Amnesty International Report
on Maternal Mortality in US
Amnesty International released its report on maternal mortality in the US on
March 12, 2010. This very extensive report documents the extremely high rate of maternal mortality in the US. Citing causes
such as C Sections and the high rate of medical interventions, Amnesty International states, along with CDC, that the actual
numbers are much higher then the documented ones due to the fact that not all maternal deaths are recorded as maternal deaths.
No Need For Moms to Fast During Labor
by John Gever, Senior Editor
This article points out what midwives, doulas
and many health care people have been saying for years. That it is not necessary to avoid food and drink when a mom is in
labor. The energy and strength that she will get from eating far outweighs the possibility of having to go into surgery
for an emergency C Section.
Moms need their energy, babies need their energy. Eating during labor is a good thing.
No Need to Fast
One World Birth
visit this NEW site on Childbirth. It is filled with upto date information regarding childbirth and pregnancy.
information is evidence based and provided by the leading natural childbirth advocates, midwifes, doctors
researchers in the birth field. Enjoy the short videos, and or the articles.... and know that you are being informed
those in the field who TRUST birth, love birth, and KNOW that you can do this.
Baby's Gut Bacteria Guided By Mom's Choices
by Crystal Phend, Sr. Staff Writer, MedPage Today,
Feb. 11, 2013
This article speaks to the influence that Cesarean delivery and bottle feeding have on the gut bacteria
in infants. Formula fed babies were found to have more
clostridium difficle, then breastfed babies."Passage through the birth canal gives infants a natural inoculation with
bacteria from the mother, whose milk
also shapes the baby's
Induction of Labor:
What You Need to Know About Induction of Labor
Childbirth Connection Jan. 2011
The following article speaks to
the many "reasons" that women are given to convince them
agree to having their labor induced. "Rates of Induction of labor are on the rise...." the article
states, as are rates of C-Sections.. Possible connection??????
The article clarifies the confusion and disagreement
surrounding the reasons and safety of inducing
laobr. Lack of knowledge
about when, why, and how and if inducing is even safe for the mom and the
fuel the moms fear of possible harm to the baby, or herself.
the article says: "The belief that the best way to manage risks in pregnancy is to deliver the baby.
it is uncommon in this day and age for a baby born at full-term to die around the time of birth or experience serious illness
or injury. However, these outcomes still occur despite advances in obstetric and neonatal care. Doctors or midwives may recommend
inducing labor as a way of lowering the chance of these problems happening. However, it is impossible to know which women
should be induced because injury and death are often unpredictable. As a result, thousands of women may have labor induced
to prevent just one injury or death, and all of those women and babies will be exposed to the risks of labor induction, which
may include cesarean surgery, instrumental delivery (assisted by forceps or vacuum extraction), and newborn breathing problems."
The House of Lite
The House of Lite is a project of the Tatia Oden French Memorial Foundation, a new kind of transition home
for single moms and their newborns. The House of Lite will be located in an area of low crime,
easy access to transportation and have all the support systems needed
"break the cycle" of living in an area of high crime, and continuing to remain on the general assistance rolls of
the county. We had hoped to open the first House of Lite
Calif. A successful fundraiser was held on March 3, 2011 at La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley.
We raised over 50% of our $10,000 goal. Our last event was held on Thurs. Oct. 20 7-9pm
at La Pena, Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, Calif. The event focused on the issue of Maternal Mortality
and was co-sponsored by Amnesty International. Currently, we do not have a home for the House
of Lite, but we are holding resource and support workshops on Monday nites at Elizabeth House, a transition home for single
moms, in North Oakland. Please see our flyer for the workshops located on The House of Lite page on this website. The funds
raised are being used to keep the workshops at Elizabeth House
You can make a tax-deductable donation to House of Lite, just use the
PayPal button below, or go to the home page of this website and contribute on line using your credit card:
Thank you so much for helping to create strong families,
through strong roots.