This post, by Donna Ryan of Banned from Babyshowers, was incredibly encouraging to me. She is a Bradley birth instructor, and the post details the questions she encourages her clients to ask of a doula they’re considering hiring. I’m only beginning my study to be a doula, and the points she made, and the reasons behind them, were very encouraging to me. Apparently, the post hit a raw nerve with a number of doulas, both in the comment section, and on Facebook, which I found a little surprising… I guess if someone doesn’t fit with her suggested criteria, they would have reason to be offended. The biggest contested topics were:
Has your doula given birth?
What are your stats (success rates in helping a client achieve a natural birth)?
What are the doula’s reasons for wanting to become a doula? Ryan postulates — much to the contrary of MANY natural birthing websites that I’ve visited — that having a traumatic birth experience is not necessarily the best impetus for becoming a doula.
I read this — Eight Reasons our C-Section Rate is too High — via a link provided by Kathy at Woman to Woman Childbirth Education, who is a veritable font of useful, interesting, and up-to-date birth information. She’s an infrequent blogger, but if you “like” her page on FB, she usually supplies 4-10 daily links worth reading. Anyway. This very interesting (and quite concise) post was written by an OBGYN who has a c-section rate of about 10%, less than 1/3 the national average. Originally written for ObGyn News, the link will take you to the blog of The Midwife Next Door. Like TMND said, “I am encouraged that there are OBs who are speaking out against our exceedingly high cesarean rate, and who have achieved good outcomes over many years with a significantly lower personal c-section rate.”
Is this a reason for miscarriages???? For women’s bodies not spontaneously going into labor?? New research shows that the chemical triclosan, widely present in virtually everything labeled as antibacterial, “hinders an enzyme linked to the metabolism of estrogen.” At this point, it’s not known how much triclosan is too much, but researchers have definitely shown that triclosan is a “very potent inhibitor” of estrogen. Estrogen has important functions, of course, in a non-pregnant woman. But, it is vital for blood flow to a baby. Also too little estrogen will inhibit a pregnant mother’s uterus from contracting. This has startling nation-wide (world-wide?) implications. As one researcher noted, “Triclosan is a material that is present in the environment and everyone has low levels. If you use products with triclosan, you will likely have higher levels.” Makes me happy that, to the best of my ability, my home has been triclosan-free for 5+ years.
the sun came out this morn' without fanfare...
a greying blanket covered all the vale.
instead of forcing its warmth-giving face
to pull the cover back and dry the damp,
it moved on higher, leaving undisturbed
the clouds that bless'd our morning with light drops,
and let its light shine dimly on the land
as filtered through a cloth, soft on the eyes.
The raindrops sprinkle glasses, windshield, face.
i feel afresh the touch of Heav'nly grace
that such as i could be so bless'd in this,
a simple shower, making my heart glad.
the overcast that met me at my door
has made me smile upon this fine, wet day. ~Adam Bertrand