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Monday, 19 September

16:57

Los Angeles Mom Watches in Horror as Medically Kidnapped Baby Taken Away by Angry Woman (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Ibrahim family torn apart

Lori and her boys at a visit. Source: www.mommyishere.com blog.

by Health Impact News/MedicalKidnap.com Staff

Los Angeles mother Lori Ibrahim recognizes that there is an inherent need in children to be with their mother, and she is broken-hearted that Child Protective Services is ignoring that fact. Her children were taken away from her after she had a positive drug screen after giving birth to her youngest son in July.

Her friends are asking how this can happen, since the only drugs that she was taking were medications that were properly prescribed by doctors.

Social workers came into her hospital room at Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center 2 days after she gave birth and seized her newborn, and subsequently took her other son, who has since turned 5 years old.

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Medical Kidnapping in Los Angeles: 2 Day Old Infant Seized at Hospital From Mother

Baby Bruised in Foster Care, Mother Bullied over Photos

At a recent visit, Lori noticed bruises on her infant. She posted photos of the bruises on Facebook, but she was warned that she needed to take the pictures down. On the following day, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) phoned to tell her that she was forbidden to take any further photos of her children. She was told that the consequences of taking photos would be that her visit with her sons would end. Even though the ban was lifted the following week, social workers still instructed her that she is not allowed to take “evidence photographs.”

The photos of the bruises were only up on Facebook for 30 minutes, but some of Lori’s friends took screenshots. One of her friends sent this to Health Impact News:

Lori Ibrahim bruise photos

Unexplained bruises on Lori Ibrahim’s newborn photographed at visitation. Photo source: screenshot taken by one of Lori’s friends

Disturbing Video of Angry Foster Parent Running Off with Baby as Social Worker Looks On

Lori had a bizarre encounter with her baby’s foster mother on September 1. On that day, her visit had ended and the foster mother had arrived to take the baby to a doctor’s appointment. Lori reports that the only thing she said to the woman before the recorded events happened was:

What location are we going to?

Lori retains medical rights and was supposed to meet the foster mother and the baby at the appointment. The social worker can be heard attempting to smooth things over, but he did not stop the foster mother from getting into her car and driving off with someone else’s child while she was in a clearly agitated state.

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16:15

Things I Have Learned in 14 Years of Being A Doula by Kimberly Sebeck "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

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Kimberly Sebeck is a birth and postpartum doula (as well as ICAN Chapter Leader) who pins the blog Knoxville Doula. One of her recent posts celebrates her 14th anniversary as a doula, and parts a great deal of doula wisdom. Anyone who is currently doing birth work or considering it, Ms. Sebeck’s list below will be most helpful. You can read the entire post here.

1. It’s easy to burn out. Birth work is more difficult than many aspiring and new doulas realize. It’s one thing to desire with all your heart to help a family but when it impacts your child’s birthday or you’re at your third birth in three days or you’re at that marathon 40 hour one — it’s hard. Have a good support team. Please have a backup. We have super powers as doulas, yes, but we should not have to sacrifice our own bodies and families to a harmful extent in order to support women. If you plan to stay in this rewarding career set it up so that you can.

2. It’s okay to not know everything. There is no way to know everything. I have been constantly learning since I began this journey. It’s okay to ask your mentor doula for help or to say to a client that you need to do some research and get back to her. Strive to always provide evidence based medicine and when there is none, encourage parents to do research and make the decision. Learning is part of the journey for parents, too. Pregnancy is the perfect time for them to assume responsibility for research, education, and decision making for their own family.

3. Nothing is black and white. This may be the wisdom I am most grateful for. When many doulas embark on their journey we have had a bad experience ourselves or we have read how dreadful the U.S. is or we saw an advocacy page on social media (I didn’t because I am a dinosaur who began well before social media) and we are angry and appalled. We must protect women! Change the world! Put ourselves between families and (choose one) hospitals, ob/gyns, midwives, epidurals, pitocin, monitoring, cesareans etc. This is where I am most grateful for my experience with ICAN  as Chapter Leader for Knoxville (International Cesarean Awareness Network) as well as the ability to work with many providers (doctors, midwives, nurses) who deserve our trust. The fact is each woman’s labor and case should be seen as individual. We stress this in birth work and we try to demand it of our providers. This means we ourselves must subscribe to the belief that in certain cases a woman and baby will not only benefit from but truly require an epidural, monitoring, cesareans — the whole list of what is often seen as bad in natural birth circles. We cannot view any one component of modern obstetrical care as anything but a tool that can be used when appropriate. Yes, many things are dangerously overused and this is not a debate. It is obvious that maternity care and birth needs improvement but we cannot blatantly decry any and all interventions. The best advice is to know your options and be able to trust your providers, which mean doing your research as a birth worker and as an expectant mother.

4. Mistakes help you learn. It is difficult to make mistakes for most humans and in a career where you are the one hired for knowledge and support it is even harder to know we made a mistake. As long as you...

12:57

Los Angeles Mom Watches in Horror as Medically Kidnapped Baby Taken Away by Angry Woman (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Ibrahim family torn apart

Lori and her boys at a visit. Source: www.mommyishere.com blog.

by Health Impact News/MedicalKidnap.com Staff

Los Angeles mother Lori Ibrahim recognizes that there is an inherent need in children to be with their mother, and she is broken-hearted that Child Protective Services is ignoring that fact. Her children were taken away from her after she had a positive drug screen after giving birth to her youngest son in July.

Her friends are asking how this can happen, since the only drugs that she was taking were medications that were properly prescribed by doctors.

Social workers came into her hospital room at Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center 2 days after she gave birth and seized her newborn, and subsequently took her other son, who has since turned 5 years old.

See original story:

Medical Kidnapping in Los Angeles: 2 Day Old Infant Seized at Hospital From Mother

Baby Bruised in Foster Care, Mother Bullied over Photos

At a recent visit, Lori noticed bruises on her infant. She posted photos of the bruises on Facebook, but she was warned that she needed to take the pictures down. On the following day, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) phoned to tell her that she was forbidden to take any further photos of her children. She was told that the consequences of taking photos would be that her visit with her sons would end. Even though the ban was lifted the following week, social workers still instructed her that she is not allowed to take “evidence photographs.”

