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  • Woman who had no pulse for 45 minutes makes full recovery; doctors call miraculous

    11/09/2014 4:43:23 PM PST · by Aliska · 59 replies
    WPTV West Palm Beach ^ | November 7, 2014 | Sun Sentinel , Distributed by MCT Information Services
    BOCA RATON, Fla. - Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro had gone 45 minutes without a pulse when doctors called her family into the operating room and told them there was nothing more they could do. A team of more than a dozen doctors and nurses had been working desperately to revive her. But now they'd lost hope that the 40-year-old Deerfield Beach woman, whose heart had given out without warning after a routine C-section at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, was going to make it. Devastated, Graupera-Cassimiro's husband, mother and sister said goodbye to her just hours after they'd welcomed a healthy baby girl....
  • Why dads dont belong in the delivery room, and other lessons of childbirth learned by a father

    07/04/2014 8:42:07 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 90 replies
    National Post / The Telegraph ^ | July 3, 2014 | Neil Lyndon
    ... But then theres a lot about labour that nobody puts in so many words. Nobody ever told me that after the birth, I would feel as shaken as if Id been in a car crash. That was how I felt for about two days after my oldest son was born, 32 years ago. I now see it as my fatherly, comradely duty to pass on that kind of information, sparing no gory detail, to young men about to see service in that war zone for the first time. Nobody else certainly not those fluffy prenatal classes will...
  • Odon childbirth device: Car mechanic uncorks a revolution

    12/05/2013 1:04:34 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The British Broadcasting Corporation ^ | December 3, 2013 | Vibeke Venema
    A "potentially revolutionary" device to help women during difficult births has come from an unlikely source - a car mechanic from Argentina, who based the idea on a party trick. Apart from having five children of his own, Jorge Odon had no connection with the world of obstetrics. He did however have a talent for invention. "It comes naturally - for instance if I have a problem in my workplace I will go to bed and my head will think it through and I will wake up in the middle of the night with a solution," he says. But until...
  • Inventor takes inspiration from a cork-screw to develop a better way to give birth

    11/25/2013 8:48:04 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 17 replies
    Daily Mail UK Online ^ | 15NOV2013 | Emma Innes
    An Argentinian car mechanic has invented a potentially life-saving device that could be used to help deliver babies when complications occur during labour. Jorge Odn, 59, designed the instrument which could be safer than forceps, a ventouse, or a Caesarean section, in a non-hospital setting. The Odn Device uses a polyethylene sleeve, fixed around the baby's head, to pull the child down the birth canal.
  • New mother eats her baby's placenta.

    04/10/2009 8:11:10 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 71 replies · 2,115+ views
    LA Times Blog ^ | April 9, 2009 | Elizabeth Snead
    We thought we'd heard some wild diet tips floating around health-obsessed Hollywood. But this takes the cake. According to, a woman
 named Chrissy Schilling had her first baby over the weekend. And she and her sister celebrated by cooking and serving up the placenta. They put it on pasta and into a panini sandwich and posted some photos of the meals on a Facebook page

. According to Chrissy's sister Kathy Schilling's recommendations and recipe,
 the placenta -- full of lingering blood, vitamins, hormones -- is nourishing for the baby during pregnancy, but the nutrients are also good for moms...
  • Placenta: It's What's for Dinner

    06/30/2013 9:33:56 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    LA Weekly ^ | Thu., Jun. 27 2013 | Liana Aghajanian
    On a sunny Friday morning in Venice, Valerie Rosas is standing in a kitchen, carefully cutting little pieces of meat with a chef's knife on a disposable cutting board. But it's not lamb filet or beef brisket she's preparing. It's human placenta. Rosas is a placenta encapsulationist which means she helps transform the organ expelled after childbirth into something edible: Depending on her client's preference, it might be ready-to-pop pills, smoothie packs or salves. Eating the vitamin-rich placenta is touted as a way for new mothers to increase milk supply, boost energy and iron levels, level out hormonal fluctuations...
  • Later Cord Clamping After Birth Increases Iron Levels in Babies

