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.
An educational article that not only covers the signs of obstructed breech birth, but also teaches the skills that best deal with resolving the situation.
This article is wonderful argument about the importance of not disrupting the first moments after birth, rather allowing the mother to meet her new baby in her own way and on her own time.
An attendee of the recent Midwifery Today conference in Eugene, Oregon, Valeii shares her thoughts on the current situation in midwifery regarding the persecution many midwives face.
[We are] concerned with the need for midwives to reclaim breech, twin and VBAC births. It is important that midwives gain the skills, experience and knowledge necessary to safely assist these births. Most doctors have lost knowledge of vaginal breech birth by allowing their few skills to get rusty …
What seems to be a precariously unhealthy start to pregnancy ends happily thanks to the dedication to health by a pregnant mother and her midwife.
Babies, whatever their position, are guided by the internal structures, bones, muscles and ligaments of the mother’s pelvis, along with the movements both mother and baby make, working as a dyad from life in the womb to life in the outside world. These positions (ROA or OP) are unusual, not abnormal for birth and all are possible, though not necessarily optimal.
Two traditional Chinese medicine practitioners are interviewed in this insightful article that provides a gentle option for mothers carrying breech babies.
German midwife Cornelia Enning shares why for more than 30 years she has assisted breech births exclusively in water.