Light Drinking and Pregnancy: A Review of the Research

The emotions surrounding any drinking in pregnancy are strong; however, there is still debate about the risk of light drinking in pregnancy. The current article discusses the research surrounding this topic.

CDC Basically Informs Women That They Are Incompetent

Dear Women of Childbearing Age, We regret to inform you that we have decided that you are no longer competent beings with a brain capable of making decisions about your life and how you live it.

Guest Post: Oxytocin and Childbirth

What is oxytocin? Why is it important to the birthing process? How does our current medicalized birth culture affect the release of this important hormone?

Birth Story: Jenny and Evy

A huge thank you to Jenny for sharing her birth story - an unplanned home birth - with us!

Do C-Sections Increase the Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder?

A new systematic review and meta-analysis finds a significant relationship between the occurrence of c-sections and autism spectrum disorders. Is this valid? What are the implications?

Long-Term Effects of Delayed Cord Clamping Found

Many of us are aware of the positive effect of delayed cord clamping on iron levels and red blood cell count, but new research suggests there may be even longer term effects worthy of consideration.

Epigenetics and Breastfeeding

We're learning more about the role of epigenetics in our lives and new research highlights the very real role epigenetics has on our breastfeeding journeys as well as having implications for breast cancer.

Where Would You Be Safest Giving Birth? Hint: Not the USA

Where would you rather give birth - in the USA or Albania? Most of you would probably say the USA yet your chances of survival would then be lower. Yes, you as a mother are more likely to die from childbirth-related problems in the USA than Albania. Does that surprise you?

My Pet Peeves: Generalizing Data to the Wrong Group

Headlines are claiming homebirth is as dangerous as letting your child ride in the car without a seatbelt. But the authors use one of my pet peeves to make this claim... generalizing data to those it doesn't apply to.

Placentophagia

Placentophagia: The eating of the placenta after birth. It is very common amongst mammals, but not at all amongst humans. Why is this?