Category «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 stages and the broader social context. The pilot project is currently in three …

The forgotten perinatal mortality

Earlier this week, the Lancet published international estimates of stillbirth rates. The conclusion of the authors was that progress in reducing stillbirth is slow. This is especially true  in my home country of the United States where stillbirth is now more prevalent than infant death. I don’t want to minimize the reality of the numbers; but I …

Addressing the cost of pregnancy…with art

There are many ways to advocate for change. I began as a woman who advocates to inform citizens through grassroots events. I have (slowly) become a midwife who advocates politically. This week, I received an email from a woman who advocates through art. No doubt you’ve encountered other pieces of art that begins discussions about …

Perinatal Care Certification

If you have taken your journey to midwifery along a path that has you employed in a hospital, you are likely familiar with the Joint Commission.  If not, you need to know how this organization improves perinatal care. The Joint Commission is an organization that accredits hospitals for meeting certain benchmarks, they call these the …

Is cervical dilation unpredictable?

No one really believes the Friedman Curve represents timing of cervical dilation anymore.   Modern researchers have used more sophisticated techniques to identify problems with the Friedman Curve, generally about the slope of the line which represents the speed or progress of dilation. What remains from the Friedman Curve is the idea that labor has …

Advocate for Lactation

The Friendly Airports for Mothers (FAM) Act has been introduced into congress.  The Act, if made into law, would require airports to provide accessible, safe, clean, and convenient lactation rooms for travelers. The United States Breastfeeding Committee needs your help. By sharing your airport lactation experience you will be providing valuable evidence to lawmakers about …