Child Mortality

Ever heard of the Child Mortality Rate? It’s the number of children, per 1000, who die before the age of 5.  This includes Neonatal Mortality and Infant Mortality, but it doesn’t include Fetal Mortality and therefore doesn’t include Perinatal Mortality. Confused? Here’s a refresher (each rate is reported per 1,000): Fetal Mortality: Fetal deaths which…

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The AMH Syndrome

If you’ve never heard of the Antimullerian Hormone (AMH) Syndrome before, don’t worry: I just made it up. I’ll tell you what it is in a minute. But first, let’s talk about AMH. AMH has been used by fertility clinics over the last few years as a test to determine ovarian reserve and predict fertility…

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Afraid of anesthesia? Read this … (or the story of Victoria)

Simpson and assistants discovering anesthetic effect of chloroform Next to Pitocin, obstetric anesthesia is probably the second-most hated intervention among the natural birth community. Like Pitocin, obstetric anesthesia is blamed for excess Cesarean deliveries and various other obstetric complications, and it is also claimed by many that women who undergo pain relief during delivery simply…

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It’s All in the Counseling …

Physicians have a lot of power over patient choices. In theory, physicians present patients with choices and then patients make informed decisions. In practice, this almost never happens. A physician can manipulate a patient into doing almost anything by counseling patients in a biased and skewed way; a doctor may even tell the truth, but…

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