A Little Weekend Reading

Here is what I’ve been reading this morning…

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8826170 This is one I’d read before – a meta analysis of studies on the risks and benefits of epidurals. The recent findings in the Canadian Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology about how little most women know about this popular choice (among other options) had me wanting to review the data that’s out there.

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/755217?src=mpnews&spon=16 Another re-read – this is one that I recommend my clients share with their HCPs if they are hoping for hot compresses during delivery to reduce perineal tears. The evidence is very strong in favour of this practice. An intact perineum is a happy perineum. (NB: you may need to create a log-in to view this article)

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/758454?sssdmh=dm1.757570 This article represents a major shift in thinking with regard to Caesarean vs. vaginal deliveries for small for gestational age babies. In addition to the value of the study itself, this also highlights the need for continuing research and continuing education and study of current research by health-care practitioners.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120209135842.htm#.TzXxwdX1o6w.twitterYay for baby-led weaning!

http://www.examiner.com/breastfeeding-in-national/breastfeeding-basics-why-do-babies-seem-more-full-on-formula This is a great article on why breastfed babies are less prone to obesity later in life. Often what we see as signs of “contentedness” in formula-fed babies are really the signs that a baby is being over-fed with difficult to digest food. If you’ve ever eaten too much gooey mac n’ cheese, you’re probably familiar with the concept of a  “food coma”. Sure, you’ll sleep through the night and won’t be likely to go looking for a snack at 2am, but does that mean it’s a healthy choice?

http://myobsaidwhat.com/ Just because it’s always a fun (?) read…I especially love Thoughtful Thursdays, for the bit of balance they provide.

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