    07/13/2013 2:11:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | July 11, 2013 | NA
    Delaying clamping of the umbilical cord after birth benefits newborn babies, according to a systematic review published in The Cochrane Library. The authors found babies' blood and iron levels were healthier when the cord was clamped later. Share This: In many high income countries, it is standard practice to clamp the umbilical cord connecting mother and baby less than a minute after birth. However, clamping the cord too soon may reduce the amount of blood that passes from mother to baby via the placenta, affecting the baby's iron stores. On the other hand, delayed cord clamping, which is carried out...
  • Belmont woman delivers baby at NH Motor Speedway

    09/16/2012 1:36:50 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    WMUR Channel 9 New Hampshire ^ | September 16, 2012
    LOUDON, N.H. New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials said a baby girl was born early Friday at their facility. The girls birth is the first in the tracks history.
  • Abortion safer than giving birth: study (Yes, it has come to this)

    01/24/2012 2:23:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | 01/24/2012 | Genevra Pittman
    (Reuters Health) - Getting a legal abortion is much safer than giving birth, suggests a new U.S. study published Monday. Researchers found that women were about 14 times more likely to die during or after giving birth to a live baby than to die from complications of an abortion. Experts say the findings, though not unexpected, contradict some state laws that suggest abortions are high-risk procedures. The message is that getting an abortion and giving birth are both safe, said Dr. Anne Davis, who studies obstetrics and gynecology at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York, and wasn't involved...
  • Oregon mom gives birth, didnt know she was pregnant

    11/30/2011 12:40:03 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 40 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Nov. 30, 2011 | Eric Pfeiffer
    Not every family plans to have a baby but they usually have some idea once the baby is on the way. However, a Portland, Ore., woman who went to the hospital thinking her appendix had burst was told by doctors that she was actually going into labor. "I was 39 weeks [pregnant] and didn't have the slightest clue," Kim Nelson told local TV station KGW. "I thought the weight gain was due to cysts I had in my ovaries and working at Dairy Queen and eating all that food," she said. "I didn't have the slightest idea that this little...
  • Maternal mortality ratio witnesses increase in country

    08/01/2011 8:45:26 PM PDT · by musarratullah · 1 replies ^ | 2 August 2011 | MusarratUllahJan
    PESHAWAR: August 2, 2011 Out of every 89 Pakistani women, each faces death of maternal causes, whereas complications of childbirth still account for one fifth of deaths among women of childbearing age, according to current available maternal mortality figures. An estimated 5,00,000 pregnant women were among the 20 million people affected by last year's flash floods. Their vulnerability was further exacerbated by malnutrition, trauma and fatigue due to long journeys to safer areas or camps, and by subsequent poor hygiene. Given the immense needs, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in collaboration with the government and civil society partners started to...
  • Amazing Gracie!

    03/06/2011 12:14:25 PM PST · by MintyHippo1980 · 1 replies
    The Joyful Nonconformist Blog ^ | 03/06/11 | Joyful Nonconformist
    A few days ago, when I decided to introduce my family members day by day, it didn't occur to me that Grace's turn would come up on March 4th...which happens to be her 14th birthday! She has spent the day in the manner of all Bennetts: She got to set the day's menu, pick a fun activity, and have part of her day interrupted by a sibling's unscheduled trip to the doctor. And because she is (help me!) 14, her idea of a fun activity was to go shopping! A perfectly suitable way to spend the afternoon of one's birthday,...
  • Russia's Orthodox Church defends moral principles (Pro-Life)

    The Russian Orthodox clergy have voiced opposition to what they described as cynical remarks by lawmakers in a bill on health protection in Russia, due to be signed into law shortly. Our correspondent Milena Faustova reports. Representatives of the Moscow Patriarchate are against the wording which defines childbirth as the separation of the product of conception from the mothers body. The deputy head of the Orthodox Churchs department for relations between the church and society, Father Georgy Roshchin, shared his views in an interview with the Voice of Russia. The bills wording regarding childbirth devalues the concept of personality, suggesting...
  • "I love my kids so much that I didnt have them."

