Articles & Videos on Pregnancy
What kind of prenatal, birth and postpartum care do you want?
One woman's experience of the midwifery and obstetric models of care
How a doula can help you in labour and postpartuim
Woman-cantred obstetric care
I've tried to find a video with an ob talking about their woman-centred philosophy of care but haven't yet found it. If you know of one, please email me with the link. Thanks!
The Danish Poet
Not an article, but a lovely animated meditation on the serindipity of existence. Wonderfully narrated by Liv Ullman.
Women Given Acupuncture at Embryo Transfer Do Better in IVF
Giving women acupuncture as a complementary therapy around the time of embryo transfer seems to heighten the success rate of in vitro fertilization (IVF), a BMJ meta-analysis reports.
Investigators evaluated seven randomized trials comprising nearly 1400 women during single cycles of IVF. Eligible trials used either sham acupuncture or no adjuvant treatment in controls, and performed acupuncture within a day of embryo transfer. (Trials using non-needle acupuncture techniques, such as laser or electro-acupuncture, were excluded.)
Acupuncture favored success for clinical pregnancy (odds ratio, 1.65), ongoing pregnancy (1.87), and live birth (1.91). The investigators calculated an NNT of 10 to achieve one additional clinical pregnancy.
The authors say estimates of the effects of acupuncture on IVF are "significant and clinically relevant," albeit "somewhat preliminary," given the need for more confirmatory data. Full Article
Mama's Secret Pregnant Blog
Sara Gilbert has experienced four very different pregnancies and births and she shares it week-by-week for the last two of them. Very personal and heartfelt.