Posted: November 26, 2021
By:  Dr. Laura Brayton

 

Dr. Laura Brayton Interviews Carole Shipman, CNM

 

Excerpt:

Listen to the podcast interview I had with Dr. Laura Brayton.

 

Source: https://plinkhq.com/i/913961457?to=page

 

 

Posted: November 20, 2021
By:  Washington Post

 

Delta Variant Updates

 

Excerpt:

Parents can expect vaccines for children younger than 5 as early as next spring.

The European Union’s regulator backed an anti-viral pill for coronavirus patients ahead of the drug’s formal approval. Early data shows that the drug reduced the risk of severe infection, hospitalization and death in patients who took the pill shortly after developing covid-19 symptoms.

 

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/11/19/covid-delta-variant-live-updates/

 

 

Posted: November 13, 2021
By:  Katie Kindelan

 

Boy born at 21 weeks sets world record!

 

Excerpt:

A boy who weighed just 15 ounces at birth has been named by Guinness World Records as the world’s most premature infant to survive.

 

Source: https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/wellness/story/boy-born-21-weeks-named-worlds-premature-infant-81093184

 

 

Posted: November 12, 2021
By:  CDC

 

CDC Expands Eligibility for COVID-19 Booster Shots

 

Excerpt:

For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series:

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/p1021-covid-booster.html

 

 

Posted: November 5, 2021
By:  NIH

 

NIH to study long-term effects of COVID-19 in pregnancy.

 

Excerpt:

The National Institutes of Health will support a four-year follow-up study on the potential long-term effects of COVID-19 on women infected with SARS-CoV-2 during pregnancy. The study will also follow their offspring for any potential long-term effects.

The effort is part of NIH’s Researching COVID to Enhance Recovery (RECOVER) Initiative(link is external), which aims to understand why some individuals who have had COVID-19 don’t fully recover or develop symptoms after recovery. Known as post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC), or more commonly as Long COVID, these conditions affect all ages. Long-term effects include fatigue, shortness of breath, difficulty concentrating, sleep disorders, fevers, anxiety and depression.

Source: https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/nih-study-long-term-effects-covid-19-pregnancy

 

 

 

Posted: October 30, 2021
By:  AP News

 

Breastfeeding is Safe After COVID-19 Vaccination

 

Excerpt:

THE FACTS: A misleading article circulating on social media suggests infants are developing blood clots by drinking their vaccinated mothers’ breast milk. But it presents no solid evidence to support the claim.

GreatGameIndia, which published the article, has a history of publishing misinformation about COVID-19.

Health experts, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, recommend that breastfeeding mothers get COVID-19 vaccines.

 

Source: https://apnews.com/article/fact-checking-713852380220

 

 

 

Posted: October 22, 2021
By:  Kim Chandler

 

COVID-19 and Pregnancy: Women regret not getting the vaccine.

 

Excerpt:

With just 31% of pregnant women nationwide vaccinated, the CDC issued an urgent advisory on Sept. 29 recommending that they get the shots. The agency cautioned that COVID-19 in pregnancy can cause preterm birth and other adverse outcomes, and that stillbirths have been reported.

Dr. Akila Subramaniam, an assistant professor in the maternal-fetal medicine division of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said the hospital saw a marked rise in the number of critically ill pregnant women during July and August. She said a study there found the delta variant of COVID-19 is associated with increased rates of severe disease in pregnant women and increased rates of preterm birth.

 

 

Source: https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-science-alabama-birmingham-columbus-84187dc69eda09189401d409c84b4974

 

 

Posted: October 16, 2021
By:  BBC

 

Tribute to Chesterfield Midwife

 

Excerpt:

Lyn Guerriero died on Friday after a long illness. She started work at a hospital trust 50 years ago and helped deliver many of her own family members.

Colleagues are planning to take part in the Ashgate Hospice Sparkle Walk 2022 in her memory.

Trust chief executive Angie Smithson added: “Lyn was respected by all and always had time to listen.

 

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-derbyshire-58896103

 

 

 

Posted: October 8, 2021
By:  Scott Peterson

 

How Afghan Midwives Are Challenging Taliban Strictures on Women

 

Excerpt:

Insults are just one challenge faced by legions of Afghan midwives since the archconservative Taliban seized control of Afghanistan in mid-August. How Afghan midwives fare will be a key metric of how far the Taliban will accept the much-expanded role of women in society since the jihadis were ousted from power in 2001.