The photos of the bruises were only up on Facebook for 30 minutes, but some of Lori’s friends took screenshots. One of her friends sent this to Health Impact News:

Lori Ibrahim bruise photos

Unexplained bruises on Lori Ibrahim’s newborn photographed at visitation. Photo source: screenshot taken by one of Lori’s friends

Disturbing Video of Angry Foster Parent Running Off with Baby as Social Worker Looks On

Lori had a bizarre encounter with her baby’s foster mother on September 1. On that day, her visit had ended and the foster mother had arrived to take the baby to a doctor’s appointment. Lori reports that the only thing she said to the woman before the recorded events happened was:

What location are we going to?

Lori retains medical rights and was supposed to meet the foster mother and the baby at the appointment. The social worker can be heard attempting to smooth things over, but he did not stop the foster mother from getting into her car and driving off with someone else’s child while she was in a clearly agitated state.

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00:08

Recipes For Reading: Activities To Bring Children’s Books Alive! "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

bfpp-logoWelcome to my first Recipes for Reading. It is exciting to be back at Kindred, wearing my new hat of Family Literacy Activist and Founder of the Book Fairy Pantry Project.

reading-with-babies-coverSometimes we choose to read a certain book  because it relates to an experience we have had with our children, like reading Blueberries for Sal after we have picked blueberries. Recipes For Reading is about creating experiences that relate to the book we just read. For this baby-focused issue I have chosen a baby board book,Peek-A Who, by Nina Lader.

Is it really important to read to little babies?

Susan Straub & KJ Dell’antonia, authors of Reading with Babies,Toddlers & Twos, answer a resounding, “Yes!” “…raising a child who reads doesn’t start with teaching a child to read – in fact it doesn’t start with a child at all. It starts with a baby.” Just as you cannot add salt to a cake after it is baked, a child, who has missed five years of being read to regularly, cannot enter school with the same readiness to learn as a child who has been read to daily since birth.

When you “rock ‘n read” to your babies, they come to associate books with warmth and comfort before they ever hold a book or turn a page. It is also a simple way for Dad or baby’s other parent to “feed” baby new words and strengthen their connection.

Of all the many peekaboo themed, baby board books I discovered, I chose Peek-A Who for two reasons. One, because it has been a favorite of my youngest granddaughter, Greta, since she was a baby. Three years later, it still lives in her book basket next to the potty. Any book with that kind of shelf life gets 5 stars in my book! And two, because Peek-A Who is short enough, and suspenseful enough, that you can read it many times a day, and if you read it deliciously s-l-o-w-l-y enough, it is exciting, every time, to turn the cut out page and see who is on the next page.

Peekaboo teaches babies that people and things are still there, even when they cannot see them, which is an important developmental milestone known as object permanence.The dependable pattern of disappear-return, disappear-return, also teaches babies to predict what will happen next.

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Saturday, 17 September

17:25

Maternal mortality rate in Texas soars, now the highest in much of industrialized world "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

The Lone Star state is the most dangerous place to give birth in the US. While the maternal mortality rate has been internationally decreasing, a study published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology found the rate in Texas had doubled in two years. A study from Maryland-based researchers found that Texas not only has the highest maternal mortality rate in the US, but in much of the industrial world. With an estimated 35.8 deaths per 100,000 births in 2014, Texas' rate of mothers dying during or as a result of childbirth is comparable to Mexico (38 per 100,000), Uzbekistan (36 per 100,000) and Egypt (33 per 100,000), according to the World Bank. In fact, this is the highest rate in Texas since 1976, when it was 20 per 100,000, according to the Texas State Department of Health.

15:25

Could Eating Honey Be A Form Of Microbial Time Travel? "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

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Did you know that there are billions of years of biological information encoded within your cells, and that depending on what you do or do not eat, the information is activated or remains latent?

It is a biological fact that the distant past is embedded within the present. No one could have described this more aptly and tangibly than Thich Nhat Han when he said:

If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.”

The germline cells within our bodies (sperm and ovum) represent a quasi-immortal and unbroken biological thread tying us all back, through an almost infinite number of cell replications, to LUCA. These germline cells represent, against all odds, the resilience of biological systems to persist through incalculably vast stretches of time and innumerable vectors of adversity. They are “deathless” relative to somatic cells in that their biological information has been passed down from generation to generation for billions of years without interruption, and that will continue to be passed forward within the successfully conceived progeny of all the species inhabiting this planet today.

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And so, biological entities are unique insofar as they inhabit the present while containing within themselves information stretching so far back in the distant past as to approach geologic time scales.

The Microbial Basis for Human Identity

Before we delve into nutrition as a form of “microbial time travel,” we must first provide context by taking a brief look at how our species’ self-definition has been completely transformed by the discovery that we are at least as much “germs” as we are “human.”

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07:00

It Can Happen Here "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Zionism was a revolutionary idea. It proposed that the "Jewish people" should create a new Jewish entity in the land of Palestine. The Zionist project was very successful indeed. By 1948 the embryo nation was strong enough to create a state. Israel was born. When one builds a house, one needs scaffolding. When the building […] The post It Can Happen Here appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

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Friday, 16 September

19:33

The Health Benefits Of Bromelain "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

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Bromelain is a protein-digesting (proteolytic) enzyme complex found in the fruit and, in higher concentrations, in the stem of the pineapple (Ananas comosus). It is able to hydrolyze or break down a wide variety of protein types in a range of both acid and alkaline environments.

Originally isolated in the late 1800s, bromelain can play a key role in digestion, and perhaps more importantly, its properties have prompted many practitioners to use it as an agent in wound healing and the prevention of illness and irritation decades.

What Does Bromelain Do?

Put simply, bromelain breaks down protein. This has fairly obvious benefits when you consider that many of the foods you eat contain high amounts of protein and they have been thoroughly cooked, destroying most of the naturally occurring enzymes. As a proteolytic enzyme, it assists the body’s own digestive mechanisms in reducing very large, complex protein molecules into smaller peptide units or individual amino acids.

