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Why Pediatricians Fear Waterbirth – Barbara Harper Reviews the Research on Waterbirth Safety

On March 20th, 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Fetus and Newborn and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee on Obstetric Practice released a joint clinical report entitled Immersion in Water During Labor and Delivery in the journalPediatrics.  While not...

5 Reasons Why Your Birth Can Affect Your Baby and Your Parenting

When I meet a new mum, dad and baby  for the first time at a BabyCalm workshop I always start with the same question: “tell me about your birth” Mostly it’s met with confusion, wrinkled eyebrows and exchanged curious looks, very often they ask me “why?” straight back. After all they haven’t come to see me...

Human Milk: What Every Baby’s Body Needs

Human milk has everything a baby’s body needs—a perfect blend of calories, nutrients, and antibodies. Parents looking to protect their child from asthma are urged to breastfeed. Parents hoping to keep their preemie from developing necrotizing enterocolitis (a life-threatening gastrointestinal infection) are...

Do You Doula?

Leza Besemann first heard of doulas—women whose job is to provide continuous emotional support during labor, but who are not medical nurses—at a natural childbirthing class in the early 2000s, when she was 30 and preparing to have her first baby. “As soon as my husband and I heard about the role of doulas,...

Why women shouldn’t fear home birth by Mayim Bialik

Home births increased 20 percent over four years, according to new government statistics. Less than one percent of women give birth at home, but clearly there’s a trend toward natural births at home — even though doctors’ groups warn against it. Former “Blossom” star and...

Friedman’s Curve and Failure to Progress: A Leading Cause of Unplanned C-sections

In 2013, researchers published a report of 38,484 first-time C-sections that occurred among a national sample of women. The overall C-section rate among first-time mothers was 30.8%. More than 1 in 3 (35%) of these Cesareans were due to a diagnosis of “failure to progress,” or slow progress in labor. This...

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