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"Expecting women who received care from midwives throughout their pregnancy were happier and needed fewer medical interventions, according to researchers."
Baby balms are essential for health and harmony, and of course organic is best! I still use them even though my children are now nine and twelve-years-old. Natural herbal blends are soothing to the senses and the skin. [Read more...]
In some cases, child abuse lawsuits end up dismissed by the court because of lack of solid evidence against the accused. Although there were bruises afflicted on the child, if there was no witness, the case will be nullified. This is one of the reasons why schools and the government have seen the rise in importance of utilizing surveillance equipment like network IP cameras. It is because a recorded video of the reported untoward incident can put the accused into jail and face the consequences.
We don’t always have a choice as to where we live when we conceive. This is especially true if one lives in poverty. I do have a friend that views pregnancy as a time of transition. She has never conceived and given birth in the same town; however, for most of us, pregnancy brings on a nesting urge.
What if you live in an area of high air pollution? Unfortunately, air pollution in our communities may be causing an increase in babies who develop autism.
According to the first national study on in utero air pollution exposure and autism rates conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), as reported by Time Healthland:
They compared autism rates with levels of pollutants measured by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the womens’ pregnancies. Expectant mothers who lived in the 20% of locations around the country with the highest pollution levels in the form of diesel particulates or mercury were two times as likely to have a child with autism compared with those who lived in the 20% of locations with the lowest levels of pollution. Women who lived in the 20% of areas with the highest levels of other pollutants, like lead, manganese, methylene chloride and other metals, were nearly 50% more likely to have a child with autism.
There’s a new trend amongst natural home birthers getting attention by the media…the lotus birth. When I first heard the term, images from Ina May’s book Spiritual Midwifery came to mind of women having natural, orgasmic births imagining a lotus flower opening to help them open for birth. The term actually refers to an extreme version of delayed cord clamping and not a natural childbirth practice as implied.
Otherwise known as umbilical nonseverance, Lotus Birth is the practice of leaving the umbilical cord and placenta attached to your baby after he is born. It’s well documented that waiting to cut your baby’s umbilical cord is a healthy practice, but Lotus Birth keeps it attached to a newborn, along with the placenta, until it falls off naturally (which takes much longer than the recommended 90 second cord clamping delay recommended by Dr. Alan Greene).
Delayed cord clamping differs from lotus birth in that the cord is clamped and severed after it has stopped pumping, which is typically about 15 minutes. The lotus birth allows for the placenta and umbilical cord to fall of naturally, which can take several days, at least that is how long I recall it took for my children’s cord stump to fall off.