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It's International Day of the Midwife!!!! Happy day to all the midwives working hard to bring the best care to families even through a pandemic
Every year on May 5th, the International Day of the Midwife takes place. While you’d think it was an incredibly long-marked awareness day, it wasn’t made official until 1992, when it was launched formally by the International Confederation of Midwives. Themes for the day have included healthy fa...
This is so important! If you don't feel great with the provider that you have, look for someone who makes feel good about your choices♡
"During breast-feeding, baby saliva reacts with breastmilk to produce reactive oxygen species, while simultaneously providing growth-promoting nucleotide precursors. Milk thus plays more than a simply nutritional role in mammals, interacting with infant saliva to produce a potent combination of stimulatory and inhibitory metabolites that regulate early oral–and hence gut–microbiota. Consequently, milk-saliva mixing appears to represent unique biochemical synergism which boosts early innate immunity."
Xanthine oxidase (XO) is distributed in mammals largely in the liver and small intestine, but also is highly active in milk where it generates hydrogen peroxide (H O ). Adult human saliva is low in hypoxanthine and xanthine, the substrates of XO, ...
Black Women Are Leading The Fight For Respectful Maternity Care During COVID-19 Crisis And Beyond
During Black Maternal Health Week, partners across the country are amplifying the need for all Black mothers to have respectful maternity care.
A very insightful read. Lots to consider.
Mar 27, 2020 COVID19 Doula Ethics Newborn Postpartum Under what circumstances would you consider never holding your newborn baby, depriving yourselves of that golden hour of brain development and optimal attachment? What would the circumstances need to be for you to choose that separation and all of...
COVID-19 Is No Reason to Abandon Pregnant People
New rules prohibiting spouses or doulas during labor and delivery in many New York City hospitals are putting vulnerable populations at greater risk
Elephant Baby: Full-Service Postpartum Support
Hooray for boobie milk!🐘💕
The Impact of Coronavirus on Community Birth
By now, most if not all of us, have heard of coronavirus. Regardless of which media outlet, news of the coronavirus outbreak has spread faster than the virus itself. Named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization in late January 2020, the disease is being considered an “emergency of international...
It's important to know.
Yes, there is something unique about black breastfeeding. Several somethings, actually.
This is a great way to get good info about why we choose home birth out to the world!
What drives women in America to have babies at home rather than in a hospital or birth center?
Pope: Midwives might have the most noble of all professions
Pope Francis on January 19 applauded the designation of 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.” He suggested that “midwives carry out perhaps the noblest of the professio…
Read that again. #Midwife360
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It's so backwards! That's why community based care is so important to midwives; the birthing person is at and stays at the top and EVERYONE else comes after
“You don’t ask for praise or for recognition but instead unwaveringly continue your amazing work bringing new life into our world,” she writes. “You continue to demonstrate that despite your technical mastery and the advancement of modern medicine, it is the human to human relationships and simple acts of kindness that sometimes mean the most.”
Kensington Palace also released heartwarming photos of her visit to a London hospital’s maternity unit.
This is a wonderful start!!!!
$2.5 Million to Educate Disadvantaged Student Midwives Becomes Law!
On Thursday, December 19th, following a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier in the week, the Senate passed the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020 which includes funding for the Department of Health and Human Services through next September. NACPM and the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC) are thrilled to announce that funding to educate midwives that was included this past summer in the House appropriations bill, is part of this final legislation. The President signed this Act last evening, December 20th.
This legislation allocates $2,500,000 to educate midwives within the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) Program in Title VII of the Public Health Service Act. For the first time ever, midwives enrolled in accredited programs will be included in the categories of students eligible to receive SDS scholarships. This funding within the SDS program will increase the number of midwifery graduates working in underserved communities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds, including students who are members of racial and ethnic minority groups.
“A midwifery workforce that represents the changing racial and ethnic demographics of the childbearing population is urgently needed to address the mortality and morbidity crisis for birthing people in the U.S. today,” said Mary Lawlor, Executive Director of NACPM. “We know that communities of color tragically suffer these outcomes disproportionally and that concordant care – where people see themselves as similar to their care provider - contributes to better outcomes in vulnerable populations. NACPM celebrates this new funding as a positive step forward toward a representative midwifery workforce and better health for all people having babies.”
NACPM and MEAC are committed to investing in a strong, racially, ethnically and socially representative CPM workforce to meet the urgent needs of childbearing people. We applaud Congress for prioritizing for the first time the growth of the midwifery workforce. We especially thank Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Chair of the Maternity Care Caucus, and Congresswoman Jamie Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Co-Chair of the Caucus, for supporting the critical role midwives must play in alleviating the birth care crisis. We thank them first for including this funding in the House appropriations legislation this past summer, and for ensuring that it remained intact in the final legislation. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work with these Congressional champions to address the critical national shortage of birth care providers, and to specifically address the urgent lack of adequate racial representation in the midwifery workforce.
"Midwives are integral to solving the current maternity care crisis in the United States,” said Kristi Ridd-Young, Vice-President of Outreach for the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council. These funds will have a direct impact on the midwifery student’s ability to graduate and practice as a qualified, credentialed midwife in their own underserved communities. The completion of a degree or certificate, particularly in midwifery, requires so much more than evidence-informed curriculum and qualified faculty. A safety net of support is vital to the success of midwifery students, especially those who are from disadvantaged backgrounds, racial or ethnic minorities, and who are first-generation college students."
