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 …

Pregnant? Considering the Hep B Vaccine?

If you are considering the Hepatitis B vaccine during pregnancy because your OB suggested it to you, please consider the following so that you can make a more informed decision. If you tried to look up “Hepatitis vaccine during pregnancy,”  one of the top results would be the Immunization Action Coalition’s …

Eating Dates While Nearing Your Due Date

Guggie of The Guggie Daily recently shared an interesting study on her facebook page that talked about the benefits of eating dates during the final weeks of pregnancy to prepare for labor. It seems that dates, the fruit from the date palm (Phoenix dactylifera) could be an expecting mama’s new coveted snack. …

Can't Breastfeed? Have you thought about human milk for your baby?

I’ll just break the ice right off the bat: I gave my daughter donated milk for a couple of months when I was unable to nurse my child. People tell me that’s gross, as they feed their babies milk from a mother of a different species. When you put away …

FLUARIX QUADRIVALENT, Informed Consent Information

The FDA announced earlier this month that it approved GSK’s Fluarix Quadrivalent flu vaccine. Getting this new flu vaccine, or any flu vaccine is a decision that is supposed to only be done after the patient or the patient’s guardian has been fulling informed of all of the risks involved with that …

Birth Doulas

A doula is a paraprofessionals that is trained and experienced in childbirth. A few month ago, the journal Anthropology and Medicine published a really interesting article that praised the positive outcomes that doulas have on labor outcomes. The article suggested the reasoning for this is “that doulas’ conceptualizations of the space of …

"I'd love to give birth with a midwife, but I just don't want to take any risks."

I’ve said that before. I’ve said that before and I hear it daily on social media platforms.  Women think that birthing with a certified midwife would be amazing and wonderful, but when it comes right down to it, they don’t want to take risks. These thoughts are common place. As …

The UN and Their Global Ban on Female Genital Mutilation

In big news on Monday, the UN approved a resolution that banned the practice of female genital mutilation. It was a unanimous decision. This resolution has 110 sponsors and is virtually certain to be approved by the entire general assembly, most likely by the end of this year. At this …

LifeWraps, an innovation in midwifrey

Professor Suellen Miller, already known as a co-author of A Book for Midwives, has adapted a century old piece of first aid equipment to deal with obstetric hemorrhage. Obstetric hemorrhage is considered one of the most serious complications of childbirth. It is the leading cause  of maternal mortality  from pregnancy and …

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