Posted: December 7, 2019
By: Margaret Perez

Doulas Can Improve Birth Outcomes

 

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A doula provides emotional and physical support to mothers before, during and after childbirth. Doulas receive training in continuous labor support; and serve as advocates for mother and baby in the complex healthcare system. Importantly, the doula model is flexible and can be used in a wide variety of cultural contexts.

 

 

 

 

Posted: November 30, 2019
By: Katherine Siefert

Is a Midwife Right for You?

 

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The philosophy behind midwifery

The word midwife means “with woman.” The midwifery model of care focuses on individualized care that is a partnership between the pregnant person and the provider. They focus on health, wellness, and prevention; and use interventions at lower rates when complications arise. Midwives approach pregnancy as a normal physiologic event in a woman’s life. While complications can arise, they are trained to identify and manage those complications, and refer or consult with physician colleagues when warranted.  Typically, midwives allow more time during prenatal visits and can also provide additional support during labor and birth. Midwives provide the same prenatal screening tests physicians do, including lab tests, ultrasounds, blood pressure checks, and monitoring for complications. 

 

 

Continue Reading: https://kutv.com/features/health/baby-your-baby/byb-podcast-is-a-midwife-right-for-you

Posted: November 23, 2019
By: UNFPA

Midwives Save Lives in Mali

 

 

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The midwifery training courses are just one small part of what SWEDD offers. The region-wide initiative aims to raise the status of women and girls, improving their health, education prospects and future earning potential. So far, the SWEDD project has helped train over 6,600 midwives across the implementing countries.

 

 

Continue Reading: https://www.unfpa.org/news/sahel-where-motherhood-deadliest-midwives-are-saving-lives-0

Posted: November 12, 2019
By: The Neighbor

“It should never be a luxury to get care,” midwife says.

 

 

Excerpt:

Two midwives in New Mexico help empower Native American women who are navigating their maternal care options. Watch the full “Giving Birth in America: New Mexico” documentary produced by Every Mother Counts.

 

 

Continue Reading: https://www.mdjonline.com/neighbor_newspapers/extra/health/it-should-never-be-a-luxury-to-get-care-midwife/video_94cdbbcb-2856-59a5-b3d4-8e3d1cc3bbff.html

Posted: November 9, 2019
By: UW Medicine

Low-Rsk Moms Faces Fewer Complications with Midwives

 

 

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Researchers reviewed data from the medical records of more than 20,000 women with no known medical or obstetric complications. The data involved 11 Pacific Northwest hospitals and spanned 2014 to 2018. Their findings indicated that women who were attended by midwives during labor had fewer interventions such as cesarean delivery or use of an epidural.

The midwife patients who were giving birth for the first time had an approximately 30% lower risk of cesarean delivery, the paper said. For mothers who had previously given birth, the midwife group had a 40% lower rate of cesareans compared with the obstetrician group.

 

 

Continue Reading: https://newsroom.uw.edu/postscript/low-risk-moms-face-fewer-complications-midwives

Posted: October 31, 2019
By: AMITA Health

What Is a Certified Nurse Midwife? (Video)

 

 

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In this video, Sarah Stetina, CNM, MSN, a certified nurse midwife based in Hinsdale, IL, explains what a CNM is and what they do. “We are advanced practice nurses, which basically means that we were nurses first and then went back to school to become nurse midwives. We all have master’s degrees, some nurse midwives have doctorate degrees, and our specialty is nurse midwifery.”

 

 

 

 

Continue Reading: youtu.be/TFzk0UMvIws

Posted: October 26, 2019
By: Dr. Liji Thomas, MD

Why do only some children develop allergies?

 

 

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Genetics alone does not adequately cover the possible factors, so researchers at the University of Adelaide, Australia, set out to learn more about the role that birth weight plays on childhood allergies.  The message for mothers with big babies is to consult their doctors on how to reduce the risk of childhood allergies, since the high birth weight itself is a risk factor. Pregnant mothers may want to pay more attention to Baby’s weight and alert their doctors on any family history of allergy so that steps can be taken to reduce the risk of childhood allergy.

 

 

 

 

Continue Reading: https://www.news-medical.net/news/20191015/Heavier-babies-more-likely-to-develop-childhood-allergies.aspx

Posted: October 21, 2019
By: BBC News

Woman with 2 Wombs Has Twins 1 Month After 1st Birth

 

 

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Arifa Sultana, 20, gave birth to a baby in late February, but 26 days later was rushed again to another hospital after feeling pain in her stomach.

