National Newborn Screening Awareness Month

Newborn Screening: A Few Drops of Blood Can Save a Baby’s Life First Written For News-Herald Media September is National Newborn Screening Awareness Month, and 2013 is the 50th anniversary of newborn screening nationally. The first newborn screening test was for PKU. Wisconsin began testing for PKU in 1965. MADISON — Welcoming a new baby … Continue reading National Newborn Screening Awareness Month

U.S. Home Birth Transports: The Numbers

“Of the 5418 women, 655 (12.1%) were transferred to hospital intrapartum or postpartum… Five out of every six women transferred were transferred before delivery, half (51.2%) for failure to progress, pain relief or exhaustion.  After delivery, 1.3% of mothers and 0.7% of newborns were transferred to hospital, most commonly for maternal haemorrhage (0.6% of total … Continue reading U.S. Home Birth Transports: The Numbers

Home Oriented Maternity Experience

Home Oriented Maternity Experience — “H.O.M.E. Meetings”  “H.O.M.E. Meetings” are a tradition of home birth families dating back to April, 1974 when a group of five women conceived the idea of an educational organization for couples needing information and support for home birth. Since then, H.O.M.E. grew into a cohesive group of parents and birth attendants who support safe home birth in … Continue reading Home Oriented Maternity Experience

Pride Goeth Before Destruction…

…and a haughty spirit before a fall. Last Friday I went mountain biking on the recreational trail near my house.  I fell off an 18 foot cliff, landing on the rocks at the bottom of the creek-bed.  My dog helped me get up and out of there and I called my oldest daughter to pick me up with … Continue reading Pride Goeth Before Destruction…

Miss Belle has Arrived!!

  My second grandchild, a little baby girl was born on Sunday, June 24th, 2007 at 1:50 p.m. 7lb 2oz, Belle Grace arrived in Crown Point, Indiana in the back seat of our van on the way home from our Allegany Mountains/Niagara Falls camping trip. God is gracious and provided us with a safe place … Continue reading Miss Belle has Arrived!!

Routine Newborn Appointments May Undermine Breast Feeding

Upon discharge from birth facilities new parents are asked to bring their newborn into a pediatrician’s office several times in the first week postpartum. Bringing the newborn to a medical facility requires the postpartum mother to attend to social standards that are not helpful to the establishment of good breastfeeding technique. Getting dressed in “out … Continue reading Routine Newborn Appointments May Undermine Breast Feeding