Consumer reports has come out with a list of 10 procedures to reject during pregnancy and birth. In a society such as ours, where more is better, machines and gadgets and technology are sought after, it turns out that Less is More when it comes to pregnancy and birth. Here are a list of 10 procedures to reject during pregnancy and birth.
This article is a report on a 3 year research study on prematurity in 184 countries. The causes of premature birth are varied in wealthy countries versus poor countries. The survival of premature infants is also different depending on the wealth of the country. Great strides are being made in poorer countries with simple interventions. However, among the wealthier countries, the USA lags in prematurity treatment. Read more here.
Two local midwives in Beaufort, SC are working hard to improve prenatal care and birth care for some of the poorest women in the state. Poor women, with inadequate access to medical services often have some of the worst health outcomes for themselves and their children. Nichole Wardlaw, CNM, and JayVon Muhammed, CPM have teamed up to open a birth center. Birth Centers have been shown to be safe for low risk women and outcomes are at least as as safe as those women birthing in a hospital.
But opening a birth center costs money. Nichole and JayVon have set up a donation site to receive gifts towards their goal for providing improved services. Whatever you can contribute would be welcome. Moms and babies will thank you. Here are some words from Nichole:
Hello family and friends!
I am contacting each of you with the hope that you will help to make this dream a reality. I am currently working on a project to get a Birth Center opened in my area. As most of you know I live and work in a rural area of SC where there is a lack of access to care. The women in this area have higher rates of infant mortality and maternal morbidity, esp women of color. Many women travel an hour to the closest facility for deliveries in a hospital where there is little touch and high intervention. The c/s rate is higher than the national average. This proposed Birth Center will offer women a choice in where they deliver. There will be doula support and prenatal care offered in the home for those with travel and other issues that prevent them from having early entry into prenatal care and routine care. I am very passionate about serving women and their familes and I hope that you will help in my effort. Please click the link below and check our page out! Thank you in advance for your support! Please share the link to anyone else that you think will help.
Please let me know if you have any questions or need some resources to learn more!
Always in service,