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Getting Birth Research Funded

When I first started in birth work, I wondered why such obvious good questions were not researched.  As I learned more I began to understand the problems of good research, and why certain types of studies would likely never be done (what woman wants to be randomized to epidural or not?)  This week I am [...]

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Apr 16th, 2014 Research

Gearing up for Conference Season

Spring is conference season for me, and every year I have to make decisions about which conferences I will attend.  How do I make those decisions?  I rank them on their ability to meet my priorities. When I first started working in the world of birth, conferences were about learning as much as possible.  Attending [...]

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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. [...]

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Spring Break Catch-up

I am about half-way through the second semester, which brings me to spring break.  For me it is merely a week to catch up, and I spent the first couple hours this morning cleaning and organizing emails, contact lists and calendars.  I have three conferences coming up, so part of that time was ensuring all [...]

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Birth, Womanhood, Value

I was reading one of the original publications on the three delays to care in childbirth emergencies this morning, and was struck with an unpleasant thought. First, let me acquaint any readers who have not heard of them with the three delays. It is a framework for thinking about and dealing with the problems that [...]

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What I did with my winter vacation…

I have to admit, I wasn’t quite prepared for a new semester to start.  It didn’t help that instructors didn’t have readings available until the day of class so I couldn’t be a week ahead (my comfort zone).  What really had me not prepared was that I actually spent my break doing something for me. [...]

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How does science become science?

Just found an interesting site for those who want to improve their ability to understand research articles.  I haven’t dug too far into it yet, but seems promising:   Sense about Science  

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Dec 11th, 2013 Research

Self-Study for Vaginitis

Looking for an interesting self-study program during the holiday break?  Here is one from the CDC on vaginitis.  It is such a common issue for women, midwives need to understand the condition. Vaginitis Self-Study Enjoy.  

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Nov 26th, 2013 Training

Hearing a fetal heartbeat with a Stethoscope

At the end of a random self-talk conversation this morning I remembered how awesome I thought it was when the midwives at the birth center taught me to hear the fetal heartbeat with a stethoscope.  At the time is seemed so hard, and it took me a few tries.  But the more I traveled, the [...]

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Nov 22nd, 2013 Training

Advocacy

For those who think their calling may be more on the political activism side of the spectrum, I wanted to take a minute and give you some resources you might not have considered.  Most major organizations have advocacy priorities that are set by the national board.  For example, if you read at the Royal College [...]

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