ACOG believes in limiting your birth choices

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released a statement yesterday reiterating its stance that women should not deliver their babies at home among other chafing comments. The statement is linked here: http://www.acog.org/from_home/publications/press_releases/nr02-06-08-2.cfm. So ACOG with an Executive Board of 24 with various districts and committees underneath, believes it is allowed to dictate for…

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ICAN and VBAC Ban Project – Get Involved Today

This is taken from http://yourbirthmatters.blogspot.com/ written by a fellow ICAN Board member and all around amazing woman, Gretchen H. Please read, think and get involved. The VBAC ban project is finally up and running! What is this you ask? Well, simply put, we are going to call every hospital in the U.S. and find out…

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Cesarean Rate Hits a New High – 31.1%

Below is the current ICAN press release (http://www.ican-online.org/) in response to the CDC report released today regarding 2006 childbirth data (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr56/nvsr56_07.pdf ). The latest Colorado numbers (2006) are showing a 25.3% cesarean rate an increase of 2.8% since 2005. Though this is clearly lower than the national average, Colorado is still nearly double the reasonable…

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Childbirth Education – Think outside the big box location

So let’s chat about childbirth education. Of the reported 30% of expecting parents who attend childbirth classes the majority go to the hospital where the birth is planned instead of seeking out independent options. I want to challenge you to think about how strange that is. Does it make sense that the information presented will…

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Cesarean Avoidance – Tips For Every Woman

Yes you DO want to avoid a cesarean whenever possible. Cesarean is MAJOR surgery. It is not just another way to give birth. Both women and babies are well designed to give birth often never needing intervention of any type. Cesarean can be a life-saving technique and used well for some serious medical conditions, including…

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Sisterhood of the scar – many years post cesarean

Sisterhood of the Scar Seems a long distance the ivory tower to the ground. The surprise in finding the thorny bushes with burrs that dig deep and puncture again at will? Well meaning onlookers say “Well a hundred years ago you both would have died?” And the farce begins. Stuff it down because it is…

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Visuals that make one go…………….

Ah the joys of video and the web…. http://youtube.com/watch?v=roFVkDV45MM Question CPDhttp://youtube.com/watch?v=2dRF4RtdJdo 1 in 3http://youtube.com/watch?v=lfoR0fAUD34 Becky’s Birthhttp://youtube.com/watch?v=Am0aykTPL2M&feature=related My Unnecesareanhttp://youtube.com/watch?v=aQd0hPHWOlQ&feature=related My HBA2Chttp://youtube.com/watch?v=3lYAKu8k_T0&feature=related A Birth Storyhttp://www.onetruemedia.com/otm_site/view_shared?p=2a4e81fbf0f66accb8afce HBA3C These are REAL women and families. This is a very real way our current birth climate takes a toll every minute, every hour, every day, every week, the ripple has become…

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Language, birth practices and political correctness.

These days political correctness seems to rule the world (at least the United States). We have become so easily offended that we often miss the truth and follow parcels of truth weighted down by vast untruth for someone else to gain from in some way, not for the health and safety of our bodies or…

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