Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Risk of Cesarean Section:Fact sheet from CIMS

A cesarean can be a life-saving operation, and some babies would not be born vaginally under any circumstances; however, it is still major surgery. Women have a legal right to know the risks associated with their treatment and the right to accept or refuse it.14 CIMS encourages childbearing women to take advantage of their rights and to find out more about the risks of cesarean section so they can make informed decisions about how they want to give birth.Read more at

Breast is Best for new milk bank from Harold Sun

VICTORIA'S first breast milk bank is to open its doors in the new year for the state's most vulnerable babies.
The Mercy Hospital for Women's human milk bank will collect, test, pasteurise and freeze milk for sick and premature babies when it opens in early 2011.

The move has been welcomed by the Australian Breastfeeding Association, which is pushing for a network of breast milk banks for general use across rural and metropolitan Australia.

Growing numbers of mothers are sourcing unscreened human milk from online donors, which has prompted health authorities to warn of the risk of transmitting disease and infection.

Mercy's breast milk bank will be just the third in Australia, after scores were closed in the late 1980s because of the AIDS epidemic.

The site was due to open late last year but had been delayed because of government red tape.

Dr Gillian Opie, who will head up the bank, said the milk would initially be used for babies less than 1500g or 34 weeks' gestation in the intensive care unit or special care nursery.

"A number of our mums in the nursery have already said, 'Can we donate?'," she said.

"We have had a lot of interest.

"The community has got the message that we are not quite ready to open, but the floodgates will open when we do."

She said mothers would be subject to a blood test to screen for viruses such as HIV and hepatitis before they could donate. The milk would be tested for bacteria and must be donated from women with babies aged less than six months.

Such is the demand for human breast milk, a black market has sprung up online.

A Health Department spokesman said women who used private arrangements needed to be aware of risks.

"They need to satisfy themselves that there aren't any underlying blood-borne diseases or other issues, such as illicit substances, which could be passed on," he said.

The department said advertising for breast milk was also a legal grey area that could have implications under the Human Tissue Act.

ABA spokeswoman Karen Ingram said that while the group was not involved in informal donations, the benefits of breast milk outweighed the potential risks.

Mother Leah Timms, 28, of Berwick, had donated breast milk to others in the past, and would be happy to provide it to a bank.

"I would do anything to ensure my baby and others receive the benefits of human milk," she said.

The Mercy hospital is not yet accepting details from potential donors.

From Harold Sun @

Monday, December 20, 2010

Thailand's reform plan will focus on resolving problems with the public welfare system

BANGKOK, Dec 19 - Thailand's reform plan will focus on resolving problems with the public welfare system, education and justice as a New Year's gift to the Thai public, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Sunday.

Speaking in his weekly address on radio and television, Mr Abhisit said regarding progress on his government’s plan to reduce social disparity so that welfare and the problems of the underprivileged will be resolved. Nutritional care will be offered to pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers as aspects of welfare for babies. The government will set up nurseries in all sub-districts and at workplaces.

The government is also paying attention to farmers' land problems. The Cabinet last week approved the transfer of land to Klong Yong cooperatives for issuing title deeds in the community. A Land Bank Administration Institute, in the form of a public organisation, will also be established.

Regarding education, Mr Abhisit said the government has already laid out almost all strategies to provide educational opportunities for underprivileged children and others in remote areas, children of migrant families, disabled children, etc. Teachers’ welfare will be also improved.

Concerning justice, the government will support the community justice project, in which mechanism will access people in their communities to give advice and receive complaints.

The three issues will be followed up as part of the reform plan the prime minister considers as a New Year's gift for the public.

The measures need only a small budget and the government is resolving the problems in terms of structure to boost justice and reduce social disparity, he added. (MCOT online news)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010



What is it like growing up with a sibling with special needs? Was it easy to love and embrace different or was it a challenge? What about the relationship with parents? As parents, sometimes we focus our attention of the child with special needs and hoping that our other children would understand. Do they?

Come join us at The Rainbow Room this Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 9.30 - 11.00 hrs. with our guest speaker Diya Hingurani who will be sharing with us her precious experience of growing up with a sister who has special needs. She will shed light on her thoughts and feelings as a child and her evolution growing up with someone so special which makes her a very special person.
WHEN:     Thursday, November 18th 2010
TIME:       09:30 am – 11:00 am
WHERE:   The Rainbow Room (see map attached)
               Snacks, coffee and tea will be served.

** A donation is appreciated



Looking forwarding to seeing everyone,

The Rainbow Room
Email:  | Tel: +662-712-0923

Monday, October 25, 2010

La Leche League meeting.

Dear mothers and friends of LLL,
I would like to invite you to participate in the next La Leche League meeting.
Topic: “The Art of Breastfeeding and how to prevent difficulties"
The meeting this month focuses on learning the basics of breastfeeding. We will all share ideas to help mothers overcome roadblocks that may impede breastfeeding progress.
Date: Thursday, October 28th – 2010, from 9:30 am to 11:30am

Place: Ladybird International Kindergarten (21 Soi Promsri 2 - Sukhumvit 39). For directions, please see the map of Ladybird:
Upcoming meeting:
· Nutrition and Weaning: Thursday, November 25th, 2010.

More info. please call :Jenny Perez-Genge
(La Leche League Leader)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

About 11 billion cost of formula and breast milk substitutes,Thailand

Can you believe, about 11 billion ฿ was spend on formula or breastmilk substitue while the doctor say BREASTMILK IS BEST for our baby.

Spurned milk sparks outcry:Doctors say the breast is best for infants but marketing pushes unhealthy choices

However, in Thailand, exclusive breastfeeding during a child's first six months is still as low as 5% among the 800,000 newborn babies each year.
A recent report showed that more than 400,000 newborns are given breast milk substitutes. Such high consumption is driven by the highly competitive market and big public relations campaigns.
Milk formula commercials, complimentary samples and gift distribution can be seen in drug stores, hospitals, clinics and department stores.
The amount of formula and breast milk substitutes in the country costs about 11 billion baht a year and market growth is 2 to 5%, according to the Department of Internal Trade.
"Promotion of breast milk substitutes undermines breastfeeding," said David Clark, nutritional specialist at the United Nations Children's Fund, during a recent Unicef meeting in Manila on infant and young child feeding in emergencies.
Global sales of baby food are projected to grow by 37% from US$11.5 billion (349 billion baht) to US$42.7 billion by 2013. Almost two-thirds of this growth will come from the Asia-Pacific, particularly China and Indonesia.
Read this from Bangkok Post Oct.2nd,2010


Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Different between primary care and primary health care

The difference between primary care and primary health care

Primary care is the basic care given to an individual/client in case of a disease or illness. This care consist of the basic procedures or drugs to be used with the basic management of that particular illness or disease before one steps up to further management or use of stronger drugs or use of alternative method of treatment. In primary care its what one can do to the client first.

- Primary health care is health care given to the primary level of service, that is level 2-1 of health system. Primary health care mainly deals with pro motive and preventive measures to control or prevent a situation in health care. At this level of care we mainly deal with health education, demonstration and social behavior change for the clients to develop positive health care behavior to promote health and avoid development of diseases or complications. This is the level where community strategy has been concentrated on by use of community members in health care. Primary health care was adopted in  Al-Matta but it has not worked well because of non defined methods of its implementation with parallel programs being developed. With integration of programs and defined methods  i think primary health care is best suited to achieve health for all.


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Epidurals-Real risk for both mothers&babies. by Dr.Sarah Buckley

Many women have a good experience with epidurals. Sometimes the relief from pain can allow a woman to rest and relax sufficiently to go on and have a good birth experience. However deciding to use an epidural for pain relief can also lead to a "cascade of intervention", where an otherwise normal birth becomes highly medicalised, and a woman feels that she loses her control and autonomy. Often the decision to accept an epidural is made without an awareness of these, and other, significant risks to both mother and

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Meet with La Leche Leaque Leader in Thailand Jenny Perez Genge in Bangkok

“Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mother & Baby”

Thursday, August 26th – 2010, from 9:30 am to 11:30am
at Ladybird International Kindergarten (21 Soi Promsri 2 ‐ Sukhumvit 39)

Mothers are amazed to hear about many remarkable qualities of human milk,
their bodies fantastic ability to produce milk as well as the positive impact
breastfeeding has on families, the environment and society.

Upcoming meetings:
− Baby arrives: The family and the breastfeeding baby: Thursday, September
30th, 2010.

− The art of breastfeeding and overcoming difficulties: Thursday, October
28thth, 2010.

Babies are always welcome at La Leche League meetings.

Contact person in Bangkok:
Jenny Perez‐Genge
(La Leche League Leader)
Tel. 081‐585‐3025;

For directions to get to Ladybird, please see the map of
Ladybird: d=contactus.php

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

World Breastfeeding Week 2010

An Invitation to come and Join us
Just 10 Steps. The Baby-Friendly Way’
Date: August 2nd,2010
Time: 10.ooam to 11.30am.
Venue: Samitivej Sukhumvit hospital
Suhkumvit 49 Bangkok
Let's join us saying Breastmilk is best!
Mom & Baby need support!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Next Bangkok Baby Wearing Club

The Pilates Studio will be hosting the Bangkok Babywearing Club!

