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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 […]

The “Autism and Flu Correlation” study and its inevitable use in marketing the flu shot.

By now, you’ve probably seen the news articles, like this one, reporting on the Danish study published in Pediatrics that found “that maternal influenza infection was associated with a twofold increased risk of infantile autism” and that “prolonged episodes of fever caused a threefold increased risk of infantile autism.”  You’ve probably already been told that this is even more reason for pregnant women to get their flu shots.

While I am not a doctor, I do want to make sure that, if you are pregnant, you are armed with all of the […]

The Artificial Sweeteners & Preterm Birth Debate

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Photo from Lyn. Click to read her blog.

An analysis of 59,334 women from the Danish National Birth Cohort (1996–2002) was done and published in the American Clinical Journal of Nutrition. Researchers looked at soft drink intake in midpregnancy by using a food-frequency questionnaire in order to determine if women who drank soft drinks that were artificially sweetened had a greater risk of preterm delivery than women who drank regular soft drinks.

They found an […]

Induction of Labor Associated with 67% Increased Risk of C-Section

My epidural from the horrible birth of my son in 2001

Natural birth has been at the foundations of  Everything Birth from its conception. It began in 2001 as a small resource center offering natural birth classes and workshops.   Everything Birth’s owner, Crystal White, wrote, “My first child was born in 1997, and at the time I was still contemplating grad school and what direction my career should take. The more research I did on birth, intervention, and the unbelievably […]

“Suck it Up, Stretch Marks are Genetic,” he said.

I had the misfortune of being afraid of childbirth. I desperately wanted a birthing center, midwife assisted birth, but I was scared. I didn’t know the facts. I didn’t know that in normal pregnancies, midwife assisted births are actually safe and enjoy fewer complications than hospital births.

And so I have the scars to prove it.

Yes, I do have the emotional scars of a labor that was too “medical.” I have my regrets. Yada yada. But this particular blog isn’t about […]

Pregnant with Herpes?


We don’t talk about this stuff do we?

The thing is though, 1 in 3 of you have herpes, and 1 in 4 of you know it. It’s not like you’re some freak if you’ve found yourself pregnant with herpes. I guess this blog is aimed at a quarter of you pregnant moms out there who happen to know that you’ve got herpes.

If you’ve found yourself pregnant with herpes, the doctor’s solution is to give you an anti-viral medication that is labeled as “probably safe while pregnant.”

Hmmmmm…. How do you feel about taking a medicine […]


Meat, sweets, fruit, salty.  When you have a craving during pregnancy, your body is trying to tell you something.  More calories, or more of a certain vitamin.   It is really a good idea to listen to these cravings.  Do not deprive yourself or your baby what you need.  Unless you have a strong craving for something that isn’t food.  Like dirt.  Dirt is really a craving that some women have.  Chalk too.  If you have these cravings, or any cravings, you should talk to your midwife.

With my first pregnancy I had a strong […]

Magic Little Pill?

After just giving birth, one of the main things on women’s minds is how to lose their pregnancy weight. Some use pregnancy as an opportunity to eat whatever we want, which of course will mean, re-establishing healthier eating patterns. However, for many women, all of the hormonal changes end up affecting our thyroids. After pregnancy, most women are left with a slightly sluggish thyroid that just needs the proper nutrients to get healthy again.

If you’ve just given birth you may notice a craving for table salt.  What our bodies are craving though is iodine. […]

Birth Perception.

When I tell my birth story to some people they just can’t believe that I carried twins for 37 weeks thinking there was only one baby in there.  They ask “weren’t you really big?”  No.  “Couldn’t you feel a lot of movement?” Kind of.  But I had nothing to relate it to.

I just think I had a very healthy outlook on my pregnancy.  What I did not know, only helped me.  I trusted that my body would tell me if something were wrong.  My midwives would pick up the signals of  anything going bad. […]

Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move

Living a healthy lifestyle is not only important for yourself, but it is imperative for our kids.  Studies now indicate that there is metobolic imprinting that takes place in utero through the first two years of life.  This programming effects how your child will process and metabolize food for the rest of his or her life.

I am not one to jump on board with everything the CDC and the FDA push on us, but I think First Lady Micelle Obama has picked an admirable crusade.  I believe in the Let’s Move campain.  By the […]