This is an old (and yet new) issue. Abusive behavior and treatment of laboring women is pretty old. The early hospitals that promised a safer childbirth hid layers of abuse under a veil of scopolamine. Gone are the days of tying women to beds and blindfolding them during labor. Yet, it is still common practice to treat laboring women abusively. There is a relatively … Read More Obstetrical Violence: The Forgotten Issue In Bodily Autonomy
I was talking with a friend of mine who is expecting her fourth baby this summer. She wasn’t terribly thrilled over having to get a gestational diabetes screening— after all, her only risk factor was being over 25. She was already getting the bubble wrap treatment because she will be turning 35 a month before her due date. Having a baby after 35 is … Read More How Dangerous Is “Advanced Maternal Age”?
Many of you have noticed that it’s been a while since I last posted. Here’s why: We were all buckled up according to the laws of the state we were driving in, though some people definitely take more extreme measures, like 4 year olds in rear-facing carseats and tweens in booster seats. Our kids were in basic carseat/booster seat that were on the approved … Read More Carseat Safety Throwdown
Here in America, many of the decisions about health care are based on how hospitals can gain a competitive edge in the marketplace, not on benefits to patients. Read my post here for more details on how this works. Prenatal surgery for spina bifida myelomeningocele is a specialized service that hospitals can offer to stand apart from other hospitals that might be competing for … Read More How Honest Are Prenatal Surgery Centers?
Yes, that’s a reference to Bad Religion’s “21st Century Digital Boy”, one of my husband’s favorite songs. I’ve definitely been seeing a shift in my own profession of breastfeeding support as online social networking is taking off. I think at this point social media is kind of like The Force (or duct tape): it has a light side and a dark side and it … Read More 21st Century Digital Moms
First of all: Happy World Breastfeeding Week!!! Along with that, this week is also the first ever National WIC Breastfeeding Week. I love the concept of the WIC program. The Supplementary Food For Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program is supposed to increase access to healthy food for low-income pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, babies and children under 5. The problem is that some of … Read More I Love WIC- But We Need Some Changes To Food Packages
“Is your wife one of those people who will go along with it? Just sign him up for the surgery and you can go home and discuss it with her later.” My husband had come to a prominent teaching hospital in Southern California affiliated with the Seventh Day Adventist faith seeking orthotic braces for our son. Instead, he was getting a hard sell for … Read More Bioethics Is Not A Sequel To A Pauly Shore Movie
Yes, I don’t believe it’s entirely your fault that you are struggling with breastfeeding. (That’s not to say that you can’t breastfeed or don’t have any control over it.) I think most of our public health and private programs that aim to help with breastfeeding forget that we live in a very different situation than ever before in human history when it comes to … Read More 6 Reasons Why Breastfeeding Problems Are Not Your Fault
Most labels describe kombucha as a tea, but that’s actually only true in the loosest sense. Kombucha is a fermented drink, very similar to raw apple cider vinegar. How is kombucha made? Well, you make some black, green or oolong tea and add some sugar. (Some people use herbal teas too- rooibos is especially popular.) When the tea is sufficiently cooled off, you dump … Read More Kombucha: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly and the Neutral
The odds of measles complications are high at 1/1000… The CDC says that 1 in 1,000 people with measles will develop encephalitis and that 1 in 1,000 people with measles will die. 1 in 1,000 is pretty high. …But the odds of maternal death from blood clots are low at 1/1,000 On the other hand, the risk of maternal death is concerning but relatively … Read More Measles, Dying in Childbirth, VBAC’s, Hospitals and Why Bambi Is Deadlier Than An Alligator
Disclaimer: I did not undergo in-utero surgery for my son’s spina bifida. I have studied this report on the MOMS trial extensively and used it as an example in my biostatistics and public health policy courses during my MPH studies. Parents who receive a prenatal diagnosis for spina bifida are in a unique situation. They have the option of a relatively new procedure for … Read More Making the Decision About Prenatal Surgery For Spina Bifida