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Monday Open Thread!

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By ANaturalAdvocate

Today’s Open Thread is brought to you by the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist, which the Harvard School of Public Health will be testing in India, thanks to a $14.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant will pay for the “BetterBirth” trial, led by Atul Gawande and Jonathon Spector, at hospitals in India, with hopes that the Checklist will improve infant and maternal mortality in the area. 

“The one-page checklist features “pause points,” natural break points in the flow of clinical care when the  medical team  confirms that  essential tasks have been performed. The checklist program targets the major killers of mothers and babies worldwide. For mothers, those include bleeding, infection, elevated blood pressure, and prolonged or obstructed labor. For babies, it’s asphyxia, infection, and complications of prematurity.

The WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist program is based on the success of WHO’s Safe Surgery Checklist. Beginning in 2007, under Gawande’s leadership, HSPH and WHO developed a 19-item checklist that reduced surgery-related deaths and complications by more than one-third at eight pilot sites around the globe. Independent researchers have confirmed the dramatic effectiveness of the approach.”

So…what’s going on ladies and gents? 

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Reader Comments (9)

I'm taking the GRE on Thursday. I feel so smart. Just hoping I remember all the Geometric equations for the math sections. I'm taking the "new, improved" GRE where you get to use a calculator and skip around the test. We'll see!

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa Manz

Hey Vanessa, my husband is taking the GRE's next monday (The 22nd of August). Good luck to you, he has been studying like his life depends on it! He's hoping to get a PERFECT (or damn close too) on the "new and improved" aka "harder" GRE! Best wishes to you!

I hadn't heard of this program "WHO Safebirth Checklist" I'm already looking it up. What a wonderful grant from the Gates Family! My husband is actually applying to Harvard after his GRE tests, it's exciting to know that they are doing research like this. Thanks for sharing!!!

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJamie Lynn Greenwood

Hanging out at home. One week into Maternity leave- about 36 weeks pregnant- trying to get the motivation to wash the floor:)
Is it weird to be excited about my upcoming birth? everyone is asking "are you scared?/nervous?" my answer is always "No, I'm excited!"
Having a homebirth with a Traditional Birth Attendant- most likely waterbirth. How are you all today?

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

My kids went back to school today so I am one happy mother!! The constant war zone and the MESS were driving me batshit. The hubs is traveling for a few days so I can totally slacker cook for a couple days. WOOT!

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

I came across these cute pictures today... but was a bit saddened by the article. Wonder if this momma had an "unnecesarean", and obviously we are not the only mammals whose nursing success is affected by having a cesarean...



August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Vanessa: Oh! Good luck! I took it not too long ago (in the older format, of course) and was surprised by how much math I recalled from way-back-when.

Jamie Lynn: Good luck to your husband as well! My husband is one of those that aced the math portion, and was just mad that he couldn't do the same on the other portions. *rolls eyes* :) I hadn't heard of this particular checklist, but I read Gawande's The Checklist Manifesto and found it very, very interesting.

Nicole: Excited is a good way to be. I think excited and respectful are two terms that would best describe how I felt before my births.

Susan: School! It doesn't start for 3 more weeks here in the frozen North. Fortunately, my new kindergartener is just as excited as I am. :)

Jennifer: Sad story about the mother not nursing the cubs. I think I've heard - though I don't recall where - that it's very difficult for many zoo animals to give birth naturally, much like many have to be conceived by artificial means, because of the captivity.

August 15, 2011 | Registered CommenterANaturalAdvocate

Nicole- I totally understand being excited about your birth! I am only 10 weeks pregnant and I'm already excited! Last time I didn't know I was in labor until I started pushing, so I'm hoping that this time I'll know sooner and can get to the birth center and get some great pictures! lol. I tried telling a friend who was pregnant not to be afraid of labor, that it would be great, but she looked at me like I was crazy. After her induction and c-section she just called me "lucky". I was sad for her, because she never really got to be in labor; she didn't know what she could have missed.

August 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersara

Nicole, not at all weird! I was SO excited about my upcoming birth last year - my first natural one. And, while it wasn't always enjoyable (just because it was HARD, it was long, and it hurt!) it WAS amazing! My (new) midwife was awesome, the (new) hospital's L&D nurse was fantastic, and my doula was wonderful. I am very much looking forward to doing it again in February, so I think it's quite natural to be excited about it.

Best wishes for your upcoming labor, Nicole!

And, congrats, Sara! I am more like you - I'll be 13w tomorrow, and I'm already excited about it. :) (Although my last labor was nothing like yours...I was in labor for 31 hours and I knew it the whole time! LOL!)

August 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLysana

Anyone read PostSecret today and see the comment about being a C-section because it was Christmas?

Down in the comments, I found this:

An overworked Ob/Gyn said...
To the woman who had to have a c-section before Christmas: maybe you'll want to spend Christmas with your child, too.

I wanted to write a comment, but I had a feeling no one else would care, so I thought I'd post here. This seriously, seriously made me angry that this doc thinks it's okay not only to do this, but to admit to it openly.

August 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnon
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