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post #1 of 13
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I spend a lot of time reading on the web.  I was thinking maybe a thread where we share and discuss interesting pregnancy, birth, and childraising articles might be fun! 

 

Here are two I've read today on the NYTimes.  The first is about preeclampsia and it reports on a really interesting theory and some new research about what's happening and the potential causes.  The second...  how is this news?  It reports on the American Pediatric Association recommending limiting screen time for children under 2.  It's totally a watering down of their original recommendation... strange, and disturbing to me in the way it normalizes screen time for babies in an effort to provide "balance". 

 

Turncoat of Placenta Is Watched for Trouble
Published: October 17, 2011
Scientists have proposed a novel hypothesis to explain how a pregnant woman develops a serious condition called pre-eclampsia.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/18/health/research/18birth.html

 

Parents Urged Again to Limit TV for Youngest
Published: October 18, 2011
Video screen time provides no educational benefits for children under age 2 and leaves less room for activities that do, pediatricians say.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/19/health/19babies.html
 
What do you think?  What are you reading?
post #2 of 13

I'm reading whatever shows up in my facebook feed. ;)

For the brain:
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/10/19/newborns-need-to-be-near-their-mothers-at-night/
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/caesarian-rates-placenta-accreta-contributing-rise-maternal-death/story?id=13399308#.Tp4LeInp_IU.facebook
http://www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/AAP/29075

For the tummy(recipes I'm needing to make: now):
http://www.singerskitchen.com/2011/10/revisiting-pumpkin-cinnamon-rolls-w.html


And pure fluff:
Justin Timberlake doing things
And colorful language about gourds (seriously lots of swearing)

Not on the webs:
My exploring medical language workbook, holistic midwifery v. 1 & 2, Myles Midwifery, and some light Varney's midwifery.

post #3 of 13
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That placenta accreta story is so relavent and so depressing to me!  Thanks for passing it along though. 

post #4 of 13

 

Quote:
"It's self-empowerment. If I can have a tummy tuck and rhinoplasty, why can't I have a Caesarian delivery?"

 

It blows me away that there are women who prefer to have a c-section when there is no medical reason for doing so. 

post #5 of 13
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But the analogy is right there... people choose to have surgery all the time.  If you are in that mindset, why not claim control over the unknown and schedule your c-section?   I've known women for whom pregnancy was an alarming experience of being out of control.  For those women, I can totally understand the appeal of scheduling birth and taking control in that way.  I also have known women who have had cosmetic surgery... I think in some cases that is also about taking control over your body and your life. 

 

...I also think it's about internalizing ideas of beauty and parenthood that are dangerous and destructive.  So I am not advocating elective surgeries of any kind... just saying that I see a logical consistency in this line of thinking.

post #6 of 13

Yeah, I see that, it just surprises me because I guess I personally associate surgical procedures with fear/anxiety/loss of control.

post #7 of 13
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That's for sure!  At what point are you more out of control than when immobile, admitted and someone is holding sharp instruments over you.  I don't get it either!

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Yeah, I see that, it just surprises me because I guess I personally associate surgical procedures with fear/anxiety/loss of control.



 

post #8 of 13

losing control during the process of labor is something that is a common fear...  especially when combined with the way birth is presented in the media, as something very scary.  also, many adults have had surgery of one kind or another, and therefore it's not the "unknown."  those are my theories..

 

i'd read those times articles, and was glad to see the no tv under 2 recommendations revisited.  that pre-e one was pretty fascinating too. 

i think at issue with the screen time 'balancing' is that it seems like a lost cause to tell people no screen time based on the world we live in.  too, as books are becoming more and more ebooks, i wonder whether that is what the authors/scientists/physicians had in mind?  not to eliminate exposure to books through screens?

 

been reading about natural cesarean, have been posting this article everywhere!  i think it's really exciting. 

 

speaking of reading, my heart is breaking-- one of my favorite bloggers is quitting blogging, farmmama, if anyone follows her.  sad sad sad about it.


Edited by hildare - 10/20/11 at 8:07am
post #9 of 13
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Hah!  I was going to post this after reading the whole article last night but I decided to let you go ahead and do it since it is your particular favorite.  It's a great article!
 

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been reading about natural cesarean, have been posting this article everywhere!  i think it's really exciting. 


I've been sulking about Lisa Belkin leaving Motherlode. 

 

post #10 of 13
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Here's an interesting article about how "screen time" varies by income.  But also shows how screen time seems to be increasing for most kids.
 
Screen Time Higher Than Ever for Children
Published: October 25, 2011
Children under 8 are spending more time than ever in front of screens, and an “app gap” is emerging between children in affluent and low-income households, a new study found.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/25/us/screen-time-higher-than-ever-for-children-study-finds.html

post #11 of 13

this was pretty interesting.  warning: you may not want to read this unless you already have or have had a toddler.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/12/05/143062378/whats-behind-a-temper-tantrum-scientists-deconstruct-the-screams


Edited by hildare - 12/10/11 at 11:45am
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by hildare View Post

this was pretty interesting.  warning: you may not want to read this unless you already have or have had a toddler.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/12/05/143062378/whats-behind-a-temper-tantrum-scientists-deconstruct-the-screams 



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i fixed it....  

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