Healthy Birth Global
Michele Ondeck’s background is in nursing, sociology and health education. She is a past president of Lamaze International and author of Lamaze International’s Healthy Birth Practice #2 Walk, Move Around and Change Position Throughout Labor.Michele was the director of the accredited childbirth educator program for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) before founding Healthy
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Activity & Nutrition
Where pregnancy health can be similar to training for a mountain climb. It’s a time to strengthen the body and build stamina for the hard work of labor and childbirth, to be mindful of what you eat and to prepare body and mind for the big event and the prize waiting at the end. It may seem silly, but the E.V.E.R.E.S.T. acronym can help you
Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices
Healthy Birth Practice 1: Let labor begin on its own. Healthy Birth Practice 2: Walk, move around and change positions throughout labor. Healthy Birth Practice 3: Bring a loved one, friend or doula for continuous support. Healthy Birth Practice 4: Avoid interventions that are not medically necessary. Healthy Birth Practice 5: Avoid giving birth on your back and follow your body's urges to push.
Perception is Everything
The Health Belief Model was developed over 50 years ago, and it can provide some insight into the way that people make decisions about their health. The Health Belief Model starts with recognizing four factors that can play a role in decision making: perceived benefits, perceived barriers, perceived seriousness, and perceived susceptibility.
World Health Organization Releases New Intrapartum …
The World Health Organization just released updated guidelines "WHO recommendations: Intrapartum care for a positive childbirth experience" and it is an important 212-page tome.Right off the bat, I appreciated the title which recognizes that some birth experiences can be less than positive. Hearing this news may bring back memories of ACOG's release of "Approaches to Limit …
World Health Organization Shares Simple Infographics on
Every country in the world, on all the continents, with the exception of Antartica, is facing the COVID-19 pandemic and all that entails. Each government is acting independently to take action to protect their citizens. And in the meantime, the babies will keep coming. The World Health Organization has published some clear and concise infographics that effectively illustrates best practice
Resources for Plus-Size Parents and Their Health Care
The National Child and Maternal Health Education Program, a division of the NIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, has updated their website to include a more robust section for pregnant people who are obese or “plus-sized.” They also have website space dedicated to health care providers who offer services to larger sized people who are
Preeclampsia: Research Roundup and Information for
The blood pressure increase indicates vascular damage that compromises the mother's health and damages the spiral arteries which connect the placenta to the woman's body. Women with preeclampsia also have a dysregulated metabolic response to pregnancy. (von Versen-Hoeynck, 2007) Gestational diabetes is a risk factor for preeclampsia, and women
Forming Your Birth Plan
Bring your birth plan to your next prenatal appointment and discuss how you envision your birth with your health care provider. If you don’t feel your preferences were received or supported, consider whether your provider and place of birth is the best choice for your needs. Be …
Is It Time to Change the Tune on What Health Care
Newborn and family sleep is often a difficult but critical topic to cover in childbirth classes. Parents are getting a lot of mixed messages from many sources about where the baby should sleep and then they settle into the first weeks with their newborn and everything feels more acute and critical as the birthing person recovers and the family works hard to meet the needs of a new baby. The
World Health Organization States 1 in 3 Women Will
This week the World Health Organization released a report on violence directed against women. The sad fact, simply stated, is that one in three women will experience physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner, or experience an act of sexual violence by someone who is not their partner. 769 million women will experience physical or sexual violence during their lifetime. This …
Explore Online Classes
Explore Online Lamaze Classes. You can supplement your time with patients for additional education and information by referring them to local Lamaze classes or an online learning alternative. Our online Lamaze classes provide an engaging and self-paced learning environment, allowing parents to virtually interact with certified childbirth
The Maternity Conundrum: One Thing Atul Gawande Doesn't
If you've been paying any attention to the health care reform conversation in this country, you've probably heard of a certain New Yorker article, in which physician Atul Gawande pays a visit to McAllen, TX, the town now infamous for having the most expensive health care in America. With truly exemplary investigative reporting, Gawande explores the factors that have driven the soaring health
Choosing a Pregnancy and Birth Health Care Provider
Most families have already chosen a health care provider by the time they find themselves in childbirth classes. The exception might be those educators who reach families at the beginning of their pregnancies by offering an early pregnancy class that includes this topic. Most families begin their childbirth class experience close to, if not in, the third trimester. By that time, many pregnant
Global Health Media Releases Amazing Free App for New
Global Health Media just announced a new smartphone app, Birth & Beyond. This app is currently available for download in the Apple App Store. An Android version is coming soon. In the app are 28 videos on topics such as birth, breast/chestfeeding and newborn caring, along with more specific videos on small baby care and complementary feeding.
