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Country Contacts – Issue 134

How has Covid-19, the disease from the novel coronavirus affected your country?

Have you done anything different with pregnant and birthing women during this time?

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Initiatives for Pregnant and Birthing Women in India during Covid-19 Pandemic

he world is witnessing a huge outbreak of deadly Covid-19, or novel coronavirus. Similarly, India is also struggling with fast-growing coronavirus. The first case of coronavirus in India was reported on January 30, 2020, in a student who was brought to Kerala from Wuhan University (China). Thereafter, it rose to three cases, confined to Kerala, and all were students who returned from Wuhan University. No significant increase in cases was seen in February.

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Marion’s Message: Healthy Childbirth Boundaries

In childbirth, the needs of the one giving birth and the baby—who is transitioning from unborn to born—are primary. The events of the birthing day will affect them for their whole lives. Without their presence, no birth will take place.

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“Call the Midwife”: Jennifer Worth, a Twentieth Century British Midwife, and the Birth of Conchita Warren’s 24th Baby on TV vs. in Real Life

I started watching the BBC television series “Call the Midwife” after everyone and her mother had recommended it to me. In the first episode, set in 1957, Jenny Lee arrives at Nonnatus House, a nursing convent in London, as the new midwife on staff. I was intrigued.

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Covid-19 in Nigeria

The novel coronavirus, which causes Covid-19, is a new life-threatening disease. Covid-19 is a worldwide health hazard that is now spreading throughout the world.

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Covid-19 in Iran

Iran is an ancient country in the Middle East, with 7000 years of history and a population of more than 83 million. Every year around 1,300,000 children are born in Iran, and there are more than 55,000 midwives currently available.

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Ecuador’s New Life Birthing Centers at the Time of Covid-19

Times are challenging right now all over the world—especially in areas of low resources, where supplies are already stretched thin and cultural barriers exist.
New Life Birthing Centers is a US 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which plants and operates holistic birthing centers that offer free evidence-based care in low resource countries. We currently operate in the Andean area of Ecuador and are opening in the Dominican Republic.

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Pregnancy on High: Is Cannabis Better or Worse than Pharmaceuticals during Pregnancy?

The number of pregnant American women self-reporting cannabis use during pregnancy rose in 2017, to three to five percent. With more states legalizing the drug each year, that percentage is likely to keep rising, reigniting an old debate about whether using cannabis during pregnancy is safe.

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Letter to My Soon-to-be Parents—As We Negotiate These Unusual Times….

Each day is one day closer to your meeting your baby—how exciting! We all want to do whatever we can to make it the safest, calmest, and most wonderful time it can be.

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A Transition from Medical Model Maternity Care to Women-Led Maternity Care

On an epidemic scale, women in childbirth today are being “cared for” by maternity health care personnel who take control and make decisions for them.…

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The New Coronavirus and the Future of BCG

Between 1921 and the mid-1970s, Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) was identified and studied exclusively as a vaccine to prevent tuberculosis and leprosy (infections by Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycobacterium leprae). Let us recall that BCG contains a weakened strain of Mycobacterium bovis.

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The Benefits of Waiting

This article, excerpted from the book Birthing Your Placenta, discusses the question of optimal cord clamping. Rather than quickly clamping, this well-documented article shares data that show the need to wait; even a short wait is better than none at all.

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