Reducing Infant Mortality
Those of you who are Facebook fans of South Jersey Babies may have watched this already. If you haven't seen it you should. This well done video with great professionals in their fields talk about the impact of medicalized births and poor breastfeeding management on infant mortality. Did you know that the US has one of the worst infant mortality rates in the world? You should and we should all be working toward change. Sharing the messages in this video is one step in that direction.
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The First Hour Following Birth: Don’t Wake the Mother!
by Michel Odent © 2002 Midwifery Today, Inc. All rights reserved.
The hour following birth is undoubtedly one of the most critical phases in the life of human beings. It is not by chance that all human groups have routinely disturbed the physiological processes in this short period of time, via beliefs and rituals. Our cultural milieus are to a great extent shaped at the very beginning of the mother-newborn interaction.
The first hour following birth may be looked at from a multitude of complementary perspectives. My objective is to catalogue 12 such perspectives to demonstrate the real dimension of this enormous subject.
So what should that first hour look like? Read the article
Car Seats are for Cars
(except from Mothering Magazine.com - link to full article below)
No longer just a safety device for automobiles, portable infant car seats are now an important part of “travel systems”—sets including an in-car base, a stroller, and a car seat that snaps into both. They’ve been called the SUVs of the stroller world, and a quick glance in any baby store will show you how popular they’ve become.
Many parents don’t think twice about using an infant seat as an all-purpose baby carrier. But is there any harm in relying so heavily on a single piece of baby gear? Do the portability and convenience come at a price? As it turns out, there are good reasons why you should consider leaving the car seat in the car.
Reasons to Leave the Car Seat in the Car
- The Rise of Flat-head Syndrome
- Poor Positioning For Infants
- Physical Strain for Parents.
- Adds to the Burden of Baby Baggage
- Lack of Touch
Breastfeed to protect newborn's fragile intestines
Scientists at Queen Mary, University of London have discovered that an ingredient in human breast milk protects and repairs the delicate intestines of newborn babies.
The ingredient called pancreatic secretory trypsin inhibitor, or PSTI, is found at its highest levels in colostrum - the milk produced in the first few days after birth.
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Pregnant Women Consuming Flaxseed Oil Have High Risk Of Premature Birth
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ScienceDaily (Oct. 29, 2008) — A study has found that the risks of a premature birth quadruple if flaxseed oil is consumed in the last two trimesters of pregnancy. The research was conducted by Professor Anick Bérard of the Université de Montréal's Faculty of Pharmacy and the Sainte-Justine Hospital Research Center and Master's student Krystel Moussally.