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Yesterday, Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN of Evidence Based Birth published a thorough and comprehensive article about the research and evidence for administering the vitamin K shot to newborns after birth.
We are unable to make Vitamin K, a fat-soluable vitamin needed for clotting, ourselves and there are only 2 sources from which it comes; [...]

For years, women were told that if they ate too many nuts during pregnancy their children could end up with a nut allergy.  New data dispels that notion and actually states that moms who eat nuts several times per week during pregnancy actually have babies who are less likely to develop a nut allergy.
“Researchers used [...]

Stop Hemorrhage Naturally

July 11th, 2013

One of the biggest causes of maternal mortality is postpartum hemorrhage. Interestingly, animals very rarely hemorrhage after giving birth. Are you wondering what the difference is between human birth and other mammalian births? Using the placenta! Animals innately consume their placenta after they give birth making postpartum hemorrhage a rare occurrence.
Nature equips us [...]

Premature babies often have trouble digesting food due to their ill-prepared gut.  About 10% of preemie babies will develop necrotizing enterocolitis, an inflammation that can lead to death of the tissue in the intestine causing infection.  While breastmilk can reduce the risk of the condition, many babies will require surgery to remove the dead tissue.
Injections [...]

Good news came this week for Oregon moms who wish to use their placentas for postpartum recovery. The Oregon Senate approved a bill allowing mothers to take their baby’s placentas home, despite the state law labeling placentas as medical waste.
“The state Senate unanimously approved the bill Monday, as the House did in March. The bill [...]

Mentally Preparing For Birth

March 24th, 2013

From my personal experience, mentally preparing for birth is just as important, and maybe even more important than physical preparation.  We exercise and eat right to prepare for birth.  We make playlists and pack bags for overnights stays.  We might set up nurseries and buy baby goods designed to make a [...]

It seems that lately I have had more than a few clients who were induced due to low amniotic fluid levels.  I honestly didn’t know much about this particular topic and thought I’d dig up some info.  I was curious what the implications were for mother and baby if the pregnancy continued with low fluid [...]

Evidence suggests that babies at 28 weeks gestation can distinguish certain syllables such as “ga” and “ba” and identify male and female voices.

“Experts already know that babies are able to hear noises in the womb - the ear and the auditory part of the brain that allow this are formed by around 23 [...]

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 [...]

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