Doulas on The Today Show 0Doulas are a wonderful addition to the modern, medical birthing environment. They are proven to reduce a number of unnecessary interventions, including cesarean. They offer emotional support and in many instances, doulas will gently remind a woman who is being coerced into unnecessary procedures about her original intentions and birth plan. Doctors (and CNMs) hate this. The following clip is from the Today Show which aired on November 20, 2008 and in which mother and doula's opinions were downplayed while the obstetrician got the lion's share of the interview and the woman basically blamed doulas for less than favorable outcomes which is absolutely and utterly ridiculous. They (the cogs in the medical model) have no one to blame but themselves, their wallets and their watch for less than favorable outcomes.
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Circumcision In The News - Nov 2008 0Circumcision In The News - Nov 2008 Of all the choices that parents can make surrounding birthing options, none is more permanent or devastating than routine infant circumcision which is usually done for cultural, cosmetic or religious reasons. It is permanent, mutilates your helpless little boy, is a human rights violation, is not the parent's choice (unless you think it is a batterer's choice to beat his wife as well) and yes, there is a thriving market for infant foreskins. Let your son make his own choice about changing his body at 18 or at least wait and see if he is REALLY being made fun of in the locker room. In recent news: From Denmark: http://politiken.dk/newsinenglish/article598875.ece The focus of this article is on the human rights violation side of the issue. Wait until your little boy can make up his own mind about this permanently disfiguring practice. "While there are laws preventing female genital mutilation in Denmark, there are none preventing male genital mutilation. Demands for action." "There is a deep problem here. Society is in no doubt that the genital mutilation of girls is unacceptable - but we accept it with boys and have tolerated it for many years because it is linked to religion. It is gender discrimination from birth that we make a distinction between boys and girls," says Gulberg, who adds that circumcision should be banned for boys under 15 years of age. According to tradition, young Jewish boys are circumcised at the age of eight days." From the land of sick and disgusting: http://www.babble.com/mom/3-strange-uses-for-infant-foreskins/ Most anti-circumcision advocates are aware that foreskins are sold to cosmetics companies, a fact that most of those who circumcise their sons without any research would rather not know. Ignorance is bliss, right? Let's just ignore the fact that doctors and hospitals have an ulterior motive for performing this cruel and unjust procedure on our most helpless and innocent arrivals. Sick - sick - sick. From Gloria Lemay:Are we getting anywhere with ending circumcision?: Gloria is discussing her battle to end circumcision in B.C., Canada where the circumcision rate is only 10% but is no less an outrage as she notes. (US rates vary by region but are well over 50% in many parts of the country). On the decline yes, but every single baby who is mutilated unnecessarily is an absolute and utter tragedy. and my favorite, and older post from one smarmy mama: Click over to read the whole post which is just hysterical (in a tragic sort of way) and includes comebacks to all the traditional arguments for circumcision. It really makes you wonder if ANYONE thinks before doing this to their innocent boy. From on circing which takes from a Livejournal article: "Why? Because of the slight possibility an infection might occur with the foreskin? Might as well start hacking out tonsils and appendixes at birth too, since the rate of infection with those later in life is much higher. Might as well chop off every prepubescent girl's breasts to avoid the chance of breast cancer later. Why? Because it's easier to "do it now than later"? How do you know it'll be needed later? Or he'll want to remove it later? Don't parents realize an adult will get much better anesthetic than an infant? Why? Because it's just easier now? Yeah, performing an amputation without a patient's permission is pretty damn easy. Why? Because you think it's ugly? Best excuse ever. Way to call your baby's gentitalia "ugly". Stop placing your sexual preferences on your newborn baby, douchebag. Why? Because he may get made fun of? Considering that only 11% of newborn boys were circumcised in Canada in 2003, I doubt that. And if a kid was staring at one of my son's penises in the locker room I'd have better questions. Why? Because you have to clean it? A foreskin is wash and wear until it retracts. Jayden's hasn't even yet. And when it does it will probably take me 10 minutes to show him how to pull it back and wipe in the bath. OHHHHHH THE WORK."