    06/19/2010 2:39:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies · 525+ views
    Ignatius Insight ^ | June 18, 2010 | Carl Olson
    Peter Singer's June 6th essay for the New York Times about whether or not we should be the "last generation" to humans to live, suffer, and mess up the planet elicited much response (here is my post about it), and Singer has now responded to some of the responders. If nothing else, it confirms what his first essay demonstrated fairly well, despite its relative brevity: Singer's arguments are generally pedestrian and hollow, as well as sometimes incoherent. For example: The claims made by some readers that my essay reveals philosophers to be gloomy, depressed people are therefore wide of the...
  • High Rate for Deaths of Pregnant Women in New York State

    06/19/2010 4:35:05 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 26 replies · 457+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 18, 2010 | Anemona Hartocollis
    More mothers die during pregnancy or soon after in New York than in almost every other state, and according to reports released on Friday by the New York Academy of Medicine and the citys health department, social factors like poverty, obesity and lack of insurance may be responsible. While the total number of maternal deaths are small an average of about 40 a year across the state city health officials said their analysis showed that maternal mortality was being driven by environmental factors like poor nutrition that could be changed through public policy. New York Citys analysis, billed...
  • Growing Obesity Increases Perils of Childbearing

    06/05/2010 12:16:21 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 22 replies · 620+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 5, 2010 | ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS
    As Americans have grown fatter over the last generation, inviting more heart disease, diabetes and premature deaths, all that extra weight has also become a burden in the maternity ward, where babies take their first breath. About one in five women are obese when they become pregnant, meaning they have a body mass index of at least 30, as would a 5-foot-5 woman weighing 180 pounds, according to researchers with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And growing medical evidence suggests that obesity might be contributing to record-high rates of Caesarean sections and leading to more birth defects...
  • AmnestyInternational: In the U.S., Too Many Women Dying While Having Babies

    03/12/2010 4:47:31 AM PST · by Cardhu · 113 replies · 3,351+ views
    Time ^ | Friday March 12th 2010 | JENNIFER BLOCK
    Amnesty International may be best known to American audiences for bringing to light horror stories overseas such as the disappearance of political activists in Argentina or the abysmal conditions inside South African prisons under apartheid. But in a new report on pregnancy and childbirth care in the U.S., Amnesty details the maternal health care crisis in this country as part of a systemic violation of women's rights. The report, titled "Deadly Delivery," notes that the likelihood of a woman dying in childbirth in the U.S. is five times greater than in Greece, four times greater than in Germany, and three...
  • Girl, 11, Gives Birth to Baby Boy in Northeast Hospital

    02/08/2010 3:15:06 AM PST · by myknowledge · 9 replies · 808+ views
    Fox News ^ | February 5, 2010 | Jessica Ryen Doyle
    An 11-year-old girl in the Northeast recently gave birth to a baby boy, the girl’s family told Fox News. "My daughter and (her) baby are fine, and the baby is absolutely beautiful," said the mother of the 11-year-old girl. The girl and her family are not being named in order to protect the new parent's privacy. According to Dr. Manny Alvarez, managing health editor of, the girl’s age places her in significant danger. "A very comprehensive approach to her care needs to be instituted early in her pregnancy," Alvarez said.
  • Mother jailed for biting midwife during birth

    02/06/2010 7:50:37 PM PST · by myknowledge · 86 replies · 1,488+ views
    Nine News ^ | February 7, 2010 | Ninemsn staff
    A Welsh mother has been jailed after she bit a midwife who was helping to deliver her baby. Leanne Pennington, 26, was sentenced to 20 weeks in jail after sinking her teeth into the arm of 41-year-old midwife Carolyn Burden during the final stages of labour at Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil last May, news website reports. Mrs Burden, herself a mother of four, went back to help deliver the baby after receiving first aid treatment. Pennington, classified a "high risk patient", admitted to the assault which left Mrs Burden with a swollen and bruised arm. "It was...
  • Obama's Wealth-Care System

