Does Birth Trauma Lead to Psychological Problems?

Research has shown that psychological trauma has lasting effects in human beings. The ramifications are, not surprisingly, evident during childhood development and all the way through adult life. Now, studies are showing a direct link between birth injuries and long-term psychological problems. The Birth Experience In its mother’s womb, a baby grows comfortably, floating in […]


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is, among other things, a clearinghouse for federally-kept statistics on medical issues. A recent report, America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2015, comments on a number of insightful trends, including a decrease in preterm births. This year’s report deals with statistics from 2013. What is Preterm Birth, and […]

The Right Time to Clamp the Umbilical Cord

Medical science is not a static science, but is continually changing in response to experience and research. Methods that were the standard of care ten years ago can now be as outdated as the regular use of leeches. One area that is getting some attention recently is the timing of clamping and cutting the umbilical […]


Antidepressant medication known as SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), like Paxil, Prozac, and Zoloft, are prescribed to millions of people every year.  Opioid pain relievers are narcotics and include fentanyl, hydrocodone, morphine and oxycodone.  A new study has revealed that in utero exposure to opioids, especially in combination with SSRI medication, are at a greater […]

Despite Other Concerns, Inducing Labor May Be Safest Option for Large Babies

Early-term induction – defined as induction during the 37th or 38th week of pregnancy – is widely associated with a number of risk factors for both mother and baby. These include: Heightened risk of infection for both mother and baby Immature lung development, which can cause difficulty breathing Compression of the umbilical cord during pregnancy […]