Pre and Perinatal Expressions in Culture



This first section of articles and videos relates to the effects and release of birth trauma.
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The Lingering Effect of Trauma

Even more shocking was the discovery that this is actually old news!

Emotional memories of traumatic life events are stored in a particularly robust way by your brain, making effective treatment very difficult.

Researchers have now successfully tracked down the molecular bases of these strong, persistent memories.

It has long been known that emotional memories of both a positive and a negative kind make strong impressions on your brain, and consequently have a very large effect on your behavior. [. . .] (Read More)

Wells, Jonathan. "The Lingering Effect of Trauma" AdvancedLifeSkills.com/blog. Web.

Why Emotional Memories Of Traumatic Life Events Are So Persistent

May 11, 2008 — Emotional memories of traumatic life events such as accidents, war experiences or serious illnesses are stored in a particularly robust way by the brain. This renders effective treatment very difficult. Researchers at ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich have now successfully tracked down the molecular bases of these strong, very persistent memories.

The expression "post-traumatic stress disorder" is once again constantly on everyone's lips in relation to those returning from the Iraq war or survivors of catastrophes such as the tsunami. This is not a new development, since it always occurs when people experience extreme situations. It is known that emotional memories of both a positive and a negative kind are stored by our brain in a particularly robust way. [. . .] (Read More)

Kasielke, Nicole. This story is based on materials provided by ETH Zurich. The original article was written by Nicole Kasielke. "Why Emotional Memories Of Traumatic Life Events Are So Persistent" http://www.sciencedaily.com. Web. 11 May 2008

Releasing Birth Trauma Preview Parts 1 & 2
Imagine being freed from physical and emotional trauma you've had since birth. Releasing Birth Trauma releases deep-seated physical and emotional problems that have plagued your patients their entire lives.Traveling through the birth canal can be both physically and emotionally traumatic. This leaves you with a bad feeling that you identify with as your core self. Releasing Birth Trauma releases this bad feeling and leaves you with a new reference point for your identity. The patient feels like they are floating in bliss for days afterwards. If youd like to learn the technique and are interested in purchasing the complete dvd go to www.chirovideo.com. (Watch Video 1 and Video 2)

"Releasing Birth Trauma Preview Part 1." YouTube. Web. 14 May 2010, Uploaded by drrettner (Raphael Rettner, DC)

"Releasing Birth Trauma Preview Part 2." YouTube. Web. 14 May 2010, Uploaded by drrettner (Raphael Rettner, DC)

Karmic Healing of Birth Trauma
Three tracks of input, more complex and traumatic than dying, central switchboard for all scripts and transitions. (Watch Video)

"Healing Birth Trauma in Karmic Therapy." YouTube. Web. 18 March 2008, Uploaded by AuthorsOnTheNet.

For Parents on NICU, Trauma May Last
Kim Roscoe's son, Jaxon, was born three months early, weighing two and a half pounds. But for nine days he did exceedingly well in the neonatal intensive care unit, and Ms. Roscoe felt little different from the other new mothers.

Her nightmare started on Day 10.

"I had left him late the night before, in my arms, tiny but perfect," said Ms. Roscoe, now 30, of Monterey, Calif. But when she returned to the NICU the next day, Jaxon was in respiratory and kidney failure, and his body had swollen beyond recognition.

"He was hooked up to ventilators, his skin was turning black, the alarms kept dinging over and over," Ms. Roscoe recalled.

Jaxon is 16 months old now, and home with his family. But he was in the NICU for 186 days, and his days and weeks were punctuated by near-death episodes. [. . .] (Read More)

Tarkan, Laurie. "For Parents on NICU, Trauma May Last."The New York Times. Web. 24 August 2009.

Dino Tea Cups: The Materialisation Of Birth Trauma
One artist's ceramic sculptures which depict the process of birth. . . .

. . . The sculpture is made in the guise of a tea cup, sitting on a gory saucer. The artist may have attempted to project the idea of drinking from the cup of life, perhaps in reincarnating one's soul, but the destroyed tea cup gives the impression that drinking from this cup would be akin to placing ones lips against the cold lips of Death himself. The dinosaurs, whose birth is depicted in the sculpture, have long been wiped off the face of the earth and released from the fight for survival, but humans seem forever cursed to continue with the lives they have been thrust into; a life that, from conception, is tinted with the hues of death.