    06/12/2009 6:25:20 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 7 replies · 591+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | June 12, 2009 | Jay D. Homnick
    [L]et me tell you a story of a real Socialist medical regimen as experienced by this author. In October 1981 I moved to Israel for a few years. I had never been out of the country before, other than my two years living in Montreal between the ages of three and five. My ex-wife was pregnant with our second child and the first order of business was to find a capable obstetrician. We sat down with friends who explained what was what. It turned out that the government did allow a couple to contract with a private obstetrician, but by...
  • Woman Gives Birth to Twins on Fifth Avenue in New York City

    04/24/2009 9:40:55 PM PDT · by AngieGal · 13 replies · 1,925+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 24, 2009 | AP
    Link only - AP article
  • Courageous Mother Delays Chemotherapy Treatment for Cancer, Saves Lives of Twins

    03/17/2009 12:31:05 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies · 801+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | LIVERPOOL, March 17, 2009 | Hilary White
    Tuesday March 17, 2009 Courageous Mother Delays Chemotherapy Treatment for Cancer, Saves Lives of Twins By Hilary WhiteLIVERPOOL, March 17, 2009 ( - While some doctors routinely offer abortion in the case of women who are pregnant and facing cancer treatments, one British housewife has demonstrated that it is not always necessary to make such a difficult situation into a death sentence for the unborn child. Rachel Crossland, a British housewife and mother of six who had been diagnosed with cancer, refused chemotherapy and radiation treatment when she was informed she was 13 weeks pregnant with twins. The Daily...
  • French minister draws fire over short maternity leave(setting a bad precedent?)

    01/11/2009 4:23:49 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 784+ views
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | 01/10/09 | Christine Courcol
    French minister draws fire over short maternity leave By Christine Courcol, AFP January 10, 2009 PARIS - French feminists are taking aim at Justice Minister Rachida Dati who went back to work this week just five days after giving birth to a baby girl, saying she is setting a bad example. Smiling in a black suit and high heels, the 43-year-old minister attended a cabinet meeting on Wednesday at the Elysee presidential palace on the same day that she walked out of a Paris clinic clutching Zohra, her new daughter. Zohra was delivered by caesarian birth on January 2 and...
  • Mother of countys New Year's baby dies

    01/09/2009 3:26:58 PM PST · by nobama08 · 19 replies · 1,305+ views
    Times-News ^ | January 9, 2009 | By Mark Schulman
    The happy story of the first baby of the year turned into a stunning and tragic one Thursday when the young mother suddenly died. Baby girl is Henderson County's first born of 2009 Nicole Buckner died Thursday morning at Mission Hospitals, one week after she was featured in the Times-News for delivering the first baby born in the county on New Years Day. She was 24. Blood clots began forming in Nicoles body late Wednesday night, said Buford Buckner, her husband. It appeared and then spread, she was getting bad circulation, then it systematically shut down her body, Buford said....
  • Labor Orgasms Called 'Best-Kept Secret'

    01/03/2009 10:03:40 AM PST · by Jenny Hatch · 51 replies · 1,570+ views
    ABC News 20/20 ^ | December 9, 2008 | JUJU CHANG and GAIL DEUTSCH
    Moms, Experts Say Relaxation Is Key to Pleasurable Childbirth
  • Natural Childbirth Moms More Attuned to Babies' Cry

