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Why Do We Stop Prematurely…

…I had a delightful call today from a young lady who made nursing bibs. These are similar I am sure to the “hooter hiders” who due to poor name marketing changed to http://www.bebeaulait.com/. I told her politely that I did not want to sell anything like that because I felt it made a statement of…
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Did God Screw Up?

… I just blogged about the medicalization of birth and then laid back down to try to sleep- I woke really early today and did not sleep well… and the phrase just get screaming in my head… Did God screw up? Women do not allow their bodies to signal when to go into labor these…
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There’s a Way To Do it Better – Find It. Thomas A. Edison

I noticed my quote of the day “There’s a way to do it better – find it.” by Thomas A. Edison and I thought about birth… and doulaing… There are so many ways we have screwed up the natural birth process these days for the sake of a better way… I think what Ina May Gaskin…
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statistics

What do they really mean? Can we make them say what we want? Can the numbers be manipulated? Of course- but over the last few days of documenting the cesarean stats, the infant mortality and maternal morbidity rates makes me realize that we don’t care about most of those numbers as a society until they…
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maternal morbidity rates in the US

Okay so the doom and gloom of our infant mortality rates in the US caused me to wonder about the maternal morbidity rates- so here is the news on that… “Article Date: 29 Aug 2007 – 3:00 PDT The maternal mortality rate in the U.S. is the highest it has been in decades, according to…
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infant mortality rates in the US

There are 42 countries that have a better infant mortality rate than the US! What are they doing that we are not doing? Midwifery is the model of care for their pregnant women! Home birth is also a viable option for them to choose. CNN reported “Wednesday, May 10, 2006; Posted: 12:02 p.m. EDT (16:02…
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Cesarean Rates- Atlanta

One of the mamas on the local ican group (http://atlanta.ican-online.org) posted the stats from2006-2007 cesarean rates in the metro Atlanta area. She calculated these from the gahospitalpricecheck.org. It’s July 2006-June 2007. The #s are total births/cesareans/cesarean rate. Piedmont & Northside are still highest, North Fulton still lowest. Now keep in mind this includes those who…
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Illusions and Assumptions

Today I met with a repeat client for her prenatal meeting- she is due in a few weeks. We were talking about how three years ago I suggested she consider a different hospital than the one she was planning on birthing at. I don’t always recommend a change- but this mom was describing the birth…
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Breastfeeding Latch Issues

There is a misconception that early breastfeeding should hurt and cause cracked and bleeding nipples. IT IS A MISCONCEPTION! A good latch should cause this to never happen. Now one time latching wrong can cause a bit of soreness- but once it is corrected it will diminish greatly. Engorgement is not the same thing. Engorgement…
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Inductions have real risks!

New Kerala.com- a Sydney newspaper reported this on December 10th…Italics in parenthesis are mine for my input. Inducing labour in pregnant women is risky Sydney, Dec 10 : Inducing labour in uncomplicated pregnancies can be risky, according to a study. A quantitative study based on 50,000 first births between 2000 and 2005 showed that induced…
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