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 a lesbian couple, aged 18-45 and expecting your first child, they want to talk to you.  Here is a flier that provides general information: Flyer (pdf) And a few more specifics if it helps you decide: For this study, we are recruiting lesbian couples ages 18 to 45 who are expecting their first child. IfRead More →

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 have the expectation that I will have a grant submitted for my dissertation research and my dissertation proposal accepted this summer.  I’m progressing well on both fronts, so no worries.  But I wanted to share a few reflections for those who have not yet begun their training. One of the reasonsRead More →

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 with, I don’t think hobby’s are bad things.  I have a few I enjoy very much.  But hobbies are done for our pleasure, not to meet the needs of others.  Hobbies and jobs occupy different spaces in our lives, and demand different responsibilities. Jobs we do to earn money, againRead More →

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 a paper was more related to how closely it resembled what I already believed than anything within the design of the study. Now when I read a paper I go through a long process of making decisions; What exactly is the research question? What theory does this study build from?Read More →

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 give  information and education, to lay out the options and the most likely outcomes.  It is the woman’s job to decide the goal. Why? Because she will never be committed to a goal she doesn’t set. But if I can get her to share her goal, to tell me whatRead More →

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 and is part of the reason I regularly ask myself if all the work I put into the website is worth my time. Keeping the directory gives me a chance to look at many childbirth professional websites.  I get to see what people are doing that is good, and whatRead More →

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 for a few months.  The trick is figuring out how to balance the blog with my “real” job. I do have some things to show for my hard work.Read More →