In the News
From the Chicago Tribune:
Study finds that elective C-sections before 39 weeks raise risk to babies
Thousands of women put their babies at needless risk of respiratory problems, hypoglycemia and other ills by scheduling Caesarean-section
deliveries too early, according to an analysis of more than 13,000 births published Thursday in The New England Journal of
Elective C-sections performed after only 37 or 38 weeks of pregnancy had up to four times the risk of serious complications
compared with procedures done after 39 weeks. Even deliveries that were just one, two or three days shy of 39 weeks carried
a 21 percent increased risk of complications, the study found.
From Digital Journal:
Eliminating Recess Does Not Benefit School Children
There is a growing trend in public schools to take away recess from primary schools. Adults would scream loudly if their coffee
breaks were removed yet recess is an easy target in primary schools. Children, like adults need time to regroup and socialize.
From the American Journal of Pediatrics:
School Recess and Group Classroom Behavior
These results indicated that, among 8- to 9-year-old children, having ≥1 daily recess period of >15 minutes in length
was associated with better teacher's rating of class behavior scores. This study suggests that schoolchildren in this age
group should be provided with daily recess.
From Associated Press:
US doctors pay to hear Ore. town's vaccine views
There are so many parents in this free-spirited, unconventional small town who won't get their kids vaccinated that federal
researchers are paying money just to hear their side of things. On Saturday, 80 locals will get $50 apiece to talk about their
worries over the risks of childhood shots.
See the Brewer response to the following 3 news items here (scroll down to red paragraph at bottom of page)
From NHS Choices:
Pregnant Exercise Unsafe
The researchers found a link between exercise and severe pre-eclampsia, but only for the most active mothers.
Among the 85, 1389 women who completed the study, the two highest physical activity levels were associated with an increased
risk of severe pre-eclampsia compared to the non-exercising group.
From the Daily Mail:
Women who exercise during pregnancy face risk of pre-eclampsia, researchers warn
In a study involving 85,000 females they found that jogging for more than one hour and 15 minutes a week more than doubled
the risk of pre-eclampsia.
Women who exercise for between four and a half and seven hours a week are 65 per cent more likely to develop severe pre-eclampsia.
Those who did more than seven hours a week were 78 per cent more likely to have the condition.
From the Daily Telegraph:
Exercise in pregnancy linked to fatal raised blood pressure condition
Pregnant women are recommended to take 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per day and the latest data suggest that
exceeding that by even a small amount was linked to pre-eclampsia.
Jogging for more than one hour and 15 minutes a week more than doubled the risk of pre-eclampsia and this meant seven per
cent of women who did this much exercise developed the condition.
Women with high levels of physical activity, 4.5 hours a week to seven hours a week, were 65 per cent more likely to have
severe pre-eclampsia. This means 18 per cent of women who do this much exercise will develop the condition.
Women who did more than seven hours a week of exercise were 78 per cent more likely to have the condition, meaning 29 per
cent of women who do this much exercise will develop severe pre-eclampsia.
"Another unexpected finding was that leisure time exercise, in amounts that were only slightly higher than the recommended
amount, seemed even to be associated with an increased risk of severe types of pre-eclampsia."
Report from Mothering: Circumcision and AIDS?
Tell NBC to Stop Baby Borrowers
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News from the UK Independent Midwives' Association
From the BBC News:
Antenatal blues 'hit development'
Women who are depressed during pregnancy can have babies who develop more slowly than their peers, a UK study suggests.
Pain 'missed' in premature babies
Premature babies undergoing medical procedures may be in pain even if there is no obvious physical hint of it, brain scans
Anaesthetics 'could worsen pain'
Some general anaesthetics could actually worsen the pain following surgery, say scientists.
The United States of Advertising
America is, I think, the only country in the world which permits advertising of drugs which are available only through your
The insidious message is simple; if your doctor is not offering you this drug, maybe you should be asking for it.
Those adverts with their sure sense of how to play on our doubts and insecurities are a symptom of the restless energy of
American capitalism and of the belief that it can apply to issues of health and happiness just as readily as it can apply
to polish or pet food.
Asthma link to pregnancy stress
Women who are stressed in pregnancy may raise the risk of their child developing asthma or other allergies, a study suggests.
Smoothies 'can damage your teeth'
Dentists have warned the current popularity of fruit smoothies could lead to widespread tooth damage.
