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June 2014 Highlights

Here are some updates from around the birth world… Advocacy The National Partnership for Women and Families released its report: Expecting Better: A State by State Analysis of Laws that Help New Parents. Midwives Alliance of North America released the I am a Midwife Education Campaign. Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan wrote [...]

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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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Electronic Learning Resources

I was cleaning out my inbox this morning and found some links to educational materials that can be helpful for midwives in training. Cardinal Movements How to Suture Correctly Perineal Repair Study Module Knot Tying More Knot Tying          

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Refreshing an internet directory

I’m beginning the last segment of the website reconstruction – cleaning up the Natural Childbirth Directory.  This is a big task.  The directory has over 200 pages of information just about services available in the United States.  Every page has to be reformatted to the new look.  Every link has to be checked to ensure [...]

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My Favorite Sites

I am always amazed at how many readers are not aware of the wide amounts of information available on the main website.  It isn’t a terribly big deal to me, but I do want you to know what you have access to. Today I want to focus your attention to the Natural Childbirth Directory. If [...]

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One Last Resource

Have you ever seen the National Guideline Clearinghouse?  This is a place to go to help you determine what type of care is evidence based.  For example, read through the guidelines for prenatal care and after all the other explanations you will find the following recommendations: Practices to Consider Discontinuing Cervical assessment Pelvimetry Routine urine dipsticks [...]

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One more must have from Childbirth Connection

Perhaps you think I think too highly of Childbirth Connection?  Don’t.  They freely offer a huge amount of evidence based pregnancy and childbirth information, and that makes them one of your best friends. I am lucky to be in school, because the university supplies me with access to any research article in any journal I [...]

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Great Web Research

I adore research.  I am a nerd, always have been.  But research is more than a science experiment.  Research helps us understand what is likely to happen when we proceed a particular way, and that knowledge gives us tremendous power to overcome labor challneges. But research is really only helpful if the results are reported [...]

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Another important read

Hopefully you spent some time searching through the Childbirth Connection website yesterday.  In case you didn’t, I wanted to highlight another important document available from that sight.  It is the Listening to Mothers survey, and if you have never read it you need to. The Listening to Mother’s survey asks a cohort of women who [...]

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Reading Room

It is Saturday Morning, time to sleep in and spend too much time catching up on some reading.  Since I’ve been talking about prenatal care I wanted to find some interesting things about caring for families before the baby is born. The Mantra is early prenantal care and the best care of course begins before you [...]

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