Antibiotics in Labor: Evidence? Alternatives?

“Most AntibioticsPathwaysimportantly, the scientific review found that the use of precautionary antibiotics did not reduce the number of infant deaths—neither from GBS (Group B Strep) infection nor from all causes—and the number of later, serious infections is increased by the use of antibiotics during labor.” Continue reading

Natural Birth: It’s not just about the drugs.

birthSuzanneNO_RED--300X200PHOTOGThe pursuit of a natural birth is not just about minimizing medical interventions and their attendant risks. It’s not about being super-woman enough to endure the powerful sensations. Every moment of the natural labor and birth process has a purpose leading to optimization of the emotional and physical health of mother and baby. Continue reading

Gut Flora in Treatment and Prevention of Autism

GutFlora4FB copyYou think of your baby as one organism, but actually trillions of organisms are intricately involved in regulating your child. Imbalances in baby’s flora can lead to lack of tolerance to foods (food allergies), gastrointestinal distresses, and later gastrointestinal diseases. Poor gut flora is also linked to initiation of autoimmune diseases involving other parts of baby’s body—such as asthma, diabetes, and arthritis.

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Autism: what causes it?

AutismArticleImage copyA growing issue.  If you doubt that autistic symptoms have grown tremendously, talk to any grade school teacher who has taught since the 1970s. Regardless of the exact rate of increase, at over 2% of all children, this is an enormous epidemic that receives incredibly little attention toward discovering and preventing the causes. ASDs provide a jackpot for the pharmaceutical industry in terms of treating symptoms but large-scale studies for safer treatments or for curative possibilities are practically non-existent. READ THE REST OF STORY at Natural Mother Magazine


Breastmilk and Baby’s Gut Health

homebirthsuz350x225PHOTOGRAPHERBeginning with the trip through the birth canal, every minute counts in the early effort to launch the healthiest-possible balance of gut microbes. The newborn digestive system is not ready at birth to handle much in the way of food, and the breasts know this. Immune protection is the first order of Continue reading

Mothers Suing Over Morning Sickness Drug Linked to Birth Defects

Zofran and Birth Defects MotherFlowers

Zofran, also known as ondansetron and Zuplenz, is an anti-nausea medication approved for use for cancer and surgery patients. Yet, it’s been prescribed by doctors across the nation as off-label use for morning sickness for numerous Continue reading

Should You Lower Your Child’s Fever? What You Need to Know Before You Reach for the Tylenol

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165StethascopeEmillyeMothering“Fever does not cause brain damage. Fever is a good thing,” says pediatrician Scott W. Cohen, MD, author of Eat, Sleep, Poop.

Pediatrician Jo Ann Rohyans, MD, writes for “Most children can tolerate a temperature of slightly higher than 107°F without long-term effects from Continue reading

The Science of Starting Solids

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GreenMomEvery child and every family has different preferences, genetic tendencies, and needs. Parents and babies are also full of natural instincts that help guide them, if allowed. Babies know when they want to start solid foods but the question still receives a lot of attention …

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