who had reported mild or moderate depression [...]

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 [...]

PBi founder and director, Jodi Selander, was recently published on Natural Childbirth, a website based in the UK.  In the article, Jodi discusses the use of herbs for pregnancy and postpartum recovery.  Jodi addresses ways to alleviate fatigue, contract and strengthen the uterus, and restore iron levels.  Read the entire article here.
PBi and the placenta [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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