Posted: February 8, 2020
By: MASS Live

Midwifery in South Sudan



A midwife from a small town in Western Massachusetts is working to provide healthcare to another small community thousands of miles away.

Liza Ramlow joined Médecins Sans Frontières in 2010 and has felt privileged to have worked in Nigeria, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of Burundi, across the Mediterranean and South Sudan three times. She’s currently supporting efforts to expand healthcare in Leer, a town in South Sudan.


Posted: February 1, 2020
By: Shari Rudavsky

Midwives Are What Women Want



Two area hospital systems — Community Health Network and Indiana University Health — are also listening to what their women patients want. And what pregnant women want, they believe, is the option of using a midwife to deliver their babies. Midwives have cemented their reputation for offering a natural, woman-centered approach to birth.

“Every hospital system should have midwives on staff delivering babies,” said Shannon Greika, a board member of the Indiana Midwives Association and a midwife on the south side. “I think moms are getting more fed up with how medical things have gotten with birth, and they’re seeking to go back to a natural experience.”

It’s not a matter of either a doctor or a midwife, but often the two professions working in concert with each other. . .


Posted: January 25, 2020
By: Medical News Today

What is an OB-GYN?



AN OB-GYN is a doctor who has broad and specific training in obstetrics and gynecology.

OB-GYNs provide a wide range of preventive care services, including pap smears, STI testing, pelvic exams, ultrasounds, and blood work.

They can answer a person’s questions about pregnancy, sex, reproductive health, infertility, and numerous other topics.

OB-GYNs are trained surgeons who can perform a wide range of procedures, including:

  • cesarean sections
  • instrumental deliveries during childbirth
  • a hysterectomy
  • removing growths, such as ovarian cysts and uterine fibroids
  • surgery to repair pelvic organ injuries

OB-GYNs can also perform a wide range of routine and in-office procedures, including:

  • pap smears to test for cervical cancer
  • STI tests
  • fertility treatments, such as egg retrievals for IVF or egg-freezing
  • pelvic ultrasounds to check the pelvic organs and monitor pregnancy
  • infertility treatments and counseling
  • management of urinary issues, such as urinary tract infections and urinary incontinence
  • treating common problems, such as anemia
  • breast exams and breast health management, including mammograms and other breast cancer screenings



Posted: January 18, 2020
By: Anna Claire Vollers

The Success of Midwifery in Alabama



Nine newly licensed midwives delivered 98 babies in 26 Alabama counties last year, according to data compiled this month by the Alabama Midwives Alliance (ALMA), a group representing professional homebirth midwives.

“We thought it was important to get as much information as possible on the midwives working here,” said Laura Reeder, a licensed midwife in Cullman who worked to collect the data for ALMA. “This is the first full year we’ve had licensed midwives (in Alabama), so it’s good to see where we are.”

Until last January, it was illegal in Alabama to have a home birth attended by a professional, such as a midwife. Homebirths were legal, but only if they were unattended.

Last January, the state midwifery board issued Alabama’s first homebirth midwife licenses since 1976. As of this month, Alabama has licensed 15 homebirth midwives, according to ALMA.

Right now, Alabama’s 15 licensed homebirth midwives serve 41 of Alabama’s 67 counties, according to the ALMA data. Of those counties, many are rural and lack obstetrical services, said Reeder.

“Even though there are only 15 in the state so far, we can still cover so much ground and provide services to people that otherwise might have to drive a long way to a hospital,” said Reeder.


Posted: January 11, 2020

2020 is the Year of the Midwife



The World Health Organization has claimed 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.  Nurses play a critical role in health promotion, disease prevention and delivering primary and community care. They provide care in emergency settings and will be key to the achievement of universal health coverage,” the agency states on its website. Investing in nurses and midwives is also economically smart—research from the United Kingdom has found “investments in education and job creation in the health and social sectors result in a triple return of improved health outcomes, global health security, and inclusive economic growth.