Why, despite our state-of-the-art medical technology, does the United States have among the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the industrialized world? Why do pregnant women who are planning to breastfeed receive “free” samples of infant formula from American obstetricians? Why are American newborns given a vaccine at birth against hepatitis B, a sexually transmitted disease? The Business of Baby, an eye-opening work of investigative journalism, exposes how our current cultural practices during pregnancy, childbirth, and the first year of a baby’s life are not based on the best evidence or the most modern science, revealing how American moms and their babies are being undermined by corporate interests. An illuminating combination of meticulous research and in-depth interviews with parents, doctors, midwives, nurses, health care administrators, and scientists, Margulis’s impassioned and eloquent critique is shocking, groundbreaking, and revelatory. The Business of Baby arms parents with the information they need to make informed decisions about their own health and the health of their infants.
We are excited today to share a guest post from Jennifer Margulis, PhD. An investigative journalist, activist for children and mother of four, she has gained increased recognition recently for her eye-opening new book, â€œThe Business of Baby.â€ (The Business of Baby is now titled, Your Baby, Your Way.)
(Photograph credit Jennifer Margulis)
When Taylor Hengen Newman had her baby at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City four years ago she had just a few minutes with him, skin-to-skin, as she had requested, and then he was taken out of her arms to be examined by a pediatrician, weighed, have a PKU heel prick, and warm up in an incubator. The obstetrician instructed her to push harder to deliver the placenta.
Taylor and her husband then held their baby for about twenty minutes until he was whisked away by the hospital staff.
An hour went by.
A nurse came in to say the baby had fluid in his lungs and was under observation but no doctor came to talk to the worried young couple about what, if anything, was wrong. To her knowledge, her son was not taken to the NICU. Though Taylor kept asking for her baby she did not see him again for almost five hours.
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You want what is best for your baby and there are some monumental decisions you must make. It can be hard to separate the advice of well-meaning relatives and cultural conditioning from what is true. The information provided here will help you make the right choice for your whole baby.
We believe if you have the information necessary to see circumcision in a new light — free from cultural blinders — you will not choose it for your son. Your protective instincts will scream NO as far as the ear can hear. Change is happening and it begins with you trusting your instincts. We are here to help in any way we can.
I’m often asked what the most surprising thing I learned while researching my book, The Business of Baby. Though I had been studying, writing, and talking about birth for over ten years, including as a contributing editor for Mothering magazine and the author/editor of three other books about babies, my research for this project yielded many surprises. I never considered, for example, that the non-food additives in prenatal vitamins could be contributing to pregnancy symptoms and making women sick. I had no idea how many well designed scientific studies in peer-reviewed journals there were about the benefits of not immediately clamping the cord after a baby is born. And I also did not know that the rise of neonatal ICUs in the United States has led to tremendous profits for hospitals.
1. Breast milk has never been recalled. Similac has. Oops, so has Enfamil. Ut oh, so has Good Start.
2. Breast milk has never been found to contain metal particles. Formula has.
3. Breast milk has never killed 3 babies, caused renal failure in 158 others, and made 6,244 babies sick. But in this case it wasn’t from contaminated formula, right?
4. Breast milk doesn’t get stolen in huge quantities. (Hmm, I wonder how thieves would pull that off?) Because brand-name formula is so expensive, there’s a thriving black market trade in it.
5. Breast milk doesn’t get “off odor.”
6. Your baby’s burps don’t smell hideously of miso soup.
Surely by now you’ve seen at least one of the many Planned Parenthood videos making the rounds. You know, the videos that discussed in painful detail how babies are ripped from their mothers, hacked up, and sold to the highest bidder? The videos where professionals (over lunch no less) laughingly talked about changing their procedures – putting women at greater risk of complication – to obtain perfect specimens, in the name of the Lamborghini and all. The video where a live baby with a beating heart was killed for a brain?
I wish I was making this stuff up, but I’m not. The truth is, abortions are a for-profit industry and dead baby parts are big business. But what do you expect from an organization whose founder believed that one race was superior to another and strategically placed her abortion clinics in poor, black communities to weed out black americans or believed that the greatest gift a large family could give an unborn child was to kill them?
I have included 17 of my favorite Candida-fighting antifungal foods in this list. You can make some delicious recipes with these ingredients, safe in the knowledge that the food you are eating is helping with your Candida treatment too. I have tried wherever possible to include these ingredients in the recipes found on this website and in the recipe books.
Our Ultimate Candida Diet program contains a larger list of 28 Candida-fighting foods that you can find in your local store. It includes some surprising probiotic and antifungal foods that you might not have realized would help with your Candida treatment. There are also some foods that will help your body’s own detoxification processes, and foods that will help to heal your intestinal walls.
A second nurse has been charged over the death of two babies shortly after vaccination in Samoa.
Police on Wednesday arrested the woman and charged her with manslaughter and conspiring to defeat justice.
She's understood to have been released from custody awaiting a court appearance.
Another nurse appeared in court earlier this week facing the same charges, along with negligence, and was granted bail
Both are due to appear in Samoa's Supreme Court towards the end of this month.
Tylenol, including baby Tylenol, is one of the most widely used over-the-counter medications in the world. The same painkiller in baby Tylenol is sold under the brand “Calpol” in the United Kingdom and is commonly prescribed to babies to reduce fever and alleviate mild to moderate pain. Parents want to know how much to give to their baby. How much baby Tylenol is safe?
Baby Tylenol’s main ingredient is acetaminophen, known as paracetamol in Europe.