Text from Huffington Post — photos added LINK to original post –> 05/02/2017 09:57 pm ET Ask anyone, as I have, in a range of health care and academic settings: why are Cesarean section (C-section) rates so high in middle- and high-income countries? You’re likely to hear that “women demand it.” It turns out that this […]

First in a 5-part historical series of quotes from early obstetricians, or from journal articles of the day, on the obstetrical perspective (as compared to physiological childbirth practices & principles of midwifery), as well as obstetrical policies and practices in the United States during the first half of the 20th century (1900-1950s). 1. Hx-Am-obstetrics-1_OBs-complain-not-respected-by-other-doctors_2010         […]

Autism Studies at UCSF & Stanford shows environment causes more than genetics

by faithgibson April 8, 2017

UCSF, Stanford autism study shows surprises Erin Allday, Chronicle Staff Writer San Francisco Chronicle July 4, 2011 04:46 PM  Tuesday, July 5, 2011 San Francisco — Environmental factors play a more important role in causing autism than previously assumed and, surprisingly, an even larger role than genetics, according to a new study out of UCSF […]

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Designing better systems to document refusal of interventions by laboring women; addressing subsequent staff disapproval of these patients & their birth attendants

by faithgibson March 1, 2017

PubMed abstract Synopsis & the study’s take-home message: This peer-reviewed study by the Australian College of Midwives describes a plan by hospitals to create a formal documentation process for informed consent/decline conversations when childbearing families refused standard intrapartum protocols or interventions believed necessary by the staff. Take-home message #1: The study found the new and more robust method […]

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Eating during labor — interesting but not very useful info, since its conclusions will not lead to policy changes

by faithgibson February 14, 2017

Health News | Thu Feb 9, 2017 | 5:59pm EST Eating during labor may be safe – even beneficial – for womenBy Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) – Women may be able to eat more than just ice chips during labor without risking complications, according to a new review of previous research. In fact, women […]

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