Study Indicates Pregnant Women Should Avoid Sleeping on Their Backs to Lessen Stillbirth Risks

Potential Trigger Warning: Though it is from a clinical stance, this post will discuss the topic of stillbirth.   I was told during pregnancy that I should not sleep on my back. If you have been or currently are pregnant, you probably have been told to try to sleep on …

Why a blood test to check your Vitamin D levels during pregnancy might be a good idea.

Pregnant? Think your vitamin D levels are fine? It wouldn’t hurt to get a blood test… Dr. Joyce Lee and a team of researchers at the University of Michigan studied 40 pregnant women. The majority of them were taking their prenatal vitamins.  One would assume they would have all their …

Cesarean rates vary by hospital, and here I thought it was by risk.

Don’t want an unnecessary c-section, but still plan to birth in a hospital? Then, you owe it to yourself to find out the cesarean section rate  at the hospital where you anticipate delivering your child. According to an article published in the medical journal Health Affairs this month, “vast differences in practice patterns are …

MidwifeSupplies.com Merges with EverythingBirth.com!

You may have already noticed some changes at EverythingBirth.com. Midwifery products that were previously only found on MidwifeSupplies.com are now integrated into the shopping platform at EverythingBirth.com!   Everything Birth, as a company, previously held two websites, but in an attempt to make it easier on shoppers, those two websites …

Minnesota's Medicaid May Soon Pay for Birth Doulas!

Doulas are not only comforting to mothers during birth, they apparently also save everyone enormous amounts of money. A fairly new University of Minnesota study has revealed that the support  birth doulas give laboring mothers ends up in such drastic cost savings that Minnesota may start including doula services among …

Breast Milk and Gut Flora

Another round of applause for breast milk, please. Spanish researchers have revealed that colostrum, the first secretion of the mammary glands, contains over 700 species of microorganisms. Suddenly, my costly 30-strained probiotics seem less than noteworthy.  The findings have been published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Composition Over Time The …

Pregnancy Aftermaths, Iodine and Thyroid Functioning. Why I Couldn't Shed the Weight.

The American Thyroid Association recommended that North American women receive dietary supplements containing 150 μg iodine to be taken daily during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, They suggested that all prenatal vitamins contain 150 μg of iodine. Even more than two decades ago, when I was first getting pregnant, the WHO suggested …