Friday, October 24, 2008

Patient undergoing C-section dies

From the Boston Globe:

The risk of death from a caesarean section is estimated at fewer than 1 in 2,500, according to information on the hospital's website.

That is significantly more than the roughly 1-in-10,000 risk of death during a vaginal birth.


Friday, October 10, 2008

Freebirthing on Discovery Health

Premieres Tuesday, October 21 at 9 pm

Tune In: Freebirthing

A growing movement of women in the US and in the UK are defying medical advice and choosing to give birth with no drugs, no midwife and absolutely no medical support. Supporters claim it's how having a baby was always meant to be. Doctors say this new 'freebirthing' craze carries great risks.


Thursday, October 9, 2008

Maternity-care failings can be remedied with cost-saving fixes

It's a problem seen throughout health care, but it might be of particular concern when the patient is a healthy pregnant woman: the overuse of tests and potentially risky procedures that, at best, might benefit only a limited number of patients, and the underuse of proven techniques with few or no known drawbacks.


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Having a homebirth?

Are you due in January and are planning a homebirth? If so, check this out - you might be interested.

My name is Zach Marion and I work at Video Arts Studios in Fargo, ND. We produced the series House of Babies for the Discovery Health Network. Under the guidance of master midwife, Sheri Daniels, at the Miami Maternity Center, the show follows couples during their pregnancy and ends with the delivery of their baby. It was very instrumental in raising awareness about non-clinical birthing practices on a national level.

Recently we have been approached to create a one-hour special on unique birthing practices worldwide. We are looking for families that would like to share their story on camera from pregnancy to delivery. Ideal candidates are expecting mothers due in and around early January that are planning to give birth outside of a clinic or birth center. This includes home births and beyond. The point of the show is to raise awareness about the alternative birthing options in the U.S. with the help of a midwife. Hopefully, the special creates a healthy dialogue among midwives, doctors, to-be parents, and the general public. Stories that are of particular interest are those that include interesting traditions during pregnancy and unique backdrops during delivery. For example, a Hindu family that wants to deliver outside or a family of hippies that are pursuing a home birth in a tent.

As you can imagine, access is usually the greatest struggle. Our presence at the birth goes nearly unnoticed. This unobtrusive nature was learned through experience gained while producing 26 episodes of House of Babies.

Do any clients spring to mind that might want to be a part of this project? Any and all contact leads are much appreciated. Feel free to contact me by phone with inquiries or information. I am available during weekdays between 8 and 5 CST. Thank you for your time.


Zach Marion
Video Arts Studios
1440 4th Avenue North
Fargo, ND 58102
(701) 232-3393

Vaccine Talk in Downingtown

Vaccines: Controversies and Choices at the Downingtown Town Library on October 23rd at 6:30 pm, with Nicole and Russ of Bailey Family Chiropractic. It will last about an hour and be very informative. Please let Nicole Bailey know if you plan on coming.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Divas N Babes

When I was pregnant with Henry, I bought a Mei Tai from Divas N Babes. Tonjia was WONDERFUL to work with and her carriers and clothing are just beautiful - check her out! Anyways, she's going to be on WHYY's "Delaware Tonight" segment at 5:30pm. Be sure to tune in! OH, and if you check out her site, you can even see me and Henry (when he was 4 months old!) modeling the Bosom Buddies shirts... now I know you'll be headed over there!