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Monday, May 28, 2012

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Random Pregnancy Facts


I found this site on random facts to be very informative. The page I have linked to gives random facts about pregnancy. They address everything from miscarriage rates to the percentage of women opting for home births. Click through on the link and see if you learn anything new!

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Maternity Leave Laws

I've heard about a number of employers who try to "work around the maternity laws. It always pays to know what the laws are so you can protect yourself when taking leave from work. Read more: pregnancy.familyedication.com From the article: The Pregnancy Discrimination Act The Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which was passed in 1978, gives pregnant women the same rights as others with "medical conditions" by prohibiting job discrimination. This law, which applies to companies employing 15 or more people, says… Your employer cannot fire you because you are pregnant. Your employer cannot force you to take mandatory maternity leave. You must be granted the same health, disability, and sickness-leave benefits as any other employee who has a medical condition. You must be given modified tasks, alternate assignments, disability leave, or leave without pay (depending on company policy). You are allowed to work as long as you can perform your job. You are guaranteed job security during your leave. During your leave, you continue to accrue seniority and remain eligible for pay increases and benefits.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Cameras May Identify Autistic Behavior

Here is one example of how technology may pick up on certain behaviors or problems in children even before they're identified by adults. Read more: www.newscientist.com From the article: The cameras identify and track children based on their shape and the colour of the clothes they are wearing. The information is fed to three PCs, which run software that logs each child's activity level - including how they move each of their limbs - and plots it against the room's average. The system can flag up children who are hyperactive or unusually still - both possible markers for autism. Medical staff can then decide whether the child requires closer attention from a specialist for a one-on-one diagnosis. The system will be presented at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in St Paul, Minnesota, this month.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Home Births


One woman I know who also had her baby at the age of 44 decided to have a home birth. She had a midwife who followed her throughout her pregnancy and was there during the delivery. Home births are becoming more popular as women realize they have options outside of the traditional hospital birth. Here is an article about the benefits of having a home birth:

Home Births: Why I Made the Same Choice My Mother Did (pregnancy.lovetoknow.com)

From the article:

I realize that hospitals have made many advances since my Mom had her children. There has even been a lot of progress in the seven years since my second son was born. But, I would still choose home birth over hospital birth.

With both of my labours, I was able to move around, try all sorts of things (like sitting in a warm bath to ease the contractions), and choose the position I wanted to be in for each stage. I tried squatting, leaning, lying on my side, and walking around. I was able to eat light snacks when I was hungry.

Most important, I was in a non-threatening, familiar environment--my home. I didn't have to worry about the noise I made or what would happen if my water broke all over the floor. I didn't have to worry about picking up any iatrogenic disease because a birth attendant inadequately cleaned his/her hands after checking another patient. I didn't have to pack a suitcase and hope that I remembered everything I might need for both labour and a hospital stay. I didn't have to make a mad rush for the hospital. I was able to relax, concentrate on having the baby, and enjoy (yes, enjoy!) the process of labour.

I was also allowed to do some other things that hospitals are, at best, impatient with. I had read Birth Without Violence -- a book about natural, gentle childbirth by Frederick Leboyer. I wanted to try some of his techniques, like low light levels, a gentle "floaty" bath, and not cutting the cord until it stopped pulsing. The last consideration has to do with allowing the child to take his time adjusting to the process of breathing, as opposed to forcing him into breathing by cutting off his oxygen supply. My sons lay on my stomach for almost an hour while we waited for them to decide that they were ready to breathe on their own, and it was the most wonderful hour of my life. I had time to examine every skin cell, count fingers and toes, gently massage their backs, and hold their tiny hands. It really was a beautiful experience.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Water Birth


Pregnancy Over 40 and Having A Water Birt

I would have loved to have a water birth, but, as it turned out, my doctor recommended that I be induced at 39 weeks because of my age (even though my pregnancy was progressing normally).
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 I do know a woman (also had her baby at the age of 44) who had a home water birth. I recall her telling me that once she got into the water, the pain of labor was cut in half. Here is a site that promotes water birth:

www.waterbirth.org

From the site:

What are the benefits of waterbirth and water labor?

Speeds up labor
Reduces blood pressure
Gives mother more feelings of control
Provides significant pain relief
Promotes relaxation
Enables the mother to assume any position which is comfortable for labor and birth
Conserves her energy
Reduces the need for drugs and interventions
Gives mother a private protected space
Reduces perineal trauma and eliminates episiotomies
Reduces cesarean section rates
Is highly rated by mothers - typically stating they would consider giving birth in water again
Is highly rated by experienced providers
Encourages an easier birth for mother and a gentler welcome for baby

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