I took Zofran in pregnancy. My son has a heart defect. I’m not suing. Here’s why.

I suffered with extreme nausea during my pregnancy, I had triplets and I’m pretty sure I had a triple dose. I never threw up, but you know how your mouth salivates the moment right before before you vomit, that sensation that sends you running to the bathroom? I had that. All. Day. Long. For four …

Unhealthy advice on vitamin K shots from the Healthy Home Economist

Someone sent me a sad link to a coroner’s report about a baby in Australia who died from bleeding due to late onset vitamin K deficiency. It’s an older case (2011), but I decided to do some research to see if this was something I needed to write about. Above the fold I found this …

Pregnancy and influenza – new data shows death rate of 25% for those who get critically ill

Influenza has reached pandemic  proportions and the spike in flu activity is much earlier than expected this season. Widespread influenza is being reported in 43 states. Therefore it is timely to review the article in January’s Obstetrics and Gynecology concerning  severe influenza infection and pregnancy. Epidemiologists from the Department of Public Health in California pulled the data …

Water birth leads to newborn’s death from Legionella

Water births, delivering a baby so it is born underwater, are controversial medically because while they are promoted as safe and natural by some midwives and lay midwives they are not recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Congress of OB/GYN. (Laboring in a tub in an entirely different thing). The January …

Bode Miller’s wife accuses his ex of self-inseminating with a used condom

I awoke this morning to several direct messages asking if this was possible. The story is that Morgan Beck, (who I now know is Bode Miller’s wife), accused his ex, Sara McKenna, of  fishing a used condom out of the trash and inseminating herself. In Beck’s words: “Girls do crazy things for money . . . including taking …

The Glucola isn’t toxic but the FoodBabe’s advice is

Up until now I’ve merely glanced at the FoodBabe’s unscientific mumbo jumbo and chemically implausible claims about a variety of “toxins” in foods, but now I hear she has her sights sets on the Glucola. For those of your who don’t know the Glucola is the common name used for the sugary drink that doctors …

More VBACs will take communication, compromise, better training, and tort reform

The NY Times has reported on a woman who wanted to deliver vaginally and claims she was forced to have a repeat c-section (her third c-section) against her will. I can’t comment on the veracity of her claims, however a forced c-section is never, ever acceptable. It doesn’t mater if the fetus has an agonal rhythm …

Rocking delivery dogma: induction of labor doesn’t increase c-section rate

There is a widely held belief that induction of labor increases the risk of c-section.  This is something that has been widely promoted by many OB/GYNs, nurses, midwives, doulas, and patients alike. I can not tell you how many times I have heard, “Don’t let them induce you.” I think that so many health care …

A water birth isn’t natural it’s an intervention

The joint statement on laboring in water and delivering in water (the latter also known as immersion births) from the American Academy Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is making the rounds. I’ve linked to the full statement above, but in essence it says that some women find laboring in water …

Irish Catholic Bishops reveal ignorance in statement on death of Savita Halappanavar

The Irish Catholic Bishops have seen fit to clarify the church’s view on gynecology given Savita Halappanavar’s death from sepsis at 17 weeks in her pregnancy and the concern that evacuating her uterus was delayed because the fetus still had a heart beat. The full statement is here, but this is the excerpt I find …