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All Childbirth Classes Are Not Created Equal

We recently had a student say that although her friends told her it was a waste of time and money to take a childbirth class, she felt she learned things that would be helpful for her preparation for labor and birth that she did not even know she needed to know before taking the classes….
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Formula with Rocket Fuel

Seems like a joke doesn’t it? Well it is not a joke! http://health.yahoo.com/news/ap/baby_formula_perchlorate.html The beginning of the article says, “ATLANTA – Traces of a chemical used in rocket fuel were found in samples of powdered baby formula, and could exceed what’s considered a safe dose for adults if mixed with water also contaminated with the…
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circumcision risks

Today in the local AJC newspaper this was an article I was sent… “Circumcision victim gets $2.3 million By Ty Tagami The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tuesday, March 31, 2009 A Fulton County jury has awarded $1.8 million in damages to a boy injured in a botched circumcision. The state court jury gave another $500,000 to the…
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Induction methods

Many women feel if they go past their due date- they are late. Many times providers will put pressure on a mom when she goes past her due date… please before you read this read my article on due dates- so you totally understand you are due within a four week period- week 38 to…
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Gentle Births

Today I reflect on two recent births… one is my daughter’s third baby- her second daughter. I viewed the slideshow that Tracey produced for us from the beautiful images she photographed at the birth, only 13 days ago. The laughter- the intensity- the beauty made me cry once more as I remembered having her little…
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Gail J. Dahl, “Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets”

Well I figured I write about this all of the time- maybe it would be good to share another professional’s view of induction. Here is a link to her blog as well http://gaildahl.wordpress.com/ 10 Reasons to Avoid Induction A common decision today’s parents will face during childbirth is birth induction. A birth induction happens when…
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Local News Show about Inductions…

There was a neonatal physician on the local 5 o’clock news this week who made this statement, “Having a baby as few as four days early increases the newborn complications risk by 20%!” and the statement was made that, “Northside Hospital the nations busiest labor and delivery center with over 18,000 births per year supposedly…
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The Secret

There is a secret in our culture, And it’s not that childbirth is painful, It’s that women are strong. -Laurie Stavoe Harm Why are we so scared of pain? Why do we think we can not do it? Why do we believe we have a low threshold of pain in birth? Why have we bought…
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Estimating Due Dates

Due DatesHow accurate is your Due Date? How are due dates calculated? In the 1850’s, a Dr. Naegele determined the average length of human gestation was 266 days from conception, or 280 days (40 weeks) from last menstrual period. He assumed that the average woman had cycles that lasted 28 days and that she ovulated…
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Does insurance pay?

“Upon your recommendation, we submitted your fee to our health insurance (United Healthcare) and received word back from them just before the year ended. They covered the doula fee almost 100% (they wrote me a check for $7 less than the fee we paid you)!! I couldn’t believe it when I got the claim notice….
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