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? […]

World Breastfeeding Week on Facebook

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who immediately and profusely reported that page. Twenty minutes after this post originally was published, two hundred of you had already read it and many of you have let me know you reported the page. It has now been taken down. NICE WORK…. You are so phenomenal!  But I’d still love to see your breastfeeding and nurse-in photos! Also, a HUGE thank you to whoever it was at Facebook that takes harassment of children seriously.

 

I have enjoyed seeing more breastfeeding photos than usual on Facebook this week. […]

Chemicals in Stain Resistant Clothing/Teflon Linked to “Pregnancy Induced” Hypertension

Hypertension during pregnancy can be very dangerous and even life threatening. A new study‘s results were published in  Environmental Health Perspectives and found an association between chemicals found in stain-resistant fabric and high blood pressure during pregnancy. 

The chemicals involved in the study were perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS).

Blood levels of 1330 pregnant women were tested for PFOS and PFOA because of their proximity to DuPont’s Washington Works factory. A pregnant woman’s increased levels of PFOA and PFOS were associated with increased odds of experiencing “pregnancy-induced” hypertension.

For every log unit increase of PFOS, […]