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10 Reasons to Choose VBAC

VBAC or vaginal birth after cesarean doesn’t need to be something to stress over. Many women are choosing to try a vaginal birth these days and the literature is very supportive of this decision. Most studies and facilities are finding that over 80% of mothers who have had a previous cesarean birth...

US stillbirth rates unchanged after move to discourage elective deliveries before 39 weeks

The recommendation to delay delivery of otherwise healthy infants until at least the 39th week of pregnancy does not appear to have increased stillbirths in the United States, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions. These findings contradict an...

11 Mothers Courageously Reveal The Unspoken Truth About Birth Trauma

Even though one in three women in the U.S. experience some form of birth trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it is a topic that is rarely discussed openly. Whenever a mom tries to talk about her traumautic birth experiences, she is often scolded and told “a healthy baby is all that...

The great umbilical cord-cutting debate

(CNN)For the layperson, a few minutes might tick by without a second thought, but those precious minutes after a baby is born could be beneficial for newborns later in life, some doctors say. When to “clamp” and or cut one of the most prominent fixtures associated with childbirth, the umbilical...

Study: Delay Umbilical Cord Clamping to Boost Kids’ Development

Delayed clamping of the umbilical cord at birth was associated with slightly better fine-motor and social skills in young children, according to the results of a small randomized, controlled trial in Sweden. Children with delayed cord clamping (CC) exhibited improved adjusted mean differences in the Ages...

Ten Things Women Say in Labor (that are totally normal!)

Written by Aly Folin, CPM, LM, North Star Midwifery & Erin Stertz-Follett, CD(DONA),Flutterby Birth Services After attending many births, it is safe to say that we as midwives and doulas have heard just about everything you can imagine come out of the mouths of the beautiful, strong laboring women...

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