Vanessa Jackson



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I was so happy to find this website for creating a bibliography for the essay I recently wrote. It is free and includes APA referencing.

I can see it would be beneficial for documenting my midwifery reading which I haven’t previously formalised recording. I have created a bibliography called “2015 Reading” and will add various websites I visit and articles I read.


How to help your health care provider


Fruit juice, apples linked to fetus harm – National – NZ Herald News



Christmas tree


Drawn for me today by a clients daughter


SugarSync – Zero excuses for dog eating my homework

I am liking how SugarSync will work with my Android phone and different workplaces. Sorry…but I think SugarSync beats Dropbox for me. With 5GB free storage, what a great way to sync! Get yours here: and I get some bonus space too  =)


Remedies: Chewing Gum for Heartburn –

January 13, 2011, 10:14 am

— Updated: 10:14 am –>

Remedies: Chewing Gum for Heartburn

Tony Cenicola/The New York Times What alternative remedies belong in your home medicine cabinet?

More than a third of American adults use some form of complementary or alternative medicine, according to a government report. Natural remedies have an obvious appeal, but how do you know which ones to choose and whether the claims are backed by science? In this occasional series, Anahad O’Connor, the New York Times “Really?” columnist, explores the claims and the science behind alternative remedies that you may want to consider for your family medicine cabinet.

The Remedy: Chewing gum.

The Claim: It relieves heartburn.

The Science: It may be hard for most people to think of chewing gum as a remedy for anything other than a case of bad breath. But several studies in recent years have shown that it can in fact help alleviate the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease, better known to most people as GERD or heartburn.

Chewing on a piece or two of gum, it seems, helps force fluids back into the stomach and flood the esophagus with alkaline saliva, neutralizing acids that cause the characteristic burning sensations.

One independent study demonstrating this, published in 2005 in The Journal of Dental Research, involved 31 patients who were recruited for testing after they showed up at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London with symptoms of heartburn. The scientists conceded that their hypothesis going into the study “was that chewing gum does not have any effect on the clearance of reflux from the distal esophagus.”

Ultimately, they were surprised. On two separate days, they asked subjects to fast for four hours, then fed them a “refluxogenic” lunch that would give just about anyone heartburn: two bars of full-fat cheddar cheese, green salad with two tablespoons of mayonnaise, 15 large chips and half a pint of full-fat milk. On both days, some of the subjects were then randomly selected to chew sugar-free gum for half an hour after the meal.

After monitoring the subjects for two hours after the meals, they found that acid levels were significantly lower when the participants chewed gum. The study was financed by King’s College London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Another study, this one in 2001, involved 36 people, some of them with diagnosed cases of GERD and others who were healthy controls. The study found that chewing sugarless gum for an hour after a large breakfast reduced acid reflux in both groups for up to three hours, particularly in the heartburn group. The study was carried out by gastroenterologists at Veterans Affairs hospitals in New Mexico and Illinois, and financed by the American Digestive Health Foundation.

The Risks: Frequently chewing sugary gum may damage tooth enamel and increase cavities. But sugar-free varieties containing xylitol — which helps inhibit tooth-eroding bacteria — can have a protective effect.


Childbirth deaths from spinal anesthesia rising


Just notified the National Testing Centre that their URL has been hijacked…oops


Midwife Burnout

Realities of life as a midwife.


Positive Feedback

Is it a positive thing when a woman I see for a postnatal visit asks me questions about if I will be a caseloading midwife soon? I don’t know if she was being conversational or whether it was directed toward how well I do my job.

The second feedback was after my antenatal class. One of the support people was the parent of one of the class participants. I was thanked for how much I tried to convey the realities of the first weeks as a new parent.