American Way of Birth, Costliest in the World

American Way of Birth, Costliest in the World

 LACONIA, N.H. — Seven months pregnant, at a time when most expectant couples are stockpiling diapers and choosing car seats, Renée Martin was struggling with bigger purchases. At a prenatal class in March, she was told about epidural anesthesia and was given the option of using a birthing tub during labor. To each offer, she had one gnawing question: “How much is that going to cost?”

 (click link at the top to read on NYTimes.com)

Giving Birth at Home Looks Safe, Study Finds

http://www.livescience.com/37438-home-birth-risk.html

Among women with low-risk pregnancies, those who plan to give birth at home may face less of a risk from dangerous complications than women who plan a hospital birth, a new Dutch study suggests. (click to read on Lifescience.com)

Labor is not a Toothache!

http://supportdrfischbein.blogspot.com/2013/04/labor-is-not-toothache.html

“Anyone who has ever had a toothache or a kidney stone will argue there is no benefit to the pain other than to let us know something is wrong. Painkillers are a godsend in these circumstances. But labor is not a toothache and it is time to look at the pain of labor in a different light”…(click to read this interesting blog by radical doula-approved Los Angeles OB/GYN Dr. Stuart Fischbein.)