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Thursday
Jul022009

Doulas, Racism, Home Birth in Spain and DNA-Altering Cesareans

Doulas as Essential Medical Care

Jane Fonda (yes, that Jane Fonda) wrote a post for RH Reality Check about the Community-Based Doula Program in Georgia.

 

Good news for the Latinos denied passports whose births were attended by midwives in Texas. The DOS will start staff trainings (pending court approval) on how to avoid improperly scrutinizing people whose births were assisted by midwives in Texas and along the U.S.-Mexico border. With a few exceptions, anyone birthed by a midwife who has filed an application for a passport between April 2003 and September 15, 2008 can reapply for free. (via Radical Doula)

 

Spain’s Ministerio de Salud y Consumo published a statement that home birth is safe. (via ZGZ Pro Parto Natural)

 

Dar a luz en casa es una opción segura

Un estudio publicado recientemente concluye que, en mujeres embarazadas de bajo riesgo, dar a luz en casa no se asocia con mayor morbi-mortalidad neonatal

 

Home birth is a safe option

A recently published study concludes that, for low risk mothers, giving birth at home is not associated with higher levels of neonatal morbidity-mortality.

 

Common Postpartum Pain Medications Removed (from About.com Pregnancy/Birth Blog)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted yesterday to discontinue the use of two medications that are frequently prescribed for postpartum pain - Percocet® and the less commonly used Vicodin®. The reason for the panel’s decision is that there are a good number of acetaminophen overdoses that occur accidently when a person takes one of these pain relievers in addition to other medications that also contain acetaminophen, like Tylenol.

 

Mom’s Tinfoil Hat just found out that she was quoted in the LA Times Health blog last year. Interestingly, she wrote this several weeks ago and I just found it in my feed reader.

 

In her post, New Study Shows C-Section Births May Increase Odds For Developing Diseases Later In Life, Melissa at Nursing Birth discussed the small Swedish study about the possible ramifications of birth stress, including effects on DNA-methylation. The linked article reports that the study examined the theory that when babies are born by planned cesarean section, they haven’t gone through the normal process associated with spontaneous vaginal birth through which stress gradually builds up before birth, thereby preparing the baby for life outside the womb.

 

 

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Reader Comments (7)

That's really interesting that the FDA would vote out percocet. They prescribed it to me after my cesarean, but I am allergic to hard core pain meds (they make me high as a kite and make my head tingly), so I never took anything but tylenol. My best friend took percocet after she had her baby vaginally from a really giant episiotomy, and was told multiple times that taking this with tylenol was completely safe and she didn't need to worry about overdosing.

I have always wondered why they need to dose you up so much after you have a baby. You aren't even truly there for their first few weeks of life you are so drugged.

And I've heard of the birth stress thing before. The Bradley Book talks about it a little. There is a reason babies start labor. They are ready to come, and they initiate the process.

Maybe this study will reach the eyes and ears of doctors and strike change in the system........ maybe......

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKayce

Hey Jill, thanks for the link!! I agree, it's a facinating study!

~Melissa
www.nursingbirth.com

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Ha, how did it take me so long to find out I was quoted and linked, and why did it take so long to end up in your reader?

Hmm, curiouser and curiouser. It is obviously some sort of time warp intertubes conspiracy.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMomTFH

Total conspiracy. They're watching us.

July 2, 2009 | Registered CommenterJill

Interesting links Jill. I was given only Tylenol after my C-Section due to an allergy to Vicodin. I sucked it up like a good girl. Sigh. The DNA alterations after a C/S is interesting. My first baby delivered by C/S is rarely sick, and is in a gifted program in her elementary school. Her sister, delivered by VBAC, has chronic ear infections and colds. We hope she will be good in sports :)
Obviously, more research needs to be done on the effects of C/S births and the long term health of children.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterReality Rounds

"We hope she will be good in sports :)" You are so funny!

The c-section study amazes me. Not because of the findings but because someone had the idea to test that hypothesis. Or that the hypothesis even existed. There are some really. really ridiculously smart people out there.

July 2, 2009 | Registered CommenterJill

I had a c-section back in March and I was prescribed percocet. as well. After doing some reading online and finding out some much needed knowledge the only medication I was putting in my body for pain was Lyprinol.. Within 1 week I was walking better and 3 weeks after starting lyprinol I am moving like I did in my twenties. This is important when you have a new born to look after.

October 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCorry
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