Next week I will be presenting a workshop on menopause. This is to be my very time-consuming project at the end of my midwifery training. Except it isn’t the end, I still have a ways to go (combining degrees and all). It is interesting to think about how I got to this point.  Ten years ago I would never have guessed I would want to present on menopause, I was still very birth focused.  But as I learned more about women’s health, my interests widened.  I never would have thought I’d like working with women to treat and prevent STIs, but I do.  Dealing withRead More →

I thought I might spend this week sharing some organizations that offer the opportunity to do international volunteering as a midwife.  Today’s organization:  International Midwife Assistance To volunteer you need to be a CPM or CNM, and volunteer positions are for at least eight weeks.  Check them out.Read More →

Do you have a Twitter account?  I actually have two, one for personal use and one for business use.  I wasn’t sure I liked it for a while, but it is slowly proving its worth to me. For example, you can get updates and information from international organizations working to promote safe childbearing.  If you don’t want to take the time to search them, just visit my @birthingnatural profile and subscribe to my international list. Be forewarned, the accounts on that list tweet alot.Read More →

I’ve been reading Into These Hands for one of my midwifery classes so I thought I would share a little about it with you. The book is a collection of stories from a variety of midwives who have been involved in birth for over 20 years each.  They represent hospital, birth center and homebirth midwives. They represent DEMs, CPMs and CNMs.  They represent many ethnicities and work everywhere from rural areas to major urban centers. I’m personally not liking the book as much as I had expected.  I find some of the stories difficult to read due to writing styles and the repetitive nature of theRead More →

I know many of the women I work with are opposed to vaccines.  So I have decided it is necessary for me to have the best understanding possible so I know when to definitely recommend a vaccine, when to definitely recommend against, and how to help the parents understand the risks and benefits. The first thing I often hear is that women want nothing to do with a vaccine in pregnancy, fearing it is unsafe for the baby.  This often comes up with the influenza vaccine.  CDC guidelines are clear that pregnant women should get the vaccine, but do you know why they recommend that? 1.  TheRead More →

I’m taking a class in the epidemiology of reproductive health this semester.  I like it, but I’m weird like that.  We talk about where the data comes from for the various statistics you hear thrown around, and what that may (or may not mean) for potential bias and the accuracy of the numbers.  No, not at the conspiracy level of a country falsifying the information.  Just the normal problems in trying to get an accurate picture of the reproductive health in an area. So what does this mean?  Well, how do you figure out the amount of STIs in an area if there is noRead More →

I had the opportunity to attend a women’s health conference last week.  Not much on pregnancy, mostly preventing cervical cancer.  But one important take home point for everyone working with pregnant women. The latest guidelines for pregnancy will be to perform a PAP test ONLY if the PAP is due.  It will not be a routine part of the prenatal visit. And when it is due depends on many things, like the age of the woman and what type of testing she had for her last PAP and the results.  For example, if a woman has a negative PAP with HPV testing, she should notRead More →

I’ve had my thesis approved!  This means I can begin working on it.  So what amazing topic did I decide to pursue?  Actually its quite simple, and I’m a bit ashamed of our health care system that it has never been looked at before. I’m doing a population based cross-sectional study to compare patient to provider ratios to see if there are differences in outcomes at either end of the scale.  I’ll take existing public health data on the numbers of physicians per county, and cross that with the vital statistics data for birth by county.  I did a similar project during my BSN up in NewRead More →