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    British Officials Come To Similar Conclusions As Canadian Researchers About Midwife-Assisted Births

British Officials Come To Similar Conclusions As Canadian Researchers About Midwife-Assisted Births

The New York Times editorial board issued a surprising opinion statement in support of midwife-assisted births and legislation that supported midwife-assisted births. The Times referenced strong research from the UK that reversed a decades-old stance on the critical importance of birthing in a hospital.

The fact that Britain’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence pointed out that midwife-assisted home births are safer than hospital births for uncomplicated pregnancies will not come as a surprise to many in the Everything Birth community, especially since we discussed […]

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    Scheduled Infant Feedings: The Promise Of Full Night’s Sleep Is Dangerous

Scheduled Infant Feedings: The Promise Of Full Night’s Sleep Is Dangerous

An article about training infants to eat on a strict schedule has been circulating on social media. The article was about a feeding strategy for newborns created by Drs. Lewis Jassey and Jonathan Jassey of Bellmore Merrick Pediatrics. The sibling duo doctors co-authored The Newborn Sleep Book which claims to be able to help parents train a baby to sleep through the night by refraining from “On Demand” feeding.

“When we first brought Peyton home from the hospital he would wake up every two to 2 ½ hours, and we […]

My Opinion of “Crunchy Motherhood”

Crunchy momI always tried to find the readers of Everything Birth Blog facts and data from the most original reliable sources I could. Having put down the pen and calculator for a few months to focus on homeschooling my children, there are a few things that I’ve come to realize that I wanted to share with you.

Most of my lifestyle choices have been made based on factual information I have gathered, but sticking with them as habits has more to do with my opinions on […]

The Parting of Ways.

Homeschool3I thought I could do it all once, and motherhood has taught me differently. Early on as a blogger for Everything Birth,  I wrote about how we have to be realistic with what we feel we can take on.

See, prioritizing has been a theme for me since the first time I ever saw that second line on a pregnancy test. I am only human and I can’t do everything all at the same time and do it all perfectly.  Sometimes, I can’t even do a […]

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Do we need a Black Breastfeeding Week?

I’m a white woman. Because I am a white woman, I get to sit here in my place of Privilege and think to myself, “How will we ever undo racism if we keep dividing ourselves?” or even, “I don’t see why it has to be a separate week.”

But I don’t know what it’s like to be a black woman. I can pretend all day long that I understand racism, because maybe someone called me “whitey” or “honky” at some point in my life. The truth is though, while it has happened before, I can’t […]

Better Pregnancy Outcomes With Midwives

In a review of data from 13 research trials involving 16,242 women, researchers have found that when a pregnant woman’s care provider is a midwife instead of the US standard multidisciplinary care, she is more likely to have a better outcome. Midwife care showed a lower likelihood of preterm birth and fewer interventions.

Midwives are awesome! One of the coolest findings was that women who were only under the care of a midwife were generally happier! Who knows if happiness is the cause or the result of the better pregnancy outcomes with midwives, but the […]

Seriously? Breastfeeding? A waste of time?

I am not generally the least bit affected by random anti-breastfeeding posts I find online. This latest one though, I’m sure you’ve seen says that breastfeeding is a waste of time.

Sure, it’s from The Stir and we all know anything goes on there. It’s as though an editor thinks up post ideas simply to antagonize people with ridiculous ideas, begging for internet “air time.” That’s why I normally don’t even bother. They snagged me though with this article mostly because of the numerous supporters thanking this author for summing up their feelings […]

Circumcision and STIs / HIV

I am still constantly challenged by acquaintances with the notion that circumcision is important because, they claim it reduces the risks of contracting HIV or sexually transmitted infections. They persist, even after Dr. McAllister’s  An Elephant in the Hospital presentation explained the flaws in those studies. It was more than just self reporting that was the issue, there were a number of factors. Even still, the argument remains.

Somehow, I missed the article about the study from Puerto Rico.  It’s from last year, but i just stumbled on it. Maybe you’ve seen it already, […]

Drug Industry Affiliated Research Authors Generally Carry More Influence

Though, you already “knew” it,  a study published in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology  may be a good one to bookmark if you are inclined towards natural parenting. The study may help you look less like a conspiracy theorists to your more mainstream friends and family.

In a massive analysis of 6,711 randomized controlled trials and 28,104 authors,  the existence of a massive research “clique” was revealed. It indicated that authors who had ties to the drug industry indeed get preferential treatment from publishers and colleagues.

Of the authors evaluated, only six percent of authors listed a direct affiliation with the […]

When is your baby due? Eh… Give or take a few weeks.

I just read a fantastic news article that explained what many midwives have been proclaiming all along. A pregnancy does not last a set amount of time. In fact, it can vary up up to five weeks!

Previously attributed to flawed methods of estimating due dates such as conception and implantation dates varying and poor maternal recollection, scientists have discovered, that human pregnancies generally last between 37 and 42 weeks for an entirely different reason as well.

So, how many women deliver on the 280th day after the start of their last menstrual period? […]