Blogs

Pregnant in America

Pregnant in America is a thought provoking film, sure to stir controversy and emotionally touch the birthing community. The DVD is available for $20 if you pre-order before December 16th.

New York Mamas Embrace Homebirth

There’s a buzz around homebirth these days. Ricki Lake’s "Business of Being Born" has inspired a slew of expectant New York mamas to consider homebirth to welcome their babies into the world. A recent New York Times article entitled, "Baby, You’re Home" examines this growing trend. Written by Julie Scelfo, the article chronicles the experiences of several women who opted for homebirths. "Baby, You’re Home" details some of the logistics surrounding homebirth and addresses the fears and concerns of expectant moms.

NY midwives are surprised by all of the calls they’ve been getting. Those who have home-birth-only practices say they have received so many requests in recent months that they’ve had to refer pregnant women to midwives in Rockland County, Long Island, and New Jersey. However, what is even more surprising to them is that the increasing numbers are not so much coming from the “dyed-in-the-wool back-to-nature types or typical religious fundamentalists, but from professionals like lawyers and bankers.”

This article is a great read!

- Deanna

President-Elect Obama requests ideas to improve Maternity Care

Childbirth Professionals, advocates, and families have the opportunity to let our voices and opinions be heard. At Change.gov you can share your ideas to improve the United States health care system. President-Elect Barack Obama reminds us of the power of the individual voice. Be part of the change you're looking for.

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Teaching Evidence-Based Mother-Friendly Classes

The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) has an assessment tool that childbirth educators can use to determine if their childbirth classes empower families to make informed decisions, and if their childbirth classes provide evidence-based information.

Download and take the assessment. Discuss what you learn among your peers.

Evidence Questions Restrictions of Food and Fluids in Labor

The Clinical Bulletin from the American College of Nurse Midwives released May 19, 2008, states that, "Drinking and eating during labor can provide women with the energy they need and should not be routinely restricted."

President's Report "Chicago Birth Summit"

On Saturday November 8, we were honored to represent The International Childbirth Education Association at the historic Chicago Birth Summit. The summit gathered together members from major birth organizations that support mother-friendly, evidence-based maternity care. Most importantly, the group met as a response to AMA/ACOG's public resolution against homebirth--a resolution that stands flatly in opposition to current research regarding its safety.

A collective statement made by the group is as follows:

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Historic Birth Summit

ICEA was a participant in the historic Chicago Birth Summit held on November 8, 2008.

What Julie learned at 2008 Convention

Hi Ladies,

I've been busy ever since the conference but wanted to get this note out to you both. I found the conference invigorating as I always do - it's nice to be surrounded by like minded people. I've compiled a list of what I learned. Some was new, some I just needed to be reminded of. Here goes:

  • I should add HUGS to my Parenting the Newborn Class.
  • If you're a hammer - everything looks like a nail.
  • Press rather than push that baby out.
  • My daughters aren't afraid to dance.