Category: natural birth

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Let Me Level With You About…Electronic Fetal Monitoring

Ah, American maternity care. High tech, low results. Here is the video: Vimeo YouTube  

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Water Birth and Legionnaires’ Disease

Last year, two babies in Arizona developed Legionnaires’ Disease after their mothers labored in birthing pools. Since then, I’ve seen parenting magazines and websites decrying water birth as dangerous and Legionnaires’ Disease as just one more piece of “proof”. These claims are not informed by current research or by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ stance on water immersion during labor.  So, the … Read More Water Birth and Legionnaires’ Disease

The Butlerian Jihad and Maternal Health

Frank Herbert’s epic sci-fi novel Dune chronicles humanity’s interstellar civilization thousands of years into the future. (If you read it, you’ll notice more than a few similarities between Dune  and Star Wars: A New Hope. George Lucas was very inspired by Dune and his initial versions of Star Wars were more of a reworking of it. Once he used a little more Force and a little less spice, the whole thing really … Read More The Butlerian Jihad and Maternal Health

8 Labor Interventions You Probably Don’t Need

…And a medical droid is probably not necessary either.  Googling stuff on your smartphone can be a great way of quickly finding out interesting facts. However, it’s not a great method for finding out the risks and benefits of a procedure in the middle of labor. Even if you are planning to have a completely natural birth, it’s a really good idea to know about the … Read More 8 Labor Interventions You Probably Don’t Need