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News from Armenia: Kybele's 5th Teaching Visits Continue to Advance Women's Healthcare

The following brief summary of the Armenia program’s progress was submitted by Co-Team Leader Dr. Gordon Yuill.

Kybele Team members have made five trips to Armenia so far.  Initial visits were paid to Yerevan (in 2006, 2010 and 2012), but more recent trips included stops in Gyumri (2012, 2013 and 2014), Akhuryan (2012, 2013, and 2014), Dilijan (2012), Ijevan (2012), Novemberian (2012), Karabakh (2013), Artik (2014), Matuni (2014), Gavar (2014), Sevan (2014), and Hrazdan (2014).  Each trip has consisted of a one-or-two-day national conference in Yerevan followed by small-team visits to individual maternity clinics, where Kybele volunteers worked alongside the local physicians.  Through this process we have seen an increase in the use of regional anesthesia for cesarean section throughout and an increased availability of epidural analgesia for labor in some units.   


Avoiding a Cesarean

I think it’s fair to say that most people don’t go into childbirth hoping that they’ll end up having a cesarean. Unfortunately, one of the realities of giving birth in this country is our alarmingly-high rate of cesarean sections. 771 more words


34 Weeks or Goodbye, Previa.

Thirty four weeks, courtesy of The Queen.

Today is thirty four weeks. This morning, The Queen was still pregnant, so we already considered this a victory. 968 more words


Aren't Doulas Just for Natural Birth?

Every doula I know smacks her palm to her forehead whenever she hears or reads some version of the headline above.

But guess what?  We hear it a lot… so our foreheads are pretty sore. 844 more words


The Birth Scale Part II

This is a continuation on a piece I published the other day about “A Birth Story” blogpost I read in Longreads. If you’d like to read part 1, it’s right… 2,008 more words



The silvery orb was just past full as I stared at it at 3:38 am, finally allowing the moon roof to fulfill its destiny.

I sat in the backseat of the car and rubbed my young sister-in-law’s shoulders as another contraction hit and began talking about the clear, frosted sky. 1,395 more words

Trends in Low-risk Cesarean Delivery in the United States, 1990–2013

A new NCHS report explores trends in low-risk cesarean delivery at a national level, with particular focus on changes from 2009 through 2013. Trends are examined by state of residence, gestational age, age of mother, and race and Hispanic origin of mother. 121 more words