Rebecca Dekker is joined by Anna Bertone, MPH, a research consultant at Evidence Based Birth®, to discuss the evidence on aromatherapy and essential oils for use during pregnancy, labour/birth, and postpartum. In this episode, we cover:
What is aromatherapy, where did it come from, and how does it work?
What have researchers found on essential oils for nausea and vomiting, stress reduction, and immune function during pregnancy?
Which essential oils have been found to be effective for reducing labour pain and anxiety, encouraging labour progress, and treating post-Caesarean symptoms?
What does the research say about aromatherapy for use postpartum, including with post-caesarean symptoms, perineal trauma, sleep, and depression, and anxiety?
Are there any important safety precautions to be aware of, and what is the bottom line?
Last week, I woke up to a text from my friend who had just seen Nike’s "Toughest Athlete" ad and loved it. Of course I had to watch it. I thought, Oh, this is a sexy version of the Lamaze 6 healthy birth practices! These evidence-based recommendations show how to ease the birthing process and are the cornerstone of every birth class that I teach. And now, I'm adding Nike's video to the virtual childbirth classes I teach!
Lamaze International’s first Healthy Birth Practice is “Let Labour Begin on Its Own” and for a normal, healthy pregnancy with both a parent and baby who have no complications or concerns, that is a great rule of thumb to follow. Labour goes smoother, less interventions are needed and outcomes are better for all involved.
There are, of course, times when a situation is present prior to pregnancy or develops during the pregnancy that require a deviation from this birth practice. When circumstances like that occur and using best practice and current evidence, either parent or baby will do better if the baby was born sooner rather than later, parents are then faced with making decisions.
In 1961, the American Academy of Paediatrics began recommending all newborns receive a vitamin K injection as part of routine newborn care. The recommendation was made after review of research which confirmed the administration of vitamin K as an effective preventative treatment for Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding (VKDB).
Historically, in 1894 Dr. Townsend of Boston first described 50 cases of bleeding in newborns which he called “Haemorrhagic Disease of the Newborn (HDN).” Then, in 1930, a Danish biochemist, Carl Peter Henrik Dam, discovered that Vitamin K deficiency was the cause of unexpected bleeding in baby chicks, for which he won a Nobel Prize. In 1944 Jorge Lehmann, a Swedish researcher studied 13,000 infants who were given 0.5 mg of Vitamin K (either oral or injection) on the first day of life. The published research confirmed that infants who received Vitamin K experienced a 5-fold reduction in the risk of bleeding to death during the first week of life. It was estimated that for every 100,000 full-term infants, Vitamin K would save the lives of 160 infants per year
Placing your baby skin-to-skin on your body has been scientifically proven to be one of the best things you can do! Numerous research studies have found benefit after benefit from spending time with your newborn in skin-to-skin contact. It reaps multiple benefits for both baby and parents.
How can something so simple be so effective? The data has convinced leading organizations to recommend skin-to-skin contact, among them the World Health Organization, American Academy of Paediatrics, Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine and the Neonatal Resuscitation Program.
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I heard peals of laughter coming from the kitchen. My husband was entertaining our four children at the dinner table. He was creating successions of non-sensical rhyming words to which they responded with giggles adding their own rendition of these made-up words.
The first COVID-19 vaccines are available to patients and the
public, and with that come many questions regarding administration of the
available COVID-19 vaccines in pregnant and lactating women. Andrew
Satin, M.D., director of gynaecology and obstetrics, and Jeanne
Sheffield, M.D., director of maternal-foetal medicine, provide
information on this topic.