Advocacy, Birth Professionals

Running Skirts and Giving Birth

I shared my excitement about ordering some new running skirts for my birthday with a colleague at work. She’s a runner, and her less than enthusiastic response was, “I’ve never understood why people like those.” As I reflected on her response, and

Advocacy

Lobbying for Midwives

The American College of Nurse Midwives has declared August Midwifery Lobby Month.  That means they want all members and supporters to talk to legislators about policies that improve access to midwifery care. One of the national bills they encourage support for is

Advocacy, Global Midwifery

Midwifery Regulation Matters

I’m updating the directory this week, a very boring task involving staring at a computer screen and writing code…….yawn. But in the midst of these updates I do more research, look for more resources and find more information about midwifery in places

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Wishing Safe Motherhood on Mother’s Day

Safe Motherhood.  It seems like such a simple request.  Around the world women and babies still die during pregnancy and childbirth – despite medical advances that could save many of them. Five years ago, when I began my journey to fight maternal

Advocacy, Research

Evolving View of Vaginal Exams

As I told you, I have been taking advantage of the week before classes begin to update some information on the website.  Some pages are really easy, others are mentally and emotionally taxing. Why? Because my knowledge base has changed since the

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Staying on top of things

Do you have a Twitter account?  I actually have two, one for personal use and one for business use.  I wasn’t sure I liked it for a while, but it is slowly proving its worth to me. For example, you can get

Advocacy

Happy Birthday

Today is my birthday.  Want to celebrate with me?  Make a donation to the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, and tell them we want to celebrate lots of birthdays with a healthy baby and mother.

Advocacy, Jennifer's Personal Notes

Studying Maternal Mortality

I’m taking a class in the epidemiology of reproductive health this semester.  I like it, but I’m weird like that.  We talk about where the data comes from for the various statistics you hear thrown around, and what that may (or may

Advocacy, Global Midwifery

Women, Violence and War

I just found the webcast from a 2005 conference on war and gender.  I share it because there is discussion about rape as a weapon of war. This still happens today in the DR Congo, and I’m sure it still exists in other parts of the world as