Who starts labour? Mum, baby, or other?

A recent study implies that the Baby is responsible for starting spontaneous labour! “Published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation and supported by the National Instituted of Health and a Prematurity Research Initiative grant from the March of Dimes, the study expanded on former research that had suggested signals from the fetus are actually responsible for theContinue reading “Who starts labour? Mum, baby, or other?”

Does Induction Really REDUCE C-Section Risk?

Several weeks ago, I came across a claim that Induction reduces the risk of C-section! I sincerely thought, this must be a joke; however, it was referencing an actual journal publication. You can find the actual publication here. Since I’ve always heard people say, “I had to be induced, and then it ended in c-section,”Continue reading “Does Induction Really REDUCE C-Section Risk?”

Results from Last Week’s Poll: If you did NOT receive drugs to induce, what was the delivery method?

I apologise for posting these results so late. With 203 votes, the voting results were a landslide for Vaginal Only 85%! See below for the results: If you just split the results into two categories: Vaginal versus C-Section, 93% were delivered vaginally whereas only 7% were delivered via c-section. This is a SIGNIFICANT difference! FollowingContinue reading “Results from Last Week’s Poll: If you did NOT receive drugs to induce, what was the delivery method?”

Results for This Week’s Poll: If you received drugs to induce, what was your delivery method?

Check out the results from this week’s poll about drugs and delivery method! 47% ended delivering vaginally, 26% delivered with forceps or vacuum extraction, and 26% had an emergency c-section. None had a schedule c-section after receiving drugs and there was one vote that entered a different answer.  She entered, “Vaginal birth with manual assistance whilstContinue reading “Results for This Week’s Poll: If you received drugs to induce, what was your delivery method?”

Results from Last Week’s Poll – Does Induction increase risk of C-Section?

Last week’s Poll: “If your birth ended in an emergency c-section, were you given any drugs to start labour or speed up labour prior to the need for a c-section?” Results: 205 votes, 68% Yes (140 votes), 32% NO (65 votes). There is an overwhelming majority of votes that indicated usage of drugs that endedContinue reading “Results from Last Week’s Poll – Does Induction increase risk of C-Section?”

Why Natural (Unmedicated) Childbirth?

Why Natural Childbirth? Reposted from givingbirthnaturally.com Choosing natural childbirth is choosing to trust your body.  Even more than that, it’s knowing that you already possess all the tools you need to give birth. Having a natural birth doesn’t mean choosing pain.  There are a wide variety of natural comfort measures that can be employed. WomenContinue reading “Why Natural (Unmedicated) Childbirth?”

The Problem with Due Dates

Ditch that 40-week estimated due date that you were given, even if they measured using an ultrasound! A study that came out in June of 2013 showed that the gestation period for normal, unassisted pregnancy through birth can vary up to five weeks. If this is the case, why aren’t more midwives and consultants giving ‘overdue’ mothersContinue reading “The Problem with Due Dates”