Another roundup of links that first appeared on Williamsburg Mothering’s Facebook page – “LIKE” Williamsburg Mothering on Facebook to get the latest links as soon as they’re up!
- How to Care For Your C-Section Scar, with the author of Ending Female Pain. C-section scars and adhesions can cause mamas pain, but massage and physical therapy can provide relief! This podcast interview explains why and how, and outlines the basics of self-massage so that C-section mamas can start on the path to good healing. Williamsburg has one Women’s Health Physical Therapist, Erika Comber of Comber Physical Therapy, who can help mamas overcome pelvic pain and other complications from C-sections, vaginal deliveries, and other causes. (Motherlove)
- Birth Stories on Demand. Love birth stories? Head right over to Birth Stories on Demand! EVERY variety of birth is represented there, from natural to medicated to C-section to VBAC to loss/unbirth to adoption! Read the stories, or listen to podcasts. SO FUN!
- Comparison of Labor and Delivery Care Provided by Certified Nurse-Midwives and Physicians: A Systematic Review, 1990 to 2008. This interesting review compared outcomes of births attended by midwives versus OBs. Infant outcomes (Apgar scores, birth weight, NICU admission) were equivalent between the types of care providers, but with midwives, women experienced higher breastfeeding rates and fewer epidurals, inductions, episiotomies, and perineal lacerations (tears). Yay, midwives! (Women’s Health Issues)
- Old-Fashioned Play Builds Serious Skills. In the past, kids spent much more time engaged in unstructured, imaginative play, which “actually helped children develop a critical cognitive skill called executive function. Executive function has a number of different elements, but a central one is the ability to self-regulate. Kids with good self-regulation are able to control their emotions and behavior, resist impulses, and exert self-control and discipline.” So, mamas, feel no guilt about dropping some of those structured lessons and classes and just letting your kids PLAY! (NPR)
- Operation Special Delivery. Are you — or do you know — a pregnant mama whose husband or partner will be unable to attend her birth due wartime loss of life or injury, deployment, or other military reasons? Operation Special Delivery matches such mamas with doulas who provide their services pro bono. Wow! To find an OSD doula, go to Doulas.com, enter your zip code, and select “OSD Volunteer” from the “Choose Service” drop-down menu.