Have a baby or expecting one? Love using baby slings? Want to learn how?

Parents and parents-to-be ...
Join us for slings and coffee at the Bangkok Babywearing Club in our new location at The Pilates Studio.

- Try on slings in our sling library
- Bring your slings for one-on-one help

Friday, July 16
9:30 to 11:30am at The Pilates Studio
THB150 donation to cover the cost of coffee and snacks
For more information contact Cari Chou at (081)855 6418 or email

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Maternal&Child health issue in G8/G20 meeting

In the runup to the G8 and G20 Summits, which it hosted during the last week of June, the Canadian government declared that maternal and child health would be a central focus of the agenda, particularly for the G8. FCI was one of the few international health NGOs that was on the scene in Toronto for these historic meetings, culminating months of advocacy work to ensure that this would be more than just a symbolic step — that the world leaders’ discussion would lead to concrete financial commitments, and that governments will be held accountable for delivering on these commitments. Amy Boldosser, FCI senior advocacy officer, kept colleagues abreast of developments throughout the weekend on Twitter and Facebook, blogged on RH Reality Check and the Blog 4 Global Health, and provided this summary of the summits’ results:

The protestors clashing with police got all the press, but the summits brought important developments for maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, and reproductive health as well. The G8 released the details of its Muskoka Initiative for Maternal and Child Health on Saturday, a five-year, $7.3 billion package for improving maternal, newborn, and child health and increasing access to reproductive health. It is estimated that at least $20 billion is needed to reach the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets for reduction in maternal and child mortality and reproductive health access by 2015. The Muskoka Initiative doesn’t come close to meeting that $20 billion shortfall, but it is an important start.

The UN Secretary-General has launched a Joint Action Plan to Improve the Health of Women and Children, and governments will be asked to make additional commitments to achieve the MDGs by 2015 at the September 2010 UN High-Level Plenary Meeting on the MDGs. The leaders at the G8 and G20 helped put maternal and child health on the map at this critical time, but simply raising awareness is not enough.
While the funds committed may not have been all we hoped for, there were some pleasant surprises in the communiqué details...

To learn more, read Amy's full report on FCI's website
Source :

Monday, June 21, 2010

BAMBI New Members Coffee Morning at British Club on June 24th,2010

June 24th, 2010 BAMBI New Members Coffee Morning at British Club

Note: New Members Coffee Morning will continue in July and August.
If you are new to BAMBI, please come along to meet other members and make some new friends.
Every fourth Thursday of the month at British Club,
189 Surawongse Rd (entrance is via Silom Road, Soi 18)
For further information, call Raphaele Borie at

Expecting and Breastfeeding Mothers´ Nutrition:La Leche League Thailand

La Leche League International
Announces its fourth meeting Of the series of meetings for Breastfeeding Mothers in Bangkok.

“Expecting and Breastfeeding Mothers´ Nutrition”Thursday, June 24th, 2010, from 9:30 am to 11:30 am
at Ladybird International Kindergarten (21 Soi Promsri 2 - Sukhumvit 39)
Discussion topic will focus on sharing tips and ideas on how mothers can get the best of nutrition during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Other topics will include starting solids and weaning gradually, with love
Upcoming a new series of meetings: · Benefits of Breastfeeding: Thursday, August 26th, 2010.--

More information please contact " Jenny Perez-Genge:LLL Thailand

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

next La Leche League meeting in Bangkok :"Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mother and Baby".

La Leche League International
Announces its upcoming meeting for Breastfeeding Mothers in Bangkok
“Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mother & Baby”
Thursday, April 1st – 2010, from 9:30 am to 11:30am
at Ladybird International Kindergarten (21 Soi Promsri 2 ‐ Sukhumvit 39)
Breastfeeding is a simple and natural process but you may need support
and information on the correct positioning of the baby at the breast,
working and breastfeeding, avoiding problems and overcoming any
difficulties that may occur.
Knowing other mothers who have breastfed their babies can be helpful
and reassuring. Having accurate, up‐to‐date information is also
Attending La Leche League meetings can help you learn about
breastfeeding from other nursing mothers. At these monthly meetings,
mothers share not only their questions and concerns but also the
benefits and joys of breastfeeding. Being in touch with La Leche League
can give you the network of support you need.
Upcoming meetings:
− Baby arrives: The family and the breastfeeding baby: Thursday, April 29th,2010.
− The art of breastfeeding and overcoming difficulties: Thursday, May 27thth, 2010.
Babies are always welcome at La Leche League meetings.
Contact person in Bangkok: Jenny Perez‐Genge (La Leche League Leader)
Tel. 081‐585‐3025;

