checking in

Some interesting things have shown up in the news lately:

US birth rate hits a historic low

and also, America’s Baby Bust

Mom’s voice has soothing power on NPR

Improving diagnosis and management of pre-eclampsia

Folic acid supplementation to prevent autism


Amazing birth photography



this and that

Some of these links may have been posted here previously, maybe they deserve a second look-over?  Enjoy!

Labor, Interrupted 

“Obstetrics in modern America is a contentious subject in general. Birth and the actions surrounding it—medical and otherwise—evoke strong emotions.”

“Midwives’ training, Osborne says, focuses on optimizing the chances of vaginal birth throughout prenatal care and labor. Midwives usually spend more time with laboring women than obstetricians do, and studies have shown that even passive, nonmedical support during labor leads to better birth outcomes. Midwives are also far more tolerant of slow labors, and are therefore less likely to determine “failure to progress” (when a provider decides that labor is proceeding too slowly to be safe) or “obstructed labor” (caused by a mismatch, of position or size, between the baby’s head and mother’s pelvis)—among the more commonly stated reasons for proceeding to cesareans.”


A lovely birth story with breath-taking photos


I wish women were more familiar with the risks associated with epidurals.

Primary health care by advance practice nurses.