This site seeks to revel fiendishly in the human saga as represented through different forms of art. Human civilization and culture are marked by our sense of aesthetics and the abstract. Here is a place to discuss music, literature, film and other forms of expression. While each of these elicits different reactions among different people, The Fiendish intends to inspire people to read more, listen to music more, watch films more, and become art fiends themselves. Like forms of expressions in their true sense, we are not bound by the rules of mind, race, sex, society, culture, nation, or anything else for that matter. (Read More and View Photos)

"Dino Tea Cups: The Materialisation Of Birth Trauma." The Fiendish. Web. 5 February 2009, Uploaded by Rizmyn 3.

The following articles and videos are uncategorized

Paying Till It Hurts - Cash on Delivery
American Way of Birth, Costliest in the World

Maternity care and childbirth cost far more in the United States than in other developed countries, but studies show that their citizens do not have less acces to care during pregnancy than Americans.

LACONIA, N.H. — Seven months pregnant, at a time when most expectant couples are stockpiling diapers and choosing car seats, Renée Martin was struggling with bigger purchases.

At a prenatal class in March, she was told about epidural anesthesia and was given the option of using a birthing tub during labor. To each offer, she had one gnawing question: "How much is that going to cost?"  (Read More)

Rosenthal, Elisabeth. "Paying Till It Hurts - Cash on Delivery :: American Way of Birth, Costliest in the World" The New York Times. Web. 30 June 2013.

Autism Begins as Brain Cells Altered in Womb, Study Finds

Autism Begins in Pregnancy, Study of Brain Abnormalities Suggest.

Autism begins when certain brain cells fail to properly mature within the womb, according to scientists who say the scattered pattern of the undeveloped cells may explain the wide range of symptoms seen in children.
The researchers, studying post-mortem brain tissue taken from kids, found that those diagnosed with autism missed key genetic markers for brain cells that are supposed to develop prior to birth. The defects occurred in regions that control emotion, communication, language and social comprehension, all functions impaired in autism, the researchers wrote. [. . .]

"We found a novel aspect of cortical development never seen before that provides clues to the potential cause of autism and when it began," said Eric Courchesne, director of the University of California at San Diego's Autism Center of Excellence. "The type of defect we found points directly and clearly to autism beginning during pregnancy." [. . .] (Read More)

Zimm, Angela. "Autism Begins as Brain Cells Altered in Womb, Study Finds." Bloomberg. Web. 27 March 2014.

Complex Science at Issue in Politics of Fetal Pain

Dr. Mark Rosen, who pioneered anesthesia in fetal surgery, was a co-author of a study concluding that fetal pain was unlikely before the third trimester, which begins at about 27 weeks.

It is a new frontier of the anti-abortion movement: laws banning abortion at 20 weeks after conception, contending that fetuses can feel pain then.

Since 2010, a dozen states have enacted them, most recently Texas. Nationally, a bill passed the Republican-dominated House of Representatives in June.

The science of fetal pain is highly complex . [. . .] (Read More)

Belluck, Pam. "Complex Science at Issue in Politics of Fetal Pain." The New York Times. Web. 16 September 2013.

Dozens of Genetically Modified Babies Already Born -
How Will They Alter Human Species?

When I first read that genetically modified humans have already been born, I could hardly believe it. However, further research into this story featured in the UK's Daily Mail proved it to be true. They've really done it . . . they've created humans that nature could never allow for, and it's anyone's guess as to what will happen next.

Even more shocking was the discovery that this is actually old news!

The Daily Mail article was not dated, and upon investigation, the experiments cited actually took place over a decade ago; the study announcing their successful birth was published in 2001. [. . .] (Read More)

Mercola, Joseph M. "Dozens of Genetically Modified Babies Already Born - How Will They Alter Human Species?" Mercola.com - Articles. Web. 17 July 2012.

