5 Ways Pitocin is Different than Oxytocin

http://pregnancy.about.com/od/induction/a/pitocindiffers.htm

The numbers of inductions of labor using artificial means like Pitocin and other medications has gone up dramatically in the last few years. A hospital in my area says that 90 of the women have their labors induced. Since science shows us that inducing labor can increase the numbers of complications in the labor and with the baby, you might be surprised to note that many of the inductions are not for medical reasons, but rather reasons of convenience, practitioner or mother, known as social induction.

One of the things that women tell me is that they are lead to believe that induction is completely safe and relatively easy, after all, Pitocin is just another form of the body’s own  oxytocin, right? (click to read…good info!)

 

Dr. Sears Addresses Recent Co-Sleeping Concerns

http://www.askdrsears.com/news/latest-news/dr-sears-addresses-recent-co-sleeping-concerns

Every night millions of mothers and babies the world over sleep close to each other, and the babies wake up just fine.  Instead of alarming conscientious parents, like the recent shocking and insensitive ad campaign in Milwaukee did, as reported in the Journal Sentinel, sleep advisors should be teaching parents how to co-sleep safely. (click to read on askdrsears.com)

Wait! Don’t Wash That Newborn!

http://eco18.com/dont-wash-newborn/

Do you ever watch a television show where a baby is born and laugh as they hand the new mom a clean, approximately 8-week old baby? Most people are well-aware that babies are born with a slimy mucus-like covering on them. For years, I just assumed it was from being inside the mom’s uterus—leftover amniotic fluid or something that surrounded the baby while in the uterus. Well, it has a name—vernix. And by definition, it’s “a white cheeselike protective material that covers the skin of a fetus.” But, what is it, and why do babies have it? (click above to read article on eco18.com)

Developing Pelvic Organ Prolapse after Childbirth: A Guest Blog

Developing Pelvic Organ Prolapse after Childbirth

Nothing is more beautiful than a woman who glows during pregnancy. There is something captivating about knowing that the miracle of life is unfolding under her burgeoning abdomen. What most women don’t consider is the immense stretching and straining of pelvic tissues that allows for that tummy expansion.

Even though the body is an efficient healer, it is rare that tissues return 100 percent to their pre-pregnancy state. Often, pelvic tissues are left weaker than they were before pregnancy. These weakened tissues set the stage for the development of a condition known as pelvic organ prolapse (POP).

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapse is not a disease. It is a condition that affects as many as 50 percent of women after the age of 50. For many of these women, POP will never cause any tangible symptoms and women may not require any treatment. For others, the symptoms can progress, becoming uncomfortable and potentially debilitating.

As pelvic tissues weaken, they begin to detach from their pelvic structure. Over time, and with the force of gravity, pelvic organs move closer to the pelvic floor. Eventually, if the condition progresses, they can end up prolapsing onto — or even through — the vagina.

In severe cases, women may require surgical intervention to reverse the symptoms. All surgeries are accompanied by inherent health risks. However, one of the most common types of surgery used for POP involves a medical device called transvaginal mesh. This vaginal mesh has been linked to high numbers of serious health complications. Thousands of women have been affected by the sometimes irreversible effects of vaginal mesh use. Many women have sought justice and compensation for their pain through the filing of transvaginal mesh lawsuits against mesh manufacturers.

By preventing POP, or using conservative treatment methods to mitigate its symptoms, women can often avoid surgical treatments.

Exercises to Prevent Pelvic Organ Prolapse

By focusing on pelvic health as soon as possible, women can maintain healthy and strong pelvic tissues, which might prevent POP altogether. Women who have been diagnosed with mild to moderate cases can use these same methods to help reverse their symptoms:

  • Pelvic floor exercises. Kegels are the most famous version of pelvic floor exercises, however doctors can recommend other exercises to strengthen vaginal and pelvic floor muscles. Yoga and Pilates can also provide extra support to the core and pelvic structure.
  • Pelvic physical therapy. Women who have had a traumatic vaginal birth, pelvic injury and/or who have a family history of POP should seek out a physical therapist who specializes in pelvic health. Pelvic physical therapists can offer postural, exercise and other therapy-based treatments to promote pelvic health.
  • Postpartum and/or pelvic massage. Women who have given birth should consider postpartum massage as a part of their healing therapy. These massages have been shown to increase circulation, decrease inflammation, and can help to realign pelvic organs that have shifted out of place. Some of the most effective techniques include Shiatsu, Maya massage and Myofascial Release.

It is never too late for women to work toward regaining pelvic health. But of course, the sooner a woman begins, the more likely she will be to avoid POP.

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Elizabeth Carrollton writes to inform the public about defective medical devices and dangerous drugs for Drugwatch.com.

The Truth Behind 5 Common Home Birth Myths

http://www.inhabitots.com/the-truth-behind-5-common-home-birth-myths/

A recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that home births are gaining in popularity and all-in-all, home births have risen 20% in recent years. Still, many pregnant women and their partners are concerned that home births may not be as safe as a hospital birth, likely because home birth myths regularly circulate in the media and parenting circles. This happens because, when a home birth goes bad, the media is all over it, blaming midwives and the home setting. However, all is not well on the hospital front – it’s just that the media usually ignores the much more common hospital errors.

(Click to read re: some common myths about home births.)