Posted: August 11, 2018
By: Natalie Faunce

The Role of a Doula in Pregnancy & Childbirth



Watch this video interview with Janelle Ribbe, about the services doulas offer to expecting mothers and families who have welcomed a new baby. Plus, find out how to find a local doula to support you in your new adventure into parenthood. 


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Posted: July 25, 2018
By: Claire Colby

More Women Having Home Births



Erin Ballinger went into labor with her third child at 5 a.m. She didn’t rush to a hospital or birthing center. Instead, medical care came to her.

Certified professional midwife Robin Massey drove more than an hour to assist Ballinger through the birthing process.

“If I’m having a baby naturally, I’m going to be in pain by the time I need to drive 45 minutes to the hospital,” Ballinger said. “Once I get there, I’m doing the same thing that, in my mind, I could be doing from the comfort of my own home.”


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Posted: July 7, 2018
By: Nadine Yousif

Midwives: A First in Canada at Markham-Stouffville Hospital



Pregnant women tell midwife Carol Cameron that they want the best of both worlds: the consistent and intimate care of a midwife and the security of a hospital birth.

That vision became a reality on Tuesday at Markham-Stouffville Hospital, north of Toronto, when staff officially opened the Alongside Midwifery Unit, a midwife-run and operated space that administrators say is the first of its kind in Canada. It is the latest step toward the advancement of midwifery in the country as an autonomous profession.


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Posted: June 9, 2018
By: Lana Barhum

What Happens During a Pelvic Exam?



A pelvic exam involves physically and visually examining the female reproductive and sexual organs. It allows a doctor to look for signs of infection and illness.

The doctor performing the exam may be a gynecologist or an OB-GYN. They will examine the:

  • vulva
  • vagina
  • cervix
  • uterus
  • ovaries and Fallopian tubes


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Posted: May 30, 2018
By: R. Chakraborty 

The Culture War Between Midwives and Doctors



The US falls behind other affluent countries in midwife use. A deeper look at history may explain why. Midwives in the US participate in less than 10 percent of births. In Sweden, Denmark, and France, they lead around three-quarters of deliveries.




Posted: May 2, 2018
By: KSHB News

Moms to Rally for Midwife Options



More women are choosing to deliver their babies with the help of a midwife, but not many Kansas City-area hospitals offer the service.

Mothers plan to rally Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. outside Shawnee Mission Medical Center in a “March for Midwifery.” Their goal is to convince the hospital to allow and/or hire midwives.




Posted: April 13, 2018
By: HealthLink

WA Hospitals Rank Highest for Midwife Integration



Could midwives help boost maternal and infant health in the United States?

A new study shows that states that give midwives a greater role in patient care do better on key measures of maternal and infant health.

The new study found that states like Washington ranked highest and does better at integrating midwives into the healthcare system. Hospitals like Northwest in Seattle are producing better health outcomes for mothers and babies.



Posted April 5, 2018
Article by: Nasser Youssouf

Advancing the Rights of Women in the Comoros



As a midwife, Hadjira Oumouri, 49, spent years advocating for the health and rights of women. Today, she is the second-ever woman Member of Parliament in the Comoros, and currently the only female MP.

She was also an outspoken women’s activist, even creating a women’s association to represent women and girls in Mbadjini.

Ms. Oumouri sponsored a law requiring gender diversity in appointments made by governors and heads of state. It also calls for political parties’ nominations to include both men and women.

“I thought if we could have a law that can support women, it would be a big step forward. It is also a way of motivating women, of waking up to go and campaign in political parties,” she said.


Posted: March 6, 2018
Article by: Natalie Daher

Why Midwives Are Fast Becoming More Popular Than OBGYNs



Midwives often come up in conversations of home births and even “Goop” moms, often deemed problematic. But they’re fast becoming an effective primary and reproductive health care option as women’s access to healthcare (especially if they’re low-income) is rolled back.

The rising profile and respectability of midwives has also sparked debate over whether they can be part of major public health solutions in the United States. But certified nurse-midwives’ and certified midwives’ independent practice within the healthcare system is still limited, varying by state.

“‘Independent’ has become a dirty word,” Lisa Kane Low, president of the American College of Nurse Midwives and associate professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Nursing, said. Powerful organizations such as the American Medical Association, according to Kane Low, “take the word ‘independent’ to mean not within any kind of health care structure that supports interaction and collaboration.”

A first-of-its-kind study published last month in the journal PLOS One found states where midwives are more integrated into the system also reported better maternal care outcomes.

Advocates for “untethering” midwives from physicians say the stigma around “independence” hurts women, especially as physician’s organizations like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) have supported their “full scope, autonomous practice,” as “qualified, accountable providers who work collaboratively with ob-gyns in an integrated maternity care system that promotes seamless access to appropriate care.”

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Posted: Jan 19, 2018
By: Carole Shipman

The Necessary C-Section

In a world of unnecessary C-Sections, sometimes a C-Section is necessary.  The  C-Section rate in NJ is aruond 40%, when it should actually be closer to 15%. Recently, in my practice, the last two labors that I attended led to a necessary C-Section.  They were necessary due to unforeseen issues with the “4 Ps of labor.”

