Pregnancy and Childbirth Links

There are all kinds of chemicals surrounding us now in everyday products.  Did you know BPA has been found in the cord blood of babies?What you are exposed to affects your baby at his/her most volnerable time of life.  BPA and phthalates are two of the most in the media.  Check out these websites for more information about products to avoid and what you can do to reduce your exposure.

Guide to less toxic products:

Listen to this great podcast from The People’s Pharmacy.

Many of the products we use every day, from non-stick frying pans to plastic toys like rubber ducks, expose us to chemicals. How safe are they? Phthalates and BPA are endocrine disruptors. Do we get enough in day-to-day life to make a difference?  Two Canadian environmentalists decided to find out. They ran the experiment on themselves, and what they discovered is disconcerting

Many personal care products contain phthalates, chemicals that can damage the liver, the kidneys, the lungs, and the reproductive system. New research also links phthalates to feminized genitals in baby boys.

Food Safety for Moms-To-Be– FDA website

What do you eat when pregnant?  There are many concerns about mercury in some fish, but women who cut out all fish run the risk of not getting enought omega 3s which has been linked to post partum depression.

Here you’ll find top line points about food safety during pregnancy.  It’s a great reminder of ways to keep you and your baby safe!

Mayo Clinic informaiton:

Omega 3s and Post Partum Depression

EEOC Announces Tougher Rules Protecting Pregnant Workers

New Study: Pregnant Women Should Avoid Antimicrobial Products – See more at:

Healthy Weight Gain During Pregnancy –

“Are ultrasounds causing autism in unborn babies?” Find out more in this article by Jennifer Margulis, PhD:



HypnoBirthing® – The Mongan Method, is a unique method of relaxed, natural childbirth education, enhanced by hypnosis techniques, providing the missing link, that allows women to use their natural instincts to bring about a safer, easier, more comfortable birthing in a way that most mirrors nature. Emphasis is placed on both pregnancy and childbirth as well as on HypnoBirthing®. As a birthing method, HypnoBirthing® is as new as tomorrow and as old as ancient times.

Click on the link below to watch amazing videos about HypnoBirthing

The HypnoBirthing You Tube Channel

Does HypnoBirthing Really Work?

Our local TV station did a report on our HypnoBirthing Classes on 1/8/12  :  See it on our YouTube channel here

Click on the links below to watch Dateline NBC– This amazing Dateline program follows two women and their OB/GYN that teaches hypnosis for birth in his practice.

Part I

Part II

A mother tells you her secrets to HypnoBirthing


Lamaze Institute for Normal Birth

Founded upon six care practices that support normal birth, the Lamaze Institute for Normal Birth is an evidence-based resource for new and expectant parents and childbirth professionals. Use this site to find credible, relevant and useful information and discover how to come together with normal birth advocates in your community.

Fantastic Videos from

Lamaze Video Library

Healthy Birth Your Way

Watch the videos on ALL 6 Health Birth Practices

#1 Let Labor Begin On its Own

#2 Walk, Move and Change Positions

#3 Have Continuous Support

#4 Avoid Unnecessary Interventions

#5 Get Upright and Follow Urges to Push

#6 Keep Your Baby With You After Birth

Hightly Recommended:  Birth By the Numbers


Find out what other countries do that gives them better birth outcomes — healthier mothers and babies and fewer deaths than in the United States.

More amazing videos

Did you know your baby can crawl to the breast at birth? Watch these videos.

More About Labor and Delivery

“I’ve hired a doula.  Do I really need a lactation consultant?”

Click here to read Marsha Walker’s article

Are You a Candidate for Natural Childbirth?

Why Homebirths are Worth Considering

“I Don’t Need Childbirth Classes, I’m Going To Get an Epidural!”

American Way of Birth, Costliest in the World

Labor Pain — 8 Things That Can Make Pain Worse

Why should you consider taking childbirth classes?  Read this great blog and find out how important they are.

Why do we wash babies immediately after birth?  Did you know that the Vernix, the white ‘hand cream’ they are covered with is good for them?  It is both antibacterial and antifungal.  Maybe we should not wash it off.  Other cultures simply keep their babies warm and the Vernix is absorbed like hand cream.  Read the article below for more detailed information. Add this to your “birth plan”.


Parents need to carefully consider and educate themselves about all the options in childbirth. Read all of this article.    More inductions are being done for ‘non-medical’ reasons, (I”m tired of being pregnant, or I want to have the baby when my favorite doctor will be there”)  ‘pushing’ a woman into labor,  before her body is ready, causing longer, more difficult labors, ending in more cesareans.