DNA damage 'caused by pesticides'
New research in India suggests exposure to pesticides could have damaged the DNA of people in farming communities, leading
to higher rates of cancer.
Women 'face raised whiplash risk'
Women drivers are three times more likely than men to suffer whiplash injuries if their car is hit from behind, Swedish researchers
Breastfeeding 'may cut arthritis'
Women who breastfeed for more than a year reduce their chance of rheumatoid arthritis by half, research suggests.
Prem mothers 'need feeding help'
Mothers of premature babies need more advice and support to help them breastfeed, says baby charity Bliss.
From United Press International:
Junk food bans at school tuck shops work
Children eat more fruit if unhealthy snacks are banned from tuck shops -- small, food-selling stores in schools and youth
clubs -- Welsh researchers found.
Timing key in cleft palate surgery
A Canadian cleft palate surgeon's recommendation to delay closing at the gum level until age 8 may be adopted worldwide.
Cuddling helps babies recover from pain
Very preterm babies could benefit from skin-to-skin cuddling with their moms before and during painful procedures, a Canadian
The study, published in the journal BMC Pediatrics, babies receiving kangaroo mother care recovered from the pain within a
couple of minutes, whereas the incubator babies were still suffering at more than three minutes.
From the BBC News:
High-calorie diet linked to boys
A woman's diet around the time of conception may influence the gender of her baby, research suggests.
The study suggests a high-calorie diet at this time - and regular breakfasts - might increase the odds of a boy.
Europe-wide food colour ban call
A food safety watchdog has called for a Europe-wide ban on six artificial food colourings after research found a link with
hyperactivity in children.
Cleaning 'improves mental health'
Working up a sweat while performing household chores may not just improve the cleanliness of your home, but your mental health
too, a survey suggests.
Heart risk may be set in the womb
Babies whose mothers develop pre-eclampsia in pregnancy may be at greater risk of cardiovascular disease in later life, a
Baby sleep 'link' to weight risk
Lack of sleep and regular TV viewing increases the risk of babies and toddlers becoming overweight, a US study says.
Foetal test rules out rhesus jab
A test for spotting a mismatch between the blood of a pregnant woman and her baby could prevent thousands from undergoing
Fear over child tranquilliser use
Increasing numbers of UK children are being prescribed unlicensed anti-psychotic drugs, research suggests.
Vets 'at risk from miscarriage'
Female vets over-exposed to the anaesthetics, X-rays and pesticides they use could be raising their chances of miscarriage,
Long-term risk of premature birth
Babies born prematurely may suffer the health consequences all the way through to adulthood, a major study suggests.
An analysis of nearly 1.2m births in Norway revealed those born early were more likely to die as children and less likely
to reproduce as adults.
Wheeze 'link' to baby milk powder
Prolonged exposure to baby milk powder increases the risk of breathing problems, including wheezing and breathlessness, a
study has found.
Alcohol ban advised for pregnancy
Women should not drink any alcohol during pregnancy, NHS adviser the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
(NICE) has said.
It says if they must drink, they should not do so in the first three months and should limit consumption to one or two units
once or twice a week afterwards.
It brings NICE in line with government advice and replaces previous guidance saying small daily amounts were fine.
Stressed parents 'make kids ill'
Parents with stressful lives may be making their children as well as themselves vulnerable to illness, research suggests.
A University of Rochester study, reported by New Scientist, found sickness levels were higher in children of anxious or depressed
From BBC News:
Male fertility 'set in the womb'
Low sperm count may be linked to development in the womb
Male fertility problems are determined in the womb, research from the University of Edinburgh suggests.
Common genital disorders, low sperm count and testicular cancer could all be linked to hormone levels early in pregnancy,
studies in rats suggest.
From CBS2 News:
High Doses Of Folic Acid May Lead To Colon Cancer
Folic acid is in many of the foods we eat every day. It can prevent birth defects, but now research is linking it to an increase
in colon cancer.
From CBS News:
Helping Infants Suffering From Pain
As recently as 15 years ago, it was thought that newborns were not developed enough to feel or remember pain. Amazingly, newborns
often received little or no anesthesia for most medical procedures - even surgery.
From the BBC:
Acupuncture 'boosts IVF chances'
Acupuncture may increase the success rates of fertility treatment, according to a study.
Child dads 'birth problems link'
Babies fathered by teenagers are more likely to be unhealthy at birth, a study suggests.
