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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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    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% […]

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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 […]

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    Canadian Peds: ‘Infant Eye Ointment Doesn’t Work, The Mandate Should Be Repealed’

Canadian Peds: ‘Infant Eye Ointment Doesn’t Work, The Mandate Should Be Repealed’

Pediatricians in Canada say that the antibiotic ointment that is applied to infants’ eyes as standard care in order to prevent contracting a “sexually transmitted” bacterial infection from the mother is ineffective.  The protocol has been used to ensure that infants do not end up with what is called “neonatal opthalmia” or “ophthalmia-neonatorum” from chlamydia and/or gonorrhea.

In parts of Canada, the antibiotic ointment is required by laws, only those laws, according to the Canadian Pediatric Society stem back to the 1800’s when silver nitrate was used in babies’ eyes. This was before the era […]

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    Common Disinfecting Agents Discovered As A Possible Link To Infertility, But Only When Combined

Common Disinfecting Agents Discovered As A Possible Link To Infertility, But Only When Combined

A Virginia Tech biologist says that in 2012, her laboratory mice began having infertility troubles. Miscarriages became common, mice fetuses died in utero and the females were dying in labor. The mice that were born often had various birth defects. A geneticist at Washington State University was seeing a similar pattern after recently moving her work from a university in Ohio.

Normally fertility-linked toxins weren’t showing up in the tests. Residues of quaternary ammonia compounds (QACs) were detected, but they are so common, the finding was initially dismissed.

You’ve seen QACs.

“Two of the most commonly […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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? […]