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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. 



A Summary of Articles Published in English about Misoprostol (Cytotec) for Cervical Ripening or Induction of Labor

                 By Ina May Gaskin, Dec. 2014

                 The following article is long but WELL WORTH  the time. Ina May  Gaskin, Internationally known and highly respected Midwife

                 having studied Cytotec and its effects on moms during labor and delivery, has compiled

                 and summarized many articles regarding the adverse effects of Cytotec on women and babies when used to induce labor. It is very telling and very scarrey... 



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. 

What to Reject

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.


  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


Childbirth: What to Reject When You're Expecting


10 procedures to think twice about during your pregnancy

Last updated: April 13, 2016 

The following article speaks to 10 very common procedures and practices that OB/GYN's and

hospitals do as "standard of care" for moms in labor..and before labor... It also points to the fact

that the US is now 59th in the world in maternal deaths. Some of these common "standard practices"

contribute to the high death rate... and racial disparties in maternal and infant death.. 


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