Homebirth in the News 11/2008 2Generally speaking, when homebirth is covered in the media, it is usually with a condescending attitude or outright horror at the "risks" that women take for a homebirth. As many of us now know, that is nonsense and it appears that the trend of homebirth for well screened, low risk women is on the rise. Not just on the rise with the fringe either. Homebirthers are a highly educated, professional bunch. Homebirth in the News Yesterday's issue of the NY Times had a great piece on the rising trend of homebirths in the NY area with credit given to "The Business of Being Born" for bringing much needed attention to the ridiculous state of hospital births in America today. (Go Ricky! Go Ricky!) There was another very positive article on homebirthing in today's issue of TheLedger.com. In other news... Why do we (in N America) feel such righteous indignation toward those who practice genital mutilation on girls, yet we continue to look the other way when baby boys are routinely mutilated for religious, cultural or worse yet, cosmetic reasons?? A quote from the article: "The term “female circumcision” is synonymous with female genital mutilation, and acts as a blanket term for a variety of disfiguring surgical alterations. The World Health Organization firmly opposes female circumcision and considers the removal of the clitoral hood to be a prevailing form of genital mutilation. Male circumcision, however, is a term applied only to a single, familiar cultural practice, and is not considered mutilation. Male foreskin and the clitoral hood are biologically homologous and so mutilation of these body parts should be treated with similar concern. The acceptance of male genital mutilation is an outdated social construct that needs to be looked at from a less dichotomous perspective. It’s almost the same thing, so why treat it differently?" www.cordweekly.com Also see how high copper levels may have an influence on postpartum depression at wellpostpartum.com. Apparently blood copper levels rise in pregnancy and fail to go back down post partum in a number of PPD cases. Risk factors from the article: "Copper excess risk factors: Pregnancy Presently taking estrogen containing medication (e.g. OCP, HRT) Currently take multivitamin containing copper Regularly use copper tea kettles or pans Blue-green stains in bathtub, toilet or sink (suggestive of elevated copper content of water) Family history of: Postpartum depression ADD/ADHD/Autism Wilson’s Disease" www.wellpostpartum.com Last, check out these great tips from Gloria Lemay's wonderful blog about very specific ways you can really help out someone who just had a baby. Funny reading for someone who just had a baby and had to entertain tons of visitors and very useful information for someone who genuinely wants to help out.
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Parenting, Postnatal and Postpartum Tips 1by Julian Hall Shortly after your baby is born, you may be somewhat focused on what you experienced during labor and delivery and less on your baby. This is perfectly normal. It was a monumental event in your life, and there is a transition period. Don't be afraid to share your feelings with others or write about your experience in a journal. As you adapt to your role as a mother, you may find yourself feeling stressed or anxious. You might question whether or not you will be a good mother, and you are probably feeling a bit exhausted and overwhelmed. You might even feel a little let down or blue. If you understand whats happening to your body and emotions, you will be much more likely to face the challenging first few months of motherhood. The following postpartum tips may help. Taking good care of your physical health is vital right now. Schedule time to eat meals, exercise (even if its just a walk around the block), and rest. Your body has worked hard through the pregnancy, labor, and delivery, and it will take another 40 weeks or more for things to return to normal. Immediately after delivery, your uterus will begin rapidly decreasing in size. Within several weeks, it will have returned to normal size. As well, you can expect to have vaginal bleeding, called lochia, for a couple of weeks while your uterus sheds its lining. If you are not breastfeeding, you will probably have a menstrual period within 6 to 8 weeks after giving birth. If you are breastfeeding, it may be many months or even years before menstruation returns. You can expect that you will be experiencing some postpartum pains and discomforts for a few days and possibly weeks, especially if you had a cesarean birth or an episiotomy. Don't try to overexert yourself until you are feeling, for the most part, pain-free. Other common complaints of women after giving birth include:
- Urinary incontinence
- Swollen, painful breasts (from breastfeeding)
- Overall fatigue
- Baby blues that last for more than a couple of weeks
- Unexplained anger or depression that develops one or two months after delivery
- Feelings of hopelessness or sadness that seem to be getting worse each day
- Inability to sleep, even when tired
- Sleeping most of the time, even when the baby is awake
- Decrease in appetite
- Lack of feelings for your baby
- Panic attacks
- Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby