Health region should reconsider home birth decision, group says

by faithgibson October 21, 2013

BY JEREMY WARREN, THE STARPHOENIX SEPTEMBER 27, 2013 Dionne Miazdyck-Shield wants to give birth at home but a health region policy is saying no. Photograph by: Richard Marjan , The StarPhoenix A local group is lobbying the Saskatoon Health Region to allow midwives to attend home births with women who’ve previously had a caesarean section. In […]

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Use of Pitocin to induce or speed-up labor increases risk of potentially fatal PPH

by faithgibson October 12, 2013

Labor-Augmenting Drug May Contribute to Reduced Effect in Controlling Postpartum Bleeding Aug. 21, 2013 — With the number of maternal deaths on the rise in the United States, researchers found that a drug frequently used to augment or induce labor may contribute to postpartum bleeding, a study in the September issue of Anesthesiology notes.   The drug oxytocin […]

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My Letter to the Editor ~ re: Pang Study 2002

by faithgibson September 27, 2013

This is a copy of my letter to the Editor  of AJOG (the Green Journal):                                      Faith Gibson, LM, CPM Executive Director, American College of Domiciliary Midwives 3889 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303 info@collegeofmidwives.org September 11, 2002 As a former L&D nurse and practicing community midwife I wish to comment on the study entitled “Outcomes […]

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Planned Home Birth is actually a 2-part “PLAN” that ONLY applies to healthy pregnant women at the term of pregnancy

by faithgibson September 26, 2013

A good portion of the posts on this website have to do with vital statistics research, published studies and meta-analysis on the topic of place-of-birth, in particular the relative safety btw hospitals as high medical-intervention setting, and so-called “planned” home birth as a low (in frequency and it technology) medical-intervention setting. As used in research, […]

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Apgar Wars ~ 7 and last in series: purposeful pattern of negative reports on PHB & resulting attitudes of medical profession & public

by faithgibson September 25, 2013

Continued from yesterday’s post This is the last in the series about a research paper published in the Am Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s that claimed to have proven that PHB is associated with a 10- to 19-fold increase in zero 5-minute Apgar. The effect of systematic prejudice and discrimination by those professionals with a hidden […]

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