This is an excellent presentation on Circumcision with the exception of his view on evolution and the history of the first ones. His logical way of look at the reason given for doing this are right on. It's about time we stopped doing something just because that's what we do in America.
the conscious canopy
WHY MANY BELIEVE NEWBORN BATHS SHOULD BE POSTPONED
And once again we find that "just because it's always been done that way" syndrome, we do it. When in fact, God in his infinite wisdom, knew exactly what babies need to protect them from harm. So, the next time you have a hospital born baby think twice about that first bath. Is it really necessary? Even at home after returning from the hospital, just how dirty can a baby get who is swaddled and sleeping for most of the day.
Study Finds Adverse Effects of Pitocin in Newborns
Fellow doulas and midwives have always suspected - actually we know this - but it is good to hear the powers that be admit it. Let's face it - natural hormones are what got us pregnant and they will get us un-pregnant. The moment artificial oxytocin is administered our bodies say - OH, Hey hormones we're not needed here and they shut off. BUT we need those hormones for so much more.
ALl my four children were born by cesarean, the oldest I had 12 hours of pitocin. He was the one who had the hardest time in school, he is the one who has aspergers, he is the one who still struggles to this day. I won't blame pitocin or anything else BUT you have to wonder what all of these interventions do. Do we really want to take that chance.
Baby boy two hours after homebirth
Pediatrician Group Issues Home Birth Policy Statement - I understand the concern, the what ifs, the potential for problems but.... Today, after returning from a week in lovely Kentucky, I was greeted with a lot of email at work. The one that really stuck out was this one. How can I agree and disagree at the same time with something that sounds good. Why?, because what starts as a mere suggestion leads to policy leads to regulations leads to LAW. This is really a must read for all of us who choose to have our babies at home. We look for the best most supportive midwife we can find and trust they will provide us with the birth we are looking for. Now we need to make sure we have a "caregiver" who will be responsible solely for the care of newborn. A caregiver, is that dad, grandmother, doula, another nurse or midwife.
And this is what I had waiting for me at home on facebook. I figured someone must be sending me a message.
Babies deserve the best care they can get said Dr. Kristi Watterberg, neonatologist and lead author of the American Academy Pediatrics recent policy statement on home birth. "And we need to support women wherever they choose to give birth."
Both articles make good points about home birth and we DO need to support women wherever and however they choose to give birth. I hope that more and more states will support our choices to birth our babies at home. I also hope that "baby's caregiver" will remain a suggestion. I know that the midwives around here use doulas would are trained in neo natal resuscitation and that is how it should be.
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Excellent blog post by The Well Rounded Mama addressing the issue of abdominal births aka cesarean delivery. The average of 1 in 3 woman having their baby by surgery is alarming. It is one of the reasons I am so passionate about being a doula. You would think that doctors who have gone to school to become obstetricians would know how to avoid cesarean's but sadly that isn't the case. Don't get me wrong - sometimes surgery is necessary to save a mom and her child. BUT because labor isn't progressing fast enough or doctors are "fiddling" with birth via inductions, epidurals and trying to second guess God's time for baby to be born isn't a reason for a cesarean.
Cord clamping -- can't you just wait - a link to another wonderful article by Birthing Without Fear. When will the medical profession get it that they don't need to interfere when nothing is going wrong and we don't need them to create a situation of "wrongness". But anyway, Cord Clamping is finally being exposed for what it is. A way to separate mom and baby but more importantly it is depriving baby of the much needed nutrients in that cord and placenta via blood. Now, our bodies when they were created were perfect, our hormones knew how to start labor, how to produce milk AND clamp the cord at just the right time. But rather than reiterate what BWF says -- why not read the article yourself. It is full of very good reasons why cord should be left to clamp by themselves.
an awesome photo of a newborn and her cord
article by Dr. Mark Sloan - a practical MD who knows the importance of delayed cord clamping.
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Because in the 1900's one must be pregnant and pre-sentable.
FOOD --One of the things that can start a rebellion in my mind set is being told you can't eat. And it should be the same for a laboring mom. You Need To Eat During Labor. I found a nice web site that lists what you could or should eat in labor. But don't wait until you start labor to get them in your bag. You'll probably be to excited to remember what you wanted to bring.
Remember: you don't want something heavy but you do want something nutritious: fruit, crackers, cheese, sandwich, yogurt, granola type bars.
I came across this series of photographs today. How different childbirth is today and yet how similar depending on where you choose to give birth. I am taken by the nurse who is looking over baby's clothes. I remember one of my clients who was so excited to show us baby's room and clothes and supplies. I felt blessed that she choose to share her joy and excitement of her upcoming birth with me.
The above photo essay about Mrs. Bentley and how she gave birth in her home,
yes with the use of nitrous oxide.
The following is about Irene Stacey who choose to have her baby in a hospital.