NPR: Causes of the World’s Cesarean Epidemic

Cesarean rates are rising around the world but there are also countries where more surgical births are critically needed. This miraculous surgery has saved many lives but the current epidemic is increasing dangers for mothers and their babies. On NPR’s Science Friday, a female obstetrician (OB) from Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center courageously lays …

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Protecting Your Pregnancy in a Toxic World

Da Problem Pesticides, toxins, electromagnetic fields and excess radiation flood our environment. Consider these facts: Western men are experiencing 50% of normal sperm counts! A Kaiser study found that carrying your cell phone on your body significantly increased miscarriages. Women who ate less organic foods had more babies with hypospadias, a penis defect. Women who …

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Reality Shock: A Delivery Nurse’s First Years (Dr. Kerry #1)

Vanita’s Preface: There is a well-known phenomena that new nurses and other professionals experience as their idealistic dreams of “helping people” are tempered by their less-than-perfect or possibly even disturbing experiences in the medical system. This transition is referred to as “reality shock”. The RN who wrote this story now is a “Doctor of Science”. She …

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Research Shows How Educated Midwives Benefit Women!

The vast majority of midwives in the United States (U.S.) are certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs). CNMs are licensed and have prescriptive authority in every state. CMs are licensed in five states. According to the American Midwifery Certification Board, as of January 2012 there are 12,622 CNMs and 73 CMs in the United …

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Marina’s Triumphant Birth

 Why don’t we have more births like Marina’s in U.S. hospitals?  My focus is helping women have the most optimal birth experiences possible, whether they are carrying a healthy or high- risk pregnancy, and whether the birth is happening in a huge medical center, a birth center or in their home. Newborns clearly can have gentle …

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Resources to Decrease Cesareans

There will always be cases where C-sections are medically necessary, but experts agree that doctors perform far too many. Learn more about how to protect yourself and your baby from an Unnec-Cesarean.  What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know about Cesarean Section Pathway to a Healthy Birth (Infographic) Pathway to a Healthy Birth (Booklet) Camino Hacia un …

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Find a Midwife!

Find a Nurse-Midwife This Nurse-Midwife locator will help you find practices with one or more American College of Nurse-Midwife members which can be Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) or Certified Midwives (CMs). CMs are formally educated midwives but are not nurses. CNMs can practice legally in all 50 states but it unfortunate that physician organizations commonly influence …

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The Atlantic: Women Turning to Midwives

The Atlantic comments midwives are making a comeback. Midwives can provide prenatal care and assistance during labor and delivery, encouraging easier childbirth in low-risk pregnancies when invasive medical procedures are not needed. Hospital based midwives often avoid attaching a fetal heart rate monitor all the time to a woman. It is known that continuous fetal …

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