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What a mom needs

Today we have thoughts from two guest mentors that really highlight the things that helped them labor. Thank you to guest mentor Leah for this thought about preparation. My natural childbirth experience with Bradley method 9 years ago was the most amazing moment of my life. I was very lucky to have a doula at my side […]

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Why Obesity Matters

As a midwife, I am interested in a woman’s pregnancy outcome. But as I said earlier this week, a woman is not just a uterus. I care about the whole woman, her health not just through this pregnancy but throughout the rest of her life. I hope that through her interactions with me a woman […]

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Obesity and a Healthy Lifestyle

Earlier this week I shared that the trusted wisdom of eat less and exercise isn’t always the answer.  Today I want to share some socio-cultural reasons why weight loss may be harder for some women than others.  This socio-cultural factor is poverty. An interesting thing happens in poor urban neighborhoods, companies don’t build stores there. […]

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Obesity and Mental Health

What if the problem was not that a woman overate? What if a woman overate (and became obese) because she had another problem? If you remember one thing about people, remember this: There is always a good reason for the things people do. In nearly every case the person believed they were making a good decision. This […]

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Stress, Obesity, Infertility

One of the most interesting things I learned had to do with the effects of exercise and stress on obesity.  Quick endocrine lesson for you, when the body is under stress it secretes a hormone called cortisol. This signals the body to make a few changes  that basically puts your body in a hypothyroid state. […]

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Obesity and Reproduction

I tried to post interesting tidbits from the Obesity and Reproduction conference on Twitter last week.  It worked great until I ran out of phone battery.  So I promised to share some of the more interesting things I learned here. The biggest take-away message for me was the importance of treating each client as an […]

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