Month: June 2016

Where Have All the Wise Mentors Gone?

    “Nana’s and Papa’s- There’s a whole lot of spoiling going on!”- Doormat in a mail order catalogue “One more no and I’m going to Grandma!”- Onesie in a gift shop window “If Mom and Dad say no, go to Grandma!”- Bumper sticker on an RV “Agenda for the day: Sugar the grandkids up and send them home to mom and dad.”- Another … Read More Where Have All the Wise Mentors Gone?

Why C-Sections Are Like Apollo 13

By April 1970 space travel was largely regarded as mundane. Two successful moon landings had taken place and the public had started to view space travel as an endeavor with as much risk as road tripping to see family in Ohio. For the crew of Apollo 13 though, it was the culmination of years of training. They were all stand out pilots who were … Read More Why C-Sections Are Like Apollo 13

The Public Health Case For Reducing Cesareans, Part 3

While doctors’ fears seem to be that a lower rate of cesarean surgery will mean greater mortality and morbidity for mothers and babies, the statistics indicate this fear is not well-founded. There really is no data showing that higher cesarean rates equate with lower rates of maternal or neonatal mortality (Lake, 2012). Many circumstances where a cesarean is clearly indicated such as placenta previa … Read More The Public Health Case For Reducing Cesareans, Part 3

The Public Health Case For Reducing Cesarean Rates, Part 2

Safe delivery of the baby is one of the most common goals in performing a cesarean section, yet cesareans carry additional risks to infants as well. It is well-established that infants born via cesarean section are at a significant risk for all types of respiratory issues than infants delivered vaginally, often necessitating newborn neonatal intensive care unit admission (Dodd and Grivell, 2011). Cesarean surgery … Read More The Public Health Case For Reducing Cesarean Rates, Part 2