“Under the Taliban right now, midwives are like frontline health care providers,” says an Afghan midwife who received death threats and is no longer in the country, but remains in daily contact with colleagues inside.

Still, there are some glimmers of hope. They include those of the UNFPA, the U.N.’s agency for reproductive health, which operates 172 “family health houses” in 10 of Afghanistan’s remotest provinces.

 

Source: https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2021/1007/How-Afghan-midwives-are-challenging-Taliban-strictures-on-women

 

 

 

Posted: October 2, 2021
By:  CDC

 

Pregnancy and Vaccination

 

Excerpt:

Vaccines and pregnancy – everything the CDC recommends.

 

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pregnancy/index.html

 

 

 

Posted: September 24, 2021
By:  Phillip Reese

 

Home Births Gain Popularity

 

Excerpt:

From 2009 to 2019, the proportion of births nationwide outside hospitals rose from 1.01% in 2009 to 1.56% in 2019. Nationwide data for 2020 and 2021 is not yet available.

Midwives interviewed said they’ve heard from far more women in recent years turning to home births to avoid epidurals, induced labor and other invasive procedures common in hospital delivery rooms.

“I think people are looking to be more empowered in their birth…”

Births away from hospitals usually take place with the help of licensed midwives working at the homes of clients or at free-standing “birth centers.” In either setting, expectant parents typically meet with midwives several times during the pregnancy to get comfortable, express their hopes for the pregnancy and learn about the birthing process.

 

Source: https://khn.org/news/article/home-births-gain-popularity-in-baby-bust-decade/

 

 

Posted: September 18, 2021
By:  Cortney Moore

 

Fertility Doctor’s Unique Way of Announcing Pregnancies Warms Hearts

 

Excerpt:

Dr. Lawrence Werlin and his team at Coastal Fertility Medical Center announce positive IVF test results with a special phone call. Whenever the fertility clinic has a positive test result, Werlin, 72, dials up his patient and gives his staff a signal to cheer, “You’re pregnant.” He added, “The most heart-wrenching response is tears, when we tell them ‘you’re pregnant!’ and they cry.”

 

Source: https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/fertility-clinic-announces-pregnancies-group-phone

 

 

 

Posted: September 11, 2021
By:  Lisa Bennatan

 

COVID-19 Gives Birth  to a Rise in Home Deliveries

 

Excerpt:

When Twon LeDet gave birth to her first daughter more than five years ago, she opted for a hospital birth. But the experience felt impersonal, as if the staff was trying to get her in and out as quickly as possible, she said.

When she became pregnant again, this time during the pandemic, LeDet decided to look into at-home births, not just because she wanted a more intimate experience but also because she didn’t want the hospital limiting the support people she could have on hand during the delivery….

In addition to increased freedom during birth, such as being able to walk around and eat when she wants, Ledet is glad she’ll be able to be surrounded by her daughter, her husband and the midwife when it comes time to deliver her daughter in October, she said.

 

Source: https://www.galvnews.com/news/free/article_689c0904-cfe3-590d-a169-fe18dfe06882.html

 

 

Posted: September 4, 2021
By:  Lisa Bennatan

 

Afghan Midwives Lose Work

 

Excerpt:

Kabul midwife said, “Taliban’s rule over Afghanistan means women lose all freedom.”

 

Source: https://www.foxnews.com/world/afghan-midwife-doctor-dreams

 

 

 

Posted: August 28, 2021
By:  Dana DiFilippo

 

Midwives ask state to end physician oversight as home births rise.

 

Excerpt:

“The state is really regulating the options that women have and taking this choice to have a birth with experienced, licensed midwives away from them,” Shipman said. “Without a collaborative agreement, I cannot continue to catch babies in the hospital or my home birth practice. Unless the state tells physicians they have to collaborate with us, our hands are tied.”

 

Source: www.TinyURL.com/Shipman2

 

 

 

Posted: August 21, 2021
By:  Cheyenne Haslett

 

Pregnancy and Vaccination

 

Excerpt:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday announced new evidence that it said strengthens its recommendation that pregnant people get vaccinated.

