Wednesday Wrap Up August 10

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ACOG has a new statement out on home birth, and it is interesting to compare it to the last statement and see what has changed and what has not.

And here’s a nice article addressing some of the common myths and concerns about home birth: No, it wasn’t messy.

And if you don’t want to birth at home, and you do want luxury, just go to Japan, where this birth suite will blow your mind.

A postpartum plan is every bit as important as a birth plan! Don’t regret overlooking the postpartum plan.

The newest US breastfeeding stats are out, take a look and see if your impressions are close to reality.

And finally, and interesting interview with a doula who is not the sterotypical doula, and who is doing important work reaching people who need the support he provides.

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Wednesday Wrap Up August 3

WednesdayWrapUpQIt’s World Breastfeeding Week! And to celebrate, a breastfeeding themed Wednesday Wrap Up.

A look back at 200 years of breast pumps in photos and diagrams.

An in depth discussion of the dangers of worrying too much about infant feeding intervals.

A collection of photos of women breastfeeding. Some celebrities, some humorous, some dramatic.

More great photography – the Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project is a collaboration of many photographers showing infant feeding in a variety of places.

Milk Meg takes on the evidence for problems commonly blamed on breastfeeding.

If you’re local to me, consider attending some of the events sponsored by the Utah Breastfeeding Coalition this week. I’ll be speaking at the “Ask an Expert” panel on Friday night, so come by and say hi!

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Wednesday Wrap Up July 27

WednesdayWrapUpQIt’s true! Birth Without An Epidural isn’t Superhuman! Laboring moms are human, too.

A fascinating look at some emerging research at how breastmilk influences a baby’s microbiome. It’s way too soon to make much practical use of the info, but it’s interesting to learn more about the things that are coming to light.

Well, in my experience lots of midwives WILL tell you such things, and many of them are true for doulas as well. 21 Secrets Midwives Will Never Tell You

I’ve seen it in my family, in my friends, and in my clients. It’s real, but not often talked about. And many women don’t know they can seek help or that it isn’t normal, because they don’t feel sad. Why Aren’t We Talking About Postpartum Anxiety?

I’ve never had four births in four days (thank goodness, it sounds exhausting!) but I have had four in a week and that was busy enough. I loved the short summaries and the variety of birth experiences.

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Wednesday Wrap Up July 20

WednesdayWrapUpJA sweet animated video on the life of a midwife, created by the daughter of a midwife. Mother of Many

If you’re tired of all the mom groups with their meddling medical advice, you might get a chuckle at this Ten Little Monkeys parody.

Another PokemonGo connection to birth. This time it was a dad catching a Pokemon in his wife’s hospital room while waiting for their cesarean birth.

There’s a New Birth By the Numbers video out – this time on the trends in home birth. Learn more in this interview with Christina Gebel, a member of the team who created the video.

Interesting look at pregnancy and the work place: Working While Pregnant is Awful

This upcoming blog and movie look interesting, I’ll be reading the blog and maybe seeing the movie. In Utero

And for more self-depricating humor….Amy Schumer discusses trends in natural birth.

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Wednesday Wrap Up July 13

WednesdayWrapUpRAn interesting read – also addresses why and how often parents share their birth stories. Why so many women love being in labor

You can find birth analogies everywhere. I’ve never played the game, but it doesn’t surprise me that there are ways that PokemonGO and doulas are similar.

A very honest graphic and fact sheet on VBAC and the pitfalls women face when planning for a VBAC.

This article highlights some of the challenges of childbirth education, and I agree that the focus of classes should be on skills and techniques, with a variety of options, rather than just “what to expect” or the benefits of natural birth. I’d love to learn more about this curriculum. Childbirth Program Cuts Rates of Epidural and Cesarean

Oh the irony of this article. She rants about how women are judged and forced to fit one specific mold, and then uses that argument to say that all women should birth the way she chose to birth: with an epidural. I wonder how it is that she can’t see the conflict there…. Just Get the Epidural

And finally, two funny birthy things, because if you can’t laugh at your own profession, you’re missing out on a lot of fun.

This over the top video opens with a mom wearing a hospital gown at her home birth, and only gets more ridiculous when the MidBros show up to fill in for her midwife.

And in a turn the tables parody, Hippie Dolphin has Natural Air Birth

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