How to Keep Normal Labor Normal – Part 5 – Professional Birth Attendants

Woman's Health
This blog series is designed to help women who are developing a birth plan join together with like-minded birthing professionals so as to have a shorter and safer labor and birth. Although written primarily for professional birth attendants, I hope information will be helpful to lay women planning their birth. Today we’ll look at the third “P” of my 10 “P’s” of keeping labor shorter and birth safer — professionals. When the literature discusses the effect of the care giver on birth, it generally discusses the midwife or the physician.  However, there is at least one study that suggests that the choice of the nurse we use in labor can effect outcome. “Nursing care has been shown to influence length of labor, use of pain medications, and women’s physiological outcomes…
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Surgical masks may be as good as respirators for protecting against the flu

General Health
In an earlier blog, I told you about studies indicating that the only facial apparatus that is likely to protect you from the flu virus is what they call a “respirator.” This refers to an N95 or higher filtering facepiece respirator certified by the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Now a new study says that simple, and far less expensive, surgical masks may be as effective. (more…)
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The Grass Is Not Always Greener: A Look at National Health Care Systems Around the World – Part 4 – France

Bioethics, Medical Economics
In the midst of our national debate about healthcare reform, people on both sides of the debate seem to pick and choose among the facts and myths about the nationalized healthcare available in a number of other countries. The fact is that every nationalized health care system in the world is battling issues of rapidly rising costs and decreasing access to care. But, these systems also have some very attractive benefits. So, let’s take a look at the pro’s and con’s of the French system. (more…)
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