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.”