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 let me know what you think.  BirthTOOLS.orgRead More →

I am currently preparing to take the midwifery certification exam.  Today I was reviewing intrapartum and was struck with the strange realization that I was on the “other” side of the fence. When I first trained as a childbirth educator, I had it drilled into me that time limits in labor were arbitrary. Because they were arbitrary, they were useless.  Story after story in the natural birth web sphere seemed to prove this philosophy. Doula’s and childbirth educators shared tips on how to know if the time limit you were given was real, or just or convenience. Friedman was blamed for the problem with his 1Read More →