Physiologic Labor

Before Labor Begins

The process of childbirth, for all practical purposes, starts weeks before you feel your first contraction. Your body will be preparing for the upcoming event in several ways you may or may not notice. Even if you do not recognize these events,

Research

If you want to breastfeed get a midwife?

I’m still scanning through my pile of “read this as soon as I get a chance” materials and found a study that looked for associations between breastfeeding intent and provider type.  This is an example of a study that makes me say

Advocacy

Community Action to Improve Neonatal Health

While scanning through my pile of reading I found an article about Best Babies Zones in the April edition of Maternal and Child Health Journal. The concept is based on the Life Course Theory which sees development and health as an integration of life

Birth Professionals

Online Education — From the Educator Side

This semester I am teaching an online class. This is my first fully online course, though I have worked in hybrid courses.  It has me thinking about the online and distance education options available to aspiring midwives. Of course I decided to

Birth Professionals

My Conference Schedule

It is nearly May so conference season is starting, have you made the commitment to attend one or more? I often hear from midwives that they would like to attend conferences, but they cost too much in terms of time and money.

Birth Professionals

Midwives on Social Media

Do you have a social media presence as a midwife?  You may find some helpful tips in the CDCs Guide to Writing for Social Media. Inside you will find examples of how to write for the general public, how to write so

Healthy Pregnancy, Research

Taking obesity seriously

When I first entered the world of natural birth I was educated to believe body weight had no effect on maternal or infant outcomes.  The organization I trained with was equally adamant that gestational weight gain was a useless measure that predicted nothing.

Jennifer's Personal Notes, Research

Hitting the ground running…

Progress with research is slow, and I am beginning to accept that. I don’t even mean the time it takes for research to be adopted into practice.  I’m talking about the work of creating and running a study all the way through