“Mastitis is an infection of the breast tissue that results in breast pain, swelling, warmth and redness. You also might have fever and chills. Mastitis most commonly affects women who are breast-feeding (lactation mastitis), although sometimes this condition can occur in women who aren't breast-feeding. Milk ducts carry milk from the breast glands to the nipple. When these ducts are blocked, milk builds up within the breast and causes inflammation and may result in infection.” -healthline.com
External cephalic version, or version, is a procedure used to turn a fetus from a breech position or side-lying (transverse) position into a head-down (vertex) position before labor begins. Breech position (bottom first) is present in 3 to 4% of term pregnancies. Breech positioning is more common prior to term—25% are breech before 28 weeks, but by 32 weeks only 7% of babies are breech.here were approximately 3,942 successful external cephalic versions in the U.S. Of these successful versions, 2,858 (73%) of women went on to have vaginal births.Overall, the researchers found that having an external cephalic version decreased the risk of breech birth by 54% and decreased the risk of C-section by 33%. (http://evidencebasedbirth.com/)
“Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI, pronounced /ɪksiː/, ik-see) is an in vitro fertilization procedure in which a single sperm is injected directly into an egg. Defective sperm function remains the single most important cause of human infertility. Although certain severe forms of male infertility have a genetic origin, others may be the result of environmental factors. During the past decade, ICSI has been applied increasingly around the world to alleviate problems of severe male infertility in human patients who either could not be assisted by conventional IVF procedures or could not be accepted for IVF because too few motile and morphologically normal sperm were present in the ejaculate of the male partner.” -wikipedia
“Sperm washing is the process in which individual sperms are separated from the semen. Sperm washing involves removing any mucus and non-motile sperm in the semen to improve the chances of fertilization and to extract certain disease-carrying material in the semen. Sperm washing is a standard procedure in infertility treatment.Sperm may be washed by density gradient centrifugation or by a "direct swim-up" technique that does not involve centrifugation.” wikipedia Sperm washing
“Undescended testes is a condition seen in newborns when one or both of the male testes have not passed down into the scrotal sac. Undescended testes occurs in approximately 3 to 5 percent of male infants and up to one-third of premature male infants have an undescended testis. (Stanford Children's health.org) Worldwide one in six couples are affected by fertility problems and about 50% of fertility problems are attributed to a male factor. Of these men, testicular failure or non-obstructive azoospermia is the predominant component.” -Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.gov.uk and Canadian Urolological Association Journal. 2011 Jun; 5(3): 210–214.
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Milking It creates a contemporary allegory that brings together my personal experiences as a mother and an esoteric journey that speaks to both shared ideas and mythologies around birthing and motherhood. I'm interested in the idea of caring for a child while simultaneously enduring the physical and emotional struggles of what it means to be responsible for a life.