The More Things Change…

Source: The More Things Change…

A wonderful piece about the trends in childbirth and a little history too…an excerpt:

“According to Jordyn Martinez, 25, an editor and a daughter of a birth activist, “It isn’t that women are GIVEN choices now, but they’re TAKING their right back to birth in the way that they want.”  Women are not only planning unmedicated, natural births, but women plan for epidurals and cesareans and that is something that just did not happen until very recently.”

A Few More Studies Examining Hospital v. Home Births

As most birth advocates will say, it is a personal decision about what is comfortable for each individual mother/woman/family. ❤

Well done studies will always show that there is risks and benefits for each birth setting and it is up to each individual to decide what is best for them and their family.

What we need now is a study about how and why care providers have “God complexes” and mistreat, lie and coerce women during their childbearing years.

Hopefully that will happen soon instead of beating the dead horse of studies about the risks and benefits of home v. hospital.

An excerpt:

“A tiny fraction of United States births occur outside hospitals, but theyhave been increasing, partly because some women want to avoid interventions like induced labor or cesarean sections. In 2012, according to federal data, births at home and birth centers amounted to 1.28 percent of all American births, up from 0.79 percent in 2004.

That growth has drawn attention to issues of safety, midwife training and licensing, coordination between midwives and doctors, and arrangements for transferring women to hospitals if problems arise.

The study was strengthened by key information recently added to Oregon birth certificates: where women planned to give birth, not just where they ended up delivering. That disclosure allowed researchers to separate out births that started at home or birthing centers but had to be transferred to hospitals.

The study team, based at Oregon Health and Science University and including two obstetricians, a nurse, an epidemiologist and a certified nurse midwife, also adjusted for women’s race, age, and pregnancy risks like diabetes or hypertension, so those factors could be ruled out as explanations for delivery problems.”

See the entire article here:


Second, a similar article:

An excerpt:

“The bottom line is, childbirth in the United States is very safe regardless of where you decide to do it,” says Dr. Michael Greene, who directs obstetrics at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Greene co-authored an editorial accompanying the studyin the New England Journal of Medicine but was not involved in the research.

Out of every 1,000 babies whose mothers planned to deliver at home or at a birthing center, 3.9 died just before, during or in the month after labor, the study found. In comparison, 1.8 out of every 1,000 babies died when the births were planned for a hospital, the study found.

Roughly 99 percent of American women give birth to their infants in a hospital. But the number of women delivering babies at home or in a birthing center has beenincreasing dramatically in recent years — up nearly 30 percent between 2004 and 2009, for example. So scientists at the Oregon Health and Science University decided to try to get a better idea of how risky that is.

The researchers took advantage of the fact that Oregon recently started requiring all birth certificates to list whether the mother had intended to give birth inside or outside a hospital. That designation helped researchers tease out births that were intended for home, but ended up in the hospital when something went awry. The study also excluded twins and other pregnancies designated as higher risk; hospital deliveries are more likely to be planned for pregnancies deemed higher risk.

“I think this is the best data we’ve had in our country on this question because where the woman intended to deliver really matters,” says Dr. Aaron Caughey, who heads the university’s department of obstetrics and gynecology.”

Birth Center Opens in Missouri

May we all see the opening of more options for women, with women centered care ❤

Springfield welcomes a new birth center, offering a more holistic approach to women’s health care, pregnancy and birth.

Springfield welcomes a new birth center, offering a more holistic approach to women’s health care, pregnancy and birth.  Our goal is to bring a collaborative, natural and safe option to families in the Springfield area.

BirthCentered, a new Missouri licensed birth center, announces that its facility is now open and accepting clients from Springfield and the surrounding area.

Recently, BirthCentered became the first birth center in Springfield to be licensed through the Missouri Department of Health. The center is also in the process of achieving national accreditation through the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers (CABC). This new health care facility is led by a team of midwives and registered nurses and offers a more natural, holistic approach to women’s health care, pregnancy and birth.

“At its core, midwifery care is centered on trusting the natural instincts of the mother throughout pregnancy and birth,” says Sarah Barkley, owner and administrative director of BirthCentered. “Our goal is to bring a collaborative, natural and safe option to families in the Springfield area.”