These smaller components are crucial for your own production of muscle, neurotransmitters, and other protein-based molecules that your body produces. Many of bromelain’s benefits; however, are actually based on absorption of the intact enzyme in the small intestine; it is this absorption makes possible its systemic effects such as reducing redness.

The Health Benefits of Bromelain

Traditionally societies in South America have used pineapples to reduce digestive upset and reduce irritation. Here are some of the other amazing health benefits of this enzyme, as well as the studies that support the benefits of bromelain:

1. Swelling and Redness

Bromelain was approved in Europe as an effective remedy for swelling after surgery. Research shows that the bromelain enzyme may lower swelling, stop bruising, speed up healing time, and reduce discomfort in individuals following surgical procedures. One double-blind study of over 150 women who received episiotomies (surgical cuts in the perineum) during childbirth, found that women given large servings of oral bromelain over a period of 3 days, beginning 4 hours after delivery, showed a huge decrease in swelling, and discomfort. Ninety percent of women taking the supplement showed excellent recovery compared to 44% of women in the placebo group.

2. Sinus Discomfort

Bromelain is one of the most popular supplements in European countries such as Germany, where it is commonly used for sinus discomfort. Some research suggests that bromelain was effective at reducing discomfort and swelling.

3. Topical Applications for Burns

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07:00

Dead Sperm Whales in Germany — Stomachs FULL of Plastic and Car Parts "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

The whales’ deaths are symbolic of humanity’s shocking disregard for marine life. In January, 29 sperm whales were found stranded on shores around the North Sea, an area that is too shallow for the marine wildlife. Only recently were details of the animals’ necropsy released. However, scientists were deeply disturbed by what they found in the animals’ stomachs. According to a press release from Wadden Sea National Park in Schleswig-Holstein, many of the whales had stomachs FULL of plastic debris, including a 13-meter-long fishing net, a 70 cm piece of plastic from a car and other pieces of plastic litter. Some suggest that the animals thought the items were food, such as squid, which is their main staple. Others, however, believe that the travesty is largely a result of humanity’s shocking disregard for marine life, which has resulted in an overabundance of plastic in the oceans. “These findings show us the results of our plastic-oriented society. Animals inadvertently consume plastic and plastic waste, which causes them to suffer, and at worst, causes them to starve with full stomachs,” said Robert Habeck, environment minister for the state of Schleswig-Holstein.Nicola Hodgkins of Whale and Dolphin Conservation echoed that statement. She stated: “Although the large pieces will cause obvious problems and block the gut, we shouldn’t dismiss the smaller bits that could cause a more chronic problem for all species of cetacean – not just those who suction feed.”This isn’t the first time a sperm whale has been found dead with innards full of inedible contents. In 2011, a young whale was found floating dead off the Greek island of Mykonos. Its stomach was so distended, biologists thought the animal swallowed a giant squid. However, when its four stomachs were dissected, nearly 100 plastic bags and other pieces of debris were found. It should be noted that the plastic is not what killed the young male sperm whales. According to National Geographic, they died of heart failure. This was a result of mistakenly swimming into the North Sea, likely in search of squid, and then not being able to support their own body weights in the shallow water. As a result, their internal organs collapsed. Regardless, the fact that many of their stomachs were full of pollution is a horrible indictment of humans. As has been reported in the past, 80% of the plastic which is discarded on land ends up in the oceans, where it is consumed by wildlife or swirls for years in great garbage patches. The fact that mankind – a species with a smaller brain than a whale – is responsible for such a travesty is ironic and saddening. Until humans learn the value of living sustainably while respecting all life forms, travesties such as this one will continue to take place. By Amanda Froelich

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Thursday, 15 September

23:50

US Republican governor threatens violence if Trump loses election "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

This video from the USA says about itself:

Republican Governor Warns Of Bloodshed

14 September 2016

Gov. Matt Bevin used the violent ‘Tree of Liberty’ quote in a speech to Values Voter Summit. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

By Nick Barrickman in the USA:

Republican governor threatens violence if Hillary Clinton is elected

15 September 2016

On Saturday, Republican Governor Matthew Bevin of Kentucky made a threat of violence if Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is elected in November. In an apocalyptic screed at the socially conservative Value Voters Summit in Washington, D.C., Bevin urged an audience of conservative activists to “fight ideologically, mentally, spiritually, economically, so that we don’t have to do it physically. But that may, in fact, be the case.”

“Do you think it’s possible, if Hillary Clinton were to win the election, do you think it’s possible that we’ll be able to survive, that we’d ever be able to recover as a nation?’” Bevin asked rhetorically. “I do think it would be possible, but at what price? The roots of the tree of liberty are watered by what? The blood of who? The tyrants, to be sure, but who else? The patriots,” Bevin declared, paraphrasing the famous Thomas Jefferson quote. “Whose blood will be shed? It may be that of those in this room. It might be that of our children and grandchildren.”

Continuing, the Republican governor appealed to an array of religion-based social prejudices, stating, “Look at the atrocity of abortion, so many have remained silent. It’s a slippery slope. First we’re killing children, then it’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ Now it’s this gender-bending, don’t ask, don’t be a bigot, don’t be unreasonable, don’t be unenlightened, heaven forbid.”

Bevin’s comments follow in the wake of a number of statements made by prominent Republican officials during the presidential elections hinting at violence. Speaking of a future President Hillary Clinton before an audience in North Carolina a month ago, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stated, “If she ge...

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Full Disclosure: empirical "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

8 months - catastrophic head injury. Ictal Bradycardia Seizures began. Prescribed benzodiazipene for a several years to control the seizures, though they still occured with regularity.

4 yrs - finger caught in door, nail torn out from the root. Morphine injections followed up with a liquid solution for a week or so.

5-6 yrs- high fever for three days. +104, looked like scarlet fever

7 yrs - Sudden Benzodiazepine withdrawl. Many seizures over a short period of time.