“CDC encourages all pregnant people or people who are thinking about becoming pregnant and those breastfeeding to get vaccinated to protect themselves from COVID-19,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a statement about the updated guidance. “The vaccines are safe and effective, and it has never been more urgent to increase vaccinations as we face the highly transmissible Delta variant and see severe outcomes from COVID-19 among unvaccinated pregnant people.”

 

Source: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/cdc-strengthens-recommendation-pregnant-women-vaccinated/story?id=79402530

 

 

 

Posted: August 14, 2021
By:  Olga Grigoryants

 

Midwives Step up to Help Black Mothers

 

Excerpt:

The coronavirus has wreaked havoc on many women’s birth plans, forcing them to adjust to quickly changing hospital policies, and in some cases labor in isolation and even opt for home birth. The pandemic has been especially hard on mothers like Stokes, who even before the pandemic had been part of terrifying statistics that show Black women in the U.S. have more than a three times higher risk of dying during pregnancy and childbirth than White women.

Many of LA County’s programs focus on addressing the consequences of intergenerational racism on the health of Black women.

 

Source: https://www.dailynews.com/2021/08/13/pregnant-during-pandemic-specialized-programs-midwives-step-up-many-women-choose-home-births/

 

 

 

Posted: August 7, 2021
By:  Alicia Vitarelli

 

Rare Set of Triplets

 

Excerpt:

A rare set of identical triplets was born at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. “They’re from the same egg, sharing the same placenta with three separate amniotic sacs,” said Bodgrog. “It’s so rare. There are hardly any case studies on it.”

 

 

Source: https://6abc.com/itentical-triplets-rare-birth-penn-medicine-babies/10925548/

 

 

 

Posted: August 6, 2021
By:  UNFPA

 

Midwifery Training Helps Many in China

 

Excerpt:

Midwifery training is not just for midwives. In fact, many kinds of health professionals can have midwifery skills – the medical knowledge and techniques necessary to facilitate safe childbirth.

 

 

Source: https://www.unfpa.org/news/midwifery-training-helps-doctors-nurses-level-their-skills-rural-china

 

 

Posted: July 31, 2021
By:  Eyewitness News

 

Video: Midwifes During Pregnancy

 

Excerpt:

Vanessa Daou, a certified nurse midwife at Hartford HealthCare’s Midstate Medical Center in Meriden, shares more about having a midwife during pregnancy.

 

 

Source: https://www.wfsb.com/medical-rounds-having-a-midwife-during-pregnancy/video_781dac55-2ebc-5546-9943-f4688c8da913.html

 

 

 

Posted: July 24, 2021
By:  Lisa Carberg

 

More Women Are Choosing Midwives

 

Excerpt:

More and more women are choosing a midwife to assist in their childbirth experience. Watch a video interview with Erin Bane.

 

 

Source: https://www.wtnh.com/news/health/more-women-choosing-midwives-to-assist-in-childbirth-experience/

 

Posted: July 16, 2021
By:  Elizabeth Narins

 

11-Pound Home Birth Without an Epidural

 

Excerpt:

In January, Natalie Bancroft delivered her third child in a home birth without an epidural, according to TODAY. Although every mom is an actual hero regardless of her birth plan, Natalie deserves a cape after laboring for four tough hours through raw pain she described as “all encompassing” to push out a particularly large infant: Although the average baby’s birth weight is just 7 1/2 pounds, Natalie’s baby boy weighed 11 pounds and 2 ounces.

 

 

Source: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/health-fitness/a9271491/11-pound-baby-home-delivery/

 

 

 

Posted: July 10, 2021
By:  Dwain Hebda

 

Nurse-Midwives Arkansas Law

 

Excerpt:

Even before the global pandemic forced health care into the spotlight, the world had been steadily more dazzled by advancing medical technology and treatments. Except, that is, in the delivery room, where one of the oldest forms of medicine — midwifery — is enjoying a spike in popularity.

In Arkansas, midwifery is also making important legal strides.

During the recent General Assembly, lawmakers passed Act 607, which gives certified nurse-midwives full practice authority in gynecological, prenatal, delivery, postnatal care and reproductive health cases. The law changes the long-held stipulation that a nurse-midwife be contracted to work under the supervision of a physician.

