22 September 2015

Essure device under scrutiny from thousands of women

From NPR.org,

Essure is a device comprising two tiny coils made of nickel-titanium alloy. Scott's doctor inserted one into each of her fallopian tubes to permanently block them. Since Essure doesn't require surgery, he said it would be a lot easier, quicker and safer.
"He felt if there was no reason to do surgery then we shouldn't," Scott says.
But almost immediately after the procedure Scott started getting an excruciating burning pain in her back and pelvis. "All of a sudden it hurt to have to move my body to get out of bed, to do anything," she says.
The pain got worse and spread all over her body. Despite two operations and many tests and exams, Scott says she still lives in constant pain.
"It feels like you've been hit by a truck every day of your life," she says. "For me, it's been a nightmare. I mean, this device literally ruined my life."
Scott is among thousands of women who blame Essure for a variety of complications, including pain, heavy bleeding, fatigue, hair loss and depression.
Because of complaints, the FDA has asked a panel of outside experts to take another look at Essure during a public hearing on Thursday.
(source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/09/21/438651575)

14 September 2015

MaterCare call for speakers: Can you donate an hour of your time?

We are looking for medical professionals to give online presentations. All you need is an internet connection and a working web-cam.

The topics women and families requested, range from specifics on Natural family Planning, Billings Method, information on labor, birth, and early postpartum period positioning for labor and birth, relaxation and massage techniques to alleviate pain, labor support, communication skills, information about medical procedures, breastfeeding and healthy lifestyle.

If you think about how many university classes are taught online, and how many people turn to the internet with questions about parenting and pregnancy, it is not a leap to imagine women and families taking pregnancy and parenting classes online as well. For women who cannot access this information locally, an online option, such as attending or viewing a webinar, is the ideal solution to a geographical distance between them and the appropriate service provider.

The more information women and their partners have, the more empowering and positive the childbirth experience will be.

Contact us at info@matercare.org if you would like to present!

Find out more about our past webinars here on our website. 

4 September 2015

"Any objections? Doctors still pressured against following conscience"

From the Catholic News Service,

Catholic doctors need encouragement, he told Catholic News Service Sept. 1, because there is “an enormous amount of apathy and fear” about jeopardizing their job, career, reputation or even face jail time or fines if they follow their conscience or take a public stand. 
Once upon a time, doctors and health care providers “had a covenant relationship with our patients” to respect and protect their health and life, he said. 
“Now it is purely contractual, you must provide a service” based on an individual’s or institution’s demands, and if doctors don’t do it, they can be sued. If they do comply, he said, “nobody cares. But you just kill a person whether it be an unborn child or someone who is terminally ill.”
“The whole of medicine is being turned upside down. ‘Do no harm’ is being thrown out the door for expediency,” he said.
Msgr. Jacques Suaudeau, a moral theologian who first trained as a medical doctor and surgeon, said in his presentation that many countries’ constitutions and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights uphold the freedom of conscience, but say nothing about protecting conscientious objection.
“Conscientious objection tends, in fact, to be considered an act of individual rebellion, a break of what makes the solidarity in the country, a negation of the consensus,” he said. As a result, authorities often view the recognition of conscientious objection as “a concession, not an obligation.”