Although I am now retired from the practice of midwifery, I am here to answer your questions about home birth, birth centers, natural birth, and anything else you ever wanted to ask a "crunchy" midwife. Feel free to send in your questions.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is the group of medical and public health experts that develops the annual recommendations on who should be vaccinated with what and when.
I am finally in love with mothering. Finally.
It's been 14 months since my daughter was born and it is only now that I can say I enjoy and embrace my role as a mother. Only now.
I stare down at her and I am filled with fury. Fury that she has wrecked my world. Despair, because I have to live in this hellish new reality. Resentful, that she needs me so much.
Every one of us knows that labor is no walk in the park. Let’s be real: it’s usually downright painful and despite what some people claim, there’s no such thing as orgasmic birth. However, the pain you experience in labor does not always mean you are suffering. Allow me to explain!
I don’t care if you had a natural birth. I don’t care if you had an epidural. I don’t care if you got induced in week 40 or if you went 10 days past your estimated due date.
In any pregnancy, there is about a 3 per cent risk of delivering a baby with a birth defect (that's 3 out of every 100 babies born). The vast majority of drugs and vaccines do NOT cause fetal harm
There are reasons why a woman may be told by her care provider that she is not “allowed” to attempt a VBAC even though she is a good candidate.
The name postpartum “depression” can be misleading because sometimes postpartum depression doesn't manifest as typical feeling "down" depression.
A pregnant woman, I’ll call her Dorie, was concerned about the effect that her asthma medication might have on her unborn baby.
This study published online in May in the Obstetrics & Gynecology journal called "A National Survey on Public Perceptions of Miscarriage" asked about perceptions about miscarriage. Not surprisingly, most who answered the questionnaire have many misconceptions about miscarriage.
CNN reported on a baby that was born 8 weeks early in Hong Kong. The mother apparently cannot pay the hospital expenses and the hospital withheld the baby's birth certificate. Her insurance won't pay for the baby either, likely because the hospital is outside the United States, so she is responsible to pay expenses herself.
Pregnancy News May 14th, 2015
Hyperemesis Gravidarum is nausea and vomiting on steroids. It's awful - just ask anyone who's had it. It’s good that the condition is recognized with a day of its own.
I was surprised to learn that Hyperemesis Gravidarum had a day to call its own and pleased that this unpleasant condition has been recognized as a serious problem. Here are 15 facts about hyperemesis gravidarum.
Group prenatal care. Sounds a little weird, doesn’t it? That’s what I initially thought. Little did I know the wonders of such a thing.
What’s the first thing you do if you smack your funny bone? Without even thinking about it, you rub your elbow. You’re using gate control to alleviate your pain - even if you don’t have any idea what that is. What does this mean for labor?
Holidays can be stressful times for many of us. High expectations, family tensions, forced “happiness,” and rigid traditions can cause sadness and frustration. All we can see are our perceived failures at creating a life that meets an ideal.
Now having been through it, there are 7 things I wish I’d known before I went into my first birth.