With 18 years of experience, Lori Link, a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), will be serving as BirthCentered’s Clinical Director. In addition, Dr. Everett Beguin, who has a long history of supporting midwives, will serve as the center’s Collaborating Obstetrician. The birth center offers a full scope of women’s health care services including: family planning, annual exams, prenatal care, birth and delivery, postpartum recovery, breastfeeding and baby care.

The center plans to invite the Springfield community to see its facility first hand on February 27. Details for the grand opening will be posted to For more information, visit or call 417-616-3114.

About BirthCentered:
BirthCentered is a health care facility in Springfield, Missouri, that serves low-risk women and their families with personalized holistic midwifery care. Centered on mother, baby and family, the company’s Certified Nurse Midwives and Registered Nurses work to inspire confidence in every woman, encouraging individual choices through nurturing support.


Zika – Causes Microchephaly In Children in Brazil and Other Countries

Just a news story I came across today and wanted to share, so we can all be aware! ❤

The Legal Examiner

Posted by Michael Monheit
January 12, 2016 12:00 PM


Medical researchers believe a relatively unknown virus is behind the strange epidemic of birth defects ravaging Brazil. Zika, a virus carried by mosquitos, was restricted to African countries like Ghana and the islands of Southeast Asia until recently. But it’s now turned up in Brazil, Mexico and Puerto Rico in recent months, accompanied by rashes of microcephaly, a rare birth defect with severe effects.

Why Thousands Of Brazilian Children Are Being Born With Microcephaly

Between November and December of 2015, nearly 3,000 Brazilian children were born with the abnormally small heads and incomplete brain growth characteristic of microcephaly. The previous year, only about 150 children were born with microcephaly in Brazil. The country’s health ministers have taken the unprecedented step of advising citizens not to get pregnant until a cause for the outbreak of birth defects is found, reports CNN.

While Zika is certainly traveling north, health officials in the US have told pregnant women here that there’s no reason to panic. Mosquitos aren’t as common in cold climates, especially the type known to transmit Zika, which find tropical regions far more hospitable. Turns out the virus doesn’t need a mosquito host to find its way to the US, though.

First Zika Case Arrives In US

On Monday, January 11, 2016, the Centers for Disease & Prevention confirmed the first US case of Zika, contracted by a Houston resident recently returned from travels in Latin America.

Over the next few decades, these sort of tropical viruses may come to threaten US patients at alarming rates. Global climate change has already been blamed for Zika’s ability to gain traction in countries as far north as Mexico. Climate-related effects may also be at the root of recent US outbreaks of dengue fever, another virus once confined exclusively to equatorial regions of the globe.

Perversely, the first documented case of Zika Virus in North America has occurred at the start ofNational Birth Defect Prevention Month.

Can Birth Defects “Spread” Like A Disease?

Outbreaks of birth defects are exceedingly rare. At least that’s what we’ve been led to believe. But after Washington State was struck by an inexplicable surge in anencephaly cases, scrutiny fell on the way US medical officials track birth defects. In most cases, they don’t. Only 14 states have “active” birth defect surveillance programs; the others rely on voluntary reports to find out where congenital abnormalities are more common.

Maybe that’s why we don’t think of birth defects as a regional, or local, issue. Congenital abnormalities are, instead, usually considered a matter of individual parents with unique genetic information passing on mutations to their children. It’s a personal, not a communal problem. Thus it’s odd to say that a birth defect could “spread,” like a communicable disease.

But genetics is only half of the story. Researchers have long known that environmental factors, like viruses, toxins and prescription drugs, can harm fetal development. It’s just that our current (nearly non-existent) birth defect tracking programs aren’t likely to capture abnormally-high incidence rates confined by geography. In fact, most state-based birth defect registries don’t even look into the potential effects of environment. According to the Trust for America’s Health, “two-thirds of states with registries do not explore any possible link between birth defects and environmental exposure information.”

That means birth defect “epidemics” similar to the one in Washington may occur more than we think, we’d just have no way to tell.

How An Emphasis On Genetic Causes Hurts Birth Defect Research

The mindset that places precedence on genetics, over and above environment, is also a factor in how few birth defects are actually reported to the US Food & Drug Administration. The FDA keeps records of potential links between birth defects and prescription drugs, many of which have been confirmed “teratogenic,” able to adversely affect fetal development. But since so many doctors think of birth defects solely in genetic terms, they don’t consider individual cases worthy of a report.