8 yrs - gang rape. A school friend's two brothers and their friend lured me into a wooded ravine and raped me. Warned me not to tell anyone, under threat of death. I gathered the courage to tell my parents, but no action was taken. This had longlasting consequences.

12-17yrs - Many back and musculoskeletal issues, and headaches. Fiorinal C1/2 throughout.

16 yrs - first staff infection erupts from my hip, quickly turns surrounding skin black.

17 yrs menstruation begins, but only once in a year.  Gradually becomes more regular, with spotting every three months or so. underdeveloped breasts.

25 yrs- conceive first son, born full term, natural childbirth, 9/10, then 10/10 apgar.

28 yrs - filed police report when son's father sent a heroine addict to my place, with drugs.

Asked David McElhaney, the father of my son, to provide some child support, but he refused and instead insisted he could best help if my son and I came to them in Nanaimo. So I gave up my beachfront house in Roberts Creek, close to my family, to bring my son closer to his dad.

29 yrs - Alone in a strange town, I was surrounded and innundated with Dave's associates. I was pressured and pressed to join the father and his associates in their Thelemic activities in a cult called The Order of the Midnight Sun. They practice black witchcraft, including a winter solstice ceremony which is nothing less than a mass suicide if the correct herbs are added to the chalice they share. It's supposed to give the magician great powers if his coven willingly takes a drink from the chalice and goes to sleep only to be burned to a crisp. Like Heaven's Gate.

I told the police what happened, but they weren't interested, even though this cult routinely lured vulnerable teens off the streets and into a darker, more dangerous place.

Drugs are a part of every ceremony, and the initiates are introduced to opiates with T3's and, plied with pot and alcohol, and increasingly stronger opiates. Eventually the leader, Jeff Hounsome and a couple of ofther members of the order injected me with heroine and cocaine. I had met a new boyfriend in June of 1996, however, and had cleaned up. Then on my 30th birthday, David and a few other members of the order took my son Jordan to a hidden location, purportedly to keep him safe. Each of the members of the order wrote a statement saying that I was using drugs and was thus unfit to parent. The underlying, unspoken yet cleasrly communicated threat was that my refusal to release custody to David would trigger an unfortunate incident for Jordan. The leader of the cult had long had what appeared to be a human skull, and his claims that he knew what happened to Michael Dunahee were deterrent enough to keep me in line.

Dave's wife Connie Basque was similarly introduced to a lifestyle of hard drugs, and she is still struggling to escape. But then, I am feelig e

I spiralled downward, and ended up on the streets of the downtown eastside as da serial killer was picking off the most vulnerable people in the city: the Picton affair. Word is that Robert was the fall guy; he's not clever enough to have pulled it off on his own. Any involvement of his would have been in a support role. His older brother has far more agency, though even he was acting on behalf of a mysterious person whose tast...

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Friday, 02 September

20:30

Reality of Breastfeeding…Where are the Rainbows? "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Let’s talk about breastfeeding for a moment. While it would be wonderful if all babies magically nursed perfectly, well…they don’t.

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Similar to pregnancy, birth, and motherhood…. breastfeeding is another life lesson that can push us to our limits. It’s a *journey* all of its own.

Out of six children, I have nursed four. I’ve also used formula, pumped (a lot), made my own formula, donated milk, and breastfed babies and toddlers. Also, out of six children, #beardbaby is the only one to come out and latch perfectly (it’s because of the beard magic).

There is no one perfect way for every person, baby, and situation. Yes, breastmilk is a perfect food and our babies are meant to have it. In an ideal world all mothers would make enough milk, all babies would have the perfect latch, and rainbows would appear when we figure it out.

breastfeed without fear

Reality is not always ideal though. What I’m saying is, work hard to give your babies the best nutrition you can, but give yourself grace when it’s hard. Mamas need to be healthy not just physically, but also emotionally and mentally. Do what is best for you, your baby, and your family. Do not care what others say or think. This goes for breastfeeding how and where you please, or if you choose to pump, use donated milk, or use formula.

What matters is you are healthy, your baby is healthy, and your baby is loved and fed. You are doing your best. You are doing enough. Feed and love without fear.

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Photography by Leilani Rogers Photographer.

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Thursday, 01 September

17:05

From Braxton Hicks to Immediate Transition: Backseat Car Birth of Kenan John! "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

On Wednesday, January 27th at 2:30 pm I went to my birthing center for my weekly checkup. With me being 38 weeks and 4 days and having had consistent Braxton Hicks for the past couple weeks, my midwife decided to check me. She said I was at a 1 and my cervix was completely soft. While she was down there she did a little extra stretching to maybe encourage things to move along. I left her office at 3pm and headed to my mom’s house to pick up Brecon. While I was there I started to feel more Braxton Hicks and my stomach continued to stay tight. Bobby was working in Galveston that day and was going to be home late so we decided I would hang out at my mom’s until it was time to put Brecon to bed. Nothing really changed throughout the day. At 7:30pm Brecon and I headed home and I got him in bed. I was laying with him and started to feel what felt like real contractions but VERY mild and VERY inconsistent.

Bobby got home around 8:30pm and by the time he showered and ate it was 9:30pm and the contractions were the same but I just had a feeling it was for real. We decided to go to bed and try and get some sleep in case I was right. I slept on and off until 10:10pm when I was woke up with a HARD contraction! I woke up moaning! I crawled out of bed and went to the living room to figure out what was going on. About five minutes later I had another hard contraction and called my mom to come over. I didn’t plan on calling her over this early in labor but when I got Bobby up I didn’t want to be alone if Brecon woke up and he had to go put him back to bed.

I woke up Bobby and we called my midwife Kathy. She said it sounded like the early stages of labor and to call her back in two hours and we would assess the situation. At this point I was already on my hands and knees rocking back and forth through contractions. I should have known that I wouldn’t last that long!

My mom got to the house and started timing my contractions with the app on my phone. Things get a little foggy at this point but the time was around 10:45pm.

