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  • Re: 13 week miscarriage imminent--looking for answers in preparation

    Hi&nbsp;Reyna, sorry to hear about your baby.&nbsp; I&#39;m a midwife to the Mennonites and have helped women through at least 100 miscarriages in my 11 years.&nbsp; Miscarriages are as varied&nbsp;from one to the next, as birthing babies can be.&nbsp; Usually when I&#39;m preparing a woman, I describe the most &quot;common&quot; type of ...
    Posted to Grief, Loss and Trauma (Forum) by joycnm on 01-15-2011
  • Re: Routine "emergencies" ?

    &nbsp;Among my old order mennonite women childbirth is NEVER discussed, so how they give birth is never passed down.&nbsp; This was what I saw in Lancaster, PA and what I see in Central NY.&nbsp; I&#39;m surprised that sisters don&#39;t even know each others&#39; due dates, and the thought of how they give birth would RARELY arise in ...
    Posted to Interventions (Forum) by joycnm on 11-19-2010
  • Re: Routine "emergencies" ?

    &nbsp;One lady told her sister she had her baby on her hands and knees.&nbsp; The sister said, &quot;I&#39;ll bet that was a great view for Joyce&quot; (the midwife).&nbsp; These plain ladies still think of modesty even when they&#39;re pushing a baby out.&nbsp; I have some that prefer being covered while they are pushing--one day I&#39;m going to ...
    Posted to Interventions (Forum) by joycnm on 11-18-2010
  • Re: Routine "emergencies" ?

    &nbsp;What you describe is exactly what led me to work at 7 different hospitals in 10 years as a nurse--I thought if I could find the right hospital that honored birth, I would enjoy being a nurse.&nbsp; I finally learned that those kind of hospitals were rare (I&#39;ve never found them in 10 years as a nurse or 11 years as a midwife.)&nbsp;The ...
    Posted to Interventions (Forum) by joycnm on 11-12-2010
  • Re: severe anaemia at 38 wks

    &nbsp;I don&#39;t think it is humanly possible to significantly change her hemoglobin in 2-4 weeks time.&nbsp; I had a lady with a 7 hgb at 3 months and she got it to 11 by 6 months which I thought was impossible.&nbsp; She used Floradix iron, lots of chloraphyll, alfalfa, iron-rich foods.&nbsp; They raise their own beef and she was able to eat ...
    Posted to Midwife Chat (Forum) by joycnm on 09-23-2010
  • Re: pruritus gravidarum

    &nbsp;Does she have a rash?&nbsp; Itching of the hands and feet without a rash may be a sign of cholestasis of pregnancy and should be looked into.
    Posted to Pregnancy and Prenatal Care (Forum) by joycnm on 08-12-2010
  • Re: Group A Strep Following Birth

    I really can&#39;t answer your questions, but felt I had to comment on this Group A strep infection because of a maternal death after a home birth about 2 years ago in&nbsp;an Indiana Mennonite community.&nbsp; Approximately 2 days after giving birth at home a woman came down with flu-like symptoms (many of her children were sick with the same ...
    Posted to Labor, Birth and Postpartum (Forum) by joycnm on 07-15-2010
  • Re: where has all the pubic hair gone?

    &nbsp;April, This unfortunate phenomenon has even infiltrated my Old Order Mennonite population!!&nbsp; Not a whole lot, but I&#39;m occasionally suprised (shocked) to find no hair there!&nbsp; One woman (a priimip) apologized when I did her first internal at our first prenatal visit (yes, I do internals on women who have never had one before); ...
    Posted to Midwife Chat (Forum) by joycnm on 07-12-2010
  • Re: 1 hour old infant passing copious bloody meconium

    &nbsp;Hi, I wouldn&#39;t have questioned myself about transporting that baby.&nbsp; All that bloody stool would&#39;ve scared me.&nbsp; As far as the question about digested blood causing blackened/browned stools makes sense.&nbsp; But, I vaguely remember caring for a woman who was breastfeeding with cracked nipples that bled when she nursed in ...
    Posted to Midwife Chat (Forum) by joycnm on 07-09-2010
  • Re: Licensure in NY State

    I have a friend involved in the politics of midwifery in NY.&nbsp; As far as I know,&nbsp;DEM&#39;s cannot be licensed in NY.&nbsp; It was a big deal here for several CPM&#39;s to be licensed.&nbsp; I&#39;m involved in the education of some CPM students (as is my friend).&nbsp; I&#39;m told that the last few CPM student&#39;s who applied for ...
    Posted to Legal Battles and Birth Politics (Forum) by joycnm on 05-06-2010
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