This all has real consequences for pregnant women and their families. Just ask the hundreds of women who have filed Zofran lawsuits. They say GlaxoSmithKline’s nausea drug, the world’s most popular pharmaceutical option for morning sickness, causes birth defects. Some major studies suggest that much, finding a marked increase in the rate of cleft palate and congenital heart defects among babies exposed to Zofran. But to conduct those studies, medical researchers were forced to turn to European records, rather than stick with US data, because countries like Denmark and Sweden exhaustively track prescriptions and birth defects. The US doesn’t.

No Birth Violence

Birth Without Violence

As horrific as birth violence is

I’m excited to see so much action towards getting the practice abolished.

Here is an excerpt and link to attorney and Founder and Program director of Human Rights in Childbirths post about this movement.

This story begins with the forced cesarean of Rinat Dray and her lawsuit against the Staten Island University Hospital.

Please read the whole story here:

and there are links to the subsequent stories on the bottom.


“Bait and Switch” Maternity Care

Many women have had this happen.

Whether they knew something was not quite right and didn’t know who to tell, or just didn’t think it was ‘ok’ to say anything against the doctor.

I’ve had conversations with so many people saying how their doctor promised things that were music to their ears to hear, that made them think this was the ’empowering doctor’ they have been looking for.

Only to have the doctor do a 180 turn and do exactly what the parents said they didn’t want to happen, say they didn’t have a choice, or that they were putting their child’s life in jeopardy if they didn’t listen.

Please share your stories, read this article and share with all you know ❤

An excerpt:

“I interviewed an OB/GYN at Brookwood during my first trimester. He told me the interventions I received during my first three births were unnecessary and risky. He criticized routine use of the drug pitocin (medication to speed up labor and control hemorrhage). He said there was no need to be confined to the bed, not even during monitoring. He explained how laboring in upright positions alleviates pain, increases blood flow, helps position the baby properly, and opens up the pelvis. He told me research showed no benefit in continuous monitoring for low risk women like me; in fact, intermittent monitoring was recommended. He told me that letting the normal physiological process play out would be safest for my baby and me—which aligned with all of the research I’d been doing. Finally, after much thought and prayer, I switched hospitals during my 20th week of pregnancy. I hired a doula, read a big stack of birth books, exercised, and ate a healthy diet. I carefully made a birth plan based on best medical research, approved my doctor. I was ready! Fast-forward to the night of baby Jack’s birth in 2012. After laboring freely at home for several hours through some mild contractions, I arrived at the hospital and met my nurse. And that’s when it all started: “Put on your gown and use the restroom now because you won’t be able to get out of bed for the next twenty minutes, and possibly for the rest of your labor.” “But my doctor said I could labor however I wanted.” “Well, your doctor’s not on call.” What?! The contradiction between the marketing and the reality was so shocking that for a second I thought to myself, have I walked into the wrong hospital? I knew there was no medical evidence for what she was asking me to do. I asked her where the birth tub was because my birth plan included water birth, and she informed me my room didn’t accommodate a tub. I told her over and over that my doctor promised me I could walk around during monitoring, but she continued demanding I get in the bed on my back so she could hook me up to the wired monitor instead of the wireless one I was promised.”

Let’s Talk About Our Society and Breastfeeding


Minute 3:45 is the breastfeeding discussion if you’d like to skip to it 😉

Our society

is shown very clear in this video with Alyssa Milano and Wendy Williams speaking about Alyssa’s breastfeeding pics and how Wendy feels about them.

What interests me the most is seeing how people are so critical and harsh about their views and are so willing to make others feel as though they’re wrong.

Whether or not you breastfeed, where you have your baby, how you raise your child, who stays home, who works etc etc…there is just so much and yet we add to this by not accepting the fact that we are all different.

We will choose different ways of birthing, feeding, parenting etc and each of us have the ability and should be supported to do so.  (As long as no one is being physically or emotional abused of course).

The fact that Wendy recognizes that she accepts breasts as sexual objects rather than as the way babies are fed is great to me.  It shows that we have been manipulated and shown to look at breasts in other ways than how they were made to be.

Not that I don’t agree that breasts are used for sexual purposes but giving birth and nursing are also a continuum of our ‘sexual journey’.

What say you? 🙂