Posts Tagged ‘Birth’
My Birth Story: Reliving, Rehashing, and Now Rewriting
by Brandy Ash Myers, NCC
Today is a beautiful guest post by Brandy Ash Myers, a wonderful on-line friend of mine. She experienced postpartum obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress (childbirth onset) during the birth of her first child.
Now, during her second pregnancy, she was moved to write her birth story, as a facet of her own healing, and to help others heal.
I’m re-posting a previous blog that I wrote for World Mental Health Day.
As I said before, as an LPC, I could write another professional blog about treatment options or family dynamics; like outline a specific self-care relaxation, expressive or cognitive re-framing exercise.
But, online, I was skirting around telling my own personal story.
This is a guest post written by Deena H. Blumenfeld, RYT, RPYT, LCCE, my friend and colleague at Science & Sensibility.
Many thanks, Deena, for your insights into the mindbody integration that is prenatal yoga!
New research was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Katherine Laughon, MD, and her colleagues, D. Ware Branch, M.D., Julie Beaver, M.S, and Jun Zhang, Ph.D., M.D., (2012) examined differences in childbirth labor patterns over the past fifty years, comparing data from a large study in the 1960’s with data from a large study in the 2000’s.
Two of their major findings was that women;’s labor patterns have lengthened by about 2.6 hours! And that cesarian section rates have quadrupled. The researchers state that there are differences in maternal characteristics as well. However, the research team controlled for many factors. Their conclusion was that the longer labor times for women and the increase in cesarian section is due to changing patterns in obstetrical practice. The researchers state that more research needs to be done to reach firm conclusions.