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Advocacy

For those who think their calling may be more on the political activism side of the spectrum, I wanted to take a minute and give you some resources you might not have considered.  Most major organizations have advocacy priorities that are set by the national board.  For example, if you read at the Royal College [...]

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Social Causes for Cesarean?

One of the courses I am taking this semester is about determinants of health.  We look at things both within the individual, and within the environment, and how they interact to affect health. A very interesting topic, and very challenging to integrate the research on a topic into a three page essay. But integrate I [...]

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Running Skirts and Giving Birth

I shared my excitement about ordering some new running skirts for my birthday with a colleague at work. She’s a runner, and her less than enthusiastic response was, “I’ve never understood why people like those.” As I reflected on her response, and the less than enthusiastic responses many women receive when they share their desire [...]

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Lobbying for Midwives

The American College of Nurse Midwives has declared August Midwifery Lobby Month.  That means they want all members and supporters to talk to legislators about policies that improve access to midwifery care. One of the national bills they encourage support for is MOMS for the 21st Century. Take a look at the information and let [...]

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Midwifery Regulation Matters

I’m updating the directory this week, a very boring task involving staring at a computer screen and writing code…….yawn. But in the midst of these updates I do more research, look for more resources and find more information about midwifery in places I don’t live…like Canada. Here in the US, midwifery is regulated at the [...]

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Wishing Safe Motherhood on Mother’s Day

Safe Motherhood.  It seems like such a simple request.  Around the world women and babies still die during pregnancy and childbirth – despite medical advances that could save many of them. Five years ago, when I began my journey to fight maternal and neonatal mortality, I thought the problem was simple. Today, I see that [...]

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What happens to the women and children?

I have been watching the unfolding of tension in central Africa since before my visit in 2008.  Reports of rebels attacking villages.  Allegations of government corruption. Growing tensions between neighboring countries. This morning I found this article in my inbox: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/03/us-burundi-rebellion-idUSBRE8820HP20120903 A group has officially declared war on Burundi. You may be accustomed to thinking about [...]

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Staying on top of things

Do you have a Twitter account?  I actually have two, one for personal use and one for business use.  I wasn’t sure I liked it for a while, but it is slowly proving its worth to me. For example, you can get updates and information from international organizations working to promote safe childbearing.  If you [...]

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Happy Birthday

Today is my birthday.  Want to celebrate with me?  Make a donation to the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, and tell them we want to celebrate lots of birthdays with a healthy baby and mother.

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Studying Maternal Mortality

I’m taking a class in the epidemiology of reproductive health this semester.  I like it, but I’m weird like that.  We talk about where the data comes from for the various statistics you hear thrown around, and what that may (or may not mean) for potential bias and the accuracy of the numbers.  No, not [...]

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