A hospital providing facilities for water birth, another look at a controversial new IVF protocol, some breastfeeding information to consider....here's what's new from around the web this week.
What We Know About Three-Parent In Vitro Fertilization
“The numerous concerns raised during the two-day meeting
made it clear that there are still gaping holes in the data and countless
issues to work through. But a strange thing happened: Many people from across
the political and professional spectrum unexpectedly found common ground.
Apparently most people can agree that anyone who hopes to wield
that kind of power carries the burden of proof that their technique works, that
it would be safe, and that there are no better alternatives.”
RH Reality Check http://bit.ly/1fWirQo
Movement in the Womb Sparks Specific Genes to Build a Healthy Skeleton
“Why do babies move about so much while they are developing
in the womb, particularly flexing their arms and legs? We know that if they
don’t move enough, they are born with skeletal problems such as thin, fragile
bones,” said Developmental Biologist and Associate Professor in Zoology, Paula Murphy, who is the senior
author of the study.
“Highly regulated signalling systems are needed for Mother
Nature to follow the complex ‘recipes’ of genetic expression that enable the
development of normal skeletons. What often surprises people is that mechanical
signals also feed in to these signalling systems, and it is the movement of an
embryo that sparks these.”
Health News – Health Canal http://bit.ly/1ikJWVo
"Middle-class women are ignoring the rules about drinking during
pregnancy, study finds"
The U.K. Department of Health recommends that pregnant women – and those trying
to conceive – should abstain from alcohol, or at the most, consume no more than
one to two units a week. A unit is defined as 10 ml of pure alcohol, one to two
units is equivalent to a glass of wine.
What the researchers found was that more than 50 percent of
women in the white-affluent-educated socioeconomic class drank, on average,
four units a week in their first trimester and only went down to two units or
less in the second. Those who consumed more than the recommended two units a
week were twice as likely to give birth to unexpectedly small or premature
babies as women who abstained completely.
Mother Nature Network http://bit.ly/1kPpQ6d
Can Snoring During Pregnancy Affect Your Baby's Health?
Snoring can sometimes be attributed to a sleep disorder
known as sleep apnea, which causes one to momentarily stop breathing
while asleep. This can happen a few times a night or, in more severe cases, up
to hundreds of times, causing the amount of oxygen in the blood to decrease.
Untreated sleep apnea can lead to other health problems, and in pregnant women,
can increase the risk of pre-eclampsia or
high blood pressure.
With this in mind, it’s easy to see why doctors would be
concerned about an infant’s health if its mother was snoring during pregnancy
and had a sleep disorder. To find out just what these snoring risks were, the
scientists who conducted the new study followed more than 1,600 mothers during
their pregnancies; one-third of the pregnant women studied were regular
snorers. Among the snorers, quite a number had cesarean deliveries; not only
that, many were emergency C-sections. Another trend noticed among the mothers
who snored was that their newborns weighed less than average. This isn’t
necessarily a bad thing, but smaller infants have been found to be more prone
to certain medical conditions.
Hormone treatment against chronic pain: Research
A combination of two hormones makes a difference in giving
relief to people with chronic pain, according to a small, preliminary study, Newsmax
Oxytocin is known as the "love hormone" and has
been linked to positive human emotions. Human chorionic gonadotropin plays a
role during pregnancy.
Medicine - All about health and medicine http://bit.ly/1fWmImF
Centennial Hills Hospital offering more natural birth options
“Our goal is to provide more services for the natural community,” said Windy Virgil, director of women’s services at Centennial Hills Hospital. “We want women to feel like they have a place where they can go and give birth without too much intervention.”
The hospital plans to provide two mobile water birth units that will be available between April and June.
“The water helps ease the pain of childbirth,” Virgil said. “The moms in the natural community advocated for this service since it provides significant pain relief (without the use of epidurals).”
Fathers in the Caribbean have to fight to see the birth of their kids
Lewis, a midwife for thirty years, and a staunch advocate for parents and
families, found the situation heartbreaking. In Trinidad and Tobago — as in
many other Caribbean territories — fathers are routinely denied the right to
witness the birth of their children. Lewis, largely through the Trinidad
and Tobago Association of Midwives, has been lobbying for years to get the
Public Radio International http://bit.ly/1fWl2d0
Reducing Early Elective Deliveries
Until four years ago, it seemed like early elective delivery
was a textbook example of evidence widely ignored. These are induced or
cesarean section deliveries after 37 completed weeks but before 39 completed
weeks of gestation, when not medically necessary. The reason is usually
convenience — the family is coming in for Christmas or the obstetrician will be
off next week.
Delivery at 37 or 38 weeks was widely considered benign —
but it is not. Infant mortality is at least 50 percent higher for babies at 37
or 38 weeks than at 39 or 40 (at 41 weeks the rate rises again). These babies
are also more likely to suffer breathing, feeding and developmental problems.
The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Working Moms
Like many working moms, I’ve developed strategies to keep my
days more organized and (kinda sorta) sane. I reached out to fellow moms to
compare notes; these are the tried-and-true habits that make our lives as
working moms work.
Did 'Teen Mom 2' star Kail Lowry eat her placenta?
On Monday night's episode of "Teen Mom 2," Kail was
seen telling her doctor of her plans to have her placenta encapsulated.
Unfortunately, the doctor seemed completely repulsed by the idea and informed
Kail that they didn't offer that service at the hospital in which he worked.
New NICE quality standard aims to improve recognition and assessment of
jaundice in newborn babies
Caused by a raised level of bilirubini and
characterised by yellow colouration of the skin and the whites of the eyes, neonatal jaundice is one of the most
common conditions needing medical attention in newborn babies. It is estimated
that more than 430,000 babies - around 60% of all term and 80% of all pre-term
babies - develop jaundice in the first week of life.
For most newborn babies jaundice does not mean there is any
underlying disease and is generally harmless, particularly when it develops
after the first 24 hours of life. However, jaundice in the first 24 hours of
life can be a sign of underlying disease and needs urgent assessment. If
jaundice is not identified early and treated effectively it can result in
kernicterus, a rare but serious neurological condition which is associated with
long term problems such as cerebral palsy, hearing loss and visual and dental
Some visuals this week since nothing spectacular jumped out at me from the news...
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