 

 

Source: https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2021/jul/05/a-rebirth/

 

 

 

Posted: June 25, 2021
By:  Rene Wisely

 

Which Specialist is Right for You? Doula? Midwife? OBGYN?

 

Excerpt:

While selecting nursery colors and baby names may be among your first thoughts after discovering you’re pregnant, there’s another important choice to make. Who do you want on your health care team for this 40-week journey?

With 211 million pregnancies across the globe annually, a lot of women make that decision daily. Expectant moms may choose an obstetrician gynecologist, commonly referred to as an OB-GYN, a family physician or a midwife to bring a baby into the world. You also may add a doula to your care team.

But what are the differences and how do the different disciplines influence prenatal care and a baby’s delivery? Three Michigan Medicine specialists explain the nuances of each.

 

Source: https://healthblog.uofmhealth.org/womens-health/ob-gyn-family-physician-midwife-doula-which-pregnancy-specialist-right-for-you

 

 

 

Posted: June 18, 2021
By:  African News Agency

 

South African Woman Gives Birth to 10 Babies in Pretoria

 

Excerpt:

Gosiame Thamara Sithole’s husband says they were astonished by decuplets after scans only showed eight in the womb.

“It’s seven boys and three girls. I am happy. I am emotional. I can’t talk much,” her husband Teboho Tsotetsi told Pretoria News after the birth.

 

A family member, who did not want to be identified, told the BBC that Ms. Sithole had had 10 babies – five via natural birth and 5 via caesarean section.

Guinness World Records told the BBC it was investigating Ms Sithole’s case.

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-57400074

 

 

 

 

Posted: June 12, 2021
By:  American College of Nurse-Midwives

 

ACNM Award Winners

 

Excerpt:

With over 6,500 members, ACNM is the professional association that represents certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) in the United States. ACNM promotes excellence in midwifery education, clinical practice, and research. With roots dating to 1929, our members are primary care providers for women throughout the lifespan, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic and reproductive health. ACNM provides research, administers, and promotes continuing education programs, establishes education and clinical practice standards, and creates liaisons with state and federal agencies and members of Congress to increase the visibility and recognition of midwifery care.
 

 

Source: https://www.yankton.net/news/national_ap/article_b90d9891-a248-520d-b6f7-2727450f5633.html

 

 

Posted: June 6, 2021
By:  Jill Nolin

 

Black Midwife Delivered 6,000+ Babies

 

Excerpt:

The women came from all over rural south Georgia to have their baby delivered by Beatrice Borders, a Black midwife known as “Ms. Bea.”

When Borders ended her run as a midwife, she had helped bring into the world as many as 6,000 babies at what is the only known birthing center of its kind for Black women in the region during an era of Jim Crow.

 

 

Source: https://georgiarecorder.com/2021/06/06/camilla-home-where-black-midwife-delivered-6000-babies-endangered/

 

 

Posted: May 28, 2021
By:  Shahnaz Shahid

 

Midwives Save Lives

 

Excerpt:

The Lancet series on midwifery revealed that midwives could prevent 83% of maternal and neonatal deaths by providing perinatal care and family planning services to low risk women (ten Hoope-Bender et al, 2014). 

 

 

Source: https://www.britishjournalofmidwifery.com/content/comment/midwives-in-low-resource-settings

 

Posted: May 22, 2021
By:  Rich Mendez

 

CDC Expects COVID-19 Vaccine Data on Pregnant Women This Summer

 

Excerpt:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said Wednesday they are expecting data from trials testing Covid-19 vaccines on pregnant women this summer and on children as young as 6 months old by the end of the year.

 

 

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/05/19/cdc-expects-covid-vaccine-data-on-pregnant-women-this-summer-and-kids-under-12-by-this-fall.html

 

Posted: May 15, 2021
By:  The New Yorker

Bringing Midwifery Back to Black Mothers

 

Excerpt:

 

Video: In the face of disproportionate childbirth mortality rates, activists are fighting to make midwifery more available to Black mothers in the South.

