Interesting health stuff: Celiac, pregnancy, birthing…
- I read with great interest that a man named Ken Cafferty donated $45 million of his own money to University of Maryland and Dr. Alessio Fasano (who is affiliated with the university) for study of celiac disease and other autoimmune disorders. I often lament that celiac disease continues to be overlooked in the United States for study, since such a vast majority of funding for medical study comes from pharmaceutical companies, and the likelihood of a medication for CD is very low. No money from drugs = no funding. So, my many thanks to Mr. Cafferty, to the worthy Dr. Fasano, and to the U. of MD, which continues to be one of the lone, consistent, unbiased research facilities on CD in the United States!
- 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.
- This post, The Day 14 Myth, by Man-Nurse Diaries (who is a trauma nurse, I believe, but whose wife birthed their three children at home — he’s a natural birth advocate) made me very curious about my ovulation cycle. I have long suspected that I don’t ovulate on day 14, but I’ve never charted it out, and at least one of our children was conceived on a day that I wasn’t “supposed” to get pregnant. I’m not a big fan of the method of charting one’s estimated due date by using a woman’s LMP and adding 14 days. After reading this, I’m even less a fan of that method!! Like most of MND’s posts, this is interesting, snarky-funny, and a wee bit technical. Worthwhile read.
- 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.