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The New Rules of Pregnancy: What to Eat, Do, Think About, and Let Go Of While Your Body Is Making a Baby
by Adrienne L. Simone (Author), Jaqueline Worth (Author), Danielle Claro (Author)


Why New York Lags So Far Behind on Natural Childbirth
The New York Times :
BY GABRIELA BHASKAR
Texas has 70 free-standing birthing centers; New York has three. In the city, where Mount Sinai West’s birthing center will soon close, money is one big factor.


Well Illustrated: Childbirth
The New York Times :
By JESSICA ZUCKER and RYAN ALEXANDER-TANNER,  MAY 11, 2017


Study Sees Bigger Role for Placenta in Newborns’ Health
The New York Times :
BY DENISE GRADY
Placental bacteria may affect the timing of births and the makeup of an infant’s gut, researchers say, including that of babies born by cesarean.


Study Suggests Misplaced Fears in Longer Childbirths
The New York Times :
By CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS
A new study in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology suggests that women in labor may be subject to unnecessary interventions by doctors who wrongly fear labor has become prolonged.


Timing of Baby’s First Solids May Affect Allergy Risk
The New York Times :
By NICHOLAS BAKALAR
Breast-feeding exclusively for four to six months, and introducing solid foods while breast-feeding continues, may be a good way to reduce the risk for food allergies in children.


Men at Work for Women in Labor
The New York Times :
By BONNIE ROCHMAN
Meet David Goldman of Bellingham, Wash., the … “dude-la”? Mr. Goldman was certified as a doula last year by DONA International, the largest accrediting body of doulas worldwide. Although the group doesn’t track how many men have completed the training, officials there are aware of just a handful of male doulas among the 8,500 birth attendants it has certified since launching two decades ago.


Keep Telling Yourself, ‘This Workout Feels Good’

The New York Times :
By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS
Verbal mantras like “feeling good” and “doing well” can stave off fatigue and improve exercise performance, a new study shows.

Interpretation from from Dr Mussalli & Dr Worth — Read this study and think about labor. To us it gives new medical proof to what we already know at VOB — expert support in labor from your doula and your family gives you amazing power to go further than you can on your own.


Breast Milk Donated or Sold Online Is Often Tainted, Study Says
The New York Times :
By NICHOLAS BAKALAR
A cottage industry has sprung up facilitating the sale and donation of human breast milk on the Internet, but a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics confirms the concerns of health professionals over this unregulated marketplace.

The report found that breast milk bought from two popular Web sites was often contaminated with high levels of bacteria, including, in a few instances, salmonella. The amounts detected in some samples were sufficient to sicken a child.


A Randomized Trial of Planned Cesarean or Vaginal Delivery for Twin Pregnancy
The New England Journal of Medicine :
By Jon F.R. Barrett, M.B., B.Ch., M.D., Mary E. Hannah, M.D.C.M., Eileen K. Hutton, Ph.D.
In twin pregnancy between 32 weeks 0 days and 38 weeks 6 days of gestation, with the first twin in the cephalic presentation, planned cesarean delivery did not significantly decrease or increase the risk of fetal or neonatal death or serious neonatal morbidity, as compared with planned vaginal delivery.


Study Finds Benefits in Delaying Severing of Umbilical Cord
The New York Times :
By CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS
In most hospital delivery rooms, doctors routinely clamp and sever the umbilical cord less than a minute after an infant’s birth, a practice thought to reduce the risk of maternal hemorrhaging.

But a new analysis has found that delaying clamping for at least a minute after birth, which allows more time for blood to move from the placenta, significantly improves iron stores and hemoglobin levels in newborns and does not increase the risks to mothers.


Sucking Your Child’s Pacifier Clean May Have Benefits
Well :
By ANAHAD O’CONNOR
For years, health officials have told parents not to share utensils with their babies or clean their pacifiers by putting them in their mouths, arguing that the practice spreads harmful germs between parent and child. But new research may turn that thinking on its head.


Consequences of a Primary Elective Cesarean Delivery Across the Reproductive Life
Obstetrics & Gynecology :
By MILLER, EMILY S. MD MPH; HAHN, KATHERINE MD; GROBMAN, WILLIAM A. MD, MBA
Maternal morbidity associated with the choice of primary elective cesarean delivery increases in each subsequent pregnancy and is greater in magnitude than that associated with the choice of a trial of labor. These increased risks are not offset by a substantive reduction in the risk of neonatal morbidity.


How Creative Is Your Doctor?
The New York Times:
By DANIELLE OFRI, M.D.
Medicine is a field with a strong history of creativity, but its daily practice feels less and less creative.


For Parents-to-Be, a Few Financial and Legal Tips
The New York Times:
By TARA SIEGEL BERNARD
Having a baby is a wonderfully happy time and also a stressful one, so it pays to get your financial house in order for the sake of you, your partner and your new child.


In defense of Catholic health care
The New York Daily News :
By DR. GEORGE MUSSALLI
Ob-gyn, formerly of St. Vincent’s, says an ACLU lawsuit is terribly unfair

Catholic hospitals are open to all: the uninsured, the unborn, the undocumented, those of all cultures, creeds or no creed at all. If forced to make a terrible choice between participating in abortions and closing, I fear that still more Catholic hospitals will choose to close. With Americans struggling to find dignified access to health care, that’s the last thing we need.


Caesarean Deliveries Vary Widely, Study Finds
The New York Times:
By SABRINA TAVERNISE
The rate of Caesarean deliveries, the most common operating-room procedure performed in the United States, varies drastically among hospitals across the country, a new study has found, ranging from 7 percent of all births at the hospital with the lowest share of Caesarean deliveries to 70 percent at the hospital with the highest rate.


Healthy Bacteria in Babies
The New York Times:
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA
Infants may fail to develop a healthy mixture of intestinal bacteria if they are delivered by Caesarean section or do not drink breast milk, researchers report.


90 Seconds to Change the World: Alan Greene at TEDxBrussels
TEDxTalks
In 2012, Dr. Greene launched a worldwide campaign aimed at changing the practice of Immediate Cord Camping To Optimal Cord Clamping or TICC TOCC.


Cuomo Declares Public Health Emergency Over Flu Outbreak
CITY ROOM:
By MARC SANTORA
Published: January 12, 2013
With the nation in the grip of a severe influenza outbreak that has seen deaths reach epidemic levels, New York State declared a public health emergency on Saturday, making access to vaccines more easily available.


Father’s Age Is Linked to Risk of Autism and Schizophrenia
The New York Times:
By BENEDICT CAREY
Older men are more likely than young ones to father a child who develops autism or schizophrenia, because of random mutations that become more numerous with advancing paternal age.


Mommy Wars: The Prequel
The New York Times:
By SAMANTHA M. SHAPIRO
Ina May Gaskin and the Battle for at-Home Births


Studies Suggest an Acetaminophen-Asthma Link
The New York Times:
By CHRISTIE ASCHWANDEN
More than 20 studies, including a large analysis of data on more than 200,000 children, have produced results that link acetaminophen use to an increased risk of asthma.


How to Raise a Happy, Cooperative Child
Psychology Today:
By MERI WALLACE, LCSW
6 Strategies to Get Your Child to Cooperate