There are a number of important things that you have the opportunity to learn while you are in the hospital.You probably won’t have people volunteering to teach you these things, but make sure youask!...more
A new study suggests that delaying clamping/cutting at birth may improve the social and motor skills of boys later.Because the cord is what supplies the blood from the placenta to the baby, the longer the delay, the more iron storage. (The baby receives up to one third more blood volume.)(We're talking 2 minutes, not hours.) Currently, the World Health Organization recommends delaying cord clamping for at least one minute; this may get that upped to two minutes....more
Oprah once interviewed the legendary Jean Houston on her show Super Soul Sunday, where they discussed the Hero’s Journey, and how each one of us is called in our lives to undertake such a journey in order to become more of who we really are. ...more
The more I read blogs, the more and more I end up reading birth stories. There's something innately special about a birth story. It's at the same time a personal and universal experience. There are endless ways to experience it - vaginal, c-section, medicated, unmedicated, in a hospital, in birth centers - the list goes on and on. Despite all these different methods, in the end its still the amazing act of bringing new life into the world, and its one of the reasons I love to read birth stories - they are so so different....more
As my own child gets older and I remember the first days through things like Timehop, I see friends on the verge of having their own first baby. It's a magical, amazing time, but there are also some truly horrific and horrible things that nobody tells you....more
Today marked the 33rd Annual Houston Chronical Luncheon and Neiman Marcus Fashion Presentation, benefiting the March of Dimes; in which was chaired by Rosemary Schatzman. I had the pleasure of asking a few questions to better acquaint myself with the mission, purpose and overall goals of the organization....more
I got into hot topic conversation on Facebook this week. It started as me truthfully answering a friend's curiosity question. And while I would usually leave it at that, or offer clarity/details if necessary, I got sucked in to the conversation because it was something I am so passionate about.
My friend is expecting her third child and planning her third homebirth. She wrote: "When I tell people I might have my kids at my homebirth, they react one of three ways: 1) whatever. 2) it's too traumatic and scary. 3) it's too distracting for mom. 4) it's inappropriate. Just curious, what do you think?"
What do I think?
Birth Matters.33% of babies are born via cesarean section. In some areas, that number creeps as high as 45%.66% of women who have a vaginal birth receive epidural anesthesia during labor; in some areas, that number is closer to 78%. Individual hospitals report rates as high as 95%....more
I gave birth to two healthy (but premature) girls in July 2014. Throughout my pregnancy, I always knew in the back of my mind that I wanted a c-section. See, I'm in the super tiny group that actually had no desire to push. And when I was asked about my "birth plan" (what's that?) I always shyly, and almost embarrassingly apologetical, murmured that I wanted a dreaded c-section. I've come across some interesting phenomenen while being pregnant - and part of that was the belief that "super moms" vaginally gave birth and c-sections were a big no-no....more
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