Early Full-term Babies May Face Later School Woes

CHICAGO (AP) — Even for infants born full-term, a little more time in the womb may matter.

The extra time results in more brain development, and a study suggests perhaps better scores on academic tests, too.

Full-term is generally between 37 weeks and 41 weeks; newborns born before 37 weeks are called premature and are known to face increased chances for health and developmental problems.

The children in the study were all full-term, and the vast majority did fine on third-grade math and reading tests. The differences were small, but the study found that more kids born at 37 or 38 weeks did poorly than did kids born even a week or two later. [. . .] (Read More)

Tanner, Lindsey. "Early full-term babies may face later school woes." Bloomberg Businessweek - News. Web. 2 July 2012.

C-section's Contribute to Later Health Problems
The Invisible Scar's Left by C-sections

I thought this was an interesting article that pointed out some of the risks of C-section that are just being discovered. . . .

How sad that once again an obstetric procedure has become commonplace without proof that it is safe. (In fact there is ample evidence that C-sections are less safe and death is more likely for the mother.) Just as x-rays during pregnancy were once thought to be 'safe' and were not stopped until LATER proven to be cancer causing, so, c-sections are used in abundance while years later we are seeing the negative results. [. . .] (Read More)

"C-section's Contribute to Later Health Problems." Mama Birth (Blog). Web. 3 July 2009.

I'm Getting One of Those NATURAL C-Sections
Just when I thought I had heard it all, somebody comes up with the idea of a "natural cesarean."

Yes, I realize that some women do NEED cesarean birth, and yes I realize that should it be needed, it should be as pleasant and family oriented as possible. But this idea is ludicrous.

What have they been doing to women so far? The cruel and unusual cesarean? The answer is YES. Most women who have c-sections experience them in a very traumatic way for many reasons. [. . .] (Read More)

"I'm Getting One of Those NATURAL C-Sections." Mama Birth (Blog). Web. 29 September 2010.

A Poverty Solution That Starts With a Hug
PERHAPS the most widespread peril children face isn't guns, swimming pools or speeding cars. Rather, scientists are suggesting that it may be "toxic stress" early in life, or even before birth.

This month, the American Academy of Pediatrics is issuing a landmark warning that this toxic stress can harm children for life. . . .

Toxic stress might arise from parental abuse of alcohol or drugs. It could occur in a home where children are threatened and beaten. It might derive from chronic neglect––a child cries without being cuddled. Affection seems to defuse toxic stress––keep those hugs and lullabies coming!––suggesting that the stress emerges when a child senses persistent threats but no protector . [. . .] (Read More)

Kristof, Nicholas D. "A Poverty Solution that Starts With a Hug." The New York Times - The Sunday Review / The Opinion Pages. Web. 7 January 2012.

Can You Really Have a "Natural" Caesarean Birth?
When I became pregnant with my second child, I was determined that it wouldn't be a repeat of what happened when my son Teddy, now four, was born. I had yearned for a natural birth but, after a long labour and the baby showing signs of distress, an emergency caesarean was advised. [. . .] (Read More)

"Can You Really Have a 'Natural' Caesarean Birth?" Daily Express. Web. 11 December 2007.

The First Ache
Twenty-five years ago, when Kanwaljeet Anand was a medical resident in a neonatal intensive care unit, his tiny patients, many of them preterm infants, were often wheeled out of the ward and into an operating room. He soon learned what to expect on their return. The babies came back in terrible shape:  their skin was gray, their breathing shallow, their pulses weak. Anand spent hours stabilizing their vital signs, increasing their oxygen supply and administering insulin to balance their blood sugar. [. . .] (Read More)

Murphy Paul, Annie. "The First Ache."The New York Times. Web. 10 February 2008.

Pas de Deux of Sexuality Is Written in the Genes
When it comes to the matter of desire, evolution leaves little to chance. Human sexual behavior is not a free-form performance, biologists are finding, but is guided at every turn by genetic programs.

