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Diving Into My Email Archives

Eighteen years ago, I set up a cloud-based email account.  My boyfriend at the time talked me into it, saying we could use these cloud-based accounts to keep in touch while I was on a research trip.  Up until that point, all of my email was downloaded to an email client on my computer. I […]

#Microblog Mondays 113: Reading Aloud

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. The twins and I still read aloud every night.  Once upon a time, I worried that they would outgrow it, but we still like to sit down together at 8:30 pm.  I read aloud a […]

Radio Radio

I have a deep, abiding love for BBC programming, so when an email arrived from a producer with the subject line “BBC request,” my first thought was, “Oh my G-d, they totally know how I feel about them and it’s muuuuuutuuuuuual.”  Like we were middle schoolers and the BBC had asked me out and I […]

Trump is Like Salmonella Ice Cream

I am pro-third party candidates.  More choices mean more viewpoints, and frankly, there are a lot of ways we could positively run this country.  Democrats and Republicans don’t have a monopoly on good ideas. But this election is different, and I’m going to ask you not to vote for a third party candidate when it […]

617th Friday Blog Roundup

We love watching @Midnight, but we tape it, so the news is often old by the time we get around to watching the episode.  A case in point: on Tuesday night, we watched an episode from October 3rd.  The first segment was called “Donald Trump’s Worst Week Ever.” The irony, of course, is that this […]

SuperBetter: SuperDrink

One of my SuperBetter tasks told me to toast myself.  Not to wait until I had done something fantastic, but to toast myself… just for being me. Mind blown. You see, every week or so, I walk by this fancy bottle of lemonade at the food store.  I’ve always wanted to try it, but I […]

Born in Brazil: shining a light for change

The Birth in Brazil study is the largest national hospital-based survey in Brazil regarding birth practices. Conducted in 2011–2012, it collected information from 266 public and private healthcare facilities and...

Bot Immortality

The most interesting things I’ve read in a long time is an article in the Verge about a woman who built a bot out of her friend’s old text messages.  It is subtitled: “When her best friend died, she rebuilt him using artificial intelligence.” So begin there. Photographers may try to remember people with images, […]

Good practices according to WHO’s recommendation for normal labor and birth and women’s assessment of the care received: the “birth in Brazil” national research study, 2011/2012

The World Health Organization recommends good practices for the conduct of uncomplicated labor and birth, with the aim of improving the quality of and assessment by women of childbirth care. The aim of this st...

Factors associated with the use of supplemental oxygen or positive pressure ventilation in the delivery room, in infants born with a gestational age???34 weeks

Approximately 5–10 % of newborns require some form of resuscitationupon delivery; several factors, such as maternal abnormal conditions, gestational age and type of delivery could be responsible for this trend...

The baby-friendly hospital initiative and breastfeeding at birth in Brazil: a cross sectional study

Breastfeeding in the first hour after birth is important for the success of breastfeeding and in reducing neonatal mortality. Government policies are being developed in this direction, highlighting the accredi...

Factors associated with cesarean delivery during labor in primiparous women assisted in the Brazilian Public Health System: data from a National Survey

The rate of cesarean delivery (CD) in Brazil has increased over the past 40 years. The CD rate in public services is three times above the World Health Organization recommended values. Among strategies to redu...

Use of Robson classification to assess cesarean section rate in Brazil: the role of source of payment for childbirth

Cesarean section (CS) rates are increasing worldwide but there is some concern with this trend because of potential maternal and perinatal risks. The Robson classification is the standard method to monitor and...

#Microblog Mondays 112: Frideswide Day

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. This Wednesday is St. Frideswide’s feast day.  We celebrate it as a family every year, usually doing something Alice-related or having a special meal or cake. But this year, celebrating St. Frideswide Day on St. […]

616th Friday Blog Roundup

Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature.  When I saw the news, I said, “Oh, look, Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature.  I didn’t know they gave it to musicians, but… okay.  That’s cool.  He’s a great writer.”  Then I went on the Internet. Instantly I was swept up in a river […]

The Scapegoat

Leviticus 16 is the section of the Torah read every Yom Kippur.  It’s not the most exciting portion, and it’s not one that gets under my skin like all the infertility talk on Rosh HaShanah.  (That service is like navigating a land mine.  I don’t think I’ve ever gotten through it without crying at some […]

Two prophylactic medication approaches in addition to a pain control regimen for early medical abortion?

Pain is often cited as one of the worst features of medical abortion. Further, inadequate pain management may motivate some women to seek unnecessary clinical care. There is a need to identify effective method...

SuperBetter: Setting My 3:1

I really wish I had paid better attention when this thought was introduced at the beginning of SuperBetter, but the general idea is that you think up three things that you really love; things that can be experienced in quick succession.  And then whenever you encounter your “bad guy” (oh… you have a goal when […]

I Am Getting SuperBetter

I was listening to my best friend Manoush Zomorodi’s podcast (by the way — she doesn’t know she’s my best friend and that I talk to her while the podcast is running, so please don’t tell her), and she had on Jane McGonigal, a game designer and the author of SuperBetter. I decided to download […]

Episiotomy and obstetric outcomes among women living with type 3 female genital mutilation: a secondary analysis

To investigate the association between type of episiotomy and obstetric outcomes among 6,187 women with type 3 Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

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