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Midwifery Students as Volunteer Doulas

The Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health published an article about a program utilizing student nurse-midwives as volunteer doulas.  I’ve seen programs similar to this, using nursing students or midwifery students.  The program in the article combined the use of community doulas and midwifery students. Having run a volunteer doula service myself I’m usually skeptical […]

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Understanding Fear of Childbirth

A study published in the June edition of Acta obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica explored fear of childbirth through maternal surveys.  While the study question was about the effect of counseling for fear of childbirth, several interesting things are revealed in the descriptive statistics (the part of the study where the researchers tell you about the […]

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May 18th, 2015 Research

Advocate for Lactation

The Friendly Airports for Mothers (FAM) Act has been introduced into congress.  The Act, if made into law, would require airports to provide accessible, safe, clean, and convenient lactation rooms for travelers. The United States Breastfeeding Committee needs your help. By sharing your airport lactation experience you will be providing valuable evidence to lawmakers about […]

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Be a Research Subject

Here is an opportunity for you to participate in research that helps us understand what it is like to become a mother.  Researchers at the University of Michigan are investigating the pregnancy-related experiences that are unique to sexual minorities to help minimize the effect of these stressors on prenatal and postnatal outcomes. If you are […]

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May 13th, 2015 Research

Balancing Family and Training

My semester has ended, which is good because so many things on the website have been neglected during this round of classes.  For those who are new to the blog, I’ve just completed my second year in a PhD Program in Nursing.  The second year is a bit more intense.  In addition to classes I […]

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Birth – hobby or work?

I am in the process of trying to decide what role the website will have in my future life (let’s face it, 15 years is a long time to keep it going). As part of the process I’ve starting thinking about what it takes to make birth a job rather than a hobby. To start […]

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Feb 23rd, 2015 Paths

How not to compare statistics

I’ve spent the last five years learning how to interpret research, I know it isn’t easy.  I didn’t always know this.  I used to think I could read the conclusions of a paper, check out a few things and either incorporate it or ignore it.  The problem was, just like all humans, my trust in […]

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Midwife as Coach

I want to share a wonderful line I heard recently. “I am going to remind her of the goals she set for herself.  As her coach, that is my job.” This resonates so well with my philosophy of care.  As a midwife, it is not my job to set the goals.  It is my job to […]

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What I learn from hosting a web directory – five things you should change

If you have never looked at the Natural Childbirth Directory, you should.  This portion of the website is truly a labor of love.  While the rest of the pages need little work but annual review, these pages get updated often because the links change and people submit new websites.  It takes a lot of work […]

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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 […]

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