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Obesity Physiology and Pregnancy Risks

Yesterday we looked at the increased rates of obesity in the past twenty years. Today we will try to answer the question – Does Obesity Matter?  Can you be healthy and obese? Measuring Obesity Before we go any further, I want to make sure we are all defining obesity the same. Obesity is defined as [...]

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Pre-Pregnancy Obesity

I promised last month to come back to our discussion about obesity and midwifery, and I am keeping that promise. Our discussion is going to stay focused on pre-pregnancy obesity, and we will start today by discussing the increase in obesity.  Tomorrow we will begin to talk about the increased risks for mother and baby, [...]

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Did you have a traumatic childbirth experience?

A Study out of the University of the Sunshine Coast is looking for parents, both men and women, over 18 years old who feel the birth experience with their child was traumatic. From the website: The volunteers will be invited to complete an online survey containing 121 questions which will take approximately 20 to 30 [...]

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May 26th, 2014 Research

Midwifery School Isn’t Perfect

Last week,   At Your Cervix wrote an interesting post about the things she wishes she had learned in Midwifery School. A great read for anyone still in school, or planning to attend school soon.  Why?  Because it can help you focus time on learning these things. I add extra agreement to points 2 and [...]

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May 25th, 2014 Training

Is a satisfied patient the goal?

A friend posted this article today, which reminded me of a growing problem in health care–patient satisfaction isn’t correlated with better patient outcomes. [In fact, the most satisfied patients are 12 percent more likely to be hospitalized and 26 percent more likely to die, according to researchers at UC Davis. “Overtreatment is a silent killer,” wrote Dr. William Sonnenberg in [...]

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An aspring Midwife to Watch

I had the extreme pleasure of landing on the Urban Village Midwife blog tonight. I was instantly connected to Sherry Payne — this is a woman whose midwife heart beats like mine. Research, disparities, increasing midwifery workforce…and she comes at it from a community health perspective. In case you are thinking this is “just” a [...]

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The Uterus is NOT a Sterile Environment

No, researchers don’t have a way to test the uterus per se, but a group did find a way to test placentas. That’s right…a group of researchers went searching for microorganisms in placentas. They found some.  The study is showcased in a story at the New York Times. So what does this mean? We can’t [...]

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May 22nd, 2014 Research

Encouraging Pregnant Women to Exercise

When I was teaching childbirth education classes, a common question was “what type of exercise is the best?” I did my best to encourage women that ANY exercise was better than none – but the focus always seemed to come back to finding that one exercise that they SHOULD be doing. If they didn’t like [...]

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Tools for Improving Birth

Have you seen the new website from the American College of Nurse-Midwives?  It is a virtual toolbox for promoting physiologic birth. Inside you can find sample policies and protocols,  quality improvement resources, position statements and more. All the things you need to improve the rates of physiologic birth at your hospital. Check it out and [...]

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Childbirth Businesses and Facebook

I’ve been a strong supporter of separation of personal and business on Facebook, and I still am.  Changes in Facebook algorithms have changed the way your business page works. So now I wonder, is Facebook still worth the trouble? I go back and forth on this question.  I suppose the answer is going to be [...]

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