Global Midwifery

Free Course about global issues in childbirth

I meet many childbirth professionals who are interested in global health. I often find their understanding of the issues facing women globally is based on old data or common myths. Here is an opportunity to learn about maternal and newborn health in

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Ten Things about The Ten Steps

You are probably familiar with The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.  Here are ten things you might not have known about the Ten Steps. The ten steps were first published by WHO/UNICEF in 1989 in a document titled Protecting, promoting and supporting

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Birth, Womanhood, Value

I was reading one of the original publications on the three delays to care in childbirth emergencies this morning, and was struck with an unpleasant thought. First, let me acquaint any readers who have not heard of them with the three delays.

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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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Coming Home

I made it back to Atlanta safe and sound last night, and fell asleep on the couch before 9 pm.  This has been the hardest trip for me in terms of time-change.  It took me a few days in Dar es Salaam

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Learn to speak the language

I broke one if my rules by agreeing to do births in Tanzania- I agreed to work in an environment where I couldn’t really communicate with the women. If I cannot communicate, I am very little help. Actually I can be worse

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Postpartum IUCD

One of the cool things I get to learn about here is post parting IUDs. In the US, you would wait for the checkup to insert at six weeks or later – the US had a fairly high postpartum follow up rate

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Partograph

One of my learning goals while in Tanzania is the partograph. It is a visual representation of the labor that allows you to identify problems quickly. The biggest struggle to learning to use this tool is the reality of Tanzsnisn hospital birth.

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No photos?

I was asked by several people to get lots of photos. I can’t feel good about doing that. My first problem is that when I work with a woman, I can’t really communicate well with her. This means she can’t really give