Beetroot 'may cut blood pressure'
Drinking 500ml of beetroot juice a day can significantly reduce blood pressure, UK research suggests.
Supplements 'reduce malaria toll'
Cheap dietary supplements could protect young children from malaria, research suggests.
The study, published in Nutrition Journal, found giving children vitamin A and zinc cut incidence of illness by a third.
Pre-birth schizophrenia risk fear
Women who endure severe stress early in pregnancy may be more likely to have children that go on to develop schizophrenia,
Unborn twins 'kicked out cancer'
A mother who found she had a tumour while pregnant was saved by her unborn twins' kicking, doctors have said.
'Morphine babies' feel more pain
Premature babies may require many painful procedures
Premature babies who receive morphine may grow up to be more sensitive to pain, a study on rats suggests...
"But ultimately we are interested in the option which causes the least amount of harm. The mortality rate is higher for unsedated
babies, not to mention the fact that it would be totally unacceptable to wilfully expose newborn infants to severe pain."
And yet U.S. doctors frequently subject newborn boys to circumcision without anesthesia.
From the BBC:
Med diet 'cuts baby asthma risk'
The Mediterranean diet is rich in fruit and vegetables
Pregnant women who eat a Mediterranean diet may help protect their children from asthma and other allergies, researchers say.
Filming reveals Czech children still caged
The Czech Republic banned the use of cage-like beds in children's care homes a year ago, under international pressure. But
as Clive Myrie reports for the Ten O'Clock News, secret filming shows the use of the beds goes on.
Chewing gum weight loss warning
Sorbitol in "sugar-free" chewing gum is a laxative
Too much "sugar-free" chewing gum can lead to severe weight loss and diarrhoea, doctors warn.
Woman gives birth in pants
A Connecticut woman and her newborn twins are doing fine despite their unusual birth.
On Wednesday, Larryette Thomas, unexpectedly gave birth with one of the tiny boys born inside her pants.
From the BBC:
China reinforces one-child stance
More and more wealthy couples are ignoring the one-child rule
Hundreds of people in central China have been expelled from the Communist Party for violating the one-child policy, state
media has reported.
Disturbed sleep link to diabetes
A disturbed night's sleep may increase the risk of developing diabetes, US research has suggested.
The US team discovered that volunteers who were roused whenever they were about to fall into the deepest sleep developed insulin
Dark chocolate 'not so healthy'
A top medical journal said any health claims about plain chocolate may be misleading.
Aid plan for India's 33m widows
India's Minister for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury has outlined ambitious plans to help the country's young
India's dominant Hinduism frowns on widows remarrying and they often see their social and economic power eroded.
Government figures show there are 33 million widows in India - many of them poor and some very young.
'Medical myths' exposed as untrue
Some claim drinking eight glasses of water a day leads to good health, while reading in dim light damages eyesight.
In pictures: 'Natural caesarean'
Doctors at Queen Charlotte's hospital in London are pioneering "natural caesarean" births with the aim of making the surgery
less traumatic for mother and baby.
'Why were my babies too early?'
Around 43,000 babies are born prematurely in the UK every year, which is a major cause of infant death.
Studies have shown that nearly half of extremely premature babies who survive develop a disability or learning difficulty.
Another third develop mild impairments, such as the need to wear glasses by the time they reach six years old - double the
For more possible causes of premature labor,
Caesareans 'may harm lung growth'
Babies born by elective Caesarean section are much more likely to develop breathing problems, a Danish study examining 34,000
Researchers found they were up to four times more likely to have respiratory problems than those born naturally, or by emergency
Doctors urge folic acid progress
A group of UK doctors has urged the government to proceed with the move towards fortifying flour with folic acid to prevent
But the government called for a further review of recent studies linking folic acid to colon cancer.
Curvier spines aid pregnant women
Both men and women have a curve in the lower section of their spines, but in women, the Harvard researchers found, the curve
extends over a longer section of spinal vertebrae.
The difference lets women adjust their posture to keep themselves in balance and in less discomfort from lower back pain,
even in the last few months of pregnancy, when the abdomen can weigh almost 7kg more than normal.
Lost without translation
For midwife Jayne Cozens, going to work these days is also becoming something of a geography lesson...
Language and culture are becoming more of an issue, as Mrs Cozens' job becomes ever more multi-cultural and multi-lingual.
