This section if for anyone who enjoys diving deeper into topics of interest related to pregnancy, labor and birth, the postpartum time and life with a baby. These readings offer more detail and depth. Authors such as Aviva Romm, Rebecca Dekker, Sarah Buckley and Henci Goer do in-depth reviews, parse out particulars, and wrangle with the stats. There is often not a clear conclusion, and an individual’s history, experience, and personal preference will contribute strongly to the many decisions made during the childbearing year. These readings are not to be construed as medical advice.
Women who experience anxiety and depression during pregnancy are at an increased risk for experiencing postpartum mood disorders. According to a 2012 study from the University of Michigan, mindfulness yoga during pregnancy reduced depression in pregnant women. This is such good news!! Women want alternatives to taking medications during pregnancy and mindfulness yoga may be a solution to alleviating their depression and anxiety. According to lead author, Maria Muzik, MD, MS,
What do you do if you are term (defined as more than 37 weeks) and your water breaks before your labor starts? There are two options, induction or expectant management. Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN, and her colleagues offer a comprehensive review of the available research in: What is the Evidence for Inducing Labor if Your Water Breaks at Term.