Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Caesareans and The Fear of Pushing

via Times Online (UK) Far from being “too posh to push”, it is the psychological fear of childbirth among first-time mothers that is behind the high rate of elective Caesarean sections, a significant study says. The findings showed that almost 44 per cent of women who requested a Caesarean had a “clinically significant fear of childbirth” as a result of negative feedback from friends and family who have had natural deliveries. The report, published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, revealed that despite medical advances in pain relief, fear of normal deliveries remained high. It urged more compassion and less criticism of women who avoid going through labour. Full Article

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Coffee, Pregnancy, Miscarriage - New York Times Letter

A more robust and better designed study was released this month that found no association with coffee consumption and the risk of miscarriage. Sadly, the press ignored this study while every major news outlet aired the less rigorous, but frightening findings.

Full Letter, New York Times

Pregnancy Quote Favorites

Okay, so I'm rehashing. I loved these quoetes in 2005, and still love'm today. Wanted to bring them up front and share. PLEASE SHARE YOURS in the comments field!!!
  • If pregnancy were a book they would cut the last two chapters. ~Nora Ephron

  • Life is tough enough without having someone kick you from the inside. ~Rita Rudner

  • Think of stretch marks as pregnancy service stripes. ~Joyce Armor

  • There are three reasons for breast-feeding: the milk is always at the right temperature; it comes in attractive containers; and the cat can't get it. ~Irena Chalmers

  • You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she's pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment. ~Dave Barry, Things That It Took Me 50 Years to Learn

  • People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one. ~Leo J. Burke

  • One of the most obvious results of having a baby around the house is to turn two good people into complete idiots who probably wouldn't have been much worse than mere imbeciles without it. ~Georges Courteline, La Philosophie de Georges Courteline

  • You don't really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around - and why his parents will always wave back. ~William D. Tammeus

  • The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. ~Rajneesh

  • When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. ~Sophia Loren, Women and Beauty

  • It is much easier to become a father than to be one. ~Kent Nerburn, Letters to My Son: Reflections on Becoming a Man

  • There are three stages of a man's life: He believes in Santa Claus, he doesn't believe in Santa Claus, he is Santa Claus. ~Author Unknown