I remember having to go to the bathroom. I had two contractions while in there and my mom said she heard my voice change and knew things were progressing. When I came out of the bathroom I was shaking. I was in transition! I got back on the couch and had 2-3 contractions right on top of the other. My mom called Kathy and said this is progressing very fast. It takes us 30 minutes to get to the birthing center so Kathy said she would meet us there. We had called Bobby’s mom to come over and stay with Brecon but she hadn’t made it yet so we called my brother to come stay until she got there.

My next contraction my water broke and the next contraction after that I felt the need to push! Mom called Kathy back and told her I was pushing. She told her to get me in the car NOW!

I remember them telling me I had to move and walk to the car. I cried and said I wasn’t going! Somehow I got the strength to stand and walk to the car. I had one contraction on the way out to the car. It was around 11:25pm at this point.

We got in the car. I was in the back on my hands and knees, my mom slid in behind me, and Bobby drove. I don’t remember much else except that after his head was born, there were about three contractions where he didn’t b...

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Wednesday, 31 August

16:00

Being a Mama — With an Eating Disorder "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Photo courtesy of www.meditationsformamas.com

Photo courtesy of www.meditationsformamas.com

(Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Judy Tsuei of Meditations for Mamas.)

When I was 17, I developed an eating disorder though I didn’t quite know what was happening. What I did know was that my home life was increasingly chaotic and my sensitive nature couldn’t handle it. Somehow, my brain found a sense of control however it could and I slowly became anorexic. My school lunches during my senior year consisted of a slice of bread and an apple, while I packed my three younger siblings’ lunches with bags burgeoning to the point that you couldn’t fold over the brim.

Then on the night of prom, I realized I couldn’t starve anymore. I was terrified, because I felt like I was losing control all over again. I’d eat, since my body needed the nutrients, but then I didn’t know how to stop. Until I watched an afterschool special that was solely designed to warn girls against bulimia.

Wait, you can eat food and throw it up? I realized.

It seemed like the miracle cure I was looking for. Little did I know that it would propel me into over 15 years of bingeing, purging, compulsively overeating, and manic bouts of exercise. I was a mess. I literally fled all the way to the opposite coast in South Carolina from California to try to run away from myself and when that didn’t work, I ran to the other side of the world, arriving as an editor in Shanghai, China.

Here is where I hit the lowest point of my eating disorder. My heart began to palpitate in irregular rhythms. I stopped getting my period. I had a hard time catching my breath. I knew I had to do something, but I didn’t know if my life was worth doing something about.

Finally, I got on a plane back to Los Angeles, entered an intensive outpatient program, and began my healing journey. I spent many more years in therapy, kicked and punched my way out of anger with Krav Maga, found my faith through yoga and meditation, and discovered even more support through life coaches.

I wanted more than to simply survive; I wanted to thrive. Little by little, I made steps towards living the life of my dreams and through loads of personal development, I felt confident enough to begin taking risks towards the things I’d always wanted.

Like moving to Kauai in Hawaii.

My journey there was undeniably guided, filled with magic and serendipity that proved to me I was being watched over. It’s a long and beautiful story I’ll save for another time. But, after deciding to move to the most remote inhabited place in the world, I met my husband. To our complete surprise, we talked about having a baby. Soon. And, as we got to know...

13:23

Italian Researcher ‘Discovers’ Lost Island of Atlantis "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Reproduction of Atlantis painting (1979) by artist Vladimir Smirnov

A journalist from the Italian newspaper La Repubblica says he has solved the mystery of Atlantis, a mythical island described by ancient and Renaissance writers.

‘Migrants Who Have Nothing Help Europeans in Need’ A journalist in Italy believes he has solved the mystery of Atlantis, an island that was first mentioned by ancient Greek philosopher Plato in the fourth century BC.

Sergio Frau, author of “The Pillars of Hercules,” believes that the legend of the “lost” island has its basis in reality, and that the key to finding the real island behind the myth lies in locating the pillars described by Plato.

While the Pillars of Hercules are commonly believed to refer to what is now known as the Strait of Gibraltar, they are actually located in the Strait of Sicily. He says the island referred to by Plato is in fact Sardinia.

“Plato was talking about the island of Atlas, where the rise of Greek civilisation took place. Atlas had a brother, Prometheus, who lived (chained to a rock) in the Caucasus Mountains, so there was one brother who lived in the mountains at sunrise and one who lived at sunset in the middle of the sea,” Frau explained.

“According to Plato’s dialogues, the first thing we see at the entrance to the Strait of Sicily is Sardinia. Plato said that ‘the first thing on the other side of the Pillars of Hercules is a huge island, from which you can get to the other islands.

” Plato wrote the dialogue Timaeus around 360 BC. In it, he referred to “a mighty power… [which] came forth out of the Atlantic Ocean” from “an island situated in front of the straits which are by you called the Pillars of Heracles (or Hercules).” The island was “larger than Libya and Asia put together,” the philosopher wrote.

Frau said that he has used drones to explore Sardinia, and found evidence which corroborates Plato’s description of the island. “Confirming this theory is very important to me. According to Plato, Zeus (Greek god of the sky) wanted to punish the arrogant inhabitants of the island, and sent them a great flood.

Homer described the punishment of Phoenicians by Poseidon, who sent a tsunami and thus buried the city ‘under a huge mountain because they accompanied Odysseus to Ithaca.

“I started studying Sardinia in a different way, and I noticed that on the coast where there could have been a tsunami, there were a lot of Nuraghe (ancient monuments distinctive to Sardinia), which were buried.” “Ettore Tronci and I have been working on this (research) for three years, using drones. Tronci found hundreds of buried Nuraghe in the province of Medio Campidano, discovering this catastrophe for the first time,” Frau revealed.

A view of Sardinian nuraghe

A view of Sardinian nuraghe

The researcher said that his theory has gained the attention of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), and the Italian Academy of Sciences.  He called for more archaeological research in Sardinia, and for the authorities to better protect the island’s heritage. “We have to understand how this happened, how a once flourishing island suddenly came to be abandoned and only Nuraghe remained,”

Frau said. Frau’s theory is one of several concerning the possible location of Atlantis. According to German researcher Michael Hubner, the land described by Plato is located i...

