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Date: November 16, 2017 – Source: University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Summary: Women who gave birth at hospitals with a larger percentage of midwife-attended births were less likely to have two specific medical interventions, cesarean delivery and episiotomy, a new, hospital-level analysis. These findings raise the possibility that greater access to midwifery care, which is low in the United States, might enhance perinatal care and lower costs for low-risk women.

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Each month I will cover an aspect of healing that may be considered more natural or alternative. These practices are meant to be complementary to typical western medicine. I will cover the basics on each and review the information on safety data. This information is meant to enlighten, empower, and aid in your path to wellness. It is not meant to replace consulting your medical provider. Always share whatever practices you are using with your health care provider. Here’s to your health! Melanie.

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Reiki is an ancient Japanese healing technique. It is a method of hands-on healing which focuses universal energy, transferring it through the hands of the practitioner to the recipient to encourage emotional or physical healing. It is a form of energy healing. There are many names for energy healing, Reiki, Therapeutic Touch and Qigong, are just a few. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), has certified Therapeutic Touch, a form of energy healing, as a viable method for promoting healing.

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Most of us are familiar with Western Medicine. It is the most common type of heath care in the United States, where medical doctors and other healthcare professionals (such as nurses, pharmacists, and therapists) treat symptoms and diseases using drugs, radiation, or surgery. It is also called allopathic medicine, biomedicine, conventional medicine, mainstream medicine, and orthodox medicine.  Any non-mainstream practice is used in place of conventional medicine is considered “alternative”.

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I was nervous. Wringing my hands in the car, I was trying to convince myself it was a good idea to come here. I’ve signed up online and flaked on more events than I want to admit.

I grabbed the green yoga mat with tiny raised marks from where my cats used it as a scratching post before I got married two years ago. I didn’t need directions – I knew exactly where I was going. The big sign for “Cancer Center” illuminated the sign for the hospital as I went into the same building where my hematologist is housed and their infusion center. Finally, I arrived to the Life with Cancer suite with another first timer who looked as confused and apprehensive as I did.

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