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 …

Canadian Peds: 'Infant Eye Ointment Doesn't Work, The Mandate Should Be Repealed'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

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 …

World Breastfeeding Week on Facebook

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who immediately and profusely reported that page. Twenty minutes after this post originally was published, two hundred of you had already read it and many of you have let me know you reported the page. It has now been taken down. NICE WORK…. You are …

Chemicals in Stain Resistant Clothing/Teflon Linked to "Pregnancy Induced" Hypertension

Hypertension during pregnancy can be very dangerous and even life threatening. A new study‘s results were published in  Environmental Health Perspectives and found an association between chemicals found in stain-resistant fabric and high blood pressure during pregnancy.  The chemicals involved in the study were perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS). Blood …

Uterine Perforation Risks with an IUD Higher Just After Birth

CBS Pittsburgh just printed a news story online about the risks of uterine perforation (tearing the uterus) while using the popular IUD Mirena as well as other forms of IUDs. While IUDs are arguably one of the safer contraceptives on the market, they still come with some risks. The pregnancy rate with …

Pregnant? Please don't forget your Omega-3s.

Omega-3 fatty acids are crucial during all stages of life, but especially during pregnancy. We were issued a friendly reminder yesterday by Live Science staff writer, Bahar Gholipour, when she spotlighted new research just published in PLOS ONE about how eating fish during pregnancy reduces anxiety. She wrote about the study, …