Monday, October 22, 2012

Today's Links on Childbirth Myths

Small pelvis:

CPD: Cephalopelvic Disproportion, or otherwise a fancy way of saying your pelvic outlet is too small for a baby's head:

CPD and more, with citations:

All about CPD:

Question CPD, a video with real testimonies:

More resources on CPD:
Very small women give birth to large babies (includes birth photos, NSFW):

Big babies:

If it's not your pelvis, then they'll blame your baby:

Crunch some of the numbers when it comes to big babies here:

Gail at Spinning Babies talks about big babies and what might or might not be expected:

A pithy read on the big baby in our culture:

A mama who had an 8lb and then 11lb baby gives her thoughts, along with citations, on big babies:

A list of studies on big babies:

My all-time favorite when it comes to breaking fat discrimination in birth:
This blog is filled with great info for plus-size mamas:

Discrimination occurs everywhere, including with midwives. Are you size-friendly?

Most articles and headlines were either rude or discouraging. This seemed the most concise, helpful link. Obesity doesn't mean you should be treated poorly, nor does it mean you should be banned from evidence-based options in birth. But it does seem to present additional concerns that need to be talked about:

Have you ever been denied an option during labor due to your size?


This article discusses a cascade caused by racial discrimination, but the idea holds true for all of us. Being disrespected, restricted or even harassed about our bodies does not provide a safe, peaceful pregnancy/birth experience:

Cord clamping:

Delayed cord clamping, or rather...avoiding premature cord clamping. It helps preemies:
"CONCLUSIONS. Delayed cord clamping seems to protect VLBW infants from IVH and LOS, especially for male infants."

Friends and family gripe about how they will only listen to doctors? This OB provides quite a read:

Renowned midwife Gloria discusses the reasons to keep your baby's cord intact immediately after birth:

After decades of activists and "fringe" birth workers trying to change, it appears this topic has gone mainstream:

Penny offers a visual on why keeping the cord intact after birth helps your baby:

"Babies are born with their own resuscitation equipment. The placenta not only helps the baby to transition, but assists with resuscitation if needed. There is no reason to clamp and cut the cord of a baby who needs help. Doing so will create more problems for the baby and mother. Anything that needs to be done can be done with back-up from the placenta, and the involvement of the mother."

"Newborns cope well with hypoxia but struggle with hypovolemia. At the moment of birth, 30 to 50% of the baby’s blood volume is in the placenta, and immediate clamping deprives the baby of that blood. Adults are in perilous danger of hypovolemic shock and receive blood transfusions at 15 to 30% blood loss."

"Is autism caused by the sudden deprivation of blood, oxygen, and iron that happens when the umbilical cord is clamped before the placenta has finished its job?
Did I stand there and watch my son get autism? Did the doctor—and me, since I cut his cord—give him autism right there in the room? Is that why he looked fine at delivery and then suddenly got blue? Did we give him brain damage?"

”Without the burst of blood from the placenta, the infant suffers a drop in blood pressure as its lungs fail to open as they should, creating a chain reaction of effects that can include brain damage and lung damage “

“Studies documenting harm and lack of benefit have simply been ignored. The attitude has obviously been, "If no one knows, then it doesn't matter."

“The doctor who used to work at Memorial Hospital in Darlington, said if the need for early cord clamping was removed from NICE's guideline, 'there could be an overnight change in practice.' He concluded: 'Clamping the functioning umbilical cord at birth is an unproven intervention. 'Lack of awareness of current evidence, pragmatism, and conflicting guidelines are all preventing change. To prevent further injury to babies we would be better to rush to change.' “

Wow, here's some food for thought! :O


When you sign papers allowing the hospital to "dispose" of the placenta and other remnants of birthing, when you think they are being burned or safely disposed, they're actually selling them to medical research for as much as $30,000 each! This figure was reported by the Children's Hospital in Randwick, Australia. This was confirmed in the 10th edition of the Principles of Anatomy and Physiology, 2003 page 1076. They're placing the baby at risk of these restricted umbilical cord problems to make money.”

Nuchal cords:

This indepth article walks you through nuchal cords, risks and why your doctor might have listed it in your chart:

What is a nuchal cord? When is it dangerous? This article is simple, easy to read and contains references:

It's important to realize that although the issue of nuchal cords might be surrounded by myths and unwarranted interventions, the presence of a nuchal cord can indicate an issue, and babies can be injured. Discussing the myths and misunderstandings on this topic is not about dismissing those who have experienced injury or loss.

A mainstream article so you can share with friends and family:

More analysis of cords and cord accidents:

A doula talks about her discovery of nuchal cords:


Let's start VBAC (Vaginal Birth After C-section) with a mainstream link:

IBAC (Induced Birth After C-section) is a tricky situation to navigate. It involves taking into consideration the risks of a previous c-section, the current risks justifying an induction and the risks of induction. But there might be some cases where it is an option as opposed to going straight to a c-section:

ICAN talks about the legal and ethical aspects of the right to VBAC:

What to do if your hospital claims they don't permit VBAC:

This article discusses a few common myths and includes data:

The American Pregnancy Association provides a great summary on VBAC, risk factors and the options available to pregnant women: breaks down the ACOG's statement and includes a long list of links:

HBAC (Home Birth After C-section) is a point of controversy for some, but a dream come true for others. At any rate, this article provides a thorough look at the topic and includes 58 citations:
Here is an article I wish EVERY parent would read, whether you are preparing for a homebirth, VBAC or c-section. What if your doctor is selling you a scare tactic so common, a woman 3 years ago was able to write about it?

And in addition to VBAC scare tactics...don't forget to look for sabotage. This article presents the most common red flags:

Bait and Switch:

Birth Without Fear posts about a 10 year study on VBAC:

This is the big kahuna. Very long and thorough:

Cari shares her journey of preparing for HBAC, then transferring for a repeat c-section:

Holly shares about her VBAC, including using interventions with a successful outcome:

A mama prepares for HBAC, but experiences a uterine rupture and loses her son. *Trigger warning*

Why does our society attack and demean the women who want to use their body as it was designed/evolved?

Mothering Magazine has an entire subforum for VBAC:

A slideshow about conquering fears, healing and celebrating after previous c-sections:


Myths about homebirth:
Common concerns about homebirth addressed here:

More myths about homebirth:

Inhabitots goes through common myths:

A video resource:

Why women really choose to birth at home:

Ginger breaks some stereotypes, and shares about her homebirth:

A great place to spend time...10 questions with a whole line up of homebirth dads:

Myth: siblings can't be at a birth:

Myth: fathers are a useless wheel at homebirth:

Enough said:

A homebirth slideshow:

Unassisted birth myths:

(Also see my compilation for links to threads discussing common stereotypes:

Learn about reasons to transfer, when to transfer, how to transfer, your rights and enjoy birth stories on the topic:

Midwifery myths:

More myths about midwives and interview questions:

I love seeing this super mainstream site talking about 5 waterbirth myths:

Great discussion about common doula myths:

About ten bajillion myths are busted in this inspiring video about multiples:

Some of the more common myths about birth in general:

This article talks about some true emergencies, true concerns and what you can do:

Purple pushing:

Discusses myths about episiotomies and provides citations:

Are you kicking your baby out?

Is "low fluid" the next big baby card?

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