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End of the Year and Waterbirth

When I wrapped up the last series I thought I could make weekly posts…I was ambitious.  I was correct in my suspicion that my workload would increase near the end of the semester. I am now in the midst of a working break between semesters and I don’t see an end to the heavy workload …

Learning to Read Carefully

I ran into an infographic titled A Breakdown of Birth in the U.S.A. I wanted to like it, but the information on the poster is misleading. It does make a great little demonstration of  how to learn to question what you read. If you haven’t opened the infographic yet, put it in a new window …

The Birth Worker Survey

To prepare for our summer of statistics, I’ve put together a short survey for you – the readers.  It is a simple survey asking a few questions about your beliefs about childbirth and your birth work.  We will use the results to talk about research statistics so we can become better readers of research. So …

A Fun New Project

I’m contemplating a new project for the summer.  I want to help you, my audience, become better consumers of research.  This isn’t a new idea, I have actually been thinking about it for over a year.  But the reality of being in a PhD program by day and mom by night is not really a …

Free-Online Education

Last week I challenged you to use spring break to plan out some educational opportunities for the upcoming year. If traditional courses don’t fit into your weekly schedule, you do have other options. Check out edX, a totally free way to take classes for major universities. There are several classes wanna-be midwives could benefit from. …

Cleaning Advice

I was reflecting on the advice I often hear for pregnant women and housework.  There is nothing necessarily bad about doing housework while pregnant – no more than any other time – although pregnancy does cause some interesting challenges.  What I struggle with is that the advice is usually to have your partner pick up …

Us and Them; We or They

I heard it again today, “They won’t let me….” Whenever I hear someone talking about “they” or “them,” my ears begin to perk up because I know there is more to the story than I am being told.  Here are the things that go through my mind. 1. Does this woman understand what she was told …

First Day First Birth

I’m afraid I’m not adjusting well to the time difference on this trip.  I’ve been struggling with headaches, and found it just as difficult to sleep last night as I did in Honduras.  I’m hoping .it will get better. Today was my orientation at the hospital – and since it was a quiet day (meaning …

Clay Cervix

So some of you were wondering about my clay cervices.  I made them because I have/had a skill deficit in distinguishing between 5 and 6 cm; and between 6 and 7 cm.  For most of my training these distinctions did not matter.  But I am getting some training in a very medical based practice now where everyone …

Another Semester

School starts tomorrow.  I’m really looking forward to this semester.  Not only do I get to take a lactation course and an issues in women’s health, I am also taking some fabulous classes over at the school of public health.  I start my epidemiology training this semester, am taking a course on access to healthcare and …