Desire between the sexes is not a matter of choice. Straight men, it seems, have neural circuits that prompt them to seek out women; gay men have those prompting them to seek other men. Women's brains may be organized to select men who seem likely to provide for them and their children. The deal is sealed with other neural programs that induce a burst of romantic love, followed by long-term attachment. [. . .] (Read More)

Wade, Nicholas. "Pas de Deux of Sexuality Is Written in the Genes." The New York Times. Web. 10 April 2007.

Drugs, Knives and Midwives
The woman, who is expecting her first child, is a week past her due date. Even though tests show that her baby is doing well, her obstetrician decides to induce labor with Cytotec. It's a drug that has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for pregnant women, and it can cause contractions that are strong enough to lacerate the anatomical barrier that keeps amniotic fluid separate from the mother's blood vessels––a situation known as amniotic fluid embolism (AFE). AFE is almost always fatal. [. . .] (Read More)

Larsen, Elizabeth. "Drugs, Knives and Midwives." Utne Reader. Web. March / April 2007.

Elephant Giving Birth
Amazing but graphic video from Bali of an elephant giving birth and her determination to revive the baby after it appears to have been born stillborn. (Watch Video)

"Elephant Giving Birth." Live Leak. Web. Video uploaded to site 12 November 2009 / Occurred 9 September 2009.

Trust Drug May Cure Social Phobia
A nasal spray which increases our trust for strangers is showing promise as a treatment for social phobia, say scientists from Zurich University. They found that people who inhaled the "love hormone" oxytocin continued to trust strangers with their money––even after they were betrayed. [. . .] (Read More)

"Trust Drug May Cure Social Phobia." BBC News. Web. 21 May 2008.

Jill Bolte Taylor's Stroke of insight
Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her [left] brain functions––motion, speech, self-awareness––shut down one by one [and her those of her right brain were dramatically enhanced]. An astonishing and truly moving story. [. . .] (View Video / Read More)

"Jill Bolte Taylor's Stroke of Insight." TED.com. Web. Posted March 2008 / Filmed February 2008.

In Adoptee's Search for Roots, Loss and Gain Collide
GALWAY, N.Y. — The phone rang on a Wednesday evening in February, and the voice sounded to Doris A. Wieland like a ghost, like her son, Michael. Or perhaps like what Michael might have sounded like had he lived to turn 50. The man on the line said he was Michael's twin. The boys had apparently been separated at birth, and they were adopted by different families. [. . .](Read More)

Kershaw, Sarah. "In Adoptee's Search for Roots, Loss and Gain Collide." The New York Times. Web. 10 August 2008.

Sperm Journey
Yes . . . turn your speakers up (if ya got'em) for this brief fun encounter. You Barry White fans(and others) will appreciarte this one. [. . .] (Watch Video)

"Sperm Journey." YouTube. Web. 20 March 2008, Uploaded by samperit79.

Her Body, My Baby
Article on Surrogacy.

At 31 weeks, my baby was kicking and stretching. On the sonogram screen, I could see that he was doing his customary sit-ups. The monitor broadcast the slushy sound of his heartbeat.

The technician varied from visit to visit. The previous time, we were lucky . . . . On this day, we got the terse woman who grudgingly wrote "foot" and "face," if she wrote anything at all.

Then she tore off the sonogram images and handed them to me with one hand; with the other, she reached down to wipe the gel off the stomach of the woman who was bearing my child [italics added].

I did not give birth to my son. He is the product of my egg and my husband's sperm. After half a decade of trying to become pregnant, sometimes succeeding but always failing to carry a baby successfully to term, I came to the conclusion that if we wanted to have a child who was genetically related to us, we would have to find a woman with a more reliable uterus to gestate and deliver our baby. [. . .] (Read More)

Kuczynski, Alex. "Her Body, My Baby." The New York Times. Web. 28 November 2008.

My Genome, My Self
In the coming era of consumer genetics, your DNA will have much to tell you about the biological bases of your health, your physique and even your personality. But will this knowledge really amount to self-knowledge? [. . .] (Read More)

Pinker, Steven. "My Genome, My Self." The New York Times. Web. 11 January 2009.

Prenatal Education for World Peace (Parts 1 & 2)
Latest scientific discoveries show the importance of the prenatal period. The seeds of emotional security, well-being and peace are sown BEFORE birth. Prenatal Education plays a vital role for safety and peace in the world. [. . .]
(Watch Video1 and Video 2)

"Prenatal Education for World Peace."YouTube. Web. 9 February 2009, Uploaded by omaepfr.
Part 1:  youtu.be/EvLLxsTfW1A
Part 2:  youtu.be/oDpQbORzkaQ

Labor Augmentation with Oxytocin Decreases Glutathione Level
Abstract:  Objective. To compare oxidative stress following spontaneous vaginal delivery with that induced by Oxytocin augmented delivery. Methods. 98 women recruited prior to labor. 57 delivered spontaneously, while 41 received Oxytocin for augmentation of labor. Complicated deliveries and high-risk pregnancies were excluded. Informed consent was documented. Arterial cord blood gases, levels of Hematocrit, Hemoglobin, and Bilirubin were studied. Glutathione (GSH) concentration was measured by a spectroscopic method. Plasma and red blood cell (RBC) levels of Malondialdehyde indicated lipid peroxidation. RBC uptake of phenol red denoted cell penetrability. SPSS data analysis was used. Results. Cord blood GSH was significantly lower in the Oxytocin group (2 . 3 ± 0 . 5 5 mM versus 2 . 5 5 ± 0 . 5 5 mM, P = . 0 1). No differences were found in plasma or RBC levels of MDA or in uptake of Phenol red between the groups. Conclusion. Lower GSH levels following Oxytocin augmentation indicate an oxidative stress, though selected measures of oxidative stress demonstrate no cell damage. [. . .] (Read More)

Schneid-Kofman, Naomi; Silberstein, Tali; Saphier, Oshra; Shai, Iris; Dorith, Tavor; and Burg, Ariela. "For Parents on NICU, Trauma May Last."Obstetrics and Gynecology International, Volume 2009 (2009), Article ID 807659, 4 pages, doi:10.1155/2009/807659. Web. Accepted 24 February 2009.

License to Wonder
Yes, science relies on facts, but also on speculation and inspiration. . . .

In the wake of my column last week about how the faces you make when speaking different languages might affect your mood, several people wrote and accused me of speculating. I admit it! Indeed, I said as much in the piece.

One of my favorite things to do is to take a set of facts and use them to imagine how the world might work. In writing about some of these ideas, my aim is not to be correct — how can I be, when the answer isn't known? — but to be thought-provoking, to ask questions, to make people wonder. [. . .] (Read More)

Judson, Olivia. "License to Wonder."The New York Times - The Opinion Pages. Web. 3 November 2009.

21st Century Babies - Building a Baby, With Few Ground Rules
Article regarding the pitfalls of surrogacy.

Laschell and Paul Baker holding the twins she bore July 28 as a surrogate mother. She got a court order to retrieve them. . . .

Unable to have a baby of her own, Amy Kehoe became her own general contractor to manufacture one. For Ms. Kehoe and her husband, Scott, the idea seemed like their best hope after years of infertility.

Working mostly over the Internet, Ms. Kehoe handpicked the egg donor, a pre-med student at the University of Michigan. From the Web site of California Cryobank, she chose the anonymous sperm donor, an athletic man with a 4.0 high school grade-point average.

On another Web site, surromomsonline.com, Ms. Kehoe found a gestational carrier who would deliver her baby.
Finally, she hired the fertility clinic, IVF Michigan, which put together her creation last December.

"We paid for the egg, the sperm, the in vitro fertilization," Ms. Kehoe said as she showed off baby pictures at her home near Grand Rapids, Mich. "They wouldn't be here if it weren't for us." [. . .] (Read More)

Saul, Stephanie. "21st Centery Babies - Building a Baby, With Few Ground Rules."The New York Times. Web. 12 December 2009.

Nati per Forza (Forced to Be Born)
(Video documentary on C-section, in Italian)

Un'iniezione, un taglio e il primo vagito. Pochi istanti per venire alla luce, grazie al progresso della medicina, invece di ore di travaglio e dolori. Sempre più donne e medici privilegiano questo momento della vita, partoriscono in casa in modo naturale. L'ospedale è riservato ai casi a rischio. Un viaggio di Falò fra il Ticino e l'Olanda per ascoltare le ragioni di chi ha scelto una o l'altra via. Per le esperienze e le opinioni del pubblico è a disposizione il Forum di Falò all'indirizzo www.rsi.ch/falo oppure SMS al numero 955 con parola chiave Falo.questa via apparentemente più semplice. In Svizzera un terzo dei bambini viene al mondo con taglio cesareo, un dato allarmante per i possibili rischi sulla salute, le conseguenze psicologiche e i costi per la comunità. Se d'un canto grazie al cesareo si son salvate molte vite, dall'altro sempre più spesso vien visto come una soluzione semplice e, dato da non trascurare, nella società della fretta, una soluzione facile da mettere in agenda. Ma c'è chi non ci crede come molte donne olandesi, che grazie a un'organizzazione efficace delle levatrici, a un sostegno anche psicologico, a una cultura che privilegia gli aspetti positivi di. (Read and View Video)

Sganzini, Giovanna and Snider, Mariano. "Nati per Forza."Informazione RSI, - Falò. Web. Upload unknown.

Video Library Player: Can Babies Tell Right From Wrong?
Video Documentary : 5:13 min.

Babies at Yale University's Infant Cognition Center respond to "naughty" and "nice" puppet. . . .  (Watch Video)

Frank, David, Producer. "Can Babies Tell Right From Wrong?."The New York Times - Magazine. Web. 31 December 1969.

Artificial Ovary Could Help Infertile Women
Tissue engineering allows for complex three-dimensional cell construction.

Researchers at Brown University have created an "artificial human ovary" using a tissue engineering approach that they hope will one day allow scientists to mature human eggs in a laboratory.

In the near term, an artificial ovary will enable researchers to better explore the impact of environmental toxins or fertility-enhancing substances on human fertility. It could also aid the development of new forms of contraceptives and the study of ovarian cancer.

Further down the line, it could also help women whose ovaries are damaged because of chemotherapy, radiation, or illness, according to a paper published in the current issue of Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics. Today, those women have limited opportunities for childbirth: either a hurried in-vitro fertilization cycle that leads to a handful of frozen eggs, or freezing ovarian tissue in the hopes that healthy eggs will someday be able to be matured. [. . .] (Read More)

Weintraub, Karen. "Artificial Ovary Could Help Infertile Women."Technology Review - Biomedicine, Published by MIT. Web. 10 September 2010.

German Researchers Capture First Birth on Open MRI
Doctors in Germany have captured a live birth by open MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) for the first time, offering insight into potential pregnancy complications, Berlin's Charite hospital said on Wednesday.

"The main reasons for the research are to answer the question of why a birth may stall and to visually capture the birthing process and any complications," Dr. Christian Bamberg, a physician on the research team, told Reuters. [. . .] (Read More)

Kelsey, Eric (reporting); Lawrenc, Janet (editing). "German Researchers Capture First Birth on Open MRI." Reuters - UK. Web. 8 December 2010.

Send In the Clowns to Boost IVF Success?
Laughter may not be the best medicine, but it might help women who are trying to become pregnant through in-vitro fertilization (IVF), a small study suggests.

In a study of 219 women undergoing IVF, Israeli researchers found the odds of success were greater among women who were entertained by a professional "medical clown" right after they had the embryos implanted in the womb. [. . .]

It's also gaining some academic backing. The University of Haifa in Israel, for example, recently launched a degree program in "medical clowning." (Read More)

Norton, Amy. "Send In the Clowns to Boost IVF Success?" Reuters. Web. 12 January 2011.

Shop to Make Breast Milk Ice Cream
A specialist ice cream parlor plans to serve up breast milk ice cream and says people should think of it as an organic, free-range treat.

The breast milk concoction, called the "Baby Gaga," will be available from Friday at the Icecreamists restaurant in London's Covent Garden.

Icecreamists founder Matt O'Connor was confident his take on the "miracle of motherhood" and priced at a hefty 14 pounds ($23) a serving will go down a treat with the paying public.

The breast milk was provided by mothers who answered an advertisement on online mothers' forum Mumsnet. [. . .] (Read More)

"Shop to Make Breast Milk Ice Cream." Reuters. Web. 25 February 2011.

Premature birth tied to increased risk of ADHD
The earlier babies are born, the more likely they are to later get a prescription for ADHD medication, according to a new study from Sweden.

Researchers found that babies born as little as three weeks before their due dates had an elevated risk for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The findings suggest that mothers considering scheduling cesarean births a few weeks early reconsider and deliver as close to term as possible, the authors say.

People with ADHD have trouble paying attention or controlling impulsive behaviors, and can be treated with behavioral therapy or medication.

The condition is diagnosed in about three to five percent of school-aged children in the United States.

In the new study, the researchers analyzed a Swedish database of more than a million children aged 6 to 19 years; 7,506 of them had received a prescription for ADHD medication. [. . .](Read More)

Grens, Kerry. "Premature Birth Tied to Increased Risk of ADHD." Reuters - Reuters Health. Web. 19 April 2011.

Business Booms for Danish Sperm
Selecting a potential father for your children, it turns out, is not unlike shopping online.

"A lot of our clients typically want their donor to be at least 180cm [5ft 11in] tall and have blue eyes," says Peter Bower, director of Nordic Cryobank, who is showing me his database of sperm donors.

Customers narrow their computer search to eliminate men who are under or over a certain weight in kilos.

They can click on a candidate's profile and, for a fee, download an audio interview and a photograph of him as a baby.

Staff also provide a few sentences giving their impression of donors - a physical description or an illuminating detail, Mr Bower says, such as "that he enjoys chatting in the lab after he has donated, dresses nicely or is very interested in a particular sort of music." [. . .] (Read More)

Henley, Paul. "Business Booms for Danish Sperm." BBC News. Web. 19 May 2011.

Could Conjoined Twins Share a Mind?
Two, United as One: Krista and Tatiana Hogan are craniopagus conjoined twins — joined at the head, they share a neural bridge.

It was bedtime for Krista and Tatiana Hogan, and the 4-year-old twin girls were doing what 4-year-olds everywhere do at bedtime. They were stalling, angling for more time awake. Their grandmother, Louise McKay, who lives with the girls and their parents in Vernon, a small city in British Columbia, was speaking to them in soothing tones, but the girls resorted to sleep-deferring classics of the toddler repertory. "I want one more hug!" Krista said to their grandmother, and then a few minutes later, they both called out to her, in unison, "I miss you!"

But in the dim light of their room, a night light casting faint, glowing stars and a moon on the ceiling, the girls also showed bedtime behavior that seemed distinctly theirs. The twins, who sleep in one specially built, oversize crib, lay on their stomachs, their bottoms in the air, looking at an open picture book on the mattress. Slowly and silently, in one synchronized movement, they pushed it under a blanket, then pulled it out again, then back under, over and over, seeming to mesmerize each other with the rhythm. [. . .] (Read More)

Dominus, Susan. "Could Conjoined Twins Share a Mind?" The New York Times - Magazine. Web. 25 May 2011.

Serious Permanent Damage That Can Happen During Birth
"Serious Permanent Damage That Can Happen During Birth." YouTube. Web. 5 January 2008, Uploaded by scottyphoto. (Watch Video)


Hospital Birth in America
"Hospital Birth in America." YouTube. Web. 16 September 2007, Uploaded by RaisinRozen. (Watch Video)


Birthology: Discovering Your Peaceful Birth
Birthologie is the creation of Amy Jones, who has been a childbirth educator and doula since 1997.

Since that time, Amy has been passionately engaged in arming couples with a more complete knowledge of their options for pregnancy, childbirth, and everything that comes thereafter.

As a result of searching for healthiest birth and parenting experience possible, she has extensively studied different healing modalities such as herbs, nutrition, and essential oils and regularly teach classes on herbs, vaccination, and other health related issues. Offering this information to you is just one thing that sets her apart from other childbirth education courses. (Visit Site and Read More)


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