I didn't include it in the roundup listing, because I hope that by now, everyone has seen this:
Pope Francis Encourages Breast-Feeding Mother in a Public Place! Here is the story from the NYTimes.com http://nyti.ms/1bfhrPl
BIG props to Pope Francis for encouraging the mama to Feed The Baby!!
Here are some other noteworthy articles from the past week:
First Baby Conceived Using New Eeva IVF Technique Born in Great Britain
“Oliver Lush-Camps is more than just a miracle to
his parents, Katy and Jonathon; he’s a miracle to science. Born with the help
of the Wessex Fertility Clinic, little Oliver is the first baby to be born
using the ground-breaking time-lapse photo technology, Eeva (Early Embryo
Non-invasive method devised to sequence DNA of human eggs
Researchers have for the first time determined the genome sequence of
human egg cells without destroying them. The feat, reported today in Cell,
could help couples who undergo in vitro fertilization (IVF) by
allowing them to choose a genetically healthy embryo to implant into the mother
without disturbing the embryo's growth.
Nature News & Comment http://bit.ly/1jmGdag
Physicians awarded $4 million to study effects of fertility treatments and
"We are trying to understand what is causing the increased risk of
problems for pregnancies achieved by in vitro fertilization," said
Pisarska. "It is the first study of its kind in humans and it is unique
because we will be able to look at the earliest point in human pregnancy, when
the fertilized egg implants, to determine if the adverse outcomes are the result
of the genetic make-up of the parents that led to problems conceiving in the
first place, or whether it is the result of the infertility treatments
Study identifies biomarker linked to poor outcomes in pregnant lupus patients
Investigators found that an imbalance of angiogenic
factors, proteins required for the development of the placenta and the health
of blood vessels, is associated with poor pregnancy outcomes. Increased levels
of an anti-angiogenic protein called sFlt1 in pregnant lupus patients placed
them at increased risk of placental insufficiency and preeclampsia, a
potentially life-threatening complication. Scientists determined that higher
levels of sFlt1 reduce the activity of other angiogenic proteins (placental
growth factor, PIGF; vascular endothelial growth factor, VEGF) that are
necessary for growth of the placenta and the mother’s blood vessels.
“Pregnant women with lupus or antiphospholipid syndrome are at increased risk
for adverse outcomes, particularly preeclampsia, yet identification of those
destined for complications has been elusive,” said Jane Salmon, MD, director of
the Lupus and APS Center of Excellence at Hospital for Special Surgery and lead
author of the study. “We prospectively studied patients to see if we could find
a biomarker early in pregnancy that would predict a poor outcome.”
Almost Two-Thirds of Attempted VBACs Are Successful, Study Finds
Almost two-thirds of women who attempt a natural delivery after having a
cesarean section for their first birth are successful, according to a study
recently published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and
The study, conducted by the Office for Research and Clinical Audit (ORCA) at
the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the London School of
Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, aimed to investigate the factors that
determine the uptake and success rate of vaginal birth after cesarean.
The data from 143,970 women, who had their first baby by cesarean section
between 2004 and 2011, showed that just over half (52%) attempted a vaginal
birth after cesarean section (VBAC) for their second baby.
Rural-Urban Differences Abound for Induced, Cesarean Births
Labor-induced births for no medical reason
increased at a relative rate of 77.7% at rural US hospitals from 2002 through
2010 compared with a relative rate increase of 17.3% for urban hospitals,
according to an
article published in the January 2014 issue of Medical Care.
With as many births that take place in the United States every year, the trends
have major health, policy and financial implications as current health reform
measures go into effect, and rural–urban differences should be considered when
implementing payment policies, the researchers write.
Early-Term Deliveries Increase Complications for Baby and Mom
Historically, a full-term pregnancy is
calculated as 40 weeks after the last menstrual period. A term pregnancy occurs
at 37 weeks or beyond, and an early-term pregnancy is considered to be 37 weeks
to 38 weeks and six days. According to the researchers, approximately 10 to 15
percent of all deliveries in the United States are performed before 39
completed weeks of gestation without a true medical indication for early
"Morbidity and mortality rates have increased in mothers and their babies
that are born in the early-term period compared to babies born at 39 weeks or
later," says Jani Jensen, M.D., obstetrician and lead author of
the study. "There is a need to improve awareness about the risks
associated with this."
The increased risks for newborns include morbidity, such as respiratory
(breathing) difficulties, feeding difficulties and problems such as cerebral
palsy although the overall risk
is low. These morbidities can also lead to higher rates of admission to
the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
An elective early-term delivery requires a pregnant woman to be induced,
which involves medication or procedures to help start labor. This can lead to
a prolonged labor requiring
deliveries with instruments such as forceps or a vacuum and may cause infection
or hemorrhaging. There is also an increased risk of needing to have a
cesarean delivery, and long term there could be more surgical complications for
the mother. "It's not an entirely benign procedure that we are talking
about," says Dr. Jensen.
Postpartum Sitz Bath DIY
There is nothing more relaxing than a hot bath - especially for a mama
who has given birth. An easily prepared combination of herbs can add to the
natural healing qualities of warm water; a Sitz bath following birth can help
ease bruising, tears and abrasions that often accompany many vaginal (and
Cesarean Section) births. The ingredients needed for this simple Sitz bath can
be found in local health or bulk food shops, equally, one can acquire these
herbs from any accredited online herbal shop.
African Babies Don't Cry: http://bit.ly/1ceYzpH
What Kind of Breastfeeding Schedule Is Normal?
Why won’t your baby let you put him on a 4-hour
breastfeeding schedule that other moms talk about?
Why does it seem that your baby wants to nurse all the time?
Because the 4-hour schedule isn’t normal.
has shown that frequent nursing may be more biologically normal than the
three-or four-hour schedule new parents are expecting!
Think about it. How
often would you eat if you were trying to double your weight in less than six
Plus it is simply not as healthy.
They even tell us adults that 6 smaller
meals are better than 3 regular meals for our bodies. Why should babies
Breastfeeding Magazine.com http://bit.ly/1ceS9XG
UAE’s first ever session on reducing Autism cases via Breastfeeding: Shifts
Autism fight from Therapy to Prevention
Children with Autism often struggle with emotional bonding,
which is facilitated by the oxytocin system. However, it has been found that
breastfed children have higher oxytocin levels, boosting their chances of
evading Autism. Medical researchers have further confirmed that breastfeeding
significantly strengthens the nervous system of both the child and its mother.
Full of love, baby overcomes challenge after challenge
For five months, the family bonded in the NICU after scrubbing clean
from the outside world, around tubes and machines, and between visits from
nurses and doctors. Jane fought with necrotizing enterocolitis – a
gastrointestinal disease that can result in death for premature babies. As
babies her same age were leaving the unit for their homes, Jane was kept under
watch as she grew strong enough to breathe on her own. Even as a tiny being in
an isolette, the baby was filled with love.
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