Perinatal and maternal mortality in a religious group avoiding obstetric care. Editor’s Synopsis: This paper focuses on childbirth-related mortality in essentially healthy middle-class pregnant women who were members of a Christian fundamentalist group that did not believe in the use of ‘modern’ medicine under any circumstances. In such circumstances, death is to be ‘accepted’ as God’s […]

Text from Huffington Post — photos added LINK to original post –> http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-global-epidemic-of-unneeded-cesarean-sections-its_us_590935eee4b05279d4edc0eb 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 […]

Five-part historical series on the new American speciality of obstetrics & gynecology ~ 1900 to 1950s

by faithgibson April 9, 2017

This post includes links to 5 documents with historical quotes on different topics by obstetricians and professional journals during the first half of the 20th century (1900-1950s). These sources are describing the political and public relations campaign by obstetrical profession starting in 1910 to eliminate the practice of midwifery, and replace physiologic childbirth practices traditionally used […]

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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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