Birth takes longer than 50 years ago–  read this article

Homebirth vs. Hospital Birth – Your Missing the Point, People!

U.S. has highest first-day infant mortality out of industrialized world, group reports

New baby smell creates ‘very strong’ bond in mom’s brain, study finds

Fetuses can learn nursery rhymes from mom’s voice, study finds –

U.S. has highest first-day infant mortality out of industrialized world, group reports

Important Reasons to Ditch the Hat on Newborn Babies:


Delayed Cord Clamping

What does the medical evidence say about objections commonly given for not delaying cord clamping. 


Optimal timing of umbilical cord clampingest links

Delayed Cord clamping Explained

90 Seconds to change the world TICC TOCC

By Dr. Greene.  Learn how you can increase your baby’s intelligence in the important 90 seconds after he/she is born

Delayed cord clamping or premature cord clamping? 

  1. What should you choose for your baby? 
  2. When should the doctor/midwife clamp your baby’s umbilical cord? 
  3. Do you know that it is giving your baby oxygen and needed nutients for the minutes it pulses after your baby is born?   

Click here to see a medical ‘Grand Rounds’,  Nicholas S. Fogelson, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, USC School of Medicine discussing the implications of cutting the baby’s cord too soon.  Share this link with you doctor or midwife.


Special Situations in Pregancy and Childbirth

Reducing the risk of cesarean for first time moms–Excellent article.

In the U.S., outdated, non-evidence-based practice is routine and accepted; Cesarean section rates vary ten-fold among U.S. hospitals; and those rates vary fifteen-fold among the low-risk population. Over 40% of hospitals defy national health policy by “not allowing” vaginal birth after Cesarean, to the detriment of hundreds of thousands of mothers and babies. The United States is the only developed country in the world with a RISING maternal mortality rate. One factor in that rise is our overuse of surgery for childbirth. We simply cannot operate on the assumption that the surgeries women are receiving are always in their best interests, or that of their babies. – See more at

Unnecessary C-Sections on the Rise

Women Speak Out About What’s Gone Wrong with the United States Birthing System

Labor Induction:  Words from an MD who is also a Midwife

After Caesareans, Some See Higher Insurance Cost

Why Does the National U.S. Cesarean Section Rate Keep Going Up?

Worried about the possibility of a cesarean?

Want to have a VBAC (Vaginal birth after cesarean)?

Want to know how to reduce YOUR risk of having a ceasrean?

Click on this link to learn what you need to know to lower your risks of a cesarean, and increase the likelihood you can have a VBAC if you had a previous cesarean.

The International Cesarean Awareness Network


Minimizing the Negative Effects of Epidural Anesthesia

While the negative effects of epidural anesthesia are often discussed—whether they are evidence-based or experience-based—it’s important to recognize that there are occasions when an epidural is desired or needed. Clearly, an epidural or spinal anesthetic is preferable to general anesthesia for a cesarean birth, but there are other occasions during labor when an epidural may be a wise choice.


Easier Childbirth with Fetal Positioning:  Spinning

Fewer Women Are Having Labor Induced Early

New Cesarean Prevention
Recommendations from Obstetric Leaders:
What Pregnant Women Need to Know

Homebirth vs. Hospital Birth – Your Missing the Point, People!

U.S. has highest first-day infant mortality out of industrialized world, group reports

Birth By The Numbers –


Don’t be pushed into an early birth

Click here to read: Pushed into an early birth for no medical reason? Request one not knowing the risks? Early elective birth is on the rise, and breastfeeding is one of its many casualties.


Organizations and Resources

International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA)

ICEA is an organization of over 4,000 members from throughout the United States and 42 countries who believe in freedom of choice based on knowledge of alternatives in family-centered maternity and newborn care.

Henci Goer

Henci Goer, award-winning medical writer and internationally known speaker, is the author of The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth. Her previous book, Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities, is a highly-acclaimed resource for childbirth professionals. An independent scholar, she is an acknowledged expert on evidence-based maternity care. Goer has written consumer education pamphlets and numerous articles for magazines as diverse as Reader’s Digest and the Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing. Previously appearing on as the “Birth Guru”, she is currently a resident expert on Lamaze International’s website, the Lamaze Institute for Normal Birth. Now concentrating on writing and speaking, Goer was a doula (labor support professional) for over 20 years and a Lamaze educator for ten.

Birth Matters

To bring together members of the community for the purpose of sharing information about pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. We value childbirth as a significant event. Its impact reaches beyond the individual and into the community. Decisions made during this time require careful consideration and an understanding of the scientific evidence.

New Life Birth Center, Roanoke, Virginia

Click Here to go to New Life Birth Center in Roanoke, Virginia