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Old 01-12-2012, 08:23 PM   #114
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Labour is accompanied by intense and prolonged pain. Pain levels reported by labouring women vary widely. Pain levels seem to be influenced by fear and anxiety levels, experience with prior childbirth, cultural ideas of childbirth and pain, mobility during labour and the support given during labour. One study found that middle-eastern women, especially those with a low educational background, had more painful experiences during childbirth. Pain is only one factor of many influencing women's experience with the process of childbirth.Because humans are bipedal with an erect stance and have, in relation to the size of the pelvis, the biggest head of any mammalian species, human fetuses and human female pelvises are adapted to make birth possible. Many cultures feature initiation rites for newborns, such as circumcision, naming ceremonies, baptism, and others. A Caesarean section, (also C-section, Caesarian section, Cesarean section, Caesar, etc.) is a surgical procedure in which one or more incisions are made through a mother's abdomen (laparotomy) and uterus (hysterotomy) to deliver one or more babies...

We need to meditate on our precious human life to realize that we now have a special opportunity to practice Lamrim. If we appreciate the great potential of this life we shall not waste it by engaging in meaningless activities.We need to meditate on death and impermanence to overcome procrastination, and to ensure that our Lamrim practice is pure by overcoming our preoccupation with worldly concerns. If we practice Lamrim purely it is not very difficult to attain realizations. By meditating on the danger of lower rebirth, taking refuge sincerely, and avoiding non-virtue and practicing virtue, we protect ourself from taking lower rebirth and ensure that life after life we shall obtain a precious human rebirth endowed with all the conditions conducive to the practice of Dhamma...
It is possible to collect two types of stem cells during childbirth: amniotic stem cells or umbilical cord blood stem cells. To collect amniotic stem cells, it is necessary to do amniocentesis before or during the birth. Amniotic stem cells are multipotent and very active, useful for both autologous or donor use. There are private banks in US; the first is Biocell Center in Boston...
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