Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Israel joins Canada increasing vaginal breech birth

Haaretz.com posted an article, Doctors call for fewer C-sections, more training for breech presentations, by Dan Even.

Dr. Marek Glazerman (mistakenly called Mark in the article), head of Rabin Medical Center's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is heralded as a proponent of vaginal breech birth, when appropriate. He spoke up for breech birth even after the Hannah Study claims put the brakes on vaginal breech birth in numerous hospitals around the world.

Dr. Glazerman was a participant at the "Day at the Breech" October 14, 2009 with Jane Evans, UK Midwife and breech expert, and Dr.s Anke Rietter and Frank Louwen of Frankfort. I have a fond memory of him asking Dr. Louwen how long to wait for the head. Dr. Louwen indicated to look at the baby's body position and if anterior (facing the tailbone) and the umbilical cord is pulsing that one can wait a long, long time. Dr. Rietter mentioned a birth with a wait betwen body and head of six minutes in which the baby had a great outcome but a visiting observer did not. She got nervous. The story was told with gentle affection.

The wait is possible when the mother is in the physiological breech birth position. Knee-elbow as the German doctors call it. Midwife Evans explains that this helps protect the breech birth because when the mother is on all fours the baby can most easily move through a series of cardinal movements, rotating through the pelvis most safely.

Dr. Marek Glazerman has now achieved the attention of his nation to keep breech birth safe. Many womens' lives will be saved because fewer major surgeries will be done. Screening will help determine which babies can be born safely as nature intended and which actually do need a cesarean for optimal health and life.

Dr. Andre Lalonde of the Society for Ob Gyn of Canada mentions Dr. Louwen in his editorial explaining the Canadian Obstetrician group's decision to save breech birth. See it on JOGC - June '09 Vaginal Breech Delivery Guideline:
The Time Has Come
André B. Lalonde, MD, FRCSC

Friday, March 12, 2010

Please visit the Okinawan Peace Garden

A wonderful redemption of Peace. The Okinawan people have created a physical representation of Peace as a way of life. Please come visit the pictures.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Gail fails at cross cultural taste test

Lunch on Monday, March 9, was delicious! Cafeteria dining at the Aquarium made up for the rainy weather. Fresh and zesty, m-m-m. Seaweeds and pickled radishes, amazing vegetables. My mouth was happy to be in Okinawa! Supper was a little more challenging, however...

Ryan and Vic are hearty and adventurous eaters.
I thought I was doing good with the tuna sushi the other day, but they upped the bar with raw beef Sashimi!

Ryan loved his dessert so much it was wonderful just to watch him.
Chocolate lace (gone!) in raspberry sorbet with his favorite, short cake.
This one had a cream filling. He's in heaven.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Belly Mapping Mama

I'm out on the web regularly to see what women are saying about Belly Mapping. Sometimes I find older posts. This one from Ann of Loxley on Mothering.com is fantastic. She wrote
about trying to figure out if her third baby was breech or not, after a previous breech. You may have to sign in... http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?p=15164131

Here's her drawing:

Belly Mapping is a process of discovery. Its not always easy to tell kicks from wiggles or head from butt. Follow the clues and after a few attempts and sometimes needing help from a "skilled palpater" most babies will reveal themselves.

Changing the Earth by supporting Birth

Mothers bring forth life; medical corporations do not. Birth can be simple, powerful and loving. Fetal positioning, natural birthing and practical help for normal birth.