    11/29/2008 3:30:45 PM PST · by Oyarsa · 19 replies · 1,338+ views
    Natural Childbirth Moms More Attuned to Babies' Cry Finding may help shed light on postpartum depression in those choosing Caesareans THURSDAY, Sept. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Mothers who delivered their babies vaginally appear to be much more sensitive to the cry of their own child within a few weeks of the birth compared with those who deliver by Caesarean section, a new study shows. The finding, published in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, give researchers insight into why postpartum depression seems to be linked more often to Caesarean birth. The researchers based their findings on MRI scans that...
  • More women are having fewer children, if at all

    08/20/2008 8:35:12 PM PDT · by Bushwacker777 · 76 replies · 191+ views
    MSNBC ^ | August 19, 2008 | AP
    "WASHINGTON - More women in their early 40s are childless, and those who are having children are having fewer than ever before, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In the last 30 years, the number of women age 40 to 44 with no children has doubled, from 10 percent to 20 percent. And those who are mothers have an average of 1.9 children each, more than one child fewer than women of the same age in 1976.""
  • Reducing Abortions Would Significantly Cut Premature Birth Rate

    12/11/2007 4:25:55 PM PST · by wagglebee · 11 replies · 105+ views
    Life News ^ | 12/11/07 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- Two researchers say reducing abortions in the United States would significantly cut the rate of premature births. They say the rate has increased as abortion has been legalized and point to Poland as an example of how banning or significantly reducing abortions would help pregnant women. Dr. Richard E. Behrman, representing the Institute of Medicine, has identified prior first-trimester induced abortion as an immutable medical risk factor associated with pre-term birth.In his book Preterm Birth: Causes, Consequences, and Prevention, Behrman found that the premature birth rate in the U.S. was 12.5% in 2004 -- 40 percent...
  • Experts: U.S. childbirth deaths on rise

    08/24/2007 4:58:32 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 11 replies · 334+ views
    YAHOO! News ^ | Fri Aug 24, 4:43 PM ET | By MIKE STOBBE,
    ATLANTA - U.S. women are dying from childbirth at the highest rate in decades, new government figures show. Though the risk of death is very small, experts believe increasing maternal obesity and a jump in Caesarean sections are partly to blame.
  • The Problems of Pre-Term and Low Birth Weight Babies

    06/10/2007 11:25:57 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 30 replies · 959+ views
    Concerned Women for America ^ | 6/7/07 | Janice Shaw Crouse
    The Beverly LaHaye Institute's analysis of official data reveals another dimension of the problems facing children when their parents are not married. First, marriage rates have dramatically decreased -- from a high of 149 marriages per 1,000 unmarried women aged 15-44 in 1970 to a low of 70 marriages per 1,000 unmarried women in 2005. Further, the percentage of pre-term and low birth weight babies continues -- along with the percentage of non-marital births -- to climb. Specifically, the percentage of pre-term infants has increased by more than 3 percentage points since 1981 -- an increase of one-third from...
  • Baby's Day Out

    05/09/2007 6:29:59 AM PDT · by Jenny Hatch · 59 replies · 1,067+ views
    Denver Westward ^ | May 10th, 2007 | Jared Jacang Maher
    "For those women who were not very educated with their first births, they kind of got railroaded into surgery with their first, and with their next baby, they are hitting this wall of opposition," she explains. "Unless you're highly educated and willing to take on the risk of an unassisted birth, you have no choice." After fighting with doctors and nurses to allow her third child to be born vaginally, Jenny vowed that she would never deliver in the hospital again. Her husband, Paul, wasn't against the idea of a home birth, but his wife's insistence that they do it...
  • Prosecution of Midwife Casts Light on Home Births

    01/04/2007 12:40:27 AM PST · by bd476 · 144 replies · 2,098+ views
    The New York Times ^ | April 3, 2006 | ADAM LIPTAK
    BLOOMINGTON, Ind., March 29 -- Angela Hendrix-Petry gave birth to her daughter Chloe by candlelight in her bedroom here in the early morning of March 12, with a thunderstorm raging outside and her family and midwife huddled around her. "It was the most cozy, lovely, lush experience," Ms. Hendrix-Petry said. According to Indiana law, though, the midwife who assisted Ms. Hendrix-Petry, Mary Helen Ayres, committed a felony punishable by up to eight years in prison. Ms. Ayres was, according to the state, practicing medicine and midwifery without a license. Doctors, legislators and prosecutors in Indiana and in the nine...
  • If she had a hammer (Dave Barry)

