Welcome to the last Weekly Birth Bulletin of June!
The Weekly Birth Links
It seems like the breastfeeding vs. formula feeding debate is always simmering online, just ready to boil over at a minute’s notice. As a mother who chose to breastfeed, but who was very grateful for formula when one child really needed it, I like the balanced approach from Annie Reneau in her article, “Five Things Breastfeeding Advocates Need to Stop Doing.” A little compassion and kindness always goes a long way.
A Utah local, Aubrey Slabbert is very involved in the birth scene. Doula, photographer, and Hypnobabies Instructor, Aubrey draws from her personal experience as a birth worker and birthing mother with hearing loss to give all of us a better idea of how to serve deaf clients. Her piece, “So You Have a Deaf Client?” gives 10 suggestions that cover working with hospital interpreters, communicating with deaf clients, and hiring trained professional labor support.
Here’s a fascinating review of a study that looks at how molecular mechanisms in baby’s lungs might work to signal the beginning of labor. It seems this new information might even give scientists a glimpse into how to help prevent preterm labor.
Finally, a critical look at the cost of birthing in-hospital in the U.S.A. Working from a tradition of itemized charging vs. package charging, maternity costs continue to rise. Sadly, this increase in cost has not translated into improved outcomes. I enjoyed reading about how some providers are trying to work around the system and provide quality care at prices that people can actually afford.
The Weekly Birth Video
This is not an entire birth. Instead, this week I’m highlighting this delightful snapshot into one woman’s labor. I love the fun atmosphere, the encouragement from her doula, and how this mama uses music, a birth ball, and dance to work through a contraction.
The Weekly Meme