Have you seen the new Pregnancy to Parenting app from Lamaze International? Designed as an educational tool for expectant families, the app is also allowing families to interact with Lamaze educators. Interesting concept.  If you are a Lamaze educator you can participate in training to learn how to use the app to interact with families.  I’ve been toying with the idea of teaching a few classes over the next few months while I work on my dissertation, so this new product might it easier to do that.Read More →

If you are here, I’m going to assume you are a blog reader. In continuation of our breastfeeding celebration, here is a list of blogs about breastfeeding you might enjoy. Making this list was harder than I thought.  I tried to avoid the blogs that sometimes talk about breastfeeding, but also talk about parenting, cooking, pregnancy and other issues of interest to breastfeeding families. I tried to collect blogs of international interest. I also tried to be aware of the change in blogs over the years.  Several blogs that I used to enjoy only sporadically post new content, or seem to only post reviews and contests.Read More →

August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week, and August is breastfeeding month.  Birthing Naturally is celebrating all month with blog posts all about breastfeeding. We are kicking off the month with five great links to help you celebrate. The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action hosted a photo contest in honor of World Breastfeeding Week.  Check out the winners of the contest here. The United States Breastfeeding Committee is a coalition of over 50 independent organizations to support, promote, and protect breastfeeding.  Take a look at the legislation and policy information to find how you can advocate for breastfeeding. If you are not from the United States,Read More →

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 a piece on Global Motherhood titled Delivering Joy: Midwives are the Key to a Future With Healthy Mothers and Babies. Be sure to support the “Improving Access to Maternity Care Act of 2014” Upcoming Conferences and Webinars: Check the Birth Professional Conferences Calendar for upcoming events including the Midwives AllianceRead More →

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 midwifery student with big ideas, she is a woman with a productive history of advocacy and knowledge generation. She is an editor for a research journal.  She sits on the board of CIMS. This is a woman who has been active in maternal health, and is using midwifery training toRead More →

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 it still works.  And that is what I find interesting today. Having a list of useful links on a website is like shooting an arrow at a moving target. The internet is a dynamic information source, changing daily.  A link that was helpful last week may be “broken” this week.Read More →

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 your childbirth educator, doula or midwife website is listed there – fantastic.  I update it about once a month, so if you are not listed be sure to submit your site and I’ll get you in on the next update. The part I really want you to notice is under theRead More →

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 and routine urinalysis Routine evaluation for edema Routine testing for cytomegalovirus (CMV), parvovirus, toxoplasmosis Routine nutritional supplements Routine testing for bacterial vaginosis Interesting, is it not?  What a great tool for helping families decide if the care they are receiving is actually the best quality. Enjoy!Read More →