Entries by Jef

Baby routines – A step towards sanity

The first few weeks after having a baby often feel like a bit of a blur, a muddle of feeding changing and sleeping. During this time, when your baby cries it is a good idea to presume hunger and to feed her. By doing this you achieve two things: your baby learns that when she […]

Midwife description and costs

Research has repeatedly shown the safety and benefits of midwife care. Statistics show that births attended by midwives have: lower infection rates lower C-section rates fewer complications healthier outcomes lower overall medical costs – than doctor-attended hospital births. In addition, there is no difference in infant mortality between midwife-attended and doctor-attended births for low-risk women. […]

For Low-Risk Women, Risk of Death May Be Higher for Babies Delivered by Cesarean

Birth, a highly respected, peer-reviewed multi-disciplinary journal, just published findings of research on the more-than-twofold increase in neonatal mortality with cesarean birth over vaginal birth in low-risk women. These significant findings should be presented to women who are considering an elective cesarean section. August 29, 2006 – For mothers at low risk, infant and neonatal […]

Bleeding During Pregnancy

Vaginal bleeding can occur frequently in the first trimester of pregnancy and may not be a sign of problems. But bleeding that occurs in the second and third trimester of pregnancy can often be a sign of a possible complication. Bleeding can be caused by a number of reasons. Some basic things to know about […]

Caesarean Section for Maternal Choice?

Sara McAleese “Let us ensure that in improving maternity care, the natural process of birth is upheld with a knowledge that medical care is there to aid women when there are complications, not to prevent litigation or to salve a midwife’s lack of confidence in her practice and skills, or in women’s ability to give […]

3 in 10 U.S. Mothers Gave Birth by C-Section in 2004: Sharp, Continuing Rise Defies Best Evidence and Best Practice

The U.S. c-section rate jumped to 29.1% in 2004. This record-setting preliminary figure from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention represents a sharp increase of more than 40% over 8 years (Hamilton 2005). In addition to this alert, please see the at-a-glance chart – vaginal birth and cesarean birth: how do the risks compare? (PDF) […]

C-section increases chances of death – study

Los Angeles – A Caesarean delivery more than triples a woman’s risk of dying in childbirth compared to a vaginal birth, according to a new study from France. The risk is still quite small, but many developed countries have seen a dramatic rise in the number of Caesareans performed each year as more women elect […]