Better Births, Lower Costs

Better Births, Lower Costs Safer, less expensive maternity care is slowly taking hold. America spends a larger percentage of its gross domestic product on health care than any other industrialized nation, yet its citizens aren’t healthier for it. This is especially true when it comes to childbirth… …United Healthcare found that 48 percent of newborns […]

Initiation of Breastfeeding by Breast Crawl

Initiation of Breastfeeding by Breast Crawl UNICEF, WHO and WABA along with the scientific community strongly recommend initiating breastfeeding within an hour of birth. Every newborn, when placed on the mother’s abdomen, soon after birth, has the ability to find its mother’s breast all on its own and to decide when to take the first […]

AAP Policy Statement—Hospital Stay for Healthy Term Newborns

From February, in case you haven’t seen it… AAP Policy Statement—Hospital Stay for Healthy Term Newborns (PDF file; Feb 2010) …all efforts should be made to keep mothers and infants together to promote simultaneous discharge… …the breastfeeding mother and infant should be assessed by trained staff regarding breastfeeding position, latch-on, and adequacy of swallowing)…

New Doula Film

Have you used a doula? Tell us about it. Doula! The Ultimate Birth Companion A DOULA (n:pronounced doo-luh) is a professional birth companion, an experienced woman who supports you before, during and after your birth. Like having your mum, sister or best friend with you when you have your baby.

Avoiding the first c-section: 5 essential questions

Avoiding the first c-section: 5 essential questions In recognition of International Cesarean Awareness Month, sponsored by the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN), I wanted to discuss a problem I feel contributes significantly to the high rate of primary c-sections in the United States.  It is critical that we look at what can be done to […]

Living happily ever after

What would have helped you to prepare you for the realities of parenthood? Living happily ever after by Norma Ritter, IBCLC, RLC, LLLL In many ways, pregnancy is like a fairy tale. It is very common for pregnant women to believe that they need to prepare only for the actual birth of their babies, and […]

2 birth items: breech birth, delayed pushing

Vaginal Birth Better for Breech Babies Says Canadian Doctors The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada has announced that c-sections are no longer recommended for breech babies! This is contrary to common practice in North America, in which very few doctors or midwives will attempt a vaginal delivery on a breech baby. Another […]

Natural Birth Post-Cesareans

Natural Birth Post Cesareans: Why Docs Lag Science More women want to be able to have a baby naturally, even if they’ve had Caesareans. Research backs them up—so why won’t doctors?

Info on some studies of epidurals…

Pain relief ‘doesn’t lead to more satisfying births’ – The Irish Times – Tue, Feb 02, 2010 (subscription required) Despite fewer epidurals, the majority of women in midwife-led units were happy with their pain relief Are we using our brains when it comes to epidurals? | PhD in Parenting A 2009 study called […]

A Mom With a New Baby Needs Your Help!

A Mom With a New Baby Needs Your Help! | Best for Babes The best gift you can give any new mother is to nurture the nurterer! So yes, pick out that cute outfit for the new baby, but also make sure you sign up to deliver some TLC in the form of a […]

Protocols – The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM)

So useful! Protocols – The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) These protocols serve only as guidelines for the care of breastfeeding mothers and infants and do not delineate an exclusive course of treatment or serve as standards of medical care. Variations in treatment may be appropriate according to the needs of an individual patient.

Internal/External Monitoring in Labor

Internal/External Monitoring Show Equal Rates of Fetal Distress, C-Section The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a study that looked at labor (contraction) monitoring and different birth outcomes in hospitals. The study was conducted in the Netherlands (where rates of neonatal and maternal health and well-being are much better than in the United […]