15 March 2009
Turn the Tide of Cesareans
I was pleased to learn about a presentation at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's (SMFM) annual meeting in January, 2009, about a study (albeit small) that showed that by using a sonogram to measure the lower uterine segment (LUS) thickness of the uterus, doctors could successfully predict... Read More...
10 March 2009
Midwifery Today and the Internet
I recently signed up for Google Alerts and was astounded when the first item e-mailed to me was my own blog! The Internet is amazing and gets more amazing by the day. No wonder when it is down we are crippled in terms of work. But it’s a good thing that we have things to do when it is down. Cheryl... Read More...
08 March 2009
Trapped Placenta or Myth
I have so much fun working with our editor Cheryl. We share the same office, which has led to many great conversations about birth: Goat birth compared to human birth. Cheryl has a herd of miniature dairy goats. They are little half-sized goats that still give a lot of milk. One day we were having a... Read More...
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05 March 2009
Cost of Healthcare and Paperwork
The cost of healthcare is skyrocketing; but how much of that cost is for paperwork and not patient care? How much is paid for administration instead of people care? I’m not even taking on the insurance racket here! When I went to a specialist with my husband, the doctor spent all but a minute or... Read More...
03 March 2009
Hospitals: Not for Birth
An article in Parade magazine, “Don’t Let a Hospital Make You Sick,” by Dr. Ranit Mishori, reported that 98,000 people die every year from medical error. The article provided suggestions to patients to help them avoid being one of these statistics. Hospitals can be life-savers, or they... Read More...
01 March 2009
Back Door Birth Activism; Let Your Community Know about Midwifery
Anita, a midwife friend of mine, and I have been going around our city of just over 100,000 people distributing flyers for her birth center and homebirth practice and Midwifery Today’s Eugene conference programs. We take our flyers with pins and tape and tack them on bulletin boards in health food... Read More...
26 February 2009
Midwifery Today Eugene Conference
I am really getting excited about our conference coming up in Eugene. These conferences are a time to renew old friendships and make new friends, in addition to learning new ideas and techniques. We have whole day of educational sessions on a variety of topics, including Massage, Abuse and Trauma, Beginning... Read More...
25 February 2009
In Memorial: Jana Borino, We Love You
Jana Borino was a midwife educator of excellence. We just got an in-memoriam article about her life that will appear in the next Midwifery Today , but I want to say a few words about this dedicated and amazing woman. She fought breast cancer for 10 years and it overtook her February 13, 2009. I am so... Read More...
24 February 2009
Midwife, Doula: What do you do in a birth?
What happens in birth leaves an impact. We were taught 32 years ago not to use a bulb syringe on babies when they are born. Our pediatric back up doctor taught us that the bulb actually damages the mucous membranes in the back of the baby’s throat. It also makes the baby’s heart beat go down... Read More...
21 February 2009
Birth and Death in Mexican Culture
I have been attending a small church with a Spanish-speaking congregation for the past 10 years. Most of the adults are from Mexico, and it is what I imagine a small village to be in Mexico to be like. There is incredible support for and celebration of all holidays, weddings and births. Recently, I experienced... Read More...
13 February 2009
You Can Help Change Birth
We all can work in many ways to change birth. To get some ideas about what you can do, read “26 Ways to Change Birth,” a Midwifery Today article by Sara Wickham. One of my favorite ways to plant seeds of change is to talk to people in the grocery store, on an airplane or wherever I am. I... Read More...
10 February 2009
Breastfeed Your Babies Everywhere
In the local newspaper a couple days ago was a small piece about a woman who stopped to breastfeed her baby at a shopping mall in Roseburg, Oregon. A mall employee told her to stop because an older woman had complained. The mall management had since stated that they were writing a letter of apology.... Read More...
08 February 2009
Avoid Pregnancy Complications with Nutrition
Many complications can be avoided or reduced with good nutrition, and the recipe is quite simple. Pregnant women should eat 80–100 grams of protein per day and eat plenty of carbohydrates so the protein isn’t used as carbohydrates. Consume food from a wide variety of sources, eating plenty... Read More...
03 February 2009
You're Invited to Midwifery Today's New Community Site
You're Invited to Midwifery Today's New Community Site I know a lot of you have been waiting for our forums to go back up. They went live yesterday afternoon, as part of our new Community Site , so please join us for a lot of good birth conversation! Since the site also includes blogs, this will... Read More...
03 February 2009
Welcome to My Blog on Our New Community Site
It's so thrilling to finally have this Community Site up and running and open to all birth enthusiasts. For the past few years, I've had a blog on LiveJournal, but starting today, my blog will be part of our Community. The posts from LiveJournal will be pulled into this blog, so you'll be... Read More...
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