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  The Amazing People Who Are Changing How .. Moms Give Birth
  Huffington Post  , Sept. 2014
 
   The following article very specifically points out how having a doula
   can totally change the outcome of a birth.. The article focuses on
   low income moms, because low income moms are less familiar with
   the choices they have in childbirth because they are never told...
   Having a doula to help get the information you need to make informed
   decisions about your choices and what goes on at a hospital birth signif-
   icantly increase the chances of a positive birth experience for both the
   mom and the baby. 
    
 

Doulas


  Acetaminophen in pregnancy linked to ADHD in kids, study finds

   Los Angeles Times, Feb. 2014

   Melissa Healy

 

 " Pregnant women have long been assured that acetaminophen can treat their aches, pains

  and fevers without bringing harm to the babies they carry. Now researchers say they have

  found a strong link between prenatal use of the medication and cases of attention-deficit

  hyperactivity disorder in children."

 

ADD

   

Study Finds Adverse Effects of Pitocin in Newborns

 ACOG, 2013

  New Orleans, LA --" Induction and augmentation of labor with the hormone oxytocin may not be as safe for full-term newborns as

  previously believed, according to research presented today at the Annual Clinical Meeting of The American College of Obstetricians

   and Gynecologists. Researchers say this is the first study of its kind to present data on the adverse effects of Pitocin use on newborns." 

    Finally, ACOG is acknowledging that the "standard of care for SO long for augmentation of labor" has adverse effects on the newborns. 

Adverse Effects of Pitocin on Newborn

Four Reasons Why Moving in Labor is Best!!!
From Birth Your Way!
Tuesday, Jan. 2012
 
The following article speaks to the advantages, reasons and results seen when
moms not only allowed, but encouraged to move around in labor. Staying active
and changing positions during labor has long been known to help the baby and the
mom move the process of birth along, without interventions and only exerting as
much effort and for only as long as the mom feels comfortable.
Movement has been proven... to not only speed up labor... but to actually be a 
comfort measure to help decrease the intensity of the contraction.

Movement

  Breastfeeding Tied to Fewer Ear, Sinus Infections in Children
   
    By Shereen Lehman, Medscape

    September 12, 2014

   ""This study provides hard evidence that health benefits of breastfeeding

       go beyond infancy an breastfeeding seems to be the best prescription

       for preventing these infections," said Dr. Ruowei Li,  an epidemiologist

       at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, who led the study."

 

More on Breastfeeding

 Reasons to Wait Until Cord Stops Pulsating
 
Video of Penny Simpkin, long time childbirth researcher and advocate
speaks to the reasons to let the cord stop pulsating before clamping. 

Cord Clamping

 

Meeting needs of childbearing women and newborn infants through strengthened midwifery

Lancet , Online June 2014
 
"Wherever women and babies are, whatever their circumstances or the health system in place, their survival, health, and wellbeing can be improved by midwifery care, as clearly shown in the Lancet Midwifery Series. Together with The State of the World's Midwifery 20141 and Every Newborn Series, this Series honours progress achieved, delineates needed next steps, and identifies tremendous potential for further health gain. The key messages warrant international attention and action to ensure that all women give birth with dignity and safely, and that everyone receives quality care at the beginning of life." 

Midwifery Model of Care

 

The First Hour Following Birth: Don’t Wake the Mother!
by Michel Odent

This is wonderful article by Michel Odent, a world famous natural childbirth advocate.

Mr. Odent speaks to the importance of the hour immediately following the birth of a

child and the reasons why this time frame is so critical for BOTH the mom and the baby. 

First Hour After Birth