The Mama Glow Salon Series is a platform for birthing conversations around
film, books, panel discussion, and cocktail hour.
This special Mama Glow Salon Series, sponsored by Morgan Stanley, is hosted along with fashion maven Rebecca Minkoff and Fit Pregnancy Magazine in celebration of the launch of Latham Thomas’s new book,
Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to Your Fabulous Abundant Pregnancy,
foreword by Dr.Christiane Northrup
Brief program & panel led by Deputy Editor of Fit Pregnancy, Jennifer Carofano
Raffles & Deluxe VIP gift bags from our Generous Sponsors!
Thursday, November 8th 2012
REBECCAMINKOFF | BENMINKOFF
33 west 17th street, 6th fl bet. 5-6th aves
Rebecca Minkoff, FIT Pregnancy, & Mama Glow Salon Series.
Music by 9 year old DJ Fulano
***All Glow Ticket holders will receive a signed copy of Mama Glow book + advanced copy of Fit Pregnancy Magazine with 8 page feature on Latham Thomas and a tote.***
***All VIP Glow Ticket holders have access to VIP/press reception, will receive a signed copy of the Mama Glow book + advanced copy of Fit Pregnancy Magazine + a tote loaded with full sized products & service certificates from Mama Glow partner brands***
VIP Ticket sales will benefit our charity partner Every Mother Counts
The New York Times published an article about midwives being a new trend amongst celebrity moms and models. The article suggested that the rich have taken the more natural route to deliver their babies, but it didn’t really get into what a midwife does, and the benefits to having one for those who don’t know. It’s great that we are getting a lot of love in the maternity movement right now, but let’s help folks understand why a midwife might be a good choice for their birth.
More than 98 percent of births in the United Sates take place in hospitals. Pregnancy, delivery, and newborn care were the second and third most expensive “conditions” treated in U.S. hospitals in 2005. Hospital charges for pregnancy/delivery increased 75 percent between 1997 and 2005. It cost an average of $7,000 for an uncomplicated hospital birth in 2005. The cost of giving birth in a free standing birth center was about 75% less. Hello, do the math, why would you spend more?
When I delivered my son we chose a birth center and midwives and not only did our insurance cover it without question, it was really cheap since I was 23 and in robust health. My midwife Stacy Rees was at Elizabeth Seton Childbearing center- which was the only freestanding birth center in NYC. She now operates Clementine Midwifery.
So, what exactly does a midwife do anyway?
A professional midwife is a licensed, formally trained maternity care provider who works collaboratively with physicians and other maternity care professionals. Midwives can care for women in or outside of the hospital. In all industrialized countries in the world except the United States professional midwives attend the majority of births. In those countries maternal and infant health outcomes are much better. The national health service of countries like Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, and the Netherlands support home birth.
Midwifery care is the best model of care for the majority of healthy pregnant women. The model of care provided by midwives is based on the concept that pregnancy and childbirth are normal life events that should be carefully monitored but not interfered with unless necessary. Midwifery care has been proven to reduce the rate of medical interventions in labor and birth, such as inductions of labor, electronic fetal monitoring, and episiotomy that may cause harm when used routinely. Midwifery care also reduces the need for a cesarean section. Midwives look to maximize health outcomes using a minimum number of medical interventions. They also address the emotional, psychological, and cultural concerns of women in their childbearing year.
Midwives support the process of healthy birth
The philosophical foundation of midwifery care is based on protecting, supporting, and enhancing the normal process of birth. In contrast, the foundation of the technocratic birth model of care is that birth is inherently dangerous and the female body can not complete the birthing process unassisted by drugs and instruments. The focus is on the “abnormal” or pathological aspects of childbearing and birth. The technocratic and biomedical model of care, obstetrics being one specialty, is risk-focused and tends to view all normal pregnancies and births as potentially becoming “abnormal” and “risky” and all women needing medical interventions.
Current evidence shows that the woman-centered, hands-on, low-tech midwifery model of care for low-risk women has produced excellent health outcomes.
What the research shows
Research published by The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) in the Journal of Perinatal Education (Winter 2007) shows that compared to a similar group of low-risk births in hospitals, planned homebirths with a qualified provider, and births in freestanding birth centers have equally good or better outcomes and lower rates of interventions. Based on a review of 28 high-quality studies, the CIMS Expert Work Group found in comparison to care provided by physicians for similar populations, care provided by professional midwives resulted in the same or better maternal and perinatal health benefits and no worse outcomes. These are a few of their findings.
Women cared for by professional midwives have:
• Fewer hospital admissions during the antepartum period.
• A lower incidence of hypertension during pregnancy and labor.
• Fewer episodes of abnormal heart rate in labor.
• Less need for pain medication in labor, including epidural analgesia.
• A lower incidence of shoulder dystocia, in comparison to similar women cared for by physicians.
• A lower rate of instrumental deliveries (use of forceps or vacuum extractors).
• A lower incidence of retained placenta, and fewer or equivalent postpartum hemorrhages.
• Fewer perineal injuries and fewer 3rd and 4th degree lacerations.
• Fewer cesareans and more vaginal births after cesarean section (VBACs).
So what does this all mean? Well we should examine the way we view birth. How you are born is so important and normalizing the birth process means empowering women and I am all for that. For help navigating your options visit- www.ChoicesinChildbirth.org
This week’s Mama Glow Icon is none other than Christy Turlington-Burns, mother, supermodel, maternal advocate, filmmaker, and founder of Every Mother Counts. I admire her work and commitment to global change in maternal care. Christy was a part of our very first Mama Glow Film Festival in the Hamptons last August and we look forward to more work together supporting her mission and making the world a better place for mothers, for us all.
Recently I was invited to attend a luncheon with Christy in support of Every Mother Counts and at the event her album was released and she has been generous to give one lucky winner a copy of the new ‘Every Mother Counts’ album. With an astonishing cast of superstars from Eddie Vedder, Lauryn Hill to Coldplay, these heartfelt recordings make up an amazing compilation that supports maternal health care worldwide. Listen to one of the songs entitled , ‘Mother’ by Edward Sharp. Enter the Gift of Glow drawing and you could be playing these tunes too!
In support of our friend and Mama Glow Icon Christy Turlington-Burns we are shutting down on Mother’s Day- being silent in solidarity. Find out why.
Learn more at http://www.everymothercounts.org/NoMothersDayFacebook
Every Mother Counts invites mothers to disappear on Mother’s Day to help raise awareness about the hundreds of thousands of women who die each year from complications during pregnancy or childbirth. Share this video to be part of the solution.