    09/03/2006 9:59:28 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 20 replies · 894+ views
    Maimi Herald ^ | Dave Barry
    If she had a hammer BY DAVE BARRY (This classic Dave Barry column was originally published on Jan. 23, 2000.) So my wife and I are preparing for childbirth. When I say, ''my wife and I,'' I, of course, mean ''my wife.'' She will be the most directly involved. On behalf of all men, I just want to take a moment here to get down on my knees and thank whoever invented our current biological system, under which the woman's job is to have the baby somehow go from the inside of her body to the outside of her body,...
  • Jindal delivers his wife's child in their Kenner home

    08/15/2006 1:00:57 PM PDT · by Ellesu · 43 replies · 1,435+ views
    wwltv ^ | 08/15/06 | AP
    When his wife woke with labor pains early Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Bobby Jindal, R-Kenner, barely had time to call 911 before the couple's third child, a son, was born at home in their bedroom. Slade Ryan Jindal arrived before the ambulance did at approximately 3:25 a.m., Jindal spokesman Trey Williams said Tuesday. Jindal, per instruction by phone from a nurse at the doctor's office, put the baby in the arms of his wife, Supriya, and tied off the umbilical cord with a shoe string, Williams said. "His dream in life was to be a doctor. He kind of got to...
  • Supreme Court Brief in Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Case Says Childbirth Safer

    08/04/2006 5:25:54 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 17 replies · 866+ views
    LifeNews ^ | 8/4/06 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- A pro-life law firm has filed a brief with the Supreme Court in the case concerning the Congressional-approved ban on partial-birth abortions. The American Center for Law and Justice told the court to reject the argument made by abortion advocates that abortion is safer than childbirth.After President Bush signed the partial-birth abortion ban, pro-abortion groups launched three lawsuits against it and federal appeals courts in Nebraska, New York and California declared the ban unconstitutional.The ACLJ has already filed a brief in the Nebraska case and submitted papers in the California case on Thursday.Yet again we see...
  • C This! An angry mom answers the French Tom Cruise.

    08/01/2006 11:00:39 AM PDT · by Huntress · 44 replies · 1,737+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 8/1/06 | Susan Konig
    I just found out I am a bad mother. Not because I let the kids apply their own sun block, or because hot dogs are the major source of protein in our home in the summer. And not because I took them to the town fair and let them ride the barf rides 16 times. No, apparently, according to a leading childbirth expert, I have failed since the very beginning to properly bond with any of my children because they were delivered by Caesarean section. French obstetrician Michel Odent presented his findings in Cambridge, England last month, detailing how a...
  • Birthing rights

    04/23/2006 6:01:09 PM PDT · by Huntress · 42 replies · 916+ views
    Columbia Missourian ^ | 4/23/06 | Jeminiah Noonoo
    Kim James was 17 when she first learned what a midwife does. Though she still cant place her finger on it, she knew it was what she wanted to be. It is something that always interested me, and I am not sure why, she said. Its not lucrative, the hours are terrible and most of the work is done in the middle of the night. But, she adds, it is extremely rewarding work. James began working in 1989 at Cherche La Femme, Columbias first birthing center. The center was co-founded by a certified nurse-midwife, Sharon Lee; a physician, Elizabeth Allemann;...
  • What I know about men...

