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Inspiration Of Motherhood: Ronan’s Mom Maya Thompson Reacts To Taylor Swift’s Song About Her Son

Inspiration Of Motherhood: Ronan’s Mom Maya Thompson Reacts To Taylor Swift’s Song About Her Son

Women’s Health: Laughing Gas Safe For Use During Delivery, Study Says

Women’s Health: Laughing Gas Safe For Use During Delivery, Study Says

Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Shere Hite

Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Shere Hite

Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Shere Hite

Shere Hite (born November 2, 1942) is an American-born German sex educator and feminist. Her sexological work has focused primarily on female sexuality. Hite builds upon biological studies of sex by Masters and Johnson and by Alfred Kinsey. She also references theoretical, political and psychological works associated with the feminist movement of the 1970s, such as Anne Koedt‘s The Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm. She renounced her United States citizenship in 1995 to become German.

Hite was born Shirley Diana Gregory in Saint Joseph, Missouri to Paul and Shirley Hurt Gregory. She later took the surname of her stepfather, Raymond Hite. She graduated from Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach, Florida. She received a masters degree in history from the University of Florida in 1967. She then moved toNew York City and enrolled at Columbia University to work toward her Ph.D. in social history. Hite says that the reason for her not completing this degree was the conservative nature of Columbia at that time.[citation needed] In the 1970s, she did part of her research while at the National Organization for Women. She appeared nude inPlayboy while studying at Columbia University and also posed provocatively in a typewriter ad to earn money for her college fees, but when she read the ad’s strapline, “The typewriter is so smart she doesn’t have to be”, she joined a feminist protest against the ad she had appeared in.

Hite teaches at Nihon University (Tokyo, Japan), Chongqing University in China, and Maimonides University, North Miami Beach, Florida, USA.

Hite has focused on understanding how individuals regard sexual experience and the meaning it holds for them. Hite’s work showed that 70% of women do not have orgasms through in-out, thrusting intercourse but are able to achieve orgasm easily by masturbation or other direct clitoral stimulation. She, as well as Elisabeth Lloyd, have criticised Masters and Johnson for uncritically incorporating cultural attitudes on sexual behaviour into their research; for example, the argument that enough clitoral stimulation to achieve orgasm should be provided by thrusting during intercourse, and the inference that the failure of this is a sign of female “sexual dysfunction.” Whilst not denying that both Kinsey and Masters and Johnson have been a crucial step in sex research, Hite believes that society must understand the cultural and personal construction of sexual experience to make the research relevant to sexual behaviour outside the laboratory. She offered that limiting test subjects to “normal” women who report orgasming during coitus was basing research on the faulty assumption that having an orgasm during coitus was typical, something that her own research strongly refuted.

Hite uses an individualistic research method. Thousands of responses from anonymous questionnaires were used as a framework to develop a discourse on human responses to gender and sexuality. Her conclusions derived from these questionnaire data have met with methodological criticism. The fact that her data are notprobability samples raises concerns about whether the sample data can be generalised to relevant populations. As is common with surveys concerning sensitive subjects, such as sexual behaviour, the proportion of nonresponse is typically large. Thus the conclusions derived from the data may not represent the views of the population under study because of bias due to nonresponse. Hite supporters defend her methodology by saying that it is more likely to get to the truth of women’s sexuality than studying women engaged in prostitution as if they were exemplary of women in general, or to study in laboratory conditions women who claim to orgasm during coitus.

Hite has been praised for her theoretical fruitfulness in sociological research. The suggestion of bias in some of Hite’s studies is frequently used as a talking point inuniversity courses where sampling methods are discussed, along with the Literary Digest poll of 1936. One discussion of sampling bias is by Philip Zimbardo, who explained that women in Hite’s study were given a survey about marriage satisfaction, where 98% reported dissatisfaction, and 75% reported having had extra-marital affairs, but where only 4% of women given the survey responded. Zimbardo argued that the women who had dissatisfaction may have been more motivated to respond than women who were satisfied and that her research may just have been “science-coded journalism.” On the other hand, social science methodological differences when questions are on publicly consequential subjects, e.g., immediacy vs. time for thoughtfulness when answering, can result in differences in honesty and promises of confidentiality are not all equally believed by prospective respondents, affecting respondents’ openness and honesty. Some or all of her published surveys  depended on wide multi-channel questionnaire distribution, opportunity for many long answers on a respondent’s own schedule, enforced respondent anonymity, and response by mail rather than polling by telephone.

Hite has no children.  In 1985 she married German concert pianist Friedrich Horicke, who is 19 years her junior.[16] The couple divorced in 1999.

Women’s Health: Laughing Gas Safe For Use During Delivery, Study Says

Catherine Pearson

Catherine.Pearson@huffingtonpost.com

It has been unpopular in the U.S. for decades, but a new review says that nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas, is a safe and effective way to help women manage their labor pain.

“[It’s] easy to administer, can be started in less than a minute, becomes effective within a minute and is safe for the mother and the baby,” study co-author Trudy Klomp with the department of midwifery science at VU University in the Netherlands told The Huffington Post.

Only 1 percent of women in the U.S. report using nitrous oxide — a odorless, tasteless gas that is breathed in from a hand-held mask — for pain management during delivery, according to the American Society of Anesthesiologists. By contrast, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that just over 60 percent of women who give birth vaginally use an epidural or spinal anesthesia. With those methods, a doctor injects the medicine in or around a woman’s spine to relieve the pain in her lower body.

For the new Cochrane review, Klomp and her colleagues identified 26 studies that tested the safety and efficacy of nitrous oxide, as well another group of inhaled pain-relief medications known as “flurane derivatives.” The studies came from the U.S., U.K., Sweden, Canada, China, Singapore and Iran.

