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History of Placenta Encapsulation and Process

Placenta encapsulation has been around for thousands of years in oriental cultures. Recently it has become more popular with the mainstream birthing community. Placenta encapsulation is process of dehydrating, grinding, and then encapsulating the placenta. Those capsules are then consumed by the mother. They have many benefits that help in the immediate postpartum period and later during the menopausal period. …

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Acupuncture During Pregnancy

Acupuncture is quite beneficial to those experiencing uncomfortable and painful symptoms during pregnancy.  I am personal friends with several acupuncturists and see one myself on a regular basis. So, when I asked them how they can benefit Sun State Doulas’ families, they were excited to share. There is a lot of science behind acupuncture and all of the acupuncturists on …

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Benefits and Risks of Cesarean Birth

A few of the common reasons for a cesarean birth include failure to progress, bag of water broken for more than 24 hours, a breach baby, placenta previa, or low fetal heart rate. Some other reasons include: Certain medical conditions, infections, baby’s health, the birthing individual’s health, a large baby, breech position, multiples, placenta problems, previous cesareans, or other complications. Risks …

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Labor induction and cervical change

What can be used for labor induction? Three primary labor induction methods are usage of Pitocin, Cervidil, or by artificial rupture of the membranes. Benefits and risks of Pitocin: Possible risks of Pitocin include fetal heart abnormalities, low APGAR scores, neonatal jaundice, neonatal retinal hemorrhage, permanent central nervous system or brain damage, or fetal death. For these reasons it is imperative that usage …

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Tests Throughout Pregnancy

What kind of tests are recommended? ACOG’s recommendations on prenatal testing are to receive routine laboratory/diagnostic tests during the first prenatal visit such as: blood type and screen, CBC for H&H.MCV, platelet count, Hepatitis B surface antigen, syphilis screening, screening for gestational diabetes, HIV testing, cervical cancer screening, urine C&S and urine drip for protein and glucose. Cystic fibrosis screening, hemoglobinopathy …

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Pros and Cons of Baby Friendly Hospitals

What is “baby friendly?” In order for a hospital to be considered baby friendly, it must maintain a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff, train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy, inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding, help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of …