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Website Updated with Research

This summer I embarked on a project to update the website.  This would be only the second real redesign since its humble beginnings in 2000. I had updates style before, and added more articles.  But really the website simply grew by lumps and outcroppings the way a small house slowly has rooms added on.  The [...]

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Aug 10th, 2013 Research

Why Understanding Statistics Matters

People like to say that statistics lie.  Actually, the statistics tell the truth, people just are not always educated to understand what they mean. This happens alot in the birth world with the cesarean rate. The CDC releases statistics about birth in the United States each year.  In 2010, the CDC reported that 32.8% of [...]

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May 23rd, 2013 Research

Abstracts are nice, but…

If you don’t have a way to access full research articles, you need to get one.  Check with your local libraries and state college system to find out what programs they offer for the local community. Why is this so important when you can read the abstract free on Pub Med?  Because an abstract is [...]

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May 15th, 2013 Research

Do you have data to support that opinion….

I admit I have become a bit of a cynic over the past couple years.  Honestly, the more information I have access to, the less I enjoy listening to people explain why everything should be done their way when they don’t provide me with solid evidence. Not that I want to be rude, but I [...]

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Oct 13th, 2012 Research

Getting the data

Ever wondered about the premature birth rate of your county? Or the primary cesarean rate? Did you know the US government makes some of this data easily accessible for you to access? You won’t find all the information you want, but if you visit http://www.healthindicators.gov/ you can find out how your community is doing at achieving the Healthy [...]

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Sep 24th, 2012 Research

Evolving View of Vaginal Exams

As I told you, I have been taking advantage of the week before classes begin to update some information on the website.  Some pages are really easy, others are mentally and emotionally taxing. Why? Because my knowledge base has changed since the pages were written, but my basic beliefs about birth have not. At the [...]

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Evidence Based?

I’ve been wanting to write about evidence based medicine for a few weeks.  I admit to enjoying research and that I like knowing what is likely to happen when I suggest a particular treatment with a client. Evidence helps me make better clinical decisions.  Evidence helps me work more effectively with my clients. What strikes [...]

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Mar 18th, 2011 Research

An assignment for you

I’ve one final to go before I’m free from the required studying (at least for a few weeks).  I say required studying because during the break I will still study – I will just have control over what I study.  For me it will consist of reviewing all the midwifery materials from the previous semester [...]

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Dec 11th, 2010 Research

If you could choose the best weeks to birth…

One of the first prenatal questions to face a woman, when was the first day of your last menstrual period. This is asked to help estimate the date of birth. Sigh…I received my own personal gestational wheel in class last week.  The lovely plastic double disks are a gift from Bayer Pharmaceuticals advertising a type of intra-uterine contraception I [...]

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