    03/15/2006 1:41:04 PM PST · by klossg · 48 replies · 693+ views
    Gaurdian Unlimited ^ | Sunday March 12, 2006 | Ann Widdecombe
    Note: The author, Ann Widdecombe is a longtime member of the English Parliament, 58, MP, single. A man's company is preferable. Men are vastly more relaxing. I find talking about all that emotional rubbish with women so incredibly wearing: I hate introspection. Men are far less screwed-up than women. They don't make emotional demands or talk endlessly about themselves; they talk about politics, the theatre, that sort of stuff. They like to be strong and like to be thought to be strong. I think that's perfectly normal.
  • IVF Three Times More Likely to Cause Genetic Brain Defects

    03/13/2006 5:27:30 PM PST · by wagglebee · 34 replies · 733+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/13/06 | Hilary White
    Evidence is growing that in vitro fertilization causes serious birth defects and genetic anomalies. The most recent study has shown that babies born from IVF have three times the rate of genetic brain disorders. The survey examines nearly all of the 1,105 IVF babies born in Ireland since 1989. The study particularly notes a comparatively high incidence of Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome (BWS) and Angelman Syndrome (AS) at almost three times that of the general population. The study said that although the number of incidents of brain disorders are small, "there are strong circumstantial observations that suggest a cause-and-effect relationship between assisted...
  • Medical Records Link Abortion With Death

    02/28/2006 4:44:32 PM PST · by wagglebee · 37 replies · 990+ views
    Agape Press ^ | 2/28/06 | AFA Journal
    (AgapePress) - Several new studies reveal an unprecedented accuracy in linking women's medical records to their death certificates when comparing abortion and childbirth mortality rates. Such findings could possibly change the application of the 33-year-old Roe v. Wade ruling -- which legalized abortion -- while alerting medical professionals to common risk factors associated with abortion and death.One of the studies, which is part of a series, was completed by researchers from the National Research and Development Center for Welfare and Health in Finland. Its findings disputed the age-old presumption that abortion is linked to fewer deaths than is childbirth...
  • Coaching women during childbirth has little impact

    12/30/2005 9:19:46 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 484+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/30/05 | Susan Heavey
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pregnant women coached through their first delivery do not fare much better than those who just do what feels natural, according to a study released on Friday. Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center found that women who were told to push 10 seconds for every contraction gave birth 13 minutes faster than those who were not given specific instructions. But they said the difference has little impact on the overall birth, which experts say can take up to 14 hours on average. "There were no other findings to show that coaching or not coaching...
  • Putting off childbirth defies nature, claim doctors

    09/16/2005 5:14:37 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 222 replies · 2,876+ views
    Scotsman ^ | 9/16/05 | Louise Gray
    Women should have a family first - before they are 35 - and leave their career until later, a group of leading doctors said yesterday. The obstetricians and gynaecologists said the increasing number of women delaying having children were defying nature and risking heartbreak. Writing in the British Medical Journal, they recommended that if women wanted families and a career, they should have children earlier, and called for more support for younger mothers. Women's groups voiced caution over putting a deadline on childbirth but agreed on the need for more support. Susan Bewley, consultant obstetrician at St Thomas' Hospital in...
  • My Pregnant Wife: An Unexpected Target in the Culture Wars

    04/02/2005 4:36:04 AM PST · by gobucks · 568 replies · 8,683+ views
    Vanity ^ | 2 Apr 05 | gobucks
    "Don't you dare guilt your wife into having a natural childbirth!", I am told by a nice woman I know at church. I have known this lady for some time, and we have never talked politics. Suddenly, my wife is hot political topic #1. And though the politics are 'under the radar', my wife is clearly a target in the ongoing cultural war. Until my wife started to dramatically enlarge during this last trimester, comments like these had been few. Now, it is a torrent. "What hospital? What OB? You are getting an epidural, right? What brand of formula do...
  • Witness The Birth Of My Son Next Month (eBay)

    01/24/2005 3:16:55 PM PST · by Lorianne · 23 replies · 472+ views
    eBay ^ | Kalie's parents
    Parent's are selling a chance to witness their son's birth on January 28th.
  • Health Care? Ask Cuba (NICHOLAS KRISTOF - Total Insanity Alert)

    01/12/2005 1:36:36 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies · 1,535+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 12, 2005 | NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
    Here's a wrenching fact: If the U.S. had an infant mortality rate as good as Cuba's, we would save an additional 2,212 American babies a year. Yes, Cuba's. Babies are less likely to survive in America, with a health care system that we think is the best in the world, than in impoverished and autocratic Cuba. According to the latest C.I.A. World Factbook, Cuba is one of 41 countries that have better infant mortality rates than the U.S. Even more troubling, the rate in the U.S. has worsened recently. In every year since 1958, America's infant mortality rate improved, or...
  • Giving Birth: The Caesarean Debate (6 Letters)

    12/04/2004 6:48:51 PM PST · by neverdem · 87 replies · 1,652+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 5, 2004
    To the Editor: Re "Trying to Avoid 2nd Caesarean, Many Find Choice Isn't Theirs" (front page, Nov. 29): I do not believe that the issue of whether a vaginal delivery can or should be performed in a pregnancy after a prior Caesarean should be framed as a matter of a woman's right to choose. It is perfectly reasonable for a hospital or a doctor to decide not to offer this service because it is felt to be too risky and the patient who desires it would be better served in a tertiary care center where obstetric complications are more routinely...
  • Woman to Give Birth to Twins Three Days Shy of Her 57th Birthday; Poving Age is Just a Number

    11/06/2004 8:43:53 AM PST · by Former Military Chick · 80 replies · 1,818+ views
    2004 U.S. Newswire ^ | 11/5/2004 7:15:00 PM | 2004 U.S. Newswire
    To: City Desk, Health Reporter Contact: Maria Sliwa, 973-272-2861 or NEW YORK, Nov. 5 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Internationally acclaimed life coach and motivational speaker, Aleta St. James, will achieve her greatest accomplishment when she becomes a single mother of twins on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2004, just three days before her 57th birthday. She will give birth at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, New York. To date, St. James is one of the few women in the world to deliver twins in her late 50's. For the past 25 years, St. James has applied her Energy Transformation techniques combined with...
  • Alternative Care Can Spell Health Care Relief!

    10/12/2004 7:45:45 PM PDT · by hawleyclan · 1 replies · 333+ views
    Americans are living in a time when access to obstetrical care is an important topic in politics. Obstetricians are leaving practice in high numbers because of insurance rates which reflect the high number of lawsuits families are filing. This is a sign that the time has come for fellow Americans and politicians to recognize that Professional Midwifery Care has the potential to help resolve many of the concerns American mothers have in maternity care. How can midwives help the current state of maternity care and cost in the US? The cost benefits are evident of many levels: Beginning with prenatal...
  • Stopping the invisible epidemic of maternal deaths

    09/29/2004 6:31:32 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies · 282+ views
    Medical News Today ^ | 29 September 2004
    WHO and partners act to reduce the maternal death toll of half a million women each year Every minute of every day, at least one woman in developing countries dies in childbirth -- more than half a million each year. Today, WHO and the Partnership for Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health are intensifying support to countries around the world to ensure that a woman does not die while giving birth to her child. The needs are wide-ranging - from training skilled birth attendants who can help a woman give birth safely, to the very basic issue of recording the cause...
  • Live babies being born after abortions

    06/22/2004 5:45:15 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 95 replies · 2,962+ views
    UK Evening Standard ^ | 6/22/04 | Rebecca Smith
    Leading doctors today called for a major overhaul to avoid babies being born alive after abortions. Pregnancy expert Professor Stuart Campbell has demanded rules should be tightened after it was revealed that at least nine babies are known to have survived terminations in recent years. He said injections that were supposed to end their lives in the womb failed to do so - and he called for stricter regulations to be enforced on the methods of abortion. Professor Campbell said that all abortions carried out after 18 weeks of pregnancy should include an injection, followed by drugs, to induce labour...