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...

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...

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....