For directions, please see the map of Ladybird:

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Midwifery research - Royal College of Midwives

Midwifery research - Royal College of Midwives: "Midwifery research
Related links
E-mail discussion list
Mother and Infant Research Unit
National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit
NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination
Doctoral Midwifery Research Society
BJOG release: Birth pains – it gets better with time
The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) recognises the importance of research to its activities. These include recognising advances in practice, management, education, and evaluating services and disseminating details to members.
One of the strategic goals of the College is to broaden and strengthen its research activities.
To this end, in addition to the work already being done by the RCM UK Board for Scotland and Headquarters, the RCM has begun to develop a research network group and to publish a quarterly research page in the RCM Midwives Journal to highlight and disseminate contemporary research activities.
Your may wish to read:
Features (published in print in Midwives magazine)
Longer papers (published online by Midwives magazine)
Cutting-edge research papers (published in Evidence Based Midwifery)
Collaboration is the key to high quality research and the RCM is constantly seeking to make links with midwife researchers.
For more information please contact Frances Day-Stirk, Royal College of Midwives, 15 Mansfield Street, London W1G 9NH:"

Midwives blog - Royal College of Midwives

Midwives blog - Royal College of Midwives: "Midwives blog
Emma Godfrey, editor of Midwives magazine, and Maura O'Malley, deputy editor, comment on topical events affecting the world of midwifery.

If you feel strongly about any of these postings, please add a comment.

(Please note all postings made in these blogs express the views and opinions of the author and are not necessarily shared by the Royal College of Midwives or Redactive Publishing Ltd.)"

Saturday, February 27, 2010

BAMBI bring & Buy Spring Sale next March 13rd,2010

Bumps & Babies next meeting on March4th,2010

March 4th, 2010 BAMBI Bumps & Babies

Gross Motor Development in Infants

Join us as we learn about the fundamentals of Gross Motor Development in infants with Swiss-trained Pediatric Physiotherapist, Flavia Breu. Flavia is a specialized Bobath (Neurodevelopmental) Therapist and has been working for 12 years in Switzerland, Korea and Singapore. She has recently opened her private clinic in Bangkok. Flavia will discuss normal gross motor development in infants and give tips on how we, as parents, can foster and encourage it. In addition, Flavia will explain what to be aware of to detect problems or delays early.

Bumps & Babies is a support group for women of all nationalities who are pregnant, or have recently given birth. This is a great way to meet other expectant mothers or find little tots the same age as yours. Come share your experiences and get the support you need. You can make new friends or partner up with other mums to form a playgroup.

Bumps and Babies meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month from 9:30-11:30am. Donation: Members 150 baht (with membership card), non-members 250 baht.
For further information, call Kate Besleme: 089-528-9635 or

NEW LOCATION (starting Feb. 4th)
Waterford Diamond
758/14 Sukhumvit Soi 30/1, Sukhumvit Road, (10th floor)
BTS: Phrom Phong or Thong Lo.
Please don't forget to bring your BAMBI membership card and mention "Bumps and Babies" to the security guard for entry to building.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Birth into Being

This workshop is dealing also with the trauma a woman might have had due to the early sexual trauma or the trauma to her pelvic floor while giving birth. It also helps to SEAL the results of the level 1 Birthshop, bring it closer to home, so to speak, so that it becomes our good new habit, through a new awareness that allows one to see that we have a choice of perception. Consequently, from that place, every aspect of life improves, from finances to relationships, to all that we are and do, including people-making. The benefits are hard to quantify, they depend on where one is at this point in life and what it is that one wants Level 1 6th & 7th February, 2010 Cost $395 (including lunch): + Level 2 8th & 9th $700 for all 4 days Time: 9:30am - 6pm$345 Early Bird (if paid prior to J an 6th, 2010 More information please contact

Monday, January 4, 2010

Effective Prenatal Education with Andrea Robertson in Bangkok

Childbirth&Breastfeeding Foundation of Thailand invites you to register for special two days workshop 'Effective Prenatal Education with Andrea Robertson' on Febuary 20-21,2010 at Narai Hotel on Silom road in Bangkok.This special workshop limited to 30 participants and registration fee is only 4500 B.More information please send email to or Fax to 0-2722-0467 or call 08-3228-8886

Breastfeeding: Nurture & Nourish. 2010 Seminar Series

for health professional and all interest in breastfeeding by Australian Breastfeeding Association.This series cover seminar,workshop in counselling and online conferences.Moredetail please visit them