Category «Research»

Abstracts are nice, but…

If you don’t have a way to access full research articles, you need to get one.  Check with your local libraries and state college system to find out what programs they offer for the local community. Why is this so important when you can read the abstract free on Pub Med?  Because an abstract is …

Do you have data to support that opinion….

I admit I have become a bit of a cynic over the past couple years.  Honestly, the more information I have access to, the less I enjoy listening to people explain why everything should be done their way when they don’t provide me with solid evidence. Not that I want to be rude, but I …

Getting the data

Ever wondered about the premature birth rate of your county? Or the primary cesarean rate? Did you know the US government makes some of this data easily accessible for you to access? You won’t find all the information you want, but if you visit http://www.healthindicators.gov/ you can find out how your community is doing at achieving the Healthy …

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 pages were written, but my basic beliefs about birth have not. At the …

Evidence Based?

I’ve been wanting to write about evidence based medicine for a few weeks.  I admit to enjoying research and that I like knowing what is likely to happen when I suggest a particular treatment with a client. Evidence helps me make better clinical decisions.  Evidence helps me work more effectively with my clients. What strikes …

An assignment for you

I’ve one final to go before I’m free from the required studying (at least for a few weeks).  I say required studying because during the break I will still study – I will just have control over what I study.  For me it will consist of reviewing all the midwifery materials from the previous semester …

Why Obesity Matters

As a midwife, I am interested in a woman’s pregnancy outcome. But as I said earlier this week, a woman is not just a uterus. I care about the whole woman, her health not just through this pregnancy but throughout the rest of her life. I hope that through her interactions with me a woman …

Obesity and Mental Health

What if the problem was not that a woman overate? What if a woman overate (and became obese) because she had another problem? If you remember one thing about people, remember this: There is always a good reason for the things people do. In nearly every case the person believed they were making a good decision. This …

Stress, Obesity, Infertility

One of the most interesting things I learned had to do with the effects of exercise and stress on obesity.  Quick endocrine lesson for you, when the body is under stress it secretes a hormone called cortisol. This signals the body to make a few changes  that basically puts your body in a hypothyroid state. …

If you could choose the best weeks to birth…

One of the first prenatal questions to face a woman, when was the first day of your last menstrual period. This is asked to help estimate the date of birth. Sigh…I received my own personal gestational wheel in class last week.  The lovely plastic double disks are a gift from Bayer Pharmaceuticals advertising a type of intra-uterine contraception I …