One example in this article begs the question of whether the midwife shouldn't feel the need to counsel women to not sleep
with their babies.
World 'must do more' for children
Children go hungry most often in South Asia
More must be done more quickly to make the world fit for children by 2015, the UN children's agency, Unicef, has said.
Fertility falls with weight gain
An overweight woman's chance of getting pregnant steadily falls as her weight increases, a major study has found.
Gaps in maternity care 'worrying'
Thousands of women are left alone during and shortly after labour, leaving them feeling vulnerable and potentially at risk,
a survey shows.
Pregnancy link to active children
Mothers who are active during pregnancy end up having children who do more exercise, research shows.
The Bristol University-led study of 5,500 11 to 12-year-olds, ruled out any biological factors, the British Medical Journal
Mother can keep birth 'a secret'
A woman who became pregnant after a one-night stand has been given the right to keep the birth a secret from the father.
Girls 'link weight to happiness'
Girls as young as seven believe being slim and attractive will mean you are more happy, popular and successful, research suggests.
A study published by Girlguiding UK found girls associated being overweight with being bullied and sad.
Childhood is 'happy not toxic'
Scaremongering by adults has created a false impression of a "toxic childhood", says England's Children's, Schools and Families
Ed Balls, issuing a counterblast to pessimistic views of childhood, says the "vast majority of children feel happy and safe".
I wonder what a similar U.S. study would suggest.
Babies 'show social intelligence'
At the age of six months, most babies have barely learnt to sit up, let alone crawl, walk or talk.
But, according to new research, they can already assess someone's intentions towards them, deciding who is a likely friend
Want to lose that baby weight? Get some sleep
Researchers presented a conundrum to new mothers on Monday, saying that women who want to lose the extra weight gained in
pregnancy should try to get more sleep.
They found that mothers who slept five hours or less a day when their babies were six months old were three times more likely
than more rested mothers to have kept on the extra weight at one year.
'Later puberty' in stable family
Girls who live in stable, supportive homes may experience puberty later than those who come from more stressful backgrounds,
US research suggests.
Pregnancy smoking fertility link
Smoking while pregnant reduces the fertility of boys by affecting a key testis gene, researchers say.
Drugs for ADHD 'not the answer'
Treating children who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) with drugs is not effective in the long-term, research
Placenta 'fools body's defences'
The placenta acts like a parasite to avoid attack by a mother's immune system, researchers have discovered.
Breast-feeding good for the heart's health
Numerous studies have shown babies whose mothers breast-fed them enjoy health advantages over formula-fed babies. These include
fewer ear, stomach or intestinal infections, digestive problems, skin diseases and allergies, and less likelihood of developing
high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.
Now, a study presented at an American Heart Association meeting found that breast-fed babies are better off in two important
heart disease risk factors as adults than bottle-fed babies — levels of "good" HDL cholesterol and body mass index.
From the BBC:
Baby survives attempt to end life
A boy has been born healthy and well even though at one point doctors thought it would be better to end his life to save that
of his twin brother.
Gene 'links breastfeeding to IQ'
A single gene influences whether breastfeeding improves a child's intelligence, say London researchers.
From CBS News:
Lack of Sleep May Lead To Fatter Kids
Researchers have found that every additional hour per night a third-grader spends sleeping reduces the child's chances of
being obese in sixth grade by 40 percent.
TB vaccine sickens some HIV-infected children
WASHINGTON - A vaccine aimed at protecting children in developing countries from deadly tuberculosis may be sickening and
killing some vulnerable infants infected with the AIDS virus, researchers said on Friday.
Breast-feeding isn't such a drag on breasts
The results of the study, presented this week at a conference of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, showed no difference
in the degree of breast ptosis (or sagging) between women who breast-fed and those who didn't.
The main factors that did affect sagging were age, smoking status and the number of pregnancies a woman has had.
Woman takes out ad to sell breast milk
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A woman who doesn't want her breast milk to go to waste has taken out a newspaper ad in hopes of selling
it. Martha Heller, 22, of Tiffin, took out the ad in The Gazette, offering 100 ounces of her breast milk for $200 or the best
From the Boston Globe:
Disputing need for circumcision
'Such shall be the covenant between Me and you and your offspring to follow which you shall keep: Every male among you shall
be circumcised," God tells Abraham in Genesis.