Nitrous oxide and flurane derivatives helped relieve labor pain without increasing the need for use of forceps, vacuum or C-section, and appeared to be safe for the baby, the reviewers concluded. Flurane derivatives were found to be slightly more effective than laughing gas at reducing pain, and women were less likely to experience many of the side-effects that can accompany nitrous-oxide use, including nausea, vomiting, dizziness and drowsiness.

“Inhaled analgesia gave women in labor less pain intensity and more pain relief when compared to placebo or no treatment or TENs,” Klomp said. (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation is a therapy that uses an electrical current to provide pain relief; its has not yet been proven effective.)

“It takes away the hard edges of the pain and the women feel more relief,” Klomp continued, explaining that nitrous oxide does not make pregnant women fall asleep.

Nitrous oxide is far more popular in the U.K., where it is used by 60 percent of women in labor and has been used for several decades with “good safety outcomes” for both moms and babies, according to the American Society of Anesthesiologists. It is also common in Australia, Finland and Canada, where approximately half of women in labor use it.

But few recent studies have looked at the safety and efficacy of the gas. A 2002 review found that nitrous oxide is not a particularly potent pain relief option, but is generally safe and can provide adequate relief for many women. An American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists practice bulletin, also published in 2002, cautioned that “all inhaled anesthetic agents readily cross the placenta and have been associated with neonataldepression.”

“Most medicines that alter maternal consciousness — including pain medications we use in the U.S., like nubain — can alter the alertness of the baby after it is born,” said Dr. Laura Goetzl, an OBGYN and professor at Temple University who wrote the ACOG bulletin. “Depending on the dose, this effect can be minimal or increase the need for neonatal stimulation [or] resuscitation.”

Goetzl told The Huffington Post that she predicts the new Cochrane review will not have a dramatic effect on current practices the U.S., given how uncommon the use of laughing gas is.

Klomp echoed the sentiment, explaining that a practical barrier to laughing gas becoming more widely used in the U.S. is that labor wards need to have the correct equipment, as well as good ventilation.

However, the new review argues that more options should be made available to women who need pain relief during delivery and do not want to have an epidural.

“Many women would like to have a choice for pain relief in labor and also would like to choose for a non-invasive method which is effective, safe and has relatively few side effects for themselves or their baby,” Klomp said.

Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/13/laughing-gas-delivery_n_1881496.html?utm_hp_ref=womens-health

Inspiration Of Motherhood: Ronan’s Mom Maya Thompson Reacts To Taylor Swift’s Song About Her Son

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When Maya Thompson’s 3-year-old son Ronan was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma in August 2010, she started a blog to document an unimaginably difficult family journey. She had no idea that one of her loyal readers was going to be superstar Taylor Swift — and that Swift would one day turn the words on that blog, Rockstar Ronan, into song lyrics.

Thompson did find out what Swift’s plans were before the rest of the world knew. However, she had to keep them — and her reaction — private until last week whenSwift debuted the song at the Stand Up to Cancer 2012 telethon. Now, in a new post, Thompson describes what it felt like to receive a call from Swift, hear that her son would be honored in this way, and perhaps most notably, find out that the song would be named “Ronan,” for him.

“Everyone is going to know his name,” Thompson wrote.

AZCentral reported that Thompson first met Swift in October 2011, when Swift invited her to a concert. The singer continued to read Rockstar Ronan and months later, she left Thompson a voicemail.

On the blog, Thompson wrote about the moment she heard that message, starting with “Hey Maya, it’s Taylor Swift…,” and what happened when Thompson called Swift back — “tears started pouring down my cheeks.” She was completely overwhelmed with emotion, finding out that Swift had not only written the song, but would be performing it at the telethon.

In a following post, Thompson wrote a heart-wrenching letter to Ronan starting with how she found out what the song was called. She wrote:

I was on the phone with one of her people, that has been so kindly guiding me through all of this. I was sitting on our bathroom floor, next to my bathtub where I used to love to bathe you. I said to Taylor’s friend, “I have so many questions, but do you know what the biggest one is? I don’t even know the name of the song. Can you tell it to me?” He paused for a minute. “I can tell it to you, but I’m just going to make you cry more.” “Hit me with it,” I said. “I’m ready.” It was quiet for a few more seconds. “Ronan,” he said.

Thompson went on to detail the experience of watching Swift at the telethon. The moment before the song began, Thompson said she didn’t feel ready to hear it. And then, Swift started playing guitar and singing the lyrics. “I think I left my body at this point,” Thompson wrote. “I couldn’t even focus on the words that were coming out of Taylor’s mouth.”

There wasn’t “a dry eye in the house,” Thompson told AZ Central. While she also found the song difficult to listen to, Thompson wrote about the tremendous impact the song has had on her and the effect she hopes it will have on listeners.

I’m not used to feeling anymore. That is the gift [Swift] has given to us. A way to keep you alive in the hearts of millions, that I would have never been able to reach. She is giving so many, the gift of you and our story, that is so worthy of knowing.

It didn’t take long for Thompson’s dream for the song to come true — “Ronan” hit No. 1 on the iTunes sales chart by Sunday. The song’s proceeds will go to cancer-related charities. After Ronan passed, the Ronan Thompson Foundation was created and has since been dedicated to finding a cure for neuroblastoma.

Thompson told AZCentral that since “Ronan” topped the charts, she’s been pinching herself. “It’s … putting a face to childhood cancer that we didn’t have before. Nobody wants to talk about childhood cancer. It’s too sad. But the sad thing is there are 46 kids diagnosed a day and seven of those kids will die a day. It’s sad that no one wants to pay attention to that. And I think now that she’s taken this stand, it’s just going to do incredible things for the awareness,” she said.

Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/12/ronans-mom-maya-thompson-_n_1877036.html

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