 

Source: https://news.yahoo.com/bringing-midwifery-back-black-mothers-160000939.html

 

Posted: May 9, 2021
By: Helen Steiner Rice

A Mother’s Love

 

Excerpt:

A Mother’s love is something

that no one can explain,

It is made of deep devotion

and of sacrifice and pain,

It is endless and unselfish

and enduring come what may,

For nothing can destroy it

or take that love away,

It is patient and forgiving

when all others are forsaking,

And it never fails or falters

even though the heart is breaking,

It believes beyond believing

when the world around condemns

,And it glows with all the beauty

of the rarest, brightest gems,

It is far beyond defining,

it defies all explanation,

And it still remains a secret

like the mysteries of creation,

A many splendored miracle

man cannot understand

And another wondrous evidence

of God’s tender guiding hand.

 

Source: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/mothers-day/g32106250/mothers-day-poems/?slide=1

 

Posted: May 7, 2021
By: BBC

Malian Woman Gives Birth to Nine Babies

 

Excerpt:

Halima Cissé gave birth to the nonuplets in Morocco. Mali’s government flew her there for specialist care. Two sets of nonuplets have previously been recorded – one born to a woman in Australia in 1971 and another to a woman in Malaysia in 1999 – but none of the babies survived more than a few days. World record holder Nadya Suleman’s octuplets have grown up and are now 12 years old. She conceived them through in vitro fertilisation.

 

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-56994408

 

Posted: May 1, 2021
By: Wikipedia

International Day of the Midwives

 

Excerpt:

International Day of the Midwives was first celebrated May 7th 1991, and has since been observed on May 5th in over 50 nations around the world.

 

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Midwives%27_Day

 

Posted: April 25, 2021
By: USA Today

Debunking COVID-19 Vaccine + Pregnancy Claims

 

Excerpt:

Claims that the COVID-19 vaccines cause infertility in women have been debunked by USA TODAY.

“There is no pattern to suggest an elevated risk of miscarriage related to exposure to the COVID-19 vaccines in pregnancy,” the MHRA said in a statement to Reuters.

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2021/04/12/fact-check-no-evidence-surge-miscarriages-since-vaccine-rollout/7062549002/

 

Posted: April 17, 2021
By: New Day, CNN

‘Medical Marvel’: Mom Got Pregnant While Already Pregnant

 

Excerpt:

British mom Rebecca Roberts shares her story of giving birth to twins she conceived three weeks apart, a rare condition called superfetation.

Source: https://www.cnn.com/videos/health/2021/04/16/british-mom-pregnant-while-already-pregnant-cohen-pkg-newday-vpx.cnn

 

Posted: April 10, 2021
By: South Florida

FL Baby Born w/ COVID-19 Antibodies After Mother Vaccinated

 

Excerpt:

 

Two South Florida doctors have published a study about what’s believed to be the first reported case of a baby being born with COVID-19 antibodies after the mother was vaccinated.

The Boca Raton pediatricians, Dr. Paul Gilbert and Dr. Chad Rudnick, said the pregnant woman, a healthcare worker, had received a single dose of the Moderna vaccine in January.

Three weeks later, she gave birth to a healthy baby girl. The doctors said they tested the baby’s cord blood, which had the COVID-19 antibodies.

Source: https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/florida-baby-born-with-covid-antibodies-after-mother-vaccinated-doctors/2408687/

 

Posted: April 5, 2021
By: American College of Nurse-Midwives

 

Virginia Passes Two Bills Increasing Access to Midwifery Care

 

Excerpt:

 The organization is anticipating several wins across the country, but right now is thrilled that two bills in the Commonwealth of Virginia were signed by Governor Ralph Northam this month. It was through careful planning, tireless advocacy and coordinated teamwork that the Virginia ACNM Affiliate was able to make Virginia the eighth state in the country to recognize Certified Midwives (CMs) and the 28th state to allow Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) to practice to the full extent of their education and clinical training and be regulated without physician control.
 

 

Source: https://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/associated_press/virginia-passes-two-bills-increasing-access-to-midwifery-care

 

Posted: March 27, 2021

 

 

Visit: https://TinyURL.com/NJMidwife

 

Posted: March 20, 2021
By: WBIR Staff

 

Nurse Midwifery Doctoral Program to Become Option at UT

 

Excerpt:

 

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Nursing is now offering a Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse-Midwifery option – the only such program at a public university in Tennessee.

