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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 […]

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Mar 18th, 2011 Research

The power of discernment

I am proud to be a supporter of natural childbirth.  I am thankful for the opportunities I have had to assist families as they made decisions about birth and parenting as both a childbirth educator and a doula.  But I’m starting to realize something that bothers me. The advice that I used to give as a doula […]

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Differing Philosophies of Birth

My husband needed to run to a store today.  He selected a store in a large mall in a trendy part of town.  The mall has beautiful furniture, enticing little cafes and sushi shops, every popular chain you can imagine.  He likes the freedom to look at other things that interest him when he goes to […]

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The Delicate Doctor-Nurse Relationship

I read an article today that said CNMs can be great, but they have been trained as nurses first so are indoctrinated to the Doctor-Nurse hierarchy, and I had to scratch my head. Hierarchy? As in the doctor is the boss and the nurse follows orders?  This is a very common misunderstanding of the doctor-nurse relationship, […]

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Mar 11th, 2011 Paths

Recognizing Breastfeeding Problems

I’m spending time this week (spring break) to work through the postpartum study guide I need to complete for school.  In the process I found an interesting list in Varney’s of reasons a woman may be experiencing inadequate milk supply.  How timely, someone had just asked this on the Facebook fan page last week. So […]

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Topical Treatments

I’m not really an herb person.  It’s not that I am against herbs, I’ve just never really felt the pull to learn much about them. Honestly, I feel sort of strange about it because I personally have integrated herbs with midwifery in my brain.  It seems natural to me to hear about women whose midwives […]

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Pharmacology, or something like it

I am in the semester of my program in which pharmacology is a main focus. Let me rephrase that, my main focus is pharmacology.  For many of my classmates it’s just another class with take-home exams. But I want to really understand why I would prescribe what I prescribe. I keep remembering the words of […]

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