Posted: March 28, 2020
By: Lauren Walsh
Surge of Women Considering Home Birth
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBMA) — Alabama midwives saying they’re getting a surge of calls from pregnant women interested in home deliveries during the COVID-19 pandemic.
There’s still limited data on how COVID-19 can affect pregnant women and their babies. The CDC says it does not know at this time if COVID-19 would cause problems during pregnancy or affect the health of the baby after birth.
Her hospital, like many in the hospitals in the Birmingham area, is limiting visitors right now and only allowing one support person in labor. Some hospitals aren’t allowing doulas right now. Brown says the home option is safe for women who are healthy and low risk.
Posted: March 20, 2020
By: Samantha Schmidt
More Opting for Homebirth as Hospitals Prepare for COVID-19
As pregnant women across the country wrestle with anxieties about the potential impact of the pandemic, midwifery practices are reporting a significant uptick in requests for alternatives to deliveries in hospitals.
About 1 percent of all births in the country take place at home, and about 9 percent are delivered by certified nurse midwives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the option of delivering at home or in a birth center has suddenly become a comforting alternative for scores of pregnant women who are worried about the spread of the virus in hospitals.
Posted: March 14, 2020
By: Nathalie Raffray
Midwife at Northwick Park Hospital Saves Cleaner’s Life
Sade Oluwaleimu, who works in Northwick Park Hospital’s maternity department, was called to help a domestic worker found clutching her chest.
The 29-year-old from Kingsbury, spent more than a year working in A&E before retraining as a midwife. She took the cleaner’s blood pressure which was less than half it should have been. Her quick action and transport to a doctor saved the woman’s life.
Posted: February 29, 2020
By: Sydney Shadrix and Jeff Wright
East Texas Hospital Adds Nurse-Midwife Positions
CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic and CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center have announced the addition of a new midwife group and a team of certified nurse-midwives (CNM), who will begin seeing patients in late February.
While certified nurse-midwives provide expert care during labor and delivery, their support of new mothers and children after birth is a specialty that makes midwives unique. These nurse-midwives often help answer questions concerning specialized subjects, such as lactation support and advice in caring for a newborn.
Posted: February 22, 2020
By: Sarah Surette
How to Deal with Common Complaints
Everyone is created unique and beautiful. Pregnancy is a process and our beautiful, unique bodies go through it differently. No matter how a woman’s body responds to pregnancy, someone will have something to say about her weight gain, lack of weight gain, size, shape, how she’s carrying the baby, where she’s carrying it, and so on.
If the comment equates to a social faux pas in any other circumstance, it should be considered the same when said to a pregnant woman.
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.