13:19

Russian Scientists Create Cancer Treatment From Dill and Parsley "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Effective anti-cancer substances can be produced from molecules found in the ordinary parsley and dill seeds , a new study reveals. Scientists from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (PhysTech) and Russian Academy of Sciences have come up with a way to obtain glaziovianin A, a natural component known for its anti-cancerous properties, from parsley and dill.

“Nowadays it is important not only to find new mechanisms to fight cancer, but also improve existing ones,” said Alexander Kiselyov, a researcher in the field of medicinal chemistry and drug development from PhysTech. “We have developed a simple method for producing glaziovianin A and its structural analogues, which inhibit the growth of tumor cells, from a cheap raw material.

US Approves Cancer-Fighting Human DNA Experiments Chemotherapy, which destroys tumors, works in two ways: either damaging the cancer cells DNA causing them to self-destruct, or inhibiting their growth and division.

The second method is becoming more popular since it does not result in the appearance of even more aggressive forms of cancer cells. Drugs of this type called antimitotics destroy tubulin, one of the basic proteins critical for cell division. The antimitotics can be both obtained synthetically and derived from tropical plants.

The method offered by Russian scientists is cheaper existing ones because it involves cheap widespread materials and also reduces the number of steps in its synthesis and the list of catalysts involved.

Study In addition, Kiselyov and his colleagues have synthesised a number of structural analogues of glaziovianin A in order to find new antimitotics. According to the study published in the Journal of Natural Products, the anti-tumor activity of the analogues has been tested on sea urchin embryos and human cancer cells.

The use of sea urchin embryos was another innovation offered by the team of scientists. The cells of these sea creature embryos divide rapidly in the early stages of development, simulating the way a tumor grows. When the antimitotics were added to the sea urchins’ substratum, they started to rotate, making it easy for the researchers to evaluate the effect of new drugs and their side effects.

Two “clones” of glaziovianin A could be used in medicine as anti-cancer drugs in future, the scientists considered. However, the best results were demonstrated by glaziovianin A itself. Since the substances have shown efficacy, the authors of the study plan to continue their tests on human cancer cells transplanted into laboratory mice.


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Tuesday, 30 August

23:11

33 Things You ALWAYS Want to Say to (or Do for) a Pregnant Woman "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

pregnancy, pregnant, There are plenty of things you never want to say to a pregnant mama (not unless you want to risk a throat punch). However, what about things you DO want to say to a pregnant mama? Here is a list of safe comments you are allowed to make to a pregnant mama. Please read carefully.

1.) “You’re glowing!”

2.) “I’m excited to meet your baby!”

3.) “You’re doing great!” or “You’ll do great!”

4.) “You’re beautiful!”

5.) “What can I do to help you?”

6.) Do nothing.

7.) “May I touch your belly?” (as opposed to asking for a throat punch by just touching your belly without permission)

8.) “Let me make you some food.”

9.) “Congratulations!”

10.) “Can I look after your kids so you can get some rest?”

11.) “You’re going to love it!”

12.) “That’s so exciting!”

13.) “Do you need anything for the baby?”

14.) Walk on tiptoes.

15.) “Let me get that for you.”

16.) “Let’s go out for dinner so you don’t have to cook!”

17.) “You’ll be great parents!” or “You’ll be a great mom!”

pregnant, pregnancy18.) “I love you.” (This is usually reserved for the mama’s partner or close family member)

19.) “Eat whatever you want!”

20.) “How could I help after the baby is born?”

21.) Don’t make eye contact.

22.) “Let me give you a back rub.”

23.) “I’m so happy for you!”

24.) “Let me do the laundry for you.”

25.) “Let me do the dishes for you.”

26.) “Big families are great!”

27.) “How are you feeling?”

28.) “Trust your body.”

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Friday, 26 August

20:04

Arizona Kidnaps Shoars Children from Nevada, Children Scream in Terror As They are Dragged Away (audio) "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Shoars kids happy after being reunited

The Shoars children were so happy to be together again. Source: Shoars family

by Health Impact News/MedicalKidnap.com Staff

When Arizona Judge Bruce Cohen dismissed the case against Tabitha and Jeff Shoars on April 6, 2016, the family thought that their nightmare with Arizona DCS (Department of Child Safety) was over. They moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, to try to rebuild their lives and heal from the trauma of being separated for 600 days. They were happy. Laughter once again filled their home.

The children welcomed home their new baby sister this week, on Tuesday, August 23, 2016.

Just 2 days later, on Thursday, August 25, 2016, their lives were abruptly shattered. Out of nowhere, Arizona DCS swept in and once again seized the children from their family.

At about 2 pm local time, Tabitha sent this message to one of our Health Impact News writers:

My kids are gone !!

Two Arizona Child Protective Services social workers, DCS Representative Victoria Jones and DCS Supervisor Amy Fox showed up in Nevada Thursday and announced that they had an emergency pick-up order. They seized the Shoars children and headed back to Maricopa County, Arizona. The family was devastated and blindsided.

It was 2 years before, on August 14, 2014, that the Shoars were first separated. While Tabitha and Jeff were out on a date, the children were home with a babysitter. Four year old Khloe fell and hit her head while playing, and collapsed later that evening. When her parents got home, they found emergency vehicles at their home. Tabitha was directed to go to the Children’s Hospital. Investigators told the couple that, while they were investigating, the children were to be taken into state custody for 72 hours. Khloe was taken off of life support the next day, and her siblings never came home. Instead, they were placed into various foster and group homes.

See original story: 

Arizona CPS Takes 7 Children Away from Parents after Accident

No criminal charges were ever filed against anyone, and the autopsy was inconclusive about the cause of death. She had been born very prematurely, at only 27 1/2 weeks, and had a brain hemorrhage at birth. Numerous professionals have stated that they believe she suffered a brain aneurysm.

Tabitha and Jeff fought for 20 months to get their children back from state custody, and on April 6, the case against them was finally dismissed.

