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One Last Resource

Have you ever seen the National Guideline Clearinghouse?  This is a place to go to help you determine what type of care is evidence based.  For example, read through the guidelines for prenatal care and after all the other explanations you will find the following recommendations: Practices to Consider Discontinuing Cervical assessment Pelvimetry Routine urine dipsticks [...]

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One more must have from Childbirth Connection

Perhaps you think I think too highly of Childbirth Connection?  Don’t.  They freely offer a huge amount of evidence based pregnancy and childbirth information, and that makes them one of your best friends. I am lucky to be in school, because the university supplies me with access to any research article in any journal I [...]

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Great Web Research

I adore research.  I am a nerd, always have been.  But research is more than a science experiment.  Research helps us understand what is likely to happen when we proceed a particular way, and that knowledge gives us tremendous power to overcome labor challneges. But research is really only helpful if the results are reported [...]

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Another important read

Hopefully you spent some time searching through the Childbirth Connection website yesterday.  In case you didn’t, I wanted to highlight another important document available from that sight.  It is the Listening to Mothers survey, and if you have never read it you need to. The Listening to Mother’s survey asks a cohort of women who [...]

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One of my favorite books

I needed something fast to write about today, so I thought I would share about one of my favorite pregnancy books.  It’s not what you would find on most expectant mother’s shelves, but it is certainly something anyone who works with expectant mothers should read. The book?  A guide to effective care in pregnancy and [...]

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Deciding to be a nurse

I didn’t want to be a nurse. Even as I enrolled in nursing school I did it grudgingly. I could see the value of some nurses to the birth process, I certainly had my favorites at our local hospitals, but overall I subscribed to the stereotype that nurses were just there to do what the doctors told them. [...]

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Oct 8th, 2010 Paths

That’s Midwifery?

Today I completed my male genital exam check off in lab.  Yes, it is true.  In midwifery school I have been trained to assess the male reproductive anatomy.  Don’t worry, I checked off on female exams a few weeks ago.  But you might be wondering why a male exam is part of midwifery school. My [...]

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Oct 7th, 2010 Paths

Do you rest?

I have a confession to make, I’m exhausted. It’s true.  I’m tired and have difficulty focusing on my reading as long as I feel I should.  I’m pulled in many directions and even missed a deadline to sign up for a class I really was hoping to participate in.  I’m over-booked, which left very little [...]

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Time to Diversify?

I wanted to share a thought that has been brewing in my head.  But to begin with, let me share the story of a young woman whose name I don’t remember. At the invitation of a teacher in the pregnant teen program, I visited this young woman at her school.  As her teacher introduced her, she told [...]

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Another report of the Rapes

It makes me sick to read these.  Apparently the rapes happen despite the presence of UN peace keepers. Read the story here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/04/world/africa/04congo.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss My heart breaks for these women.  I pray for strength for the midwives, for my friends.

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