Ibuprofen and Pregnancy

For more information about the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists or to find a service in your area, call (866) 626-6847 or visit us online at: www.OTISpregnancy.org. Ibuprofen and Pregnancy This sheet talks about the risks that exposure to ibuprofen can have during pregnancy. With each pregnancy, all women have a 3% to 5% chance of having a […]

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Vitamin D Supplementation for Infants Recommended

Study urges vitamin D supplement for infants By Liz Szabo, USA TODAY Most babies should take a daily vitamin D supplement, a new study shows. That will be a big change for most parents — and even many pediatricians. Only 1% to 13% of infants under 1 year now get a vitamin D supplement, available […]

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Natural remedy for constipation

This is from Dr. Gott.  Mix equal portions of unprocessed bran, applesauce and prune juice together and place then in your refrigerator for at least an hour to blend them.  Then take 1 – 2 tablespoons daily, more if necessary, for relief.  The remedy may take up to 2 weeks to be fully effective, but […]

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The Claim: Gargling With Salt Water Can Ease Cold Symptoms

The Claim: Gargling With Salt Water Can Ease Cold Symptoms By ANAHAD O’CONNOR THE FACTS Nothing but time can cure the common cold, but a simple cup of salt water might ease the misery this winter. A sore, itchy throat and respiratory congestion are some of the more common symptoms of a cold, and gargling with salt water […]

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Why Home Births Are Worth Considering

By Melissa Cheney, Assistant Professor of medical anthropology and reproductive health Huffington Post, September 9, 2010 A new analysis by Dr. Joseph Wax comparing home births and hospital births, which was published in the recent issue of theAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, not only presents misleading conclusions, it drives a wedge between two groups […]

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Bonding By Oxytocin In The Transition To Fatherhood

Bonding By Oxytocin In The Transition To Fatherhood 23 Aug 2010 The hormone oxytocin has come under intensive study in light of emerging evidence that its release contributes to the social bonding that occurs between lovers, friends, and colleagues. Oxytocin also plays an important role in birth and maternal behavior, but until now, research had […]

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High Doses of Vitamin D May Cut Pregnancy Risks

From WebMD Health News Salynn Boyles May 5, 2010 — Women who take high doses of vitamin D during pregnancy have a greatly reduced risk of complications, including gestational diabetes, preterm birth, and infection, new research suggests. Based on the findings, study researchers are recommending that pregnant women take 4,000 international units (IU) of vitamin D […]

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VBAC FACTS

Quick Facts If you have had a cesarean, your next baby can be born vaginally safely.  This is called a VBAC or vaginal birth after cesarean. As Mona Lydon-Rochelle MD said at the 2010 National Institutes of Health VBAC conference, “There is a major misperception that TOLAC [trial of labor after cesarean] is extremely risky.”  George […]

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How To Get A Baby Into The Best Position For Birth

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GBS ~Making an Informed Decision About Testing & Treatment

What is GBS? Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a bacterium that is normally found in the intestinal tract.  The human body is full of bacteria, most of which are helpful for digestion, absorption of nutrients, and maintaining the immune system. It can be normal to find GBS in the anal and vaginal region of a […]

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Cosleeping and Biological Imperatives: Why Human Babies Do Not and Should Not Sleep Alone

By James J. McKenna Ph.D. Edmund P. Joyce C.S.C. Chair in Anthropology Director, Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory University of Notre Dame Where a baby sleeps is not as simple as current medical discourse and recommendations against cosleeping in some western societies want it to be. And there is good reason why. I write here to explain […]

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Mom's Diet During Pregnancy May Alter Infant's Allergies

By Joene Hendry NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Feb 19 – Eating lots of vegetables and fruits during pregnancy may lower the chance of having a baby with certain allergies, hint study findings from Japan. Greater intake of green and yellow vegetables, citrus fruit, and veggies and fruits high in beta carotene may lessen the risk […]

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Vitamin K at Birth: To Inject or Not

Written by Linda Folden Palmer, D.C. Friday, 27 June 2008 11:17 Newborn infants routinely receive an injection of vitamin K after birth in order to prevent (or slow) a rare problem of bleeding into the brain weeks after birth. Vitamin K promotes blood clotting. The fetus has low levels of vitamin K as well as […]

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Why Transparency in Maternity Care Matters: A Fact Sheet for Birth Advocates

What is Transparency? A pregnant woman asks her care provider, “What is your episiotomy rate?” Her doctor responds, “I only do them when it is necessary.” On her tour of the hospital maternity center, another woman asks about the hospital’s cesarean rate and is told, “We take care of many high risk patients, so you […]

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Baby Says: Better the Car than the OR!

