The Importance of Spirituality and Spiritual Care in Childbirth

Author: Lauren Frick Susan Crowther and Jennifer Hall of AUT University and Bournemouth University respectively feel that “spirituality is quintessential to childbirth” (Susan Crowther, 2015). Spirituality is an inherent trait to childbirth, but with the increase in technology in healthcare there has been a decrease in spiritual integration. In fact, the authors express concern that spirituality […]

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Reducing the Risk of Small Gestational Age with Fruits and Selenium

Author: Lauren Frick A group of researchers in Spain conducted a study to determine if there is a relationship between SGA (small for gestational age newborns) and Maternal consumption of legumes, fruits, and vegetables. SGA is defined as when an infant is born with a birthweight below the 10th percentile according to a customized growth

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Reiki Therapy Yields Pain and Anxiety Reduction Post- Cesarean Section

Author: Lauren Frick Tulay Sagkal Midilli, RN, PhD and Ismet Eser, RN, PhD conducted a study in which they examined the effects of Reiki therapy on patient’s pain and anxiety after a cesarean section. The study consisted of an experimental group of women post-cesarean section who received Reiki therapy and a control group of women

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Using Acupuncture to Treat Premature Ovarian Failure

Author: Lauren Frick Scientists in China performed a study on a 27-year-old woman in 2013 who was suffering from premature ovarian failure (POF) to see if acupuncture would alter her diagnosis. With the use of acupuncture, they were able to restore her menstrual cycles and she even had a successful spontaneous pregnancy. POF, being menopausal

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Addressing Spiritual Needs of Families with Infants in the NICU

Author: Lauren Frick When a family undergoes the loss of their newborn, there are certain needs that should be met in order for them to grieve properly. A study was conducted in Isfahan, Iran that evaluated the psychological and spiritual needs of the families of infants in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). Spirituality is

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