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...

A Picture (Video) is Worth a 1000 Words

Michele Lauria, OB-GYN, is one of my heroes. I first came across her name as the contact person for the Vermont/New Hampshire VBAC Project. Concerned by the fact that many hospitals in Vermont and New Hampshire had stopped offering VBACs,  the obstetric departments at...

New Year’s Resolutions

Ok, I realize that I am a little late. That is one of my problems. I get caught up in everyday activities and don’t take time to do some of the things that I want to do and know that I should do. For instance, reading my childbirth education journals. My new...

Patience Please!

How many times has a student in your childbirth class reported that she had a cesarean delivery because, at 5 cm of  dilation, labor stalled for 2 or 3 or even 4 hours? This could become a thing of the past if healthcare providers heed the advice of researchers from...

A Baby’s 9 Instinctive Stages

There has been quite a gap since I last posted a blog. My husband and I found out about six weeks ago that we will be moving to Houston because of changes in his job responsibilities. My son, daughter-in-law, and two-year old grandson live there so we are delighted....

Looking Back (Fondly)

As I look forward to the upcoming Mega Conference in Milwaukee celebrating the 50th anniversaries of both Lamaze International and ICEA, I am also preparing for an unexpected, but happy move to Houston where my son, Brian, and his family live. For the past two days, I...

How to Increase Attendance at Childbirth Classes

There can be no doubt that attendance is down at childbirth classes across the country. Prospective parents are relying on the Internet for information about pregnancy and birth and many feel that attending an in-person class will not be worth their time and money. I...

In Honor of World Breastfeeding Week

I wanted to write something special to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week. But I really love my post from last year and decided that it is worth repeating (for at least one more year). In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, I’d like to share one of my favorite...

Disappointment with New ACOG Consumer Book

I like to quote ACOG (the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) in both my childbirth education classes and in trainings that I do for both new and experienced childbirth educators. The new (2010) edition of ACOG’s book for consumers, Your...