But the head of the Circumcision Resource Center in Boston, which discourages circumcision, said that few Jews perform the
procedure for religious reasons and that it is not necessary as a mark of Jewishness.
From the BBC:
'They thought I was cursed'
Each year, 100,000 women who give birth in poor countries develop a devastating condition which leaves them incontinent and
Obstetric fistula, a hole linking the vagina with the bladder or rectum, occurs when women - often underdeveloped teenagers
- are in labour for days.
(For information on how you can help, see here)
'Clear smoking link' to cot death
Almost nine out of ten mothers who lose a baby to cot death smoked while pregnant, say researchers.
The Bristol University team said the risk also increased with every hour babies were exposed to passive smoke after birth.
Chlamydia damages male fertility
Chlamydia - the most common sexually transmitted infection in the UK - has been shown to damage male, as well as female, fertility.
Vaccine-linked polio hits Nigeria
Nigeria is fighting a rare outbreak of a vaccine-derived form of polio, says the UN's World Health Organization.
It says 69 children in the north have caught the paralysing disease from others who had already been immunised.
Low birthweights linked to 9/11
The stress of the attacks may have affected pregnancies
An increase in low birthweight babies born in and around New York in the months after 9/11 has been blamed on stress caused
by the attacks.
Mothers-to-be 'can drink alcohol'
Pregnant women can safely drink a small glass of wine a day, official advice is set to say.
After the first three months of pregnancy, women can consume up to 1.5 units per day says draft guidance.
This report still begs the questions: Did they differentiate between mothers on healthy diets and those on poor diets? Are
they including "windows" of uterine scars, which typically do not affect the labor, the mother, or the baby, labelling them
as "ruptures"? And since the rate of ruptures is higher when VBAC mothers are induced, why are they still inducing them?
Caesarean 'raises womb-tear risk'
A Caesarean section increases the risk by 50-fold that a woman's uterus will rupture during a subsequent vaginal delivery,
US and Swedish researchers found the condition afflicted nine in every 1,000 mothers who opted to try for a vaginal birth
after a previous Caesarean.
From CBS News:
Breastfeeding-Cavities Link Disputed
(WebMD) Breastfeeding isn't likely to cause dental cavities or raise the risk of early childhood tooth decay, according to
a new study.
Apparently the battle goes on. This is apparently another ill-constructed study that looks only at the numbers, ignoring
the kinds of foods eaten to get to those numbers, and which will cost hundreds of mothers and babies their lives.
(See "Weight Gain" and "Obesity" here)
New Research On Pregnancy Weight Gain
Obese women who gained little or no weight during pregnancy - and even some who lost weight - had favorable outcomes, St.
Louis researchers have found.
From the BBC:
Cholesterol link to early births
Pregnant women who have very low levels of cholesterol may be at a greater risk of giving birth prematurely, US research suggests.
The National Human Genome Research Institute study confirmed previous findings linking high cholesterol to a raised risk of
But the researchers were surprised to find low cholesterol levels also seemed to raise the risk.
Children 'recover' from TV harm
Toddlers who watch too much television are more likely to suffer later behavioural problems - but the damage can be reversed,
How do you get pupils to eat well?
When Billy Murison started back at school this week he had more than a few ideas about what he wanted to eat during his lunch
But Professor Fergus Lowe, psychologist at Bangor University, Wales, said encouraging healthy eating need not be a struggle.
"Biscuit" (British English) means "cookie", and "sweets" means "candies", in American English.
No outdoor play 'hurts children'
Children's health is suffering because they are losing the chance to play outside, a group of experts has warned....
The decline in "unstructured, loosely supervised" play is adversely affecting children's mental health, they add.
It also threatens young people's long-term development, the letter to the Daily Telegraph says.
Eat well cash for mothers-to-be
Pregnant women will get about £200 paid into their bank account to spend on healthy food under a government initiative, the
BBC has learned.
Steroid dose warning in children
Children with allergic conditions such as asthma may be receiving too high a dose of steroids, drug experts warn.
‘Diaper-free babies’ fad swells, despite critics
Dominic is a product of a growing “diaper-free” movement founded on the belief that babies are born with an instinctive
ability to signal when they have to answer nature’s call. Parents who practice the so-called “elimination communication”
learn to read their children’s body language to help them recognize the need, and they mimic the sounds that a child
associates with the bathroom.
From the BBC:
Parents warned of additives link
Parents have been warned of the effects of food additives on their children's behaviour after new research found a possible
link to hyperactivity.