Doctors found she was still pregnant with twins in a second uterus, and performed an emergency Caesarean.

Her twins were found to be healthy and were discharged with no complications.

According to Dr Poddar, Ms Sultana and her husband are “very poor” and she had “never had an ultrasound before”, in the run up to her first delivery.

 

 

Continue Reading: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47729118

Posted: October 12, 2019
By: Linda Carroll

Fewer C-Sections When Low-Risk Deliveries Handled by Midwives

 

 

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After analyzing more than 23,000 deliveries in 11 northwestern hospitals by women with no known medical complications or risk factors, researchers found that for births handled by a midwife, the C-section rate was 30% lower among first-time mothers and 40% lower among those who had previously given birth, compared to when women labored under the care of an OB-GYN.

 

 

Continue Reading: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-birth-midwives/fewer-c-sections-when-low-risk-deliveries-handled-by-midwives-idUSKBN1WP38D

Posted: September 28, 2019
By: Metro Midwifery

Questions to Ask Your Midwife

 

 

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  1. Tell me about your experience as a birth professional.
  2. What other skills/modalities/etc. do you bring to your practice?
  3. How did your personal experiences influence your philosophy and practice style?
  4. When might you recommend [a vaginal exam, an ultrasound, a consult with a physician, a transfer of care]?
  5. How do you stay up to date on new information/ practices/skills/emergency skills?
  6. Under what parameters is it considered safe to continue with my planned home birth?
  7. How would you handle common complications (such as malpositioning, suturing and jaundice)?
  8. Tell me about an emergency you’ve experienced and how you handled it.
  9. What is something you’ve changed about your practice?
  10. What is at the heart of midwifery for you?

 

 

Continue Reading: https://metromidwifery.com/2019/09/10/ten-questions-we-wish-potential-clients-would-ask-us/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Posted: September 21, 2019
By: National Geographic

Pregnancy 101 Video

 

 

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While customs and traditions involving pregnancy vary worldwide, the developmental process is essentially universal. Find out about the science of pregnancy from conception, through the three trimesters, and to labor and delivery.

 

Continue Reading: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=9&v=XEfnq4Q4bfk

Posted: September 14, 2019
By: WMC News

Rare Birth

 

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – For the last 18 years, 9/11 has been a somber day of remembrance.

For one Mid-South family, Sept. 11, 2019 is a day to celebrate.

Cametrione and Justin Brown welcomed their baby girl, Christina, who was born on 9/11 at 9:11 and weighed in at 9 pounds 11 ounces!

 

 

Continue Reading: https://www.wmcactionnews5.com/2019/09/12/rare-birth-couple-welcomes-lb-oz-baby-pm/

Posted: September 14, 2019
By: WMC News

Rare Birth

 

Excerpt:

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – For the last 18 years, 9/11 has been a somber day of remembrance.

For one Mid-South family, Sept. 11, 2019 is a day to celebrate.

Cametrione and Justin Brown welcomed their baby girl, Christina, who was born on 9/11 at 9:11 and weighed in at 9 pounds 11 ounces!

 

 

Continue Reading: https://www.wmcactionnews5.com/2019/09/12/rare-birth-couple-welcomes-lb-oz-baby-pm/

Posted: September 7, 2019
By: Inside Edition

74-Year-Old Woman Becomes World’s Oldest New Mom

 

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 An Indian woman who gave birth to twin girls at the age of 74 is believed to be the world’s oldest new mother. 

Mangayamma Yaramati, 74, and her husband, Sitarama Rajarao, 82, used in vitro fertilization to conceive the babies. 

The girls were delivered Thursday by cesarean section in Nelaparthipadu, a village in Andhra Pradesh state in southern India.

 

 

Continue Reading: https://www.insideedition.com/74-year-old-indian-woman-becomes-worlds-oldest-new-mom-after-giving-birth-to-twins-55811

Posted: August 31, 2019
By: Lex18 News

Why Choose a Nurse Midwife?

 

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Have you considered using a Nurse-Midwife for your personal care and wellness? Certified Nurse-Midwives are highly educated providers who empower women and provide personalized, attentive care. Whether you realize it or not, nurse-midwives can offer a full scope of services ranging from primary care and family planning services to caring for mother and baby during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum.

A Nurse-Midwife is an advanced practice nurse holding a minimum of a master’s degree, but often a doctoral degree in nursing. Nