Slome Cohain responds to a study published in the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health that advocated taking mothers from their babies one hour after birth for a hot bath to relieve pain.
Many women experience bleeding in the first trimester but do not miscarry, yet few studies have evaluated it. Slome Cohain parses the medical evidence, concluding that first trimester bleeding is usually of no consequence.
The author challenges the status quo of time limits in labor. With illustrative photos, she shares her personal experiences with long second stage labors with moulding—noting the lack of documented causation between the status quo and adverse outcomes.
Research shows that artificially rupturing the amniotic sac (amniotomy) can cause umbilical cord prolapse.
The quality of daily food intake is the most important and most ignored factor determining pregnancy outcomes. In the absence of chromosomal issues, the health of the fetus is determined by the woman’s diet, exercise, and lifestyle choices. The placenta is continuously remodeled with old villi being constantly replaced by new ones as the placenta migrates upward, giving women the ability to improve fetal nutrition during pregnancy. Prenatal care, including intensive hours spent improving diet, has the potential to optimize pregnancy outcomes.
One predominant problem with planned hospital birth stems from the requirement of collusion among hospital workers. Hospitals are living organisms whose drive for self-preservation takes precedence over the goals and needs of the patient.
At attended homebirth, shoulder dystocia poses less of a challenge and has better outcomes compared to hospital birth.
Author Judy Slome Cohain demonstrates how lifestyle changes do more to improve birth outcomes than prenatal screening tests.
The literature suggests that low-risk women who give birth in water may have a far lower rate of newborn GBS than women who have a dry birth. Author, midwife and researcher Judy Slome Cohain culls through the research and delivers an in-depth look at waterbirth and GBS in this eye-opening article.