Home mould removal 'eases asthma'
Asthma sufferers who remove mould from their homes could see an improvement in their symptoms, a Cardiff University study
Nicotine In Breast Milk Disrupts Infants' Sleep Patterns
A study from the Monell Chemical Senses Center reports that nicotine in the breast milk of lactating mothers who smoke cigarettes
disrupts their infants' sleep patterns.
From ABC News
Extreme Rise in Kids' Bipolar Diagnosis
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The number of young Americans diagnosed with bipolar disorder has risen dramatically in recent
years, according to a new study.
See here for questions regarding potential neurological risks of the use of ultrasound in pregnancy.
The following news holds exciting potential for being a great tool for midwives, doulas, breastfeeding assistants, and
doctors, for intervening when mothers are possibly developing dangerous psychological problems!
From the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry:
Maternal stress and depression and the lateralisation of infant cradling
Results indicated that 86% of mothers who were neither stressed nor depressed cradled to the left and 14% to the right. Comparing
the cradling side of stressed mothers with those who were neither stressed nor depressed, more in the former group showed
right-sided cradling. In contrast, mothers who were just depressed preferred to cradle to the left.
Conclusion: The lack of a left-sided cradling bias might be due to stress rather than depression experienced by mothers.
Furthermore, this study provides evidence that the state of maternal mental health might be indicated by the side on which
they cradle their child preferentially.
From the American Journal of Epidemiology
Risk of Spontaneous Abortion in Women with Childhood Exposure to Parental Cigarette Smoke
There is increasing concern over whether environmental exposures early in life may impact health in adulthood. Recent evidence
suggests that prenatal or childhood exposure to cigarette smoke may result in poorer reproductive health later in life.
Is High Consumption of Fatty Fish during Pregnancy a Risk Factor for Fetal Growth Retardation?
...The inverse association for total fish consumption could be explained by consumption of fatty fish, while no association
was found for lean fish. These results indicate that consumption of fatty fish, a known route of exposure to persistent organic
pollutants, could be associated with reduced fetal growth.
Hypnotherapy plan for childbirth
HypnoBirthing is based on the belief that severe discomfort to the mother and distress to the baby is not a natural accompaniment
'I taught myself pain management'
Alison Gean Davis had two difficult births with her oldest children Caitlin and Arwen......
Alison then learned about HypnoBirthing and used the technique when she had her third child David four months ago.
Pollution 'may boost asthma risk'
Traffic pollution may boost the risk of children getting asthma - if they have genes which make them vulnerable, a study says.
CDC: Whooping Cough Cases Misdiagnosed
(AP) ATLANTA A reported boom in U.S. whooping cough cases is now being questioned after health officials discovered a regularly
used lab test misdiagnosed cases in suspected outbreaks in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Tennessee.
FDA warns nursing moms of pain drug risk
Side effect of codeine can cause overdose in breast-feeding infants
Nursing mothers who take codeine should watch their infants for increased sleepiness or other signs of overdose, federal health
officials warned Friday.
The Food and Drug Administration warning of the rare but serious side effect was prompted by a 2006 report of the death of
a nursing infant whose mother was given codeine for episiotomy pain.
Breast-feeding campaign aims to save lives
1 million babies globally may be saved if nursed in first hour, experts say
Hadiza Moussa never breast-fed her daughter and has not forgiven herself for the death of her newborn baby from pneumonia
two years ago.....
“I thought it would be better to get her used to artificial milk given that I would have to start work again after three
months,” Moussa said on Tuesday at the end of World Breastfeeding Week, a global campaign to educate mothers.
Health Alert! Watch for more dangerous advice from some OB doctors, and possibly some medicalized midwives, which apparently
may be coming soon.......
Docs want pregnancy weight guidelines lowered
Organization to look at whether heavier women should be told to gain less
ATLANTA - Before Jennifer Lepine became pregnant, she heard other soon-to-be moms say she should "eat for two."
But that conflicted with what her doctor told her: Consume only 300 extra calories a day and gain no more than 35 pounds.
Stressed mothers may lead to sleepless babies
A mother’s anxiety or depression during pregnancy may affect her child’s sleep patterns early in life, a new study
Researchers found that babies and toddlers whose mothers had such symptoms during pregnancy tended to have more sleep problems
than other young children.
