Writing for BabyGooroo.com

October 5, 2009

After meeting Amy Spangler at a recent WIC in-service, I spoke with her about potentially contributing to her website.  She read over some of my stuff at Suite101.com on breastfeeding and nutrition during pregnancy, and decided to bring me onto the team.

The first article I wrote for the site is “Breastfed babies less likely to suffer abuse or neglect.”  The other so far is “The magic of mother’s milk.”  Both are based on scientific papers about breastfeeding studies, and I hope they are the first of many!


One thing I found very interesting to learn in my studies at ASU and in individual research and reading is the interconnectedness of human health and the system or environment in which they live.  I was sad to learn that not everything about an individual’s health outlook was determined by personal choices and genetic histories.  Instead, being born into a very poor neighborhood and dealing with everything that comes with it can have serious long-term, even multi-generational health impacts.

I was most recently reminded by this when a study in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth confirmed that, just like non-pregnant members of the population, obesity is higher among pregnant women from poor neighborhoods than among women from middle class neighborhoods.  The study was actually a decade-long initiative in Sweden, which found that obese pregnant women were much more likely to be from neighborhoods of lower economic status.  Because obesity during pregnancy can carry significant health risks for both mother and child, efforts to reduce its prevalence among women of childbearing age can have an important impact on the lives of thousands upon thousands of individuals.  Just like many other health initiatives, perhaps it is a good idea to concentrate obesity prevention or reduction efforts toward women of childbearing ages in neighborhoods of lower economic status.

A new article published in the BMC’s Pregnancy and Childbirth journal indicates that teaching women how to monitor fetal movements may reduce the likelihood of late-term stillbirths without medical interventions. The study was performed in Norway and shows some promise of reducing the frequency of unnecessary trips to the hospital, etc, when women are taught how to determine whether their baby is moving less than normal (which can indicate a complication). When babies stop moving in the womb altogether, it may even indicate fetal death. Check out the article here: “Reduction of late stillbirth with the introduction of fetal movement information and guidelines – a clinical quality improvement.” This will take you to the abstract – the link to the full-length article is in a pdf on the right side of the page.

Promising research!

The Best Resource Ever

August 14, 2009

Whether you’re writing papers for school or articles for money, the most reliable sources are typically peer-reviewed scientific or academic journals. Because many such journals charge access or subscription fees, it’s useful to know where you can get top-quality sources to cite and read for free. Many of my own posts and links may be based around stuff I’ve found through the Directory of Open Access Journals. Check it out for the whole list and links to tons of great journals!