This past fall, NACPM, with participation from MEAC, convened a Task Force to develop guidance for our MEAC-accredited schools to ensure they have the information needed to apply for grants provided by this $2.5 million funding. Schools and programs can expect this guidance early in the new year.
We now look forward to working with the Maternity Care Caucus Co-Chairs in 2020 to ensure the passage of H.R. 3849, the Midwives for Maximizing Optimal Maternity Services (MOMS) Act. This legislation, introduced by these Congresswomen, will create historic and substantial new funding streams for midwifery education within Titles VII and VIII of the Public Health Service Act. It will provide grants to accredited midwifery programs for direct student support, expansion of programs, and support for the preceptor workforce. This legislation will also address the lack of adequate racial representation in midwifery by directing resources to schools and programs that train students who plan to practice in provider shortage areas, and that focus on increasing racial and ethnic representation in midwifery education and the workforce.
ANN ARBOR—A new study found that water births are no more risky than land births, and that women in the water group sustain fewer first and second-degree tears. University of Michigan researchers analyzed 397 waterbirths and 2025 land births from two midwifery practices. There were no differences
Effects of Delayed Cord Clamping on 4-Month Ferritin Levels, Brain Myelin Content, and Neurodevelopment: A Randomized Controlled Trial
To evaluate whether placental transfusion influences brain myelination at 4 months of age.
We Need to Talk About PTSD in NICU Parents
"PTSD following neonatal intensive care is rarely spoken about, and mums just like me hide away."
The uterus is so cool!
✨The uterus is considered a free floating organ, supported by 14 ligaments, nestled between the bladder & bowels. ✨It has the capacity to shift & move, to grow & shrink not only during pregnancy but also during each & every menstrual cycle. ✨ A non-menstruating uterus weighs about 4oz, but by the end of pregnancy these same ligaments must support an organ that now averages aprox 11lbs ✨The amount of strain incurred on the uterus can be likened to first degree musculoskeletal strain - with a recovery time taking much more than 6 weeks ✨ Healing the uterine ligaments is a primary reason why profound REST is so important during the fourth trimester 🛌 May we all live with strength & vitality & without prolapse ✊🏻 #bornmidwifery #preventinguterineprolaspe #fourthtrimester #wichitabirth #postpartum
This conference is incredibly informative!
"Because surprise breech happens, I believe it is unethical for anyone in maternity care to not have those skills."
Hermine Hayes-Klein, JD
2019 Madison Breech Conference
For all those thinking about birth... this paints a very, very interesting picture
I think more people need to see this, worth a share ;)
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Say it again! Midwives are experts in birth care. They are experienced, educated and by all objective measures the best support for supporting birth. Midwives in Aotearoa, when needed will work alongside other birth specialists to give the best possible support. When you birth at home you get two midwives supporting you, those two midwives come equipped with everything they need for most birth emergencies. If a transfer is needed, then they will support you with that too.
Further reading here:
Photo: Kelly Dorgan
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On the heels of the dilation post, there’s this one. Especially in early labor, don’t time your contractions for hours and hours. Time for an hour and if things aren’t changing significantly, get some rest or go about your day. Take up timing again when you feel a change in frequency and intensity. Timing in early labor can create the watched pot effect and cause discouragement. And staying up to tend contractions you could sleep through if you laid down causes fatigue and makes it harder to cope when active labor does begin. You will not thwart active labor by lying down. When it is ready to go, nothing will stop it. So get that rest and save your strength!!!
Experiments have shown improved cardiovascular stability in lambs if umbilical cord clamping is postponed until positive pressure ventilation is started. Studies on intact cord resuscitation on human term infants are sparse. The purpose of this study was to evaluate differences in clinical outcomes....
Yes! The risk of having a uterine rupture from a scarred uterus vs an unscarred uterus is minute. Approx .3%difference!!
What would happen if we re-framed how we talk about uterine rupture?
When preparing for VBAC, a lot of providers put a HUGE emphasis on uterine rupture risk and don't focus on your REAL chances of success or the escalating risks that come with repeat Cesarean. Take away the risk for uterine rupture and VBAC is just like any other birth.
With a 99.5% (VBAC) - 98.5% (VBAMC) chance of NOT having a uterine rupture, those are pretty amazing odds and in any other medical procedure, would be considered a no-brainier.
- Brain surgery with a 99% chance that things will go perfectly, YES, please!
- Heart valve repair with a 99% success rate? AMAZING!
- Prescription drugs with a 99% chance you will have zero side effects? I'd TOTALLY but it!
Do you see what I mean? Why do we rush so quickly to a surgery that has a HIGHER chance than that of major complications when the odds of NOT having a uterine rupture uterine rupture are so high?
Your odds of NOT having a major complication due to a Cesarean are 96.7%, by the time you are on your 3rd Cesarean it drops to 92.5% (which are still good odds, arguably).
Let's put it all together.
- Your odds of NOT having a uterine rupture: 98.5%-99.5%
- Your odds of NOT having major complications due to a repeat Cesarean: 92.5% -96.7%.
How does that make you feel??
Find out more about uterine rupture at https://www.thevbaclink.com/post/uterine-rupture
Dig more into the facts about VBAC in our How to VBAC Prep Course for Parents: thevbaclink.com/vbac-class
***Statistics taken from the National Vital Records Database Birth Reports Data from 2016.
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