The UTHSC College of Nursing has received a four-year pre-accreditation from the American College of Midwifery Education and anticipates admitting its first cohort in August. 

The only other option for nurse-midwifery education in Tennessee is Vanderbilt University.

Source: https://www.wbir.com/article/news/nurse-midwifery-doctoral-program-to-become-option-at-ut/

 

Posted: March 12, 2021
By: Robin Earl Times Staff Writer

 

After 40 years, Fauquier Health’s Newest Midwife is Still Catching Babies

 

Excerpt:

One of the first babies that midwife Kathleen McClelland “caught” was in Manchester, England. (“Caught” is midwife-speak for “helped bring into this world.”) She said that in England, 80% of babies are born with the help of midwives. The United States clearly has some catching up to do and Fauquier Health OB/GYN and Midwifery is trying to help with that.
 
She encourages new moms to write down the story of the birth soon afterward. “It’s easy to lose the details. When you write it down, you have a gift you can someday give to your child, their birth story.”

 

Source: https://www.fauquier.com/news/after-40-years-fauquier-health-s-newest-midwife-is-still-catching-babies

 

Posted: March 6, 2021
By: American College of Nurse-Midwives

 

Decade of the Midwife

 

Excerpt:

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization extended the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife into 2021 in Europe, to celebrate and recognize the hard work of nurses and midwives fighting the pandemic. The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) supports this decision and hereby extends this recognition to the United States.

The COVID-19 pandemic has showcased the critical role midwives play in keeping people healthy across the lifespan.

Source: https://www.eastoregonian.com/coronavirus/national/midwives-for-an-equitable-and-sustainable-future-acnm-extends-year-of-nurse-and-midwife

 

Posted: March 1, 2021
By: Whitney Perry

 

A Powerful Breastfeeding Ad Aired During the Golden Globes

 

Excerpt:

 

On Sunday, February 28, a commercial by a postpartum company called Frida Mom depicted two mothers wrestling with lactation, latching, raw nipples, and deeply rooted society expectations that leave women feeling inadequate. 

The entire “Stream of Lactation” commercial is emotional, raw, and somewhat controversial, as it clearly depicts women’s breasts—nipples and all. In fact, another commercial by Frida Mom was reportedly rejected from the 2020 Oscar Awards over “partial nudity” and for being “too graphic.” 

 

 

Source: https://www.glamour.com/story/breastfeeding-ad-aired-during-the-golden-globes

 

Posted: February 28, 2021
By: Midwives of New Jersey

 

URGENT – Midwifery in NJ Needs Your Help!

 

Excerpt:

“New Jersey Licensed Midwives (CNMs, CPMs, and CMs) provide homebirth services to many New Jersey families in the state safely and respectfully. People have many reasons for choosing homebirth. 

The pandemic creates a need to deliver babies outside of the hospitals.

The ability to continue to provide home birth is in jeopardy due to the decreasing number of supportive physicians and we hope you will help us ensure that homebirth will be available in the future with or without a collaborating agreement with a physician.

Please join us as we request an emergency executive order from Governor Murphy which allows out-of-hospital birth to be available during the Pandemic.”

 

 

 

Source: https://midwivesofnj.com/urgent-we-need-your-help-to-support-birth-choice/

 

Posted: February 27, 2021
By: Julia Mastroianni

 

The Pros and Cons of Becoming a Midwife

 

Excerpt:

Ontario, Canada Midwifery

“The midwifery continuity of care, and of establishing relationships with your clients, especially perhaps those in marginalized or vulnerable communities, allows me to provide a level of care that I just don’t think you can replicate with any other model,” Hana Lang says.

Drawbacks? “It comes down to a general lack of support from the government,” Lang says, noting that midwives don’t have paid sick leave, on top of the fee-for-service model many have to follow.

 

 

Source: https://nowtoronto.com/lifestyle/education/how-to-become-a-midwife-ontario

 

Posted: February 20, 2021
By: Aurora-Beacon News

 

VNA Health Care Now Offering Midwife Services

 

Excerpt:

Aurora-based VNA Health Care announced recently that it is adding midwife services for its obstetric patients.

