Black Mothers Matter – Maternal Deaths In UK and USA

Black Mothers Matter – Maternal Deaths In UK and USA By Samantha Thurlby-Brooks Unless you’ve been living with your head under the duvet, you’ll know there are currently protests across the USA and UK regarding police brutality in North America. The horrific murder of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands (or rather, knee) of a white police officer,
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Best Diaper Changing Technique for Newborns to Reduce Crying and Colic

Almost every parent changes their newborn with the double leg-lift technique, which looks convenient but might not be right for your baby. The roll technique, especially with newborns until they start crawling, may be a better option. Dr. John Edwards from Mama’s Chiropractic Clinic demonstrates the technique and explains why.Dr. Edwards is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association.
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Optimal Foetal Positioning (for an easier birth)

Source: Optimal Foetal Postitioning By Jean Sutton, New Zealand MidwifeThe Optimal Foetal Position is our term for the First Vertex; Vertex Left Occipito Anterior; Vertex L.O.A. The position most commonly chosen by near term babies when they are able. [In every day terms it means baby is head down with their spine at the front of the belly on the
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Common Sense and CoSleeping

Source: Tales of a Kitchen Witch, By Joni Rae Date: 16th November 2012Cosleeping is not the devil. Is it dangerous? Yes. But so is sleeping in a crib. Do we still use them? Of course. The key is common sense. Something we sorely lack in this world.There are safety measures you have to take no matter where your baby sleeps.
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Therapeutic massage more effective than acupuncture or self-care education

Source: News Fix, by April Clarkson Date: 19th July 2013Researchers from the Group Health Cooperative, US, report the results of a study which found that therapeutic massage was more effective than other complementary therapies for persistent back pain, and apparently provides long-lasting benefits.The researchers randomised 262 patients with persistent lower back pain, aged between 20 and 70 years, to receive
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New Thinking on Risky Pregnancies

Source: The Wall Street Journal. Your health. July 15th, 2013Studies show bed rest doesn’t alleviate complications, and could cause other problemsDoctors increasingly are recommending pregnant women limit their activities if they are at risk for complications, rather than resorting to the traditional approach of resting in bed. Remaining in bed for extended periods has long been prescribed for women who
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I was pregnant for 10 months

The idea that pregnancy becomes dangerous after 42 weeks, making induction essential, is out of date. Source: The Guardian, by Viv Groskop Friday 1 October 2010 Viv Groskop with Jack, born 20 days late: ‘I knew what I was doing and was happy with my decision.’ Photograph: Felix Clay for the Guardian Jack, my third child, arrived last month, 20
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Why do you sit me up?

Source: Moverse en Libertad 26 may, 2013 by adminI never liked the idea of sitting up babies early in life. In the beginning my reasons were more related with musculoskeletal issues, specifically to avoid stress in bones and joints that are still developing and consequently not prepared to support weight. Today I still advocate against sitting up babies but my
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Do You Have Sciatica Hip Pain?

Source: Low Right Back Pain HQ Photo from Boots.com 23rd May 2013The largest nerves found in the human body are the sciatic nerves. Measuring approximately the same size in diameter as a little finger, the nerves exit the spinal column in the lumbar region, travel behind the hip and continue down through the buttock and the back of each leg
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Recent Research Questions the Effectiveness of Back Surgery

Source: San Francisco Chronicle, Sturgeon Bay, WI (PRWEB) May 29, 2013 An estimated 38 to 50 billion dollars is spent yearly for the surgical treatment of lower back pain in the United States. While this is commonly accepted as the price to pay for this debilitating condition, Chiropractor and Naturopath Dr. J G Moellendorf examines two recent research studies and
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Only Half of Hip, Knee Surgeries Successful

Source: newsmaxhealth.com By Nick Tate Friday, 05 Apr 2013Only half of arthritis patients who undergo hip or knee replacement report a significant improvement in pain and mobility, according to a study that raises new questions about the effectiveness of such procedures. The research, led by Women’s College Hospital and the Institute for Clinical and Evaluative Sciences, is based on an
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What is gestational diabetes?

Source: ParentsPlace.com, By Henci Goer Gestational diabetes (GD) simply means elevated blood sugar during pregnancy. To understand it, you must first understand the normal changes in pregnancy metabolism (34). When you are pregnant, certain hormones make your insulin less effective at transporting glucose, the body’s fuel, out of your bloodstream into your cells. This increases the amount of circulating glucose,
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Gestational Diabetes: A Diagnosis Still Looking For a Disease?

By Dr Michel Odent Primal Health Research: A New Era in Health Research Nowhere in obstetrics is there such a discrepancy between evidence and practice as in the matter of gestational diabetes. This diagnosis has been mentioned briefly in several issues of our newsletter, in order to illustrate the frequent “nocebo effect” of prenatal care. (1,2,3,4) I have recently received
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Safe Cosleeping Guidelines

Source: Mother-Baby Behavioural Sleep Laboratory, Dr James McKenna Guidelines to Sleeping Safe with Infants: Maximizing the chances of Safe Infant Sleep in the Solitary and Cosleeping (Specifically, Bed-sharing) Contexts, by James J. McKenna, Ph.D. Professor of Biological Anthropology, Director, Mother-Baby Sleep Laboratory, University of Notre Dame. Below I have summarized and highlight some of the issues to be concerned with
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Study Finds Breastfeeding, CoSleeping Mothers Get More Sleep

Source: Dr Momma, By Danelle Frisbie Tuesday, July 19, 2011Researchers at the College of Nursing at East Tennessee State University found that breastfeeding mothers get more sleep when sharing sleep with their baby (i.e. sleeping within an arm’s reach of baby, or ‘cosleeping’). Previous studies have found that breastfed babies have protective stages of healthy sleep/wake cycles – reducing the
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No-Diaper Babies

Source: Essential Mums, by Keiran Chug 6th May 2013 Bribes, trickery and stress go hand-in-hand with the arduous process of toilet training for many parents. But for a growing group of mothers, starting the process before their babies are six months old is transforming the experience into something positive. Their method, referred to as elimination communication, involves watching babies for
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