Diabetes In Pregnancy – Reviewing The Review

What is diabetes in pregnancy / gestational diabetes? Diabetes in pregnancy or gestational diabetes is described as high blood sugar in pregnancy (that does not exist before pregnancy and goes away after pregnancy). Unfortunately, no one can agree on the right blood sugar levels for pregnant women. You get tested in one hospital and you might end up with a
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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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Teaching Legal Rights To Expectant Parents

By Samantha Thurlby-Brooks First Published on www.birthworks.org Each week in my pregnancy and postnatal massage practice I find out from my clients that they’re being told they have to have an induction for various reasons that they don’t fully understand. Most are really unhappy and don’t want the procedure, but many are told they will be risking their baby if
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The truth about sleeping with baby

Source: The Guardian.com, Sarah Boseley Date: Friday 16 October 2009Time and time again, mothers are warned of the dangers of sleeping with their infants. But has the science been badly misinterpreted? Is it safe? ‘Surveys suggest that a quarter of parents routinely share a bed with their baby’. It seems like the most natural thing in the world to bring
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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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Why I no longer believe babies should cry themselves to sleep

Source: Globe and Mail by GABOR MATÉ Date: Feb. 04 2006’Some of our friends see us as weak parents because we haven’t Ferberized our children,” says my niece Rachel Maté, a 33-year-old Vancouver lawyer and mother of two. ” ‘You’re letting your baby control your lives,’ they argue. But it would break my heart to let my baby cry without
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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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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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Doing Too Much For Kids: 7 Signs You’re Overparenting

Source: Circle of Moms. Written by Patricia-Anne Tom Can you be “too good” of a parent? Circle of Moms member Katherine W. says she’s worried she has been overparenting or pampering her kids. “I tried to do the very best I could,” she relays, “taking them to parks and interesting places every weekend, reading to them, working in their classrooms
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