Baby Says: Better the Car than the OR! 29 December 2009, 3:40 pm The UPI reports of a baby born in a car on the shoulder of an Illinois highway today: An Illinois woman says she and her newborn are doing well after the woman’s boyfriend helped deliver the baby inside a car along Interstate 72. And… […]

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Delayed Cord Clamping Should Be Standard Practice in Obstetrics

A great article by The Academic OBGYN Nicholas Fogelson     December 3, 2009 There are times in our medical careers where we see a shift in thought that leads to a completely different way of doing things.   This happened with episiotomy in the last few decades.  Most recently trained physicians cannot imagine doing routine episiotomy […]

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Swine Flu, Other Viruses and High Anxiety — October 12, 2009

We’re a month into the school year and it’s the time of year when it seems our kids are spending more days sick than well. Please don’t be fooled into thinking that this winter is so different from previous winters. Swine Flu does not pose a realistic risk to your family: There will be millions of […]

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The Lie of the EDD: Why Your Due Date Isn't when You Think

By Misha Safranski We have it ingrained in our heads throughout our entire adult lives-pregnancy is 40 weeks. The “due date” we are given at that first prenatal visit is based upon that 40 weeks, and we look forward to it with great anticipation. When we are still pregnant after that magical date, we call ourselves […]

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From an OB who promotes normal birth:

  Mommy, What Did You Do in the Industrial Revolution? Plante LA. Mommy, What Did You Do in the Industrial Revolution? Meditations on the Rising Cesarean Rate. The International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics. Spring 2009;2(1):140-147. DOI: 10.2979/FAB.2009.2.1.140  http://afar.info/id=2322 Lauren A. Plante, MD, MPH, FACOG Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia PA Email: Lauren(arobase)LaurenPlante.net […]

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The latest car seat information

Keep your toddler in a rear-facing car seat until age 2 (not 1) ©2009 American Academy of Pediatrics. This information may be freely copied and distributed with proper attribution. April 2009      www.aapnews.org New research indicates that toddlers are more than five times safer riding rear-facing in a car safety seat up to their […]

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State by State VBAC Hospital Policy Summary

The information collected here was collected to identify VBAC policies in individual hospitals.  We wanted to identify those hospitals that have official bans against VBAC in place. In some ways, these were the simplest calls. It is unlikely that we are mistaken about these hospitals. The more difficult hospitals were those with de facto bans […]

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New Book, Attached at the Heart

8 Proven Parenting Principles for Raising Connected and Compassionate Children, says don’t let your baby cry it out

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US Infant Mortality Rates ~ ranked 29th globally for 2004

Released in October 2008, a new data brief from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics ranks the United States 29th globally in infant mortality in 2004, the latest year such data were available for all countries. The U.S. ranking, which has risen from 12th in 1960 to 23rd in […]

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INCREASED USE OF MIDWIVES LOWERS COSTS: cost savings to Medicaid nearly half a million dollars biennially, and $2.7 million w/ private insurance companies added

DOH COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS – A SUMMARY Increased Utilization of Licensed Midwives Improves Outcomes and Decreases Maternity Care Costs An independently conducted cost-benefit analysis released by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) in January 2008 indicated that licensed midwifery care results in cost savings to Medicaid of nearly half a million dollars biennially and […]

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B-12 Deficit May Boost Risk of Birth Defects

B12 Deficit May Boost Risk of Birth Defects Women who are vegans and vegetarians most affected, study says Posted March 2, 2009   MONDAY, March 2 (HealthDay News) — Women who do not have enough vitamin B12 in their blood before and after conception have a greater chance of having a baby with brain or […]

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Staying Home To Give Birth

Staying Home to Give Birth: Why Women in the United States Choose Home Birth  Debora Boucher, CNM, Catherine Bennett, RNC, BSN, Barbara McFarlin, CNM, PhD, RDMS, and Rixa Freeze, PhD, MA  Approximately 1% of American women give birth at home and face substantial obstacles when they make this choice. This study describes the reasons that women in the […]

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Gestational Diabetes Information

GESTATIONAL DIABETES TESTING Sarah J. Buckley GP, MD The test for Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) is still controversial. While some experts believe that GDM is a serious condition, and that every pregnant woman should be screened and treated, others believe that diagnosing and treating GDM is not only unnecessary but can cause more harm than […]

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Circumcision Decisions by Dr. Sears

Deciding Whether or Not to Circumsize Your Baby Boy  by  Dr. Sears This is a decision that many parents face.  There are many misconceptions and out-of-date  information that parents may read.  Here is a summary of the pertinent issues that you should  consider when making this decision.   ·      Medical benefits – THERE ARE NONE!  […]

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Celebrity home births

Charlotte Church’s delivery goes swimmingly as singer gives birth to a baby boy at home | Mail Onlin 8:18am Source: www.dailymail.co.uk Charlotte Church gave birth to her second child yesterday – a boy weighing 7lb 5oz. The singer, 22, had her boyfriend Gavin Henson and two midwives by her side.

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Vitamin D Deficiency Is Tied to C-Sections

from: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/30/science/30baby.html By NICHOLAS BAKALAR Published: December 29, 2008 Vitamin D deficiency may increase the likelihood of having aCaesarean section, a new study has found. At the turn of the 20th century, according to background information in the report, deformed bones in the pelvis often led to a C-section, a problem that virtually disappeared with the vitamin […]

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