How hard will be be to organize maternity hospitals in the United States?

Today I want to share two studies describing what may be considered the ‘capacity’ of hospitals. 1 2  The research team surveyed hosptials in California about their staffing, treatments available, and the types of treatments they are able to provide. Why? Because the joint ACOG/SMFM statment on regionalization of hosptials organized hosptials by thier ‘capacity’.3 These …

Childbirth Meditation: Change

Change your habits if they are causing you problems or not healthy. Change the way you talk about your baby’s birth. Stop using words like “delivery” and remember that your birth happened several years ago. Change the way you think about your plans. Don’t feel obligated to say you want something “just in case.” It …

Should I choose organic foods when pregnant?

The terms organic and natural are sometimes placed on food packaging. In some areas, these terms have specific definitions. For example, the US Food and Drug Administration has set standard definitions for what is in a product that bears these names. Foods are allowed to be called USDA Organic when at least 95% of the ingredients …

Food Safety in Pregnancy

When you think of food-borne illness, do you think of the major outbreaks reported in the media? These outbreaks receive most of our national food safety attention, but according to the CDC these represent only 5% of the food-borne illness cases that occur every year. The CDC estimates 1 in 6 Americans get sick from …

Pregnant and always have to pee?

Why This Happens The pressure of your growing uterus and a heightened metabolic rate cause increased frequency of urination. For some women, the increased weight of the uterus stressed the pelvic floor muscle causing incontinence. The progesterone that is working to ensure you stay pregnant relaxes smooth muscle (like that of your urinary tract). This …

Weight Gain in Pregnancy

Your midwife will be watching your weight to ensure that it is gained at an appropriate rate. Lack of weight gain or a sudden burst of weight gain may concern her. Ideal weight gain does not mean you gain the same amount of weight every week. Most mothers only gain 2-4 pounds in the first trimester, …

Dealing with pregnancy back aches

Why back aches? Though common, back aches are not an inevitable part of pregnancy. Several factors work together to cause back aches. As the baby grows, the mother’s center of gravity changes. Some women respond to the changing center of gravity by pulling the shoulders back, which puts pressure on the lower back. Wearing shoes …