New Definition of Term Pregnancy

New Definition of Term Pregnancy

When is your baby “full term”? This is what is addressed in this recent TIME article.

Once upon a time in most cases your baby was born when it was good and ready. But more and more births are being medically induced for non-medical reasons such as a “big baby”, guaranteeing that you deliver with your Doctor and just plain convenience. It was thought that babies born any where between 37-41 weeks would have the same healthy outcomes, but research has shown that those last few weeks really do make a difference. The new guidelines are as follows:

Early Term: Between 37 weeks 0 days and 38 weeks 6 days
Full Term: Between 39 weeks 0 days and 40 weeks 6 days
Late Term: Between 41 weeks 0 days and 41 weeks 6 days
Postterm: Between 42 weeks 0 days and beyond

These guidelines were recently redefined by ACOG and are certainly a step in the right direction. There are, of course, times when medical induction is best for baby. But I tell my students to send up the red flag when Doctors start talking about “how big the baby is” especially before 40 weeks.


Every Mother Counts

My husband Gareth is a Sales’s Manager over at Citizens of Humanity. And while most people know that it’s a very popular denim brand made here in the USA, and not the non-profit it sounds like, they still do a lot of good. The newest installment of their “Just Like You” video series is out and it features Christy Turlington and her women’s health non profit, “Every Mother Counts”. In many places around the world, including parts of the US, pregnancy and childbirth are so much more dangerous than they need to be, and Turlington highlights how many women could be saved with basic midwifery care. She plans to release her next documentary about motherhood, “Every Hour, Every Mile, Every Mother,” another collaboration with Citizens of Humanity, sometime next year and I, for one, can’t wait!

Sit down, have a drink, and enjoy this pregnancy advice.

Recently my friend and Childbirth Education mentor, Ceridwen Morris, wrote a great blog over at babble about how alarmist most pregnancy advice is:  Sit down, have a drink and enjoy this pregnancy advice. I was told some pretty crazy stuff when I was pregnant including, “don’t eat nuts”?! I have also carried my pregnant friend’s… Continue reading Sit down, have a drink, and enjoy this pregnancy advice.

Women need protection from formula ads and support to promote breastfeeding

“Nearly all mothers are physically able to breastfeed and will do so if they have accurate information and support,”  Great article on the UN’s website today (click above quote) detailing some of the ways woman become discouraged when breastfeeding. So many women often think they “won’t have enough milk”, which is rare with a proper… Continue reading Women need protection from formula ads and support to promote breastfeeding

Bacteria is amazing!

Bacteria is amazing!

If you are one of the one third of pregnant women who will have a cesarean surgery, there are ways to make the best of the experience. Ask to have one arm free so you have touch your baby, ask to breastfeed right away and the latest birth plan item, swab your baby with your vaginal fluids.

What to Read Before you’re Pregnant

Some of you have found this page though a friend or facebook, and you may not be pregnant yet. You might not even be thinking about it. This is a great time to start reading about maternity care and childbirth! Seems crazy. Like lurking in the wedding section of Barnes and Noble when you’re not… Continue reading What to Read Before you’re Pregnant

Delayed Cord Clamping

Delayed Cord Clamping

I just finished working on a report on the British Medical Journal‘s paper regarding the benefits of delayed cord clamping. Since I exclusively breastfed my son for the first six months of his life, I often heard conflicting advice about giving him an additional iron supplement (I didn’t). But if we had delayed cutting his cord, I wouldn’t have had to even think about it! Amazing! The BMJ report is a bit technical, but this NYT article gives a brief overview. Did you delay cutting your baby’s cord? Would you in the future?