Naturally Choosing and Determining Baby's Sex
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by Anne Margolis
2w ago
To try to conceive a specific sex, there is a costly, invasive and controversial way of preimplantation genetic testing when doing in-vitro fertilization (IVF) or boy/girl sperm sorting with intrauterine insemination (IUI) - although not as full proof. There is no research or science to back the effectiveness of other natural methods. The theory behind a few of them is that girl producing sperm move slower than boy producing sperm, but last longer. So, if you want a girl, try to have sex 2-3 days before ovulation, as they will still be in the fallopian tubes when egg is released. If you are t ..read more
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VBAC After One, Two or More Cesareans
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by Anne Margolis
1M ago
What is a VBAC? A VBAC is a vaginal birth after cesarean. If a woman has had a cesarean and wants to plan a vaginal birth for her next, it would be considered a VBAC, and the number after it depends on how many prior cesareans there were. What are the chances of having a successful VBAC and who is a good candidate for a VBAC? The stats range that 60-80% of women, who have had previous cesareans, are candidates for a successful VBAC. In actuality, most healthy pregnant women carrying healthy babies are candidates. The chances of a successful VBAC are higher if a woman is using a midwife, even ..read more
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Questions to Ask When Interviewing Your Provider, Red Flags and Choosing Your Best Provider
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by Anne Margolis
2M ago
Here are some key questions to ask your midwife or obstetrician if you want a natural birth. Listen to them and within you. You will get your answers about best provider for the birth you want. And do pay attention to red flags. Do you have training and experience supporting natural physiologic undisturbed birth when all is well? What’s your rate of primary cesarean? If I need a cesarean, are you or your collaborative obstetricians experienced and do with gentle/family centered version? Do you encourage VBAC? What’s your rate? Are you skilled and supportive of physiologic breech and twin birt ..read more
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Can't Make up This Hospital Birth Story
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by Anne Margolis
3M ago
True story TRIGGER WARNING There are many wonderful, supportive obstetricians and I adore the ones I am blessed to work with. But sometimes I do hospital shifts, or help advocate for people in the hospital and have personally seen things that make me cringe. I was to labor at home with a friend’s daughter expecting her first baby as long as possible. I brought her in fully dilated with no urge to push yet. At midnight, the only door open was through the emergency room. We were told to go the waiting room. Wearing eye pads and head phones in a public area, mama slow danced with me over 2 hours ..read more
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Midwifery History and Witches
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by Anne Margolis
4M ago
Just a taste of a much larger discussion. History for most of history was mostly ‘his story’. Through the majorly of it, women were mostly illiterate as they were not allowed to be educated like men. But until relatively recently, men would not provide care for women and their gynecological and childbearing needs even when they became physicians - as their reputations would be tarnished if they associated with women’s genitalia and their business. It was the domain of women. Women supported women. Midwifery is mentioned as far back as biblical times, and recorded in Egypt as early as 1900 BCE ..read more
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Upright Physiologic Vaginal Breech Birth
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by Anne Margolis
5M ago
So grateful to Dr. David Hayes OBGYN @breechwithoutborders for their amazing continuing education workshop to thoroughly review the data and teach skills of attending vaginal physiologic breech birth globally. Some key take aways are: ?Modern US clinicians and hospitals, and other countries that follow US, where only cesarean is taught and practiced for breech - please get back your skills and follow ongoing current impressive research and guidelines of other western countries where upright vaginal breech birth is being heavily studied and practiced as the norm, as it has been among community ..read more
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Tearing at birth
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by Anne Margolis
7M ago
Worried about tearing at birth? If so, you are not alone. Although no guarantees (for example baby can come out with their hand by their head - compound presentation, that can result in lacerations), there are things you can do to help prevent tearing during pregnancy and at birth, even if you tore or had episiotomy previous birth. I have helped many mamas not tear or not tear enough to need stitching repair, despite the most serious of tears last time. First off, say NO to routine episiotomy, in which the provider cuts your perineum and vagina at birth. It is is not only one of the most harm ..read more
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RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR PARTNER & SEX POSTPARTUM
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by Anne Margolis
9M ago
Relationship Issues Having a baby, while associated with immense joy and euphoria, is a major life change for both you and your partner, and can affect you both individually and as a couple. Although it can bring couples much closer than before, postpartum can be challenging for your relationship with your partner, even if it was wonderful before and during pregnancy. And all the more so if there are ongoing difficulties and unresolved issues between you.  Your partner may be going through a variety of personal emotions, such as: Recovering from the intensity of labor and birth Qu ..read more
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Gestational Diabetes Screen & Alternatives
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by Anne Margolis
10M ago
Gestational diabetes is rare in the healthy population. Occurring in about 6% of pregnancies, it’s incidence is increasing largely due to the growing obesity, insulin resistance and adult onset diabetes, poor diet and lifestyle habits in the United States. There is much controversy around gestational diabetes, how it is screened for and diagnosed, and whether universal screening improves outcomes as opposed to testing when there are risk factors. If you do have it, however, treatment that includes appropriate actions like maintaining ideal weight, enhancing nutrition and exercise habits does ..read more
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PMS Premenstral Syndrome; A Natural Alternative Part 2
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by Anne Margolis
10M ago
Natural Treatment for PMS Many PMS symptoms do respond well to simple lifestyle changes and safer, more affordable,  traditional time-honored remedies. Experiment with the suggestions below and find those that work best for you. Allow a few cycles with each to properly assess their impact. But, full recovery  begins when you start by honoring your cyclic lunar nature and giving yourself permission to take a monthly hiatus. Trust your body’s inner wisdom and ability to tell you what’s needed. Use this information to reset and heal, embrace your inner wild and the full range of emotio ..read more
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