Back labor is excruciating. It is to be avoided, if possible. The back labor I am referring to is the pain of labor felt more in the lower back than in the belly of the mother, and is caused by a baby coming down the birth canal face up. First a bit of terminology. “Anterior” … Continue reading Back Labor and the OP Baby
Many women suspect they are pregnant even before that first missed period. However, the earliest signs of pregnancy are barely noticeable by most women. Here are a few you might pick up on if you are paying very close attention to your body. Breast tenderness is classic. This can be mild but for some women … Continue reading What are the earliest symptoms of pregnancy?
I am so happy to be able to keep my patients off the monitor! For over 20 years, the dangers of continuous electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) have been documented, yet 85% of women laboring in the U.S. are still being strapped into beds, with their nurses struggling to keep unbroken tracings of both babies’ heart … Continue reading Less is More: Intermittent Auscultation
Great article! I am looking forward to seeing this Mamasherpas movie. Continue reading Americans need to treat giving birth like a natural process, not a medical emergency
I was taking the history on a teen who was beginning her prenatal care with us. When she told me that her little sister was also pregnant, and passing out at rave parties, but would not come in for care, I thought how rough this must be for their mother. Their mother, she then told … Continue reading The Toughest Part of the Unplanned Teen Pregnancy Problem: Motherless Girls
Once in the hospital, there is a tendency for the beeping of the monitor to become everyone’s focal point. The family does not even need to be told that interpreting fetal monitoring strips is a tricky business, and best left to the professionals. However, you are an informed health care consumer, and you know that … Continue reading Fetal Monitoring Demystified
When I delivered my first child nearly 30 years ago, my direct-entry midwife recommended we both climb into the herbal bath as soon as possible. She prepared this, I later learned, by steeping 3 herbs and a whole bulb of garlic in the household’s largest pot filled with water, then pouring this infusion through a … Continue reading Traditional Midwife’s Herbal Baths