Highlights from the ICEA Conference

For sure, the highlight for me was getting to meet (Dr.) Sarah Buckley. She presented three general sessions on her game-changing new report, Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing: Evidence and Implications for Women, Babies and Maternity Care to be published next month...
Debunking the Bump by Daphne Adler

Debunking the Bump

by Daphne Adler

I love research, so it makes sense that I would appreciate a book that has over a thousand references. Debunking the Bump is authored by a mathematician who uses her skills with numbers to analyze the many risks and precautions associated with pregnancy. Recognizing...
Cut, Stapled, & Mended by Roanna Rosewood

Cut, Stapled, & Mended

by Roanna Rosewood

I picked up this book to read a chapter or two. The next thing I knew several hours had passed by and I had finished the book. Roanna Rosewood is an excellent writer and she certainly hooked me from the beginning of the book. I had expected another book focusing on...

The New Birth Center Study

In the Health Affairs article (see post below), one of the strategies recommended to reduce cesarean rates (and thus healthcare costs) is to establish more birth centers which focus on physiologic childbirth for low-risk women. The Health Affairs article comes on the...

Important Research – The Health Affairs Article

It is one thing for birth advocates to lament the state of maternity care in the U.S. (and many other countries around the world). It is another thing when health policy experts start questioning the status quo. In an article in the March 2013 edition of Health...

Fallible Docs – TNT’s New Medical Drama, Monday Mornings

Last night I watched the premiere on TV of a new medical drama, Monday Mornings. I have always been fascinated by any entertainment genre featuring medicine – books, movies, TV shows. While my husband fondly remembers watching Matt Dillon (Gunsmoke) and Wyatt Earp as...
Natural Hospital Birth by Cynthia Gabriel

Natural Hospital Birth

by Cynthia Gabriel

It saddens me that this book needed to be written. In my ideal world, hospitals welcome and support laboring women who plan natural births to the same extent as they do women planning early epidurals. All labor rooms have large birthing tubs, birth balls, rocking...