Children Kidnapped by State of Arizona Finally Returned to Parents After 600 Days

Arizona CPS Required Parents to “Ransom” One of Their Children to get the Others Back

A fact that was not released at that time was that not all of the children were returned. Their oldest son Ian, who is autistic, remained in state custody and has since been forcefully adopted out. At the time, Tabitha reported that they were told that the state would allow the rest of the children to come home if they could keep Ian in custody. There was not a reason given, but the Shoars did not feel as if they had a cho...

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Thursday, 25 August

16:00

Breastfed Babies are Better, Nursing a 3 Year Old is Gross, And Other Bullshit "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

When my oldest was a year old, a friend told me that my baby and I couldn’t be as bonded as her and her baby because we bottlefed and she breastfed. I wasn’t necessarily offended, as I was confused. I had a very deep bond with my baby and was madly in love her, so how could she claim that? To this day my daughter and I have a special connection.

What pretentious, judgmental bullshit that was. It is absolutely ridiculous when mothers judge each other over breastfeeding and bottlefeeding (it goes both ways). I am not talking about educating or sharing information, but flat out arguing, being snobby, gossiping, and being hateful. If a baby is fed and everyone is happy, keep your mouth shut and fingers off the keyboard.

My goodness ladies, there are bigger problems! Like hungry babies fucking dying. If you are so upset that you need to tear another mother down, get on a damn plane and fly somewhere and nurse those babies. Or feed people in your community because there are starving children right in your neighborhood!

You don’t think women who feed their babies formula know breast is best? No shit. But you know what? You aren’t living their life. You aren’t dealing with their past abuse issues, or postpartum depression and anxiety, or cracked bleeding nipples, or whatever else led to their choice.

A woman wants to cover or not when she nurses, that’s her choice. She wants to nurse her two or three year old, not your problem.

NEWS FLASH: You don’t have to always share your opinions. <— Read it again. Wish I realized that in my 20’s.

So, let me tell you about these two pictures.

january harshe fed is best

Both are same mom, same baby, same day. Both are of a mom who loves her baby with every fiber of her being. Both are of a baby who is loved, fed, sheltered, and adored. Both are of a mom and baby bonding. Both have a baby’s tummy getting full. Both are of a mom doing what she feels best at the given time. There are more similarities than differences.

Mamas, you do you and let others be them without your opinions. Breastfeed without fear, bottle-feed without fear, pump without fear, just feed those babies! We are all in the trenches of motherhood together and we are all going through our own struggles and journeys. Remember when we take a stand to take back postpartum, we also embrace variations of normal. So be a nice fucking human and raise kind people, because that’s what our babies need.

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Wednesday, 24 August

19:40

Pennsylvania Children with Genetic Disorder Medically Kidnapped, Mother Falsely Accused of Abuse "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

Battiato brothers

Cesar Battiato with his new baby brother Julius. Source: Battiato family

By Health Impact News/MedicalKidnap.com Staff

Pennsylvania mother Jessica Battiato has been diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome – a rare inherited connective tissue disorder which can cause brittle bones which may be easily broken. When she took her first-born son to the doctor more than a year ago for a swollen leg, she was shocked to learn that he had 18 to 20 fractures in his body. Cesar was seized by child protective services.

Since that time, experts have diagnosed him with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, low vitamin D, and infantile rickets. However, after more than a year, the state has still not released Cesar back to his parents.

In April, Jessica gave birth to another baby. That baby, too, was taken by Berks County Children and Family Services, and the parents Jessica Battiato and Cosme Aviles are once again being accused of child abuse.

See original story:

Medical Kidnapping in Pennsylvania: Parents of Baby with Rickets Accused of Abuse

Doctors have confirmed Jessica Battiato’s medical condition, with its myriad of symptoms including hypermobility, joint pain, TMJ instability, reflux, and easy bruising. She has several family members with similar symptoms. Experts in Ehlers-Danlos syndrome report that the condition often runs in families. However, ever since Child Abuse Specialist Dr. Kathryn Crowell made the accusation that Cesar’s fractures were caused by abuse, Jessica believes that doctors and the court are ignoring her sons’ conditions.

Mother Fearful Social Workers Would Take New Baby

As ABC 6 News reports, Jessica hid her pregnancy from Berks County social workers out of fear that they would take her baby from her as soon as he was born. This fear appears justified, as social workers around the country often seize babies, even breastfeeding babies, right from the hospital, especially if another child in the family is already in the system.

Jessica was afraid, so she sought prenatal care and gave birth on April 27 in another county. She and her new baby were able to bond and spend those very important early weeks bonding together. Then, when baby Julius was 7 weeks old, Jessica says that she applied for Medicaid for him. That was when their family time ended.

Baby Seized by Child Protective Services

Social workers moved swiftly to file for an emergency hearing and remove Julius from his home.

They also ordered a full body scan on the baby, which was performed on June 9, the same day he was taken, by CHOP – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Blood work revealed that Julius had low vitamin D levels and a high platelet count. After the examination, he was sent to the same foster home as his brother Cesar.

Battiato Julius

Newborn Julius. Source: Battiato family

The scan report...

16:00

Ordinary is Amazing, Even in Motherhood "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

january harshe peaceMotherhood is beautiful, worth it, amazing, the most joy you’ll ever know, and the most important work you’ll ever do. Isn’t that cliche? Yet it’s 100% true.

It’s also hard. Really fucking hard.

Some days you nail it. Meet all your expectations. Even the hardest ones. Perfect non-GMO all organic meals served in BPA-free bento boxes, activities with enough outside time and everything child led learning. No media because you care about your kids brains, everyone naps at the same time, and you get your house cleaned like rainbows blessed your tile with sparkly rainbow glitter. Dinner is served while you wear AND breastfeed the baby, and you all eat as a family laughing and bonding over the days adventures. No hard liquor needed to survive the witching hours and bedtime goes without a hitch. Gosh you’re doing everything right and have perfect children. Angels, really.

You spend time with your partner and have amazing intimate time. You now have amazing post orgasmic energy, so you make sure the sink is empty, emails answered, and a list ready for tomorrow. Nailed. It.

Can this happen? Yes. Everyday? No. There are too many variables… the first being that you are HUMAN. Team no sleep is a real thing, not just a fun hashtag, and toddlers can be assholes. Not to mention life is unpredictable.

