Wednesday Childbirth Potpourri

Are you a good candidate for hospital birth?

Brilliant. Sad, but brilliant. Note the last item on the list and considered yourself warned—I’ve dug up some treasures which I’ll post in the next few weeks.



Robin Elise Weiss, who writes the Pregnancy and Childbirth guide, blog and runs the forums just wrote another book! The Complete Illustrated Pregnancy Companion: A Week-by-Week Guide to Everything You Need To Do for a Healthy Pregnancy is now available.

She recently posted the journal of her twins pregnancy to accompany the birth story of her two beautiful twin girls who she carried to term and delivered at home. They added up to 15.5 pounds of baby.

Robin’s VBAC Forum needs some attention. If anyone has time to connect with someone on the forum, jump in!



Are We Mature Enough to Make Use of Comparative Effectiveness Research?

Here’s where things get dicey. A chief medical officer I know was once discussing unnecessary procedures in his healthcare system. In a rare moment of unvarnished truthtelling, one of his procedural specialists told him, “I make my living off unnecessary procedures.” Even if we stick to the correct side of the ethical fault line, doctors and companies inevitably believe in their technologies and products, making it tricky to get them to willingly lay down their arms.

Good to know.

H/T: Kevin MD



“Modern Life Making Women 'Ignorant And Ill-Equipped' To Cope With Motherhood”

Worst headline ever. Best if you’re hoping to spark someone’s attention by insulting them, I guess.

The growing trend to move miles away from hometowns and family for work is leaving many women feeling 'ignorant and ill-equipped' to cope with pregnancy and childbirth.

According to a University of Warwick study of motherhood, many women do not have the support and advice they need when they have a baby because they live too far from close family.

The study also suggests the modern practice of encouraging new mothers to give birth in hospital means women often have no experience of childbirth until they have their own children.

There were 90 participants in their study.

Not being close to family doesn’t mean you don’t still get plenty of advice, plus women can always establish communities of friends to fill the role. I am intrigued at how the idea of being several generations into the trend of institutionalized birth has left women with really only one window to see and experience childbirth—the media.

Many U.S. women are the fourth generation of women born in hospitals. The family tradition and woman to woman advice being passed down in the family might not be what a woman is looking for or needs. It seems like everyone I know that had well-meaning relatives “help” by letting them sleep and giving the baby “just one bottle” at night had major problems breastfeeding. In that case, a community of friends might be better at mothering a new mother than family.



RedRN is back! And speaking of familial support of new mothers, there’s this amazing story.




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