A Message About Preeclampsia to Every Mother

If your care provider is seeing a slight increase in your BP, a bit of protein in your urine, and asks you questions about headaches, swelling in your hands and face, pain under your ribs on the right, and if you’ve been seeing spots, they may tell you that you are turning preeclamptic. The Preeclampsia…

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7 Symptoms Every Pregnant Woman Should Know

Pregnancy is weird. There is no denying that. It often comes with all kinds of odd symptoms as the hormones of pregnancy do not limit their effect to the uterus and growing baby. Everything from morning sickness to hemorrhoids to indigestion can be a normal part of pregnancy. These things are not often a cause…

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Birthy Weekend Links

This weekend is coming up fast! What plans do you have? I have family coming in for a five-day visit, I’m on call for a midwife, and I’m trying to put together some bouquets for my sister’s upcoming wedding. In the meantime, here are a few things worth reading this weekend. Top Ten Ina May…

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There’s more to Pitocin…

First, read the following link, then come on back. Go ahead. I’ll wait. Pitocin’s Untold Impact ~ Birth Faith Pitocin – like any other drug – is a tool, morally neutral, with its own proper and improper uses. This post examines some emerging evidence of the role oxytocin plays in our lives. How synthetic oxytocin…

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Small Pitocin Study

**UPDATED** in response to Susan’s comment. You’re right, this small study was conducted for a doctorate thesis, I believe. It in no way encompasses the size and scope of an “official” medical study. It was posted on my doula boards, and I found it interesting, and wanted to share it with my readers. I did…

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Let the Baby Decide: The Case against Inducing Labor

An article in Mothering Magazine.By Nancy GriffinIssue 105, March/April 2001 Why induce labor?“According to ACOG, “Induction of labor is indicated when the benefits to either the mother or fetus outweigh those of continuing the pregnancy.”30 A very small number of babies (a typical estimate would be less than Caldeyo-Barcia’s 3 percent, mentioned above) actually need…

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