Stunning … enjoy Cx
Stunning … enjoy Cx
Thought some of you might find this interesting …. did you know about this? Have you had this option discussed with you?
and this is the article in The Lancet …. http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(11)61484-0/abstract
From the webpage:
In recent years, some women have been electing to have their babies born early for non-medical reasons, such as convenience or fear of a big baby. This worrying trend leads to a plethora of increased risks and health problems for both baby and mother – something you don’t want to be worrying about during the birth, or recovering from after the birth. The babymoon should be a special, bonding time with lots of snuggles and cuddles, without worrying about pain or illness. If you think logically, in a week or two, your baby isn’t going to sprout an extra 5cms circumference on his head, nor add an extra kilo of weight. A week will make little difference in terms of size, and no matter if you have a big baby or a small baby, women can have difficult and easy births. So many factors come into play, but if you’ve done some good research, you would know a thing or two about how to labour in a way to make it easiest for your body and baby – no matter what baby’s size might be.
Some great resources here in terms of research
For more information on childhood autism go to Non Toxic Childhood.
Raine Study on the importance of Breastfeeding for mental development.
Update, June 7, 2011
J Atten Disord. 2011 Jul;15(5):423-31. Epub 2011 Apr 28.
Perinatal pitocin as an early ADHD biomarker: neurodevelopmental risk?
Kurth L, Haussmann R.
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA. Lisa.Kurth@ColoState.edu.
Objective: To investigate a potential relationship between coincidental increases in perinatal Pitocin usage and subsequent childhood ADHD onset in an attempt to isolate a specific risk factor as an early biomarker of this neurodevelopmental disorder. Method: Maternal labor/delivery and corresponding childbirth records of 172 regionally diverse, heterogeneous children, ages 3 to 25, were examined with respect to 21 potential predictors of later ADHD onset, including 17 selected obstetric complications, familial ADHD incidence, and gender. ADHD diagnosis and history of perinatal Pitocin exposure distinguished groups for comparison. Results: Results revealed a strong predictive relationship between perinatal Pitocin exposure and subsequent childhood ADHD onset (occurring in 67.1% of perinatal Pitocin cases vs. 35.6% in nonexposure cases, χ(2) = 16.99, p < .001). Fetal exposure time, gestation length, and labor length also demonstrated predictive power, albeit significantly lower. Conclusion: The findings warrant further investigation into the potential link between perinatal Pitocin exposure and subsequent ADHD diagnosis.
[PubMed – in process]
Med Hypotheses. 2010 Jul;75(1):53-8. Epub 2010 Feb 9.
Potential teratogenic effects of ultrasound on corticogenesis: implications for autism.
Williams EL, Casanova MF.
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA.
The phenotypic expression of autism, according to the Triple Hit Hypothesis, is determined by three factors: a developmental time window of vulnerability, genetic susceptibility, and environmental stressors. In utero exposure to thalidomide, valproic acid, and maternal infections are examples of some of the teratogenic agents which increase the risk of developing autism and define a time window of vulnerability. An additional stressor to genetically susceptible individuals during this time window of vulnerability may be prenatal ultrasound. Ultrasound enhances the genesis and differentiation of progenitor cells by activating the nitric oxide (NO) pathway and related neurotrophins. The effects of this pathway activation, however, are determined by the stage of development of the target cells, local concentrations of NO, and the position of nuclei (basal versus apical), causing consequent proliferation at some stages while driving differentiation and migration at others. Ill-timed activation or overactivation of this pathway by ultrasound may extend proliferation, increasing total cell number, and/or may trigger precipitous migration, causing maldistribution of neurons amongst cortical lamina, ganglia, white matter, and germinal zones. The rising rates of autism coincident with the increased use of ultrasound in obstetrics and its teratogenic/toxic effects on the CNS demand further research regarding a putative correlation.
Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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On average around 20% of UK women have their labours induced, some for medical reasons, others because they are ‘post dates’, that is, they have gone a certain number of days past their EDD (Estimated Due Date). How many days your care providers will ‘let you’ go past your EDD before pressuring for induction varies from trust to trust, but often women find that conversations about induction start on or even before their EDD, with ‘sweeps’ being routinely offered to encourage labour to start, and difficult to navigate meetings arranged with Obstetricians in which women are talked to about ‘increasing risk’.
Getting to the bottom of the actual reality of the risk of going past 41 or 42 weeks is tricky, mostly because so many women don’t actually get this far. Midwife Thinking has a great article here about the balance of risks a woman contemplating agreeing to induction must consider. Many women feel under enormous pressure once the conversations about risk have begun, and not surprisingly, many agree to induction even before they reach 42 weeks (considered by the W.H.O and others to be ‘term’).