Judy Slome Cohain, CNM, has run All the Way Homebirth practice in Israel since 1983. She would love to hear from women who have tried to change a positive GBS culture to a negative one by using garlic. Please email with the outcomes, which will be collected for future research.
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.
Read more…. Three Cases of Prolonged Second Stage Labor: Lasting 14, 17, and 24 Hours
Research shows that artificially rupturing the amniotic sac (amniotomy) can cause umbilical cord prolapse. Read more…. Amniotomy and Cord Prolapse
Photo by Annette Wilson
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. Read more…. The Latest Research on Preconception and Prenatal Nutrition
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. Read more…. Collusion and Negligence in Hospitals
At attended homebirth, shoulder dystocia poses less of a challenge and has better outcomes compared to hospital birth.
Read more…. Management of True Shoulder Dystocia at Attended Homebirth
Author Judy Slome Cohain demonstrates how lifestyle changes do more to improve birth outcomes than prenatal screening tests. Read more…. Prenatal Ultrasound Does Not Improve Perinatal Outcomes
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.
Read more…. Waterbirth and GBS
Midwife and researcher Judy Slome Cohain dissects currently available published research and finds that hospital birth is never safer than a planned, attended homebirth for low-risk women.
Read more…. The Dangers of Planned Hospital Births
In a smart twist of logic, author Judy Slome Cohain tells us why there’s no need to culture for newborn GBS at 36 weeks. Reason No. 2? Studies have shown that GBS cultures are not reliable for even 24 hours.
Read more…. Newborn Group B Strep Infection: Top 10 Reasons Not to Culture at 36 Weeks
Using research based on more than 180,000 births, Judy Slome Cohain investigates the medical myth surrounding nuchal cords and argues that practitioners should stop testing prenatally for cords wrapped around babies’ necks and, instead, treat nuchal cords as common, normal and safe occurrences.
Read more…. Nuchal Cords Are Necklaces, Not Nooses
Midwives respond to the study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology questioning homebirth safety. Read more…. Midwifery Today Responds to Study Questioning Homebirth Safety
The author examines recent research documenting the multiple causes of unnecessary cesarean sections, or unneCesareans. Read more…. Documented Causes of UnneCesareans