Why Finland’s Newborns Sleep in Cardboard Cribs

From the NEW YORK TIMES At a glance, it seems a strange place to put a newborn: a bit of bedding and a miniature sleeping bag arranged in a cardboard box. Even so, that’s the first place that many Finnish infants lay their little heads. And the simple setup is believed to be one reason that Finland now has one … Read More

Should More Women Give Birth Outside The Hospital?

From NPR, “A recent recommendation from doctors in the United Kingdom raised eyebrows in the United States: The British National Health Service says healthy women with straightforward pregnancies are better off staying out of the hospital to deliver their babies. …Shah was asked by the New England Journal of Medicine to respond to the British recommendation. He compared birth outcomes … Read More

Limited Access To Obstetrics Care, Alabama as Unfortunate Case Study

From NPR, “Only 17 of 54 of Alabama’s rural counties have hospitals that offer obstetrics services. It’s one of the state’s greatest healthcare challenges. …Imagine you’re about nine months pregnant, and you start to fill those twinges – contractions – that indicate your baby’s on the way. As the contractions get stronger, you have to consider what to do. If … Read More