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

Advocacy, Research

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

Advocacy

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

Advocacy

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

Advocacy, Research

High primary cesarean rates are a multi-factorial problem

The problem with epidemiological associations is the wide variety of things which may be driving them.  For example, a new study  reports an association between hospital geographic location and the variation in primary cesarean delivery rates in the United States. This phenomena is not

Advocacy, Birth Professionals

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

Advocacy, Birth Professionals

Letting others read your drafts

When your job is basically to write, you have to let other people read what you write. This is the worst, and best, part of writing.  This week I had to submit my draft dissertation proposal to two professors and the entire

Advocacy

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