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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; [...]

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 [...]

If you have ever suffered from eczema, you know that it can be a painful, itchy condition, often leaving open sores.  But now, there may be a way to avoiding this inconvenient and painful skin condition in children.
The amount of microbial bacteria an infant is exposed to in the first week of life can actually [...]

A new policy at Miami Valley Hospital’s Berry Birthing Center in Ohio is requiring new mothers to wait 72 hours before their baby’s placenta will be released.  The new policy was established by request of the pathology department as a precaution in case the placenta needs to be studied in response to illness of the [...]

Don’t Bathe That Baby!

April 15th, 2012

Babies are born covered in a thick, white, cheese-like substance called vernix caseosa.  In the hospital it is typical for babies to be bathed immediately to remove the vernix.  However, an immediate postnatal bath may not be the best option for a baby and should be reconsidered.
Vernix Caseosa has many benefits.  Produced during the third [...]

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead
A new mother should be enjoying the precious moments following birth. A new mother should be taking in the sweet smells of her new baby, bonding, and, most importantly, [...]

You are in the final moments; you’ve worked so hard, come so far. Your body urges you to push. You bear down, giving it your all; and, alas, you have delivered your precious baby. You soar with excitement and, in an instant, a profound relationship is born.
What happens next is the third stage of [...]

A new report out by Consumer Reports is confirming what many of us already knew - women need CARE in their birth experience, not machines.
Don’t get me wrong - I love technology. I’m a bit of a technophile, in fact. But not when it comes to women and birth. Not when it overrides Nature and [...]

Birth Stories

November 8th, 2007

Just back from a meeting with some local birth professionals. I think we’re all fed up and frustrated with the situation here in Las Vegas. The good thing is that we are frustrated enough to DO something about it. I am more motivated than ever to start doing my part to manifest change.
The topic of [...]

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