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‎"Formula is being treated as a drug, and nurses who dole it out will be asked to track it. It doesn’t mean anyone will be forced to breastfeed, no registry of formula users is being compiled and no access to formula is being ended. It simply means the use of formula in hospitals will be treated as the use of any other nutritional supplement in lieu of other foods would be treated — that is to say, breastfeeding will be established as the norm, and not the other way around."
COMMENTARY | New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg seems to only get in the news lately for being bossy (except when he’s criticizing someone else’s bossiness) but a new initiative he’s planning in Ne...
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This is one of my recent favorites. Since the majority of women give birth in the hospital, why don't we focus on improving hospital care?
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I'm flabbergasted that a company would use this sexist, demeaning advertising strategy to sell baby bottles. Ever wonder why so many women struggle to breastfeed? Here is one prime example.
Bitty Labs, a manufacturer of baby bottles, is using slogans like reclaim your wife and tired of competing with your newborn to market its bottles to the husbands of breastfeeding mothers.
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Pretty sad.  I suspect it was done by maybe one or two people who have little experience with breastfeeding, and babies in general.
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I really like this post. The pain has a purpose.
Have you ever decided to get down on your knees with the kids and crawl around for even a minute? Holy HECK people, that stuff hurts! No wonder the kids want to start walking as soon as possible. My c...
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This sheds some light on the fight for birth rights in the Czech Republic, and even the Netherlands! The article points out that birth legislation is largely based on inaccurate scientific studies.

I firmly believe birth rights should not be a political issue.
Midwives' struggle for at-home deliveries highlights ethical debate over gender bias in research
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"In February/March this year I was pregnant with my third child and planned to birth at Logan Hospital with Di as my midwife. At my 36 week appointment with my consultant I brought my birth plan which...
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"Starting Sept. 3, the city will keep tabs on the number of bottles that participating hospitals stock and use — the most restrictive pro-breast-milk program in the nation."

What do you think of this effort? Is restricting access to formula a good idea?
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I am totally pro breastfeeding, but personally, this is one more example of government over stepping it's bounds. If it came through a hospital policy change or as a change resulting from patient pressure it would be one thing, but the good intentions of uncle Sam or big brother are ultimately more dangerous than it was would seem on the surface. When you think about it, with home birth it's not even a problem because the wishes of the parents won't be interfered with to begin with. Ultimately, a good idea, but implemented wrong. The ends can not justify the means...
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"no matter what someone tells you, these are your rights. Whether or not you can pay, or simply want to make your own choices for birth, including VBAC, it is your right. Period!

"while hospitals certainly can have a VBAC ban it is illegal, and unethical for them to enforce, especially in the case of a mother challenging the validity of their ban."

Know your rights.
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Labor Inductions fail 67% of the time, resulting in major abdominal surgery. In what other situation would this ever be acceptable?

Considering that about 50 percent of women are induced, this helps explain the astonishingly high cesarean rate!
Inducing labor in pregnant women when it's not medically necessary is more likely to result in complications at birth, according to a new study.
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Do you feel comfortable having open discussion with your Dr. or midwife? Can you bring your concerns to your prenatal visits? If not, maybe you should explore the reasons why, and find a way to better meet your needs. You'll only give birth to this baby once. Make it count.
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The mama is not the only participant in birth. Babies twist, turn, and can even help push themselves through the birth canal during labor and birth. I've heard of women who actually felt their baby push their feet against the top of the uterus as they were being born. My breech baby used his hands and feet to push against my body and help get his own head out. ♥
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My long-term goal is to be a home birth midwife. A friend referred me to the site as a potential training program for when I'm able to pursue it.
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