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How many of us have performed more than one pregnancy test, just to be sure? Are we crazy – or should we not trust the results of our home pregnancy tests?
The midwifery bills under consideration in Maryland and North Carolina would make it legal for direct-entry midwives to attend homebirths.
When examining the topic of vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), uterine rupture is commonly cited as the major risk, but understanding exactly how it happens and who is most at risk for it to occur is a common source of confusion.
I’ve recently learned of yet another baby dying during a home birth. This was a planned, midwife-attended home VBAC (also known as HBAC, home birth after cesarean).
I became a doula because I wanted to combine helping young mothers with getting experience in the field of obstetrics. I began attending births as a doula when I was 16, and given that I was so young, I focused on working with teen moms.
But how do you know when these symptoms might mean that something is amiss? Here’s a guide to knowing when to call in the health care professionals.
One of the signs that an exercise and diet regimen is doing more harm than good is amenorrhea (ceasing to have menstrual periods) or oligomenorrhea (having few, irregularly occurring periods).
Homebirth midwives “value the art of letting go.” Letting go of what, exactly? The lives of babies born at homebirths.
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG), which considers itself an authority on childbirth safety, recently came out with a statement that differs from the one published by the British or the American organizations of Ob-Gyns. RANZOG concluded that home birth is associated with increased risks and cannot be supported. "The Royal Australian and
In this review article in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the authors Dr. Klitzman and Dr. Sauer review the ethical challenges associated with creating and selling embryos.
Some out-of-hospital birth scenarios are higher risk than others, as is shown in the chart below. The Risk Ratio (RR) is calculated from neonatal mortality rates (NNM) with respect to hospital midwives (RR=1).
Oxytocin, both the natural hormone that the body produces and the synthetic form of the drug, helps uterine contractions remain regular and strong to assist during labor and to decrease bleeding after delivery.
A pregnancy registry is a study that gathers information from pregnant women who need to use medications during their pregnancies to improve their birth outcomes.
The decision to undergo a repeat c-section or try for a vaginal birth after cesarean can sometimes be a difficult one. One tool that you and your care provider may consider using is the VBAC Success Calculator.
Similar to my home birth journey is my vaccine journey. I was once opposed to childhood vaccinations, then realized I had been sucked into misinformation about vaccine safety.