Category Archives: Medical Interventions

OB common practices often based on opinion

In new study by Dr. Jason Wright and colleagues of Columbia University in New York, it is found that of 717 common OB-GYN practice recommendations from ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists), just 30% are based on top-notch research. … Continue reading

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The Natural Cesaraean by Jentle Childbirth

I post what I see. I saw this, and found it to be an intriguing alternative to our traditional cesareans performed routinely. I particularly am intrigued by their description and execution of “a ‘natural’ approach that mimics the situation at … Continue reading

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Nitrous Oxide on it’s way back to the US market for laboring women

I was thrilled to have heard this on the radio news report yesterday! In the past year I have had more than a few clients asking me about it’s availability for their hospital births. Laughing gas takes the edge off … Continue reading

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Cord clamping: to delay or not?

Researchers recently published findings in the Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine that concluded that in normal birth, delayed cord clamping should be encouraged, as it amounts to “mankind’s first natural stem cell transplant.” MSNBC published an article about the … Continue reading

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The truth behind the most common reason for cesareans today: a local ICAN meeting

This Monday, March 22, come to Bongo East for a very informative and well researched meeting about the biggest causes of cesareans. Any expectant mama or future expectant mama should make it a point to be here. “Does (Birth) History … Continue reading

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C-Section rates for Tennessee Hospitals

Finally, facts for women about the c-section rate at your local hospital. These numbers are from 2008, but are better than nothing, which is what we had before. Thank you, thank you, for compiling and posting. This is so so … Continue reading

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GBS positive? Concerned about testing GBS positive?

There are always choices, and using Hibiclens instead of routine antibiotics during labor is proven as effective as antibiotic use. Here is the regimen that US midwives use, patterned after European nations Hibiclens standard. Hibiclens is available over-the-counter. You can … Continue reading

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Concerning the newsmaking ‘Christmas Miracle’ Birth

Unless you were in utter news isolation during Christmas, you probably heard tale of the birth of a baby and recovery of it’s mother after complete cardiac and respiratory arrest during labor. When I first heard the news, I was … Continue reading

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Midwives Model of Care

At a recent birth I was greatly encouraged and impressed by the beautiful work done by a Certified Nurse Midwife at one of our local hospitals.  My client’s midwife was in tune with the birthing mother and allowed the mother … Continue reading

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Planning a VBAC: in honor of Cesarean Awareness Month, the month of April

In encouraging women who are considering planning a VBAC, I recommend ICAN (Internation Cesarean Awareness Network: http://ican-online.org). In exploring their pages further I found this fantastic list of the best way to prepare for a VBAC. I love that they also identify that although you can plan, we can’t predict what will actually happen. Some mother’s planned VBAC will become a CBAC. And this ok. I especially love the parts in the following about following The Brewer Diet, educating yourself through books and a preparation course, using a doula:), and relying on more non-medical methods to aid in labor. Here’s their list: Continue reading

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