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...

The Cruelty of Mother Nature

The birds of Houston have mistaken our third floor balcony for a bird sanctuary. The former residents of our home did nothing to discourage this, but we have paraded several experts through our bedroom to study the small balcony and offer suggestions. Our efforts to...
Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies? Jena Pincott

Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies?

Jena Pincott

Jena Pincott, the author of this delightful and informative book, says “yes.” Pincott, a science writer and former senior editor at Random House, has compiled a fascinating compendium of research-based facts and theories about pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding....

No One Cares?

Although we in maternity care got “good” news last month when the CDC announced that the 2010 cesarean rate had declined ever so slightly from 32.9% in 2009 to 32.8% in 2010, there is no doubt that we still have a cesarean crisis in the U.S. (and in most other parts...

Brain Rules

There is much that we do know about how people learn and much that we don’t know. When I first began in the field of childbirth education, learning styles were an important component of my education. Now they have been debunked. In search of something on...

OBs Tackle the Skyrocketing Cesarean Rate

If the primary and overall cesarean rates continue to escalate at the same pace as in recent years, the cesarean rate will be over 56% by 2020, warns two prominent obstetricians in the August edition of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Although cesareans are safer than ever...

Finally! Asking the “Right” Question

Once again, my hopes are raised that we may turn the corner and reverse our skyrocketing cesarean rate. The reason for my optimism is the increasing concern I am seeing in medical journals about the risks associated with common obstetric interventions. In the April...