More mothers nurse babies but stop too soon
Nearly three-quarters of new mothers in the United States are breast-feeding their babies, but they are quitting too soon
and resorting to infant formula too often, federal health officials said Thursday.....
Formula isn’t as good at protecting babies against diseases, eczema and childhood obesity. Ideally, nearly all mothers
should breast-feed their babies for six months or more, said Dr. David Paige, a Johns Hopkins University reproductive health
Child abuse rises when dad is away at war
Army officials said the study confirms what they’ve seen at large military bases for nearly two years, overwhelmed and
depressed mothers neglecting their children.
“This is another recognition of the stress that families are experiencing with multiple deployments, and that shouldn’t
be a surprise to anyone,” said Rene Robichaux, social work programs manager for the U.S. Army Medical Command.
From the BBC
Early cord clamping may harm baby
Clamping the umbilical cord straight after birth does not benefit mother or baby and may actually be harmful, a UK expert
Instead, leaving the cord for around three minutes can boost the baby's iron stores, cutting the risk of anaemia.
Breech birth women 'choice call'
In the UK, 11% of caesareans are performed due to breech presentation, the Obstetrician and Gynaecologist journal reported.
But experts said women should be offered vaginal delivery or the option of having the baby turned in the womb.
Experts' warning over caesareans
Women who have had a caesarean section are at greater risk of stillbirth in a later pregnancy, a report suggests.
From HealthWorld Online:
Asthma: Early use of antibiotics is a major cause
Children who are treated with antibiotics during their first year are twice as likely to develop asthma by the age of seven,
new research has discovered.
Diet food 'may fuel obesity risk'
Diet foods for children may inadvertently lead to overeating and obesity, say researchers.
In tests on young rats, animals given low-calorie versions of foods were induced to overeat, whether they were lean or obese.
The researchers believe low-calorie versions of usually high-calorie foods disrupt the body's ability to use taste to regulate
From the BBC:
Baby milk ads 'should be banned'
A coalition of charities is demanding baby milk be treated like tobacco and subjected to a total advertising ban.
The National Childbirth Trust, Save The Children and Unicef blame adverts for many mothers abandoning breast feeding before
the recommended six months.
'Health juices' harm baby teeth
Children's teeth are being damaged by "healthy" fruit juices, a dentists' group has warned.
Organic juices which combine sugar and fruit are the worst culprits for eroding the teeth, say the dentists.
From Fox News:
NYC Hospitals Ban Baby Bottles, Formula to Boost Breast Feeding
Free formula samples and formula promotional materials are now banned from gift bags given to new mothers at the 11 hospitals
run by the city's Health and Hospitals Corp.
Instead, new mothers will get a tote bag stuffed with disposable nursing pads, a mini-cooler for breast-milk bottles, and
pint-sized T-shirts for the babies that proudly declare "I eat at mom's."
From the BBC:
'Yo-yo' weight warning to mothers
Mothers who gain or lose lots of weight between pregnancies could be putting their baby at risk, say experts.
Birth weight pre-eclampsia 'link'
Women who were underweight when they were born are at greater risk of severe pre-eclampsia in pregnancy, a Swedish study involving
6,000 women suggests.
The risk is particularly pronounced if their mothers had pre-eclampsia when pregnant with them, researchers say.
Working mums' 'child weight risk'
The children of wealthier parents, particularly those with working mothers, are more likely to be obese or overweight, a study
They found for every 10 hours worked the risk of being overweight rose once household income topped £11,000, the International
Journal of Obesity said.
Police plea on genital mutilation
The Metropolitan Police is offering a £20,000 reward for information which would bring to justice anyone involved in female
The campaign is being launched at the start of the summer holidays, during which young girls - mainly from African communities
- are thought most at risk.
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'My mother held me down'
Police in the UK are offering a reward for information leading to the prosecution of anyone involved in the practice of female
genital mutilation. Here the Somali-born model Waris Dirie describes her experience.
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Eat a lot of beef? It may affect your son’s sperm
U.S. women who eat a lot of beef while pregnant give birth to sons who grow up to have low sperm counts, researchers reported
They believe pesticides, hormones or contaminants in cattle feed may be to blame. Chemicals can build up in the fat of animals
that eat contaminated feed or grass, and cattle are routinely given hormones to boost their growth.
When pregnant mom eats fish, kids do better
Women who eat seafood while pregnant may be boosting their children’s IQ in the process, according to new research published
Friday in The Lancet.
