Safe Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Section

Yesterday, I was talking to one of the moms who came to us for her first check up in this pregnancy, and she said something to me that blew my mind away. She told me that in her last pregnancy, she set into labor, and that her bag of waters broke after a few hours of labor. Contractions were coming a...

Ten Tips to Avoid an Episiotomy

What is an Episiotomy? Episiotomy is the cutting of perineal tissues during delivery. While it was once thought to be a beneficial procedure to protect mothers from perineal trauma, and help ease the process of birth for baby, years of research is showing that episiotomy is more harmful than...

Benefits of Baby Massage and Infant Massage

Why massage the newborn? Massaging the newborn has been a tradition in India and other Asian countries since time immemorial. Various oil-based preparations have been used depending on the regional availability. Evidence exists supporting the benefits of touch and massage therapy. A quick review of...

What is Newborn Jaundice?

Newborn Jaundice (also known as hyperbilirubinemia), is the cause of the yellow tinge that colors the skin and eyeballs of newborn infants, especially in the first week or two. Jaundice happens because babies are born with more red blood cells than they need. When the liver breaks down these excess...

How to help mothers have natural birth

In 1996, the World Health Organization called for the elimination of unnecessary intervention in childbirth. However, there were few resources to assist maternity care providers achieve this goal. In 2012, three major midwife organizations in the USA (ACNM, MANA and NACPM) came together to create a...