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

Birth Professionals

I’ll see you at the AWHONN Convention

I leave for Long Beach, California later this week to attend the AWHONN Convention. If you are going and want to meet-up, send me a message on Facebook. If you are not attending AWHONN, you can also see me at the ACNM

Birth Professionals

Childbirth Education Ap

Have you seen the new Pregnancy to Parenting app from Lamaze International? Designed as an educational tool for expectant families, the app is also allowing families to interact with Lamaze educators. Interesting concept.  If you are a Lamaze educator you can participate in

Birth Professionals

Midwifery Students as Volunteer Doulas

The Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health published an article about a program utilizing student nurse-midwives as volunteer doulas.  I’ve seen programs similar to this, using nursing students or midwifery students.  The program in the article combined the use of community doulas

Birth Professionals

Birth – hobby or work?

I am in the process of trying to decide what role the website will have in my future life (let’s face it, 15 years is a long time to keep it going). As part of the process I’ve starting thinking about what

Birth Professionals

Midwife as Coach

I want to share a wonderful line I heard recently. “I am going to remind her of the goals she set for herself.  As her coach, that is my job.” This resonates so well with my philosophy of care.  As a midwife, it

Birth Professionals

Wrap up for Fear of Childbirth

Thank you for exploring the concept of fear of childbirth with me.  My personal understanding of childbirth fear has changed in the 15 years I have been working with expectant women.  Fear of childbirth is a more complex experience than natural childbirth

Birth Professionals

Fear of childbirth and Guilt

As I researched for this series, I was struck by Fisher’s (2006) paper on the social context of fear.  The thesis of this study was the social context of childbirth influences how women understand childbirth, and this impacts how they experience it