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


C-sections have been making the news recently as more research sets out to better understand long-term impacts of the delivery method given the rather dramatic rise in their use.  Previous research has found increased risks for a variety of ailments, including asthma, diabetes, gastrointestinal disease[1], and bipolar disorder[2].  Of interest in the new research being covered … [Read more...]

Long-Term Effects of Delayed Cord Clamping Found

Source: Beyond Birth

For some time it has been known that babies benefit from delayed cord clamping.  I have reviewed the research on it here on EP and it’s pretty clear that delayed clamping is superior, even for preterm babies or babies who need resuscitation there are benefits to keeping them attached to the cord for just 30 seconds.  The main findings on the “benefits” of “delayed” cord … [Read more...]

Epigenetics and Breastfeeding

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Ever wonder why everything seems to happen faster in a second pregnancy?  Why breastfeeding is often easier the second time around?  It turns out it’s not just because you’ve been there and done that and know what to expect, but rather that your body actually remembers pregnancy and breastfeeding and can prepare itself better because certain epigenetic markers are already in … [Read more...]

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

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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? New research looking at maternal mortality is out[1] and the findings are not good for those in the … [Read more...]

My Pet Peeves: Generalizing Data to the Wrong Group

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By Tracy Cassels There’s news about an article making the rounds regarding the risk of homebirth.  Notably, two individuals have written an article for the Journal of Medical Ethics[1] arguing that having a homebirth is as risky as letting your child ride in a car without a seatbelt.  The authors are an Australian OB and an ethics professor in the UK.  The article is really … [Read more...]



By Tracy G. Cassels The act of eating one’s placenta after birth, placentophagia, seems to be becoming more popular than in previous years.  Though many women cite hormonal or emotional benefits to ingesting the placenta, very few are aware of the science looking at this practice.  Who does this?  Why?  And does science support the practice? Placentophagia in Other … [Read more...]

Five Worst Parenting Books

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Parents often find themselves looking for advice on how to raise their kids.  It’s not surprising in a society in which we spend so little time around children that we go into this parenting business with little to no experience.  However, we have to be careful where we seek advice for not all advice is equal.  While there is huge variability in the advice out there, most … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Six Natural Ways To Reduce Pregnancy Related Swelling & Discomfort Without The Use Of Medication

Six Natural Ways To Reduce Pregnancy Related Swelling

By Jenna Birchmier During pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes many changes in preparation for the upcoming birth. While feeling your baby bump grow is likely to fill you with excitement, experiencing the discomfort of swelling legs and feet may be an unwelcome symptom of pregnancy. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to alleviate the pain and swelling that can … [Read more...]

Homebirth Risks in the News Again


The US has a real problem with homebirth and I for one can’t really understand it at all.  It seems that many doctors and hospitals absolutely refuse to believe that homebirths should be happening at all.  That women should not have the choice to deliver their infant at home.  Recently there have been a couple higher-profile studies that have been used to discuss the relative … [Read more...]

Should You Induce Labour?


The question of inductions can be a heated one at times, with proponents of natural birth shunning the idea of artificially inducing something that should happen naturally.  We hear comments like, “The baby knows when to come out” and therefore we are wrong to intervene. But this ignores that women have tried many methods over the years to bring on labour - from red raspberry … [Read more...]