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BIRTH CULTURE: SLIDE SHOW

A photographer looks at the struggle to provide women with safe, respectful care during child birth. GO TO SLIDE SHOW NOW.

APPPAH's 25th Anniversary

There will be a special 25th Anniversary Newsletter published next month and a night of celebration at the San Francisco conference in November. We hope that you will join us. • Do you have photos from the early years? • Or stories to share from an early Congress? • And for those of you who are longtime members, would you share a few lines about what/who inspired you to devote yourself to APPPAH? • And for you newer APPPAH supporters, what do you envision on the horizon of APPPAH's next 25 years? Please post here or send to apppah@birthpsychology.com

TEN THINGS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BABIES

Ignorance about babies is undermining society
Published on December 8, 2013 by Darcia Narvaez, Ph.D. in Moral Landscapes

Have you noticed all the stressed babies? Maybe one in 30 I see has glowing eyes, which I take as a sign of thriving. What's up? Perhaps ignorance about babies and their needs. Here are 10 things to know.

STRESS HORMONES IN WOMB LINKED TO ADULT MOOD DISORDERS

Apr. 6, 2013 — Exposure of the developing fetus to excessive levels of stress hormones in the womb can cause mood disorders in later life and now, for the first time, researchers have found a mechanism that may underpin this process, according to research presented April 7 at the British Neuroscience Association Festival of Neuroscience (BNA2013) in London. READ FULL ARTICLE

LIFE'S UNEQUAL BEGINNINGS

An estimated quarter of a million women die each year from pregnancy-related causes like pre-eclampsia. Though the number of women who die in pregnancy or childbirth is half what it was 20 years ago, most of these deaths could have been prevented. READ FULL ARTICLE

BIRTH TYPE & MATERNAL OUTCOMES

Physical and psychological problems after childbirth are common, and may have a significant negative and long-term impact on women’s wellbeing and daily functioning. The method of birth may be a particularly important factor influencing women’s health and wellbeing following birth, however, population-wide evidence is limited. This study uses data from 5,332 women who responded to a national survey of women’s experiences of maternity care in England. We examined women’s postnatal wellbeing in the first three months after birth, and whether these varied by mode of birth.

WOMEN ABUSED AS CHILDREN & AUTISM

Andrea Roberts of the Harvard School of Public Health suspected that there might be a link between childhood abuse and having an autistic child: women abused early in life are more likely to smoke, suffer from gestational diabetes and have premature babies – all factors that may affect fetal brain development. READ FULL ARTICLE

BPA MAY SLOW GROWTH

Babies born to women with higher amounts of BPA had smaller heads and grew slower in the womb than babies whose moms had the lowest amount of BPA. Head sizes were 11 percent smaller and growth rates 20 percent lower in babies whose mothers had the highest exposures. GO TO NEWS WIRE..

PLACENTA IMPACTS FETAL BRAIN

Findings suggest one way in which maternal-stress exposure may be linked to neurodevelopmental diseases such as autism and schizophrenia, which affect males more frequently or more severely than females GO TO NEWS WIRE..

C-SECTION INCREASES ALLERGIES

Researchers found that babies born by C-section are five times more likely to develop allergies than babies born naturally when exposed to high levels of common allergens in the home such as those from dogs, cats and dust mites. GO TO NEWS WIRE..

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