A small but very positive study just released has demonstrated the ability to determine gestational age with a blood test as accurately as early ultrasound. Subsequent blood tests during the pregnancy appear to be accurate in determining who is at risk of delivering prematurely.
Please join me in wishing Penny Simkin a happy birthday and a huge thank you for her contributions to the birth world for the past 50 years.
A just-published study shows that not only is it important what hospital a person chooses to give birth in, it is also very important to choose a provider whose attitudes favor vaginal births for their patients and clients.
This month's Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators is a fun activity using lots of little manipulatives that will increase learning for families while enjoying themselves in class.
Just like when climbing a mountain, food and fluid are the fuels that keep your muscles working and allow you to keep going in labor. Since hospitals generally discourage eating in labor (or outright won’t allow it), this is a discussion that I have with my childbirth class families.