Advice: “How to avoid having a Cesarean Section” from

by faithgibson December 19, 2017

From: Nicholas Olow <> Subject: Best Practices for Reducing Primary Cesarean Births… Date: December 19, 2017  If you, a friend, family member, partner, co-worker, or client of yours is wanting to reduce their risk of having a primary cesarean birth in a hospital please read and share the following article with your network of birth professionals on other Facebook and […]

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New AJOG study on Cerebral Palsy: no reduction in CP last 50 yrs, despite 6-fold increase in CS rate

by faithgibson September 28, 2017

Cerebral palsy: causes, pathways, and the role of genetic variants Alastair H. MacLennan, MD, FRANZCOG; Suzanna C. Thompson, MBBS, FRACP; Jozef Gecz, PhD Cerebral palsy (CP) is heterogeneous with different clinical types, comorbidities, brain imaging patterns, causes, and now also heterogeneous underlying genetic variants. Few are solely due to severe hypoxia or ischemia at birth. […]

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AJOG: 1984 ~ Perinatal and maternal mortality in a religious group avoiding obstetric care.

by faithgibson May 28, 2017

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 […]

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Huffington Post: “Global Epidemic of Unneeded Cesarean Sections: It’s Time to Do Something”

by faithgibson May 4, 2017

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 […]

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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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