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    Delayed Cord Clamping: Evidence Proves What Midwives Have Already Known

Delayed Cord Clamping: Evidence Proves What Midwives Have Already Known

Written by: Jennifer Swarthout

Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping

One of the most momentous occurrences in a woman’s journey into motherhood is cutting the cord. In western culture, the physical connection between mother and child is severed just moments after birth. Waiting  a couple of extra minutes before clamping and cutting the cord allows supplemental oxygen and iron-rich blood to reach the newborn from the placenta, just as nature had originally planned.

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Transition

After I attended enough homebirths, I started to notice patterns:

The light banter between partners that usually means labor is still in the early stages, as opposed to the quiet support of the later stages, often spoken directly into waiting ears. The midwives giving the birthing mother space to find her way, to settle into what feels right to her body and her baby, drawing closer and more hands on only as needed. The brows of hard working mamas growing knitted with deeper concentration that is often needed as labor […]

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    Soil Microbiomes Can Handle Monsanto Adding A Fungi-Based Inoculant To All Its U.S. Corn Seeds, Right?

Soil Microbiomes Can Handle Monsanto Adding A Fungi-Based Inoculant To All Its U.S. Corn Seeds, Right?

On Monday, Monsanto unveiled a new product. This is the first big development to come of Monsanto’s partnership with the Danish company Novozymes.

They’ve created the corn inoculant Acceleron® B-300 SAT. And it’s really perfect that the unveiling came on World Soil Day.

The industry giants say that they derived this product from fungi naturally found in the soil. They say it will help fertilizer work more efficiently and producing less CO2. They say it is expected to promote the growth of the corn plants. They say it will be great for the environment.

You’ll have […]

It’s Been 16 Years Since My Daughter’s Stillbirth, But My Body Still Remembers

[Warning: This post contains emotional reflection that some of our pregnant or once-pregnant audience may find triggering.]

Two days of every year, my body grieves for the child it once grew.

Sixteen years ago on August 2nd, I walked into the hospital pregnant, and sixteen years ago on August 3rd, I walked out of the hospital with a small box of keepsakes respectfully prepared by volunteers, so that grieving mothers wouldn’t have to leave the hospital with no tangible thing to carry out the door with them after experiencing second trimester miscarriages or stillbirths.

The box is […]

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    Crucial Information About Winter Babies, Countering Previous Vitamin D Research

Crucial Information About Winter Babies, Countering Previous Vitamin D Research

Midwives and doctors have known that vitamin D supplementation is important for some people for some time, but research has regularly shown that supplementing babies doesn’t seem to make too much of a difference. As it turns out though, the study designs probably had everything to do with the uncertain results. New an important research that was just published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. This latest study is a a multicenter, double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled trial and it takes into consideration the most obvious an important aspect of vitamin D […]

Why To Use A Birthing Stool, And Which One We Love

Birthing stools are a very important tool in helping with the delivery of a new baby. According to an article in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, when squatting such as with a birthing stool, both transverse and antero-posterior diameters of the outlet are bigger. The squatting position has shown a minor angular change, but demands an outward movement of the lower part of the pelvic bones which leads to a separation of the two sides.

“Women throughout the ages preferred to be delivered with their trunks vertical and most delivery positions illustrated in […]

Support our Midwives Going to Armenia Again!

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Once again Midwives Martha Boudakian and Brenda Surabian will be traveling to Armenia to work with Midwives and Moms in March.
They will be teaching skills labs to the midwives, prenatal yoga to the moms and providing health care to the women of rural Armenia. We will be purchasing some disposable items to bring but we hope to fill a suitcase with donations of reusable supplies. Here are some items that would be appreciated tremendously!
You can buy these on Everything Birth with our special 10% […]

This New Year Rings In New Era For Everything Birth

For a few months now, Crystal, the owner of Everything Birth, has been working on a transition for the company. She has been meticulously planning and arduously preparing. The time has finally arrived for Crystal to begin a new path, one that she has been working diligently for years towards, and she has passed the company on to a new owner: Nicole Beers.

Nicole, as it so happens, is a dear friend of mine. She is the attachment parent of two precious, young children. Nicole is a trained paramedic […]

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    Canadian Peds’ Advice On Circumcision Actively Defies AAP’s Suggestions, Disregards American’s Fears Over ‘Health Issues’

Canadian Peds’ Advice On Circumcision Actively Defies AAP’s Suggestions, Disregards American’s Fears Over ‘Health Issues’

The Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) recently re-examined its official position on routine infant circumcision (RIC), given that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States had come to the conclusion within the past year that the benefits of this routine genital surgery outweighs any potential risks. The CDC’s draft recommendations stated that American doctors should let parents know that circumcision is recommended. So, the Canadians took another look at all of the relevant new info.

After scouring almost 1,600 journal articles and taking a fresh look at […]

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    NSAIDs Responsible For Drastic Drop In Progesterone … The Hormone Crucial For Ovulation, Pregnancy And Initial Breastfeeding

NSAIDs Responsible For Drastic Drop In Progesterone … The Hormone Crucial For Ovulation, Pregnancy And Initial Breastfeeding

NSAIDs, like the OTC drugs that some women regularly take for menstrual cramps or cramping associated with ovulation, have been found to cause a drop in progesterone … A significant drop in progesterone. 

According to a very recent study’s lead investigator, Professor Sami Salman of the Department of Rheumatology at the University of Baghdad, the findings have some serious implications:

“After just ten days of treatment we saw a significant decrease in progesterone, a hormone essential for ovulation, across all treatment groups, as well as functional cysts in one third of patients.”

The women were taking just about the […]