Preeclampsia Goes Beyond Pregnancy to Impact Health Over
With the increase in tele-health visits during the COVID-19 pandemic, people are moving through their pregnancy and early postpartum visits with fewer in-person visits and fewer prenatal and postpartum visits overall. The in-person appointment is a time where a provider can monitor and assess the parent’s blood pressure.
Navigating the Labyrinth of Maternal Health Bills in the U
The uptick of maternal health bills in just a few short years is a positive step toward improving maternal health outcomes. Tracking so many different bills, though, can be overwhelming. One can now argue that the issue area has reached a saturation point for legislation.
Lamaze International Celebrates Black Maternal Health Week
As Lamaze joins stakeholders, advocates, and policymakers in celebrating Black Maternal Health Week (April 11-17, 2021), Lamaze educators, advocates, and parents can reflect on the progress made on raising awareness of maternal health disparities—and the actions taken to address them. With the Congressional Black Maternal Health Caucus’ (BMHC) and other policymakers’ leadership, vision
Analyzing Information on the Web: The Best Postnatal
The aim of the study was to conduct a systematic review on any and all current websites that maintain a primary purpose of discussing postnatal health with particular interest in the depth, breadth, quality and technological excellence of sites that specifically discuss postnatal mental health.
Book Review: Health Care in Crisis: Hospitals, Nurses, and
Introduction Through ethnographic research and in-depth interviews sociologist Theresa Morris, through her book, Health Care in Crisis: Hospitals, Nurses, and the Consequences of Policy Change (New York University Press, 2018) gives us an inside look at a hospital in transition through the eyes of the nurses who work there. Morris followed nurses in an obstetric unit at a hospital in New
Lamaze & Congressional Black Maternal Health Caucus Host
In partnership with the Congressional Black Maternal Health Caucus (BMHC), Lamaze hosted a webinar, Evidence-Based Childbirth Education: A Critical Strategy in Improving Birth Outcomes & Reducing Maternal Health Disparities, in July to discuss the growing role childbirth educators have in reducing maternal-health disparities. The webinar featured U.S. Representatives Alma Adams (North …
Unintended Consequences: Cesarean Section, The Gut
A cesarean section doesn't automatically condemn a child to a lifetime of asthma or eczema, just as a vaginal birth isn't a guarantee of perfect health. But cesarean birth, by altering normal gut microbiota and immune system development, does appear to moderately increase the risk of these and other chronic health conditions.
Meet Dr. Barbara Sattler- LamazeLIVE Keynote Speaking on
Today we meet Barbara Sattler, RN, MPH, DRPH, FAAN, a public health researcher, author and professor at the University of San Francisco who is an expert on environmental health and nursing. Dr, Sattler's presentation " Environmental Health Risks and Exposures: What You Need to Know will address the special vul nerabilities of the fetus, infants
Applying the Health Belief Model in Your Role as a Birth
Applying the Health Belief Model in Your Role as a Birth Professional. Last Tuesday, in part one of this two part post series, Andrea Lythgoe explained the Health Belief Model in her blog post Understanding the Health Belief Model. Andrea discussed the different components that make up this model. As we learned, perception is key and there are
Advanced Tracking Tools: MeSH Keywords
By clicking on the "Concept View," you can see how postpartum depression fits into two different areas, pregnancy and mental health: Searching the MeSH keywords can be an excellent way to find the generic and alternate brand names for drugs. Look at all the possible keywords that come up in a search for Cytotec:
The preconception care paradigm in US public health: An
Preconception health refers to a woman's health status, whereas preconception care focuses on the clinical context. The public health vision of preconception care and prenatal care currently highlights individual health behaviors of women, and prenatal care 3.0 is still very much focused on clinical interventions toward individual women.