The results of the study were surprising, say the authors, and contradict American and British recommendations that pregnant
women should limit seafood and fish consumption to avoid potentially high levels of mercury.
'Freebirthers' have babies with no medical help
They insist they’re no superwomen, they have no special powers, and are certainly not pain or adrenaline junkies.....
Delivering their own babies at home, often alone, they dismiss what they say is “fearmongering” by doctors and
midwives and confidently catch their offspring as they leave the womb.
Breast-milk battle reaches Philippine high court
A debate over breast-feeding vs. bottle feeding went to the top Philippine court Tuesday, with health officials arguing that
aggressive advertising by U.S. and British companies has some women believing formula is better than their own milk.....
New rules would extend that ban to cover ads for formula made for children up to 2 years old.
From the BBC:
Egypt forbids female circumcision
Egypt has announced that it is imposing a complete ban on female circumcision, also known as genital mutilation.
The announcement follows a public outcry after a young girl died during the operation.
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From Christian Science Monitor:
Baby Formula Goes on Trial in Asia
For decades, moms everywhere have been told that "breast is best" for babies. Health care experts say that message goes double
in the developing world, where clean water for bottle-feeding is a luxury and, they say, breast-feeding can be a key factor
in an infant's survival.
But global efforts to promote breast-feeding are stalling in East Asia, where many working mothers in urban areas are opting
instead for infant formula.
From Fox News:
Infant Swimming Linked to Lung Problems
Infant swimming lessons may lead to problems with children's lung development and possibly make asthma more likely.
Low Birth Weight Lowers Success in Adulthood
Babies born weighing less than 5.5 pounds at birth are more likely to drop out of high school, earn less as adults and age
more rapidly, according to a new study.....
It found that babies with low birth weights are one-third more likely to drop out of high school; earn an average of 15 percent
less as adults; and are burdened in their 30s and 40s with the health of someone that is 12 years older.
Induced Labor Tied to Fatal Birth Risk
Drug-induced labor increases the risk for a very rare -- but often fatal -- delivery complication known as amniotic-fluid
embolism, a new study confirms.
Researchers in Canada concluded that labor induction doubles a woman’s risk for developing the complication, which is
a leading cause of delivery-related maternal death.
From the BBC:
Pureed baby food is 'unnatural'
Spoon-feeding babies pureed food is unnatural and unnecessary, a Unicef childcare expert has warned.
Gill Rapley, deputy director of Unicef's Baby Friendly Initiative said feeding babies in this way could cause health problems
later in life.
Breastfeeding alone cuts HIV risk
Exclusively breastfeeding until a baby is six-months old can significantly reduce the risk of mother-to-child HIV transmission,
an African study says.
Breastfeeding advice 'is ignored'
Fewer than one in a hundred women follow government advice to breastfeed exclusively for the first six months, figures show.
The Infant Feeding Survey shows in 2005 76% of UK mothers started out breastfeeding - up 7% from 2000.
However, most resort to formula within weeks, and fewer than half still breastfeed by the time their child is six weeks old.
Lying down may help breastfeeding
Breastfeeding newborn babies lying down may boost the chances of success, UK research suggests.
A study of 40 mothers breastfeeding in different positions found that babies' natural reflexes kicked in more easily when
the mothers were lying down.
Epidurals 'hamper breastfeeding'
Having an epidural to relieve labour pains is associated with problems breastfeeding, a study suggests.
Researchers said those who have the anaesthetic are more likely to have problems in the first week after birth and to stop
From New Scientist Magazine:
Laughter Improves Breast Milk's Health Effect
"FAMED for its restorative powers, it now seems that laughter also helps breast milk to fight skin allergies.
Breastfed babies with eczema experienced milder symptoms if their mothers laughed hours before feeding them, according to
a study by Hajime Kimata at the Moriguchi-Keijinkai Hospital in Osaka, Japan."
From Fox News:
Ultrasound Exposure May Cause Brain Abnormalities in Fetus
Studies in mice suggest ultrasound exposure in the womb can cause brain abnormalities in the developing fetus.
Researchers from Yale University School of Medicine report that a small, but significant, number of nerve cells in fetal mouse
brains did not migrate to the correct location after being exposed to prolonged ultrasound waves.
This process of cell migration, known as neuronal migration, is essential for proper brain development.
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