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Making the Decision About Prenatal Surgery For Spina Bifida

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

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Things Movies Get Wrong About Birth

Fact: Movies are not a realistic reflection of real life. Another fact: This is especially true when it comes to childbirth. According to a recent survey by Childbirth Connection, 68% of moms say they get their information about birth from TV. This is very troubling because TV and movies have so little accurate information about childbirth. This is probably one of the most frequently … Read More Things Movies Get Wrong About Birth

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Now Open For Enrollment! Happier, Healthier, Easier: Breastfeeding In The Real World!

Happier, Healthier, Easier: Breastfeeding In The Real World is now open for enrollment! I am so excited about this class!!! Putting the curriculum together was an adventure. This is the first breastfeeding class to address the many experiences that mothers have breastfeeding in the real world. Rather than being based in theory and assuming that you will have a flawless experience breastfeeding, this class … Read More Now Open For Enrollment! Happier, Healthier, Easier: Breastfeeding In The Real World!

Rethinking How We Approach The Abortion Debate

My views on the abortion debate- not so much the procedure itself- changed forever when I found out that a friend of mine had an abortion. She had been engaged and was pregnant when she found out that her boyfriend was cheating on her, using drugs and had a criminal history. She wanted to place the baby for adoption, but the slimeball said he … Read More Rethinking How We Approach The Abortion Debate

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Breastfeeding Is a Weed, Not an Orchid

Sometimes I get the impression that people think breastfeeding is like a rare orchid that can only bloom under the most precise conditions. Like in order to successfully breastfeed you have to be a middle-class white woman who doesn’t work outside the home with a full-term, singleton pregnancy and uncomplicated natural birth of a baby who has no problems. This is, in fact, false. … Read More Breastfeeding Is a Weed, Not an Orchid

Shaken Baby Syndrome: A Public Health Issue Looking For Evidence

Have you ever noticed that parents get an awful lot of education about Shaken Baby Syndrome? We’re told all the time never to shake our babies- though any other form of abuse is rarely talked about. Have you ever stopped to ask why shaking is such an issue rather than just child abuse in general? It’s actually a rather strange story. Shaken Baby Syndrome … Read More Shaken Baby Syndrome: A Public Health Issue Looking For Evidence

Measles Facts and Fiction

Fact: the news media is not trained in epidemiology. Another fact: TV shows (like, say, Law and Order) are not scholarly sources of information on anything. There are a lot of misconceptions circulating about measles and the state of measles here in the United States. Personally, I feel like the media bears some responsibility as journalists and TV shows present a series of half-truths or outright … Read More Measles Facts and Fiction

Michael Crichton, Natural Birth Proponent

Yes, the author of Jurassic Park was actually a natural birth proponent. It goes back to his medical school days when they were still doing scopolamine births. Remember that episode of Mad Men  where Betty goes to the hospital and gives birth to Gene with scopolamine? Yeah, that was sanitized for TV audiences. But back to the guy who wrote Jurassic Park… Crichton wanted to be a … Read More Michael Crichton, Natural Birth Proponent

Will breastfeeding *really* make your baby smarter?

This is one of those claims that actually made me raise my eyebrows, you know, like “Listening to Mozart will make your baby smarter.” It’s also the claim that I hear breastfeeding critics deride the most. So what’s the deal with breastfeeding and intelligence? Will breastfeeding really make your baby smarter? Well, first of all let’s just acknowledge that intelligence is not really determined … Read More Will breastfeeding *really* make your baby smarter?

My hypothetical public health program! Part 1, Rationale

This semester I am enrolled in a class for public health planning. I have to develop my own public health program to address an issue of my choosing. I chose increasing breastfeeding rates among teen mothers, though I quickly found that in California Hispanic teen mothers in particular have some of the lowest rates of breastfeeding, so I decided to focus on that demographic. … Read More My hypothetical public health program! Part 1, Rationale

Cultural Report no. 2: Breastfeeding in Mexican Culture

This is my second cultural report for my breastfeeding educator certification. For my cultural reports I researched breastfeeding in Mexican, Indian, Mormon and Muslim cultures. This is my report on breastfeeding in Mexican culture. Traditionally, breastfeeding has been an integral part of the mothering experience in Mexico. Among public health professionals the traditional practice of cuarentena (where the mother has 40 days of rest … Read More Cultural Report no. 2: Breastfeeding in Mexican Culture

Cultural Reports: Breastfeeding in Mormon Culture

For my certification process I got to write two reports on cultures in my breastfeeding. This is my report on breastfeeding in Mormon culture. Some may call this cheating since I am LDS, but the unique thing about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is that there are doctrinal aspects and cultural aspects… and sometimes even members confuse the two. I … Read More Cultural Reports: Breastfeeding in Mormon Culture