Do your best, but know this: If today your children are loved, fed, and have a home, they have MORE than they need. If you sit on the couch and nurse your baby while the toddler watches every episode of Daniel the Damn Tiger while eating Frosted Flakes, then your kids are safe, loved, they aren’t hungry, your toddler or preschooler is learning something from that adorable pant-less tiger, and they’re eating vitamin fortified food.

My point is stop beating yourself up for not living up to unrealistic expectations. Stop the mom guilt. You’re already doing more than enough! Let go and enjoy all the little blessings you take for granted and savor each moment you can. They may seem ordinary but they make up what happens to be your life and that is miraculous. The ordinary moments end up being some of the most amazing memories. ❤️ -J

gentle adulting, january harshe

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Tuesday, 23 August

21:30

Overcoming Triploidy, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, & Chemo for a Natural Childbirth "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

My second pregnancy was anything but ‘normal.’ Unlike my first pregnancy, conceiving our second baby took several months – eight to be exact. But much like my first, I had planned on delivering via natural birth at a birthing center. My husband and I had a wonderful experience with our first daughter delivering naturally, and I knew that’s exactly what we wanted with our second. What was unplanned was discovering at 10 weeks gestation that a routine blood test showed that our baby had tested positive for Triploidy, a condition that is nearly always fatal.

It’s important to mention that during the eight or so months of trying to conceive, I had developed a pretty strong itching sensation on my legs. Each passing day, the itching became more intense and eventually spread to my other extremities, and finally, my entire body. According to my doctors, the itching was essentially a medical mystery – possibly food related, possibly a newly developed allergy. But nothing definitive. Nonetheless, we conceived, and I continued to itch.

As we tried to stay calm with the possibility of our second child having Triploidy, my midwife transferred my care to the University of Washington. The goal was to nail down whether or not the Triploidy test was a false positive, and what we should do as we moved forward with the pregnancy. Several ultrasounds and another blood test later, we were relieved to be told that our baby was healthy. My husband and I were so happy knowing that we would be transferred back to the care of my midwife and spend the next few months knowing that we were back on the road to a ‘normal’ pregnancy.

The night after the U of W released me back to my midwife, everything changed. I woke up around 11:00pm, having problems breathing. My chest was extremely tight and severely achy. Thinking that it wasn’t anything too severe, I took a few Tylenol and was able to sleep the rest of the night. When I woke up the next day, my chest pain lingered, but I had decided to head to work while my husband made a call to our naturopathic doctor. While at work, the naturopath called me and told me to immediately head to the ER. I left work reluctantly, but the ER visit ended up saving my life.

The ER doctor ordered a chest x-ray, which led to a CT scan. Hours later, the attending doctor returned to my room to explain that there was a grapefruit-sized mass inside my chest cavity. After came a surgery to perform a biopsy, I was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. This diagnoses explained all the crazy itching – something extremely hard to catch as related to cancer. A few short days after my diagnoses, I was referred to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance to discuss our treatment plan. The doctors implanted a porta-cath to administer my chemotherapy. At the end of these scary few weeks, I was just 28 weeks pregnant.

As you can imagine, I was terrified. Undergoing chemotherapy while pregnant seemed insurmountable. Many tears fell, not only due to fear, but out of frustration in knowing that my birthing plan was slipping farther and farther away. The probability of me being far too weak and sick for a natural birth was extremely high. I had to adjust my plan, so we scheduled my birth for July 19th, 2016.

Chemotherapy was a case of trial and error. We had to be extremely...

19:45

Positive Support for Pregnant Mamas with Breech Babies "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

birth without fear, breech birth, breech, frank breech, footling breech, pregnant, birth, childbirthI have written before how a breech baby is another variation of normal. Having a breech presentation does not mean you automatically need to schedule a c-section. Remember, our babies are wise and know just how they need to be for birth. Most of the time, babies will turn, even late in pregnancy and labor!!!  You can read my other post for more thoughts, support and ideas here.

I want to share a few breech birth videos for inspiration. My first baby was breech and everyone I talked to said, “Sure, you can have a vaginal breech birth, but if it goes bad, it will do so fast.” Not very encouraging. I had no where to turn to for POSITIVE support. I did have a c-section after doing everything I could to help baby turn. I had to fight for that opportunity.

So, if you are finding yourself pregnant with a breech baby that is not turning, you have our support and you do have options, one of them being cesarean birth.

As always, consult with your midwife or doctor and remember you can change providers. Assisting in breech deliveries has become a lost art, but there are those who are skilled and experienced in doing so.

Monday, 22 August

17:00

The Tree of Life aka the Naked Placenta "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

I was once banned from posting on the Birth Without Fear Facebook page and personally on Facebook for the placenta picture below. I was also warned that next time, pages and profiles might be deleted. There is nothing stating in any Facebook policies that organs are violating any rules. We all know there are many obscene pictures that do violate policies and are never removed.

A placenta though? And a rad one like this one? Come on! That is the Tree of Life. Photography. Art!

Photograph by Seana Berglund

Is that a “naked” placenta? Is it showing nipple? Oh no, a “graphic” organ picture! I think this might traumatize or offend someone who never got to see their placenta! (Note: sarcasm)

Okay, really though, what IS this placenta? What exactly does it do?

“The placenta has been described as a pancake-shaped organ that attaches to the inside of the uterus and is connected to the fetus by the umbilical cord. The placenta produces pregnancy-related hormones, including chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), estrogen, and progesterone.

The placenta is responsible for working as a trading post between the mother’s and the baby’s blood supply. Small blood vessels carrying the fetal blood run through the placenta, which is full of maternal blood. Nutrients and oxygen from the mother’s blood are transferred to the fetal blood, while waste products are transferred from the fetal blood to the maternal blood, without the two blood supplies mixing.

The placenta is expelled from the uterus in a process called the after-birth.”

Let’s take a look at some more pictures of this amazing organ. One that gave every single person reading this LIFE!

Here is Hillary with her son (and his little feet) still attached to the placenta (seen above) and his cord.

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