A Functional Medicine Approach to Perinatal Mental Health
In a two part post this week, regular contributor Kathy Morelli shares information about and an interview with Kelly Brogan, MD on her nontraditional approach to working with women who are dealing with perinatal mental health issues. Dr. Brogan shares information on incorporating a whole body Functional Medicine approach alongside traditional Western medicine to help and support women …
Perinatal Mental Health and Childbirth Education
Perinatal Mental Health and Childbirth Education: Professional Perspectives Part II. Regular contributor Walker Karraa has written an excellent three part series on Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD) and what the childbirth educator or birth professional can do to help women get the help they may need when dealing with mental illness
World Patient Safety Day: 50% of Adverse Events that
Today, September 17th, 2019 is the inaugural World Patient Safety Day. This is designated by the World Health Organization (WHO). Patients in hospitals in both highly resourced countries and under-resourced countries are both impacted. Since childbirth is the most common reason for hospitalization, many new families are impacted by adverse events. Systemic change comes …
Remembering Elizabeth Noble and Her Contributions to
Remembering Elizabeth Noble and Her Contributions to Maternal Infant Health. Elizabeth Noble, author, presenter, teacher, and advocate for mothers, babies and families, passed away last week after spending time in hospice care. Elizabeth was a highly respected physical therapist and internationally recognized expert on, and an advocate for, the
May is Maternal Mental Health Month
May is Maternal Mental Health Month. This is an excellent time to check in and reevaluate what information you are currently sharing in your classes, when you share it and what resources you provide to families who might be dealing with a mood disorder related to their pregnancy or postpartum period. Childbirth educators are in a unique position to normalize perinatal mood disorders …
LamazeLIVE! Keynote Natalie Burke is Working to Reduce
The health inequities experienced by communities of color, people living in poverty, and in rural America are unjust and the result of inequitable decisions, behaviors, and actions by leaders, decision-makers, and powerbrokers - that's why they are inequities - not just disparities. To change that, we all need to recognize the important role we
Remembering Doris Haire – A Great Leader in the Field of
Doris Haire, a great leader in the campaign to improve maternal infant health in the USA has passed away. Ms. Haire died on June 7, 2014. She was 88 years old. Doris was one of the first true proponents of evidence based maternity care. Throughout her professional life, Doris advocated and fought for a woman's right to birth as the mother wanted, free of unnecessary interventions. Doris led
May is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month
May is National Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month. Perinatal mood disorders (depression, anxiety and more) are the most common complication of pregnancy and/or postpartum. It is estimated that one in five pregnant people are dealing with the challenges of pregnancy mood disorders. One in seven people transitions to life with a new baby while also suffering from a postpartum mood …
Analysis: Doulas May Improve Health Care & Long-term
It has been proven that using a doula improves birth outcomes as well as satisfaction with the birth experience. But what about the impact to health care costs, and the cost of long-term quality of life (presence of absence of disease/chronic conditions)? A new study published in the Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health uses a decision analysis model to determine how the use of a doula can
Why the California Toolkit: "Improving Health Care
CMQCC and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Division collaborated to develop and disseminate this toolkit using Title V MCH funds provided by CDPH-MCAH. The goal of this toolkit is to guide and support obstetrical providers, clinical staff, hospitals and healthcare organizations to
a service of InJoy Birth & Parenting Education
The result can be health problems that might have been safely prevented with a simpler, more supportive type of care. This guide presents six simple steps that support your body in doing what it is designed so well to do—birth your baby. These Lamaze practices are grounded in extensive research and supported by the World Health Organization.
The Importance of Understanding and Eliminating
Today's post is by regular Science & Sensibility contributor, Christine Morton, PhD, who is a medical sociologist and has researched and written about disparities in maternal health for many years.Today, Christine takes a look at why women of color in the United States are facing a widening gap in maternal mortality and what some of the underlying factors might be.
Nighttime Breastfeeding and Maternal Mental Health
Editor's Note: This is the first post from our new regular contributor, Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC. Kathleen writes about breastfeeding, perinatal/postpartum mental health, andpsychoneuroimmunology (PNI). She writes on her site, Uppity Science Chick, 'Few fields of study are more exciting (than PNI), and they touch a wide range of seemingly unrelated topics: trauma and …
Book Review: "A Breastfeeding-Friendly Approach to
Although written for health care providers, "A Breastfeeding-Friendly Approach to Postpartum Depression" will also be useful for childbirth educators, doulas, lay supporters, lactation specialists, and perinatal mental health care providers as they strive to do their part to offer families evidence-based anticipatory guidance about postpartum
Learning from You: Childbirth Educators’ Roles and
Introduction As you may know, maternal and child health (MCH) entities within each state are preparing Title V Needs Assessment for the current and future MCH programming. The Title V grant provisions stipulate that states conduct these needs assessments every five years. This multi-year process helps determine the current needs of each state, the success of programs that the Title V …