this is from new zealand http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0905/S00054.htm
heres a little woo for you....pre-birth communication. http://lovefrombaby.com/ not being closed minded by calling it woo btw. i'm into the idea. i'm not too much of a talker when it comes to the little one in the belly, so the idea of communicating in some other way is definately appealing to me. heres the article http://lovefrombaby.com/pre-birth-communication.html
i don't go into abortion too much in this blog but heres a bill that hits close to home being one state over http://www.goupstate.com/article/20090503/NEWS/905019935/1132/OPINION?Title=Abortion-waiting-period-Bill-hits-women-below-the-belt
national women's health week in may 10-16th. i'll have to remember to post on that then. but heres a quick link http://www.womenshealth.gov/whw/ included in the week is national women's check-up day...maybe a good day to schedule my dental cleaning....and heres something from webmd to go along with http://women.webmd.com/womens-top-5-health-concerns-6/default.htm and one more article re women's health today http://www.bio-medicine.org/medicine-news-1/Women-live-longer--not-better--largely-because-of-obesity-and-arthritis-44460-1/ , this study found that women are not necessarily leading better lives, just longer ones
heres an interstingblog post that ties meeting the healthy people 2010 goals http://www.healthypeople.gov/ well, the breastfeeding goals anyway http://www.healthypeople.gov/document/html/objectives/16-19.htm with the homebirth rate in various states http://www.puremothers.com/?p=903
quick quote from the blog
" The specific breastfeeding goals for 2000 and 2010 are to get
75% of new mothers to initiate breast feeding, for 50% to still be breastfeeding
at six months, and 25% at one year. The US did not meet the goal back in
2000 and, just twelve states met some of the criteria. Now, what is interesting
to me is that of the eight states achieving all three of the criteria, seven are
on the west coast and the other is Vermont. Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho,
California, Utah and Hawaii all achieved success. "
" In 2006, 9 states had home birth rates that were at least double the national
average. Not surprising, Vermont had the highest at 2.4%, Alaska at 1.9%, Idaho
at 1.5%, Utah had 1.3%. These were the rural states listed. In
addition, some non-rural states had homebirth rates at least double the US
national average also. Included were Oregon at 1.6% and Washington with
1.4%! So six of the nine states that had better homebirth rates were in
our eight! (I want to mention that Montana was 2.3%, Wisconsin was 1.4%
and Pennsylvania was 1.6% with Lancaster County - Amish country - having the
highest rate at 14%). So, California and Hawaii didn’t make this
list. But, I think I’m on to something. Women who have successful
homebirths have less difficulty with breast feeding. They don’t experience
separation from their baby once it is born and most homebirth babies are born
full term - another indicator of a successful nursing relationship.
Homebirth moms usually get some initial lactation support from their midwives or
are referred to certified lactation consultants for on-going support."
she looks at breastfeeding legislation and vaccine exemption provisions as well
i may have already linked to this from peggy omara re breastfeeding and the case against, but she has some good info in here and this is what spurred the post i just linked to so here it is
and i'm linking to this so i can remember to research it further. http://www.wctv.tv/medicalminute/headlines/44184362.html it seems like 1 in 100 is an awefully hight rate of shoulder dystocia....
well this is a long post already and i am a strving preggo so i'll stop and eat and perhaps return later