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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

Canadian Peds: 'Infant Eye Ointment Doesn't Work, The Mandate Should Be Repealed'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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …