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Best of the Birth Blogs – Week Ending August 23rd

Your weekly one-stop for highlights from the birth blogosphere. Visit weekly for the latest on childbirth, especially related to cesarean prevention, recovery, and VBAC. To nominate a blog post to be featured here, email me at

Henci Goer (Science & Sensibility) – ACOG’s 2009 Induction Guidelines: Spin Doctoring Misoprostol (Cytotec): Award-winning medical writer Goer breaks down the facts about Cytotec in response to ACOG’s new guidelines. Bottom line: “…Cytotec’s real benefits are convenience for obstetricians and helping the hospital’s bottom line. For women and babies, though, it’s a roll of the dice. Most times things go fine, but sometimes the dice come up snake eyes.”

VBAC Facts – Lightning Strikes, Shark Bites and Uterine Rupture: Despite the appeal of statistics showing that women are more likely to be bit by sharks or struck by lightning than to have a uterine rupture, Jen shows why such comparisons are misleading and misinforming birthing women. Bottom line: If is sounds too good to be true, check the stats before you forward them on.

REBIRTH – Being Pushed: An L&D nurse/CNM reflects on how birthing women may often make choices so as not to inconvenience medical practitioners, as in one woman’s undergoing a repeat cesarean despite being an excellent candidate for VBAC.

Dr. Fischbein – Friday Meeting -  My Take: advocate of the midwifery model of care and obstetrician Stuart Fischbein, MD shares about his battle to preserve a woman’s right to VBAC in Southern California.

Patti Ramos – Pain…: Birth doula and photographer Patti Ramos provides a perfect picture of what makes it all worth it – “Pain is no longer pain when it is past.”