A recent study reported in The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology shows that midwife attended hospital births in the U.S. are increasing despite the overall decrease in the total number of American hospital births, according to a press release from VNA Health Care.

The new VNA service is being offered with this increased national demand.

Source: https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/ct-abn-aurora-vna-midwife-st-0221-20210219-u3tbj7egvzbg5lsl56a35zvnxu-story.html

 

Posted: February 17, 2021
By: Kimberly McBroom

 

More Moms Turning to Midwives to Help Birthing Process

 

Excerpt:

 

“We are the primary caregiver, so we take care of women from conception all the way up through their birth itself, their labor and then post-partum into their well woman care, as well,” says White.

“I had an amazing, very calm, beautiful birth and then they also provide a lot of postpartum support, which was really critical and crucial to me,” says Katerba.

Midwives are present for a mom’s annual exams, and help out with issues like birth control.

For moms like Katerba, it’s comforting collaboration. “It’s a lot like a partnership. Appointments were calm and relaxed and kind of like having a conversation with a friend. They remember my kids’ names and what was going on in my life,” says Katerba.

 

Source: https://www.wdbj7.com/2021/02/17/early-years-more-moms-turning-to-midwives-to-help-with-the-birthing-process/

 

Posted: February 6, 2021
By: Chaunie Brusie

 

Nurse Midwife Aims to Help Nurses Identify Human Trafficking Victims

 

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Nurses in particular, play a unique role in helping to identify and rescue victims of human trafficking. Being aware of the realities––and myths––about human trafficking can help nurses and other healthcare professionals become more adept at recognizing who may be a potential human trafficking victim.

 

  • Call the 24/7 National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888.
  • Text the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 233733.
  • Chat live on the National Human Trafficking Hotline website.

 

Source: https://nurse.org/articles/how-nurses-help-human-trafficking-victims/

 

Posted: January 30, 2021
By: Carla Minogue

 

More Women Choosing Home Births During Pandemic

 

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“One of the changes we’re seeing is women opting for a home birth who maybe came into midwifery care thinking they wanted to be in the hospital,” said Pace. “They started investigating home birth and making that change in their pregnancy.”

“Often, we see less interventions at home, we’re able to use different ways to cope with pain, often their stress levels are lower when they’re in their own homes,” said Pace. “And when they’re comfortable, women produce high levels of endorphins which help with pain. It comes down to feeling safe and relaxed.”

Source: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/home-births-midwife-pandemic-1.5891440

 

Posted: January 23, 2021
By: Ali Touhey

 

Fika Midwifery Sues Independent Health

 

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — This is really an issue about choice and access to health care,” explained Fika Midwifery owner, Maura Winkler.

Winkler is suing Independent Health for defamation, interfering with her business, violation of numerous state laws, and conspiracy, after she said the insurance company stopped providing coverage for home births for her clients.

According to the 20 page complaint filed in State Supreme Court, Independent Health did provide home birth coverage for more than two years. But, it stopped in mid-2019 when Winkler no longer had a written collaborative agreement with a physician. That agreement is not required by state law.

Source: https://www.wkbw.com/news/local-news/fika-midwifery-sues-independent-health-for-home-birth-coverage

 

Posted: January 16, 2021
By: Baraka Birth

 

Protect NJ Homebirth

 

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General Questions

  • Is homebirth safe and legal in New Jersey?

Yes! Out of hospital births (including home and birth center births) are safe and legal and thriving! In NJ, homebirth is available with Certified Professional Midwives, Certified Midwives, and Certified Nurse Midwives whose licensure and scope of practice fall within New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners Law & Public Safety NJ Administrative Code Title 13 Chapter 35.

  • I have heard that homebirth in New Jersey may not be accessible with licensed providers due to lack of “backup” physicians. Is this true?

NJ state regulations require that licensed midwives have what’s called a “consulting agreement” with an obstetrician in order to practice. Over the past decade, fewer and fewer doctors are willing to serve officially in this role (however, many of us have unofficial relationships with many doctors, including OBs, Maternal-Fetal Medicine doctors, and pediatricians). Recently, we learned that one of the doctors who was in an official consulting role for several midwifery practices in the state is selling his practice and will no longer be able to officially consult with midwives. The NJ licensed midwives are requesting that Governor Murphy issue an Emergency Waiver that would suspend this portion of our regulations for the course of the pandemic. This would allow us to continue to serve families outside of hospitals at a time when many are concerned about the risk of COVID-19.