1. Passenger  (Baby + Placenta)
2. Passageway (Birth canal)
3. Powers (Contractions)
4. Position of the mother.
5. Psychological response.


Sometimes, due to many long hours of attempting to accommodate or correct the unpredictable and unforeseen aspects of labor and birth, the best and only way to birth a baby is through a C-Section.

Sometimes there’s no way to predict the inevitable. Even with my experienced crystal ball, births can take unexpected twisted and turns.  Fortunately, I can provide continuity of care, whether it be a planned home birth where a transfer is necessary, or for all planned hospital births.  As a home birth midwife, with hospital privileges, I’m able to provide quality of care for all birth experiences.

Posted: Jan 11, 2018
By:  Fox News

Midwives Trending With New Moms


Certified Midwives strive to understand the mother’s goals for her pregnancy and delivery.  SLUCare nurse Rebekah Hassler, CNM at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital says women are choosing midwives because of the longer appointment times and one-on-one education to learn exactly what to expect throughout the pregnancy.  And then the mom and midwife work together toward her goals for her labor and delivery.  Hassler said initial appointments set the baseline for each mom, “Just from the very beginning, how do you feel about being pregnant?  What are your hopes for your pregnancy?  What are you concerned about?  What are you excited about?”

Posted: Jan 7, 2018

There Was a Child Went Forth Every Day

Walt Whitman, 18191892

There was a child went forth every day,
And the first object he looked upon and received with wonder or pity or love or dread, that object he became,
And that object became part of him for the day or a certain part of the day . . . . or for many years or stretching cycles of years.

The early lilacs became part of this child,
And grass, and white and red morningglories, and white and red clover, and the song of the phœbe-bird,
And the March-born lambs, and the sow’s pink-faint litter, and the mare’s foal, and the cow’s calf, and the noisy brood of the barn-yard or by the mire of the pond-side . . and the fish suspending themselves so curiously below there . . . and the beautiful curious liquid . . and the water-plants with their graceful flat heads . . all became part of him.

And the field-sprouts of April and May became part of him . . . . wintergrain sprouts, and those of the light-yellow corn, and of the esculent roots of the garden,
And the appletrees covered with blossoms, and the fruit afterward . . . . and woodberries . . and the commonest weeds by the road;
And the old drunkard staggering home from the outhouse of the tavern whence he had lately risen,
And the schoolmistress that passed on her way to the school . . and the friendly boys that passed . . and the quarrelsome boys . . and the tidy and fresh-cheeked girls . . and the barefoot negro boy and girl,
And all the changes of city and country wherever he went.

His own parents . . he that had propelled the fatherstuff at night, and fathered him . . and she that conceived him in her womb and birthed him . . . . they gave this child more of themselves than that,
They gave him afterward every day . . . . they and of them became part of him.
The mother at home quietly placing the dishes on the suppertable,
The mother with mild words . . . . clean her cap and gown . . . . a wholesome odor falling off her person and clothes as she walks by:
The father, strong, self-sufficient, manly, mean, angered, unjust,
The blow, the quick loud word, the tight bargain, the crafty lure,
The family usages, the language, the company, the furniture . . . . the yearning and swelling heart,
Affection that will not be gainsayed . . . . The sense of what is real . . . . the thought if after all it should prove unreal,
The doubts of daytime and the doubts of nighttime . . . . the curious whether and how,
Whether that which appears so is so . . . . Or is it all flashes and specks?
Men and women crowding fast in the streets . . if they are not flashes and specks what are they?
The streets themselves, and the façades of houses. . . . the goods in the windows,
Vehicles . . teams . . the tiered wharves, and the huge crossing at the ferries;
The village on the highland seen from afar at sunset . . . . the river between,
Shadows . . aureola and mist . . light falling on roofs and gables of white or brown, three miles off,
The schooner near by sleepily dropping down the tide . . the little boat slacktowed astern,
The hurrying tumbling waves and quickbroken crests and slapping;
The strata of colored clouds . . . . the long bar of maroontint away solitary by itself . . . . the spread of purity it lies motionless in,
The horizon’s edge, the flying seacrow, the fragrance of saltmarsh and shoremud;
These became part of that child who went forth every day, and who now goes and will always go forth every day,
And these become of him or her that peruses them now.


By: Amanda Pisetzner Dec 18, 2017

Navy Midwife Delivered 5,000 Babies


David Loshbaugh is Commander in the United States Navy serving in an elite unit. One of 30 active duty midwives in the ranks, Loshbaugh serves his country every day — by delivering babies.

As a term, midwife came from old English, meaning “with woman,” though the reference is to the patient as opposed to the gender of the practitioner. Even so, men only make up about .63 percent of Certified Nurse Midwives nationwide, a tiny group comprised of about 12,000 people. But midwifery work is becoming more mainstream.


Across the country, delivery by a midwife is up 152 percent since 1989, when data was first collected on the subject. And today, over 88 percent of midwife-led births occur in a hospital setting. In 2015, more than 338,000 babies were delivered under midwife care.

“I think for such a long time in medicine, we have dictated to patients what they’re supposed to do,” Commander Loshbaugh said. “With midwifery, we’re able to give people the necessary education to make their own decisions, and to empower them to make their own decisions.”