  • My midwife would like to be able to practice at a freestanding birth center in New Jersey, but as a Certified Profession State, our state, unlike most others, allows CPM practice home but not birth centers. Is this true?

Yes, in NJ, CPMs cannot work at freestanding birth centers. Most other states that license birth centers permit Certified Professional Midwives, Certified Nurse Midwives, and Certified Midwives to staff them. Why not ours? We are requesting a waiver pursuant to the provisions of the New Jersey Administrative Code Title 8 Chapter 43A “STANDARDS FOR LICENSURE OF AMBULATORY CARE FACILITIES” Please ask NJDOH Office of Legal and Regulatory Compliance to ADD Certified Professional Midwife to N.J.A.C. 8:43G-2.8 and N.J.A.C. 8:43A-2.9.

  • Is there anything I can do to help?

Yes! Please take the following steps to help us keep homebirth with a licensed midwife legal and safe in New Jersey:

  1. Please contact your representatives, the office of Governor Murphy, and send them this letter and a copy of the Midwifery Waiver. Even if you have not had a homebirth, or would prefer to birth in the hospital, it is important that we preserve homebirth as an option for healthy families.

  2. Share this request on social media.

Documents & Links:

Consumer Letter:

Date: 

Dear Elected Officials and interested stakeholders,

I am writing in support of home birth midwives in NJ and to protect my right to have a safe birth where and with whom I desire. Home birth midwives have provided safe, compassionate and empowering maternity care for decades. The midwifery model of care at home birth supports normal physiologic birth for essentially healthy birthing people and their babies. Respecting the critical role of maternal health in NJ as a priority, we are asking for your immediate assistance for an NJDOH Midwifery Waiver (see attached) to ensure maternal health and safety.

During a pandemic, out of hospital birth (in homes and birth centers) is essential to minimizing transmission, maintaining health, and efficiently utilizing medical resources. NJ families have safely had births during the pandemic. In NJ, home birth is available with Certified Professional Midwives, Certified Midwives, and Certified Nurse Midwives whose licensure and scope of practice fall within NJ Board of Medical Examiners Law & Public Safety NJ Administrative Code Title 13 chapter 35. 

As your administration has mobilized to make NJ the safest place to give birth and raise a child, through the Nurture NJ and First Lady Tammy Murphy’s Strategic Plan soon to be released, we need your immediate help in making a Midwifery Waiver under Covid-19 Temporary Operational Waivers and Guidelines. Without such a waiver we risk a continued increase in unassisted births and very poor outcomes.

Sincerely,

X – your name here

 

Source: https://www.njhomebirthmidwives.com/protect-home-birth-in-nj

 

Posted: January 9, 2021
By: Janet Jarman

 

Midwifery in Mexico

 

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About 96 percent of births in Mexico take place in hospitals that are often overcrowded and ill-equipped, where many women describe receiving poor or disrespectful treatment.

A national movement has made determined but uneven progress toward integrating midwifery into Mexico’s public health system. Some authorities argue that well-trained midwives would be of great value, especially in rural areas but also in small nonsurgical clinics throughout the country.

The government encouraged state authorities to set up alternative health centers that could exclusively focus on births and be staffed by nurses and midwives.

Maternal health advocates have long said that Mexico’s obstetric model must change to center on women. If ever there were a moment for health authorities to fully embrace midwifery, now is the time.

Source: https://www.wellspan.org/news/story/looking-back-on-the-year-of-the-nurse–midwife/N6197

 

Posted: January 2, 2021
By: Wellspan Health

 

Looking Back on The Year of the Nurse & Midwife

 

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Designated by the World Health Organization, 2020 was named the Year of the Nurse and Midwife in honor of the 200th Birthday of Florence Nightingale. Watch our nursing executives across the system share their most memorable moment of the Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

 

Source: https://www.wellspan.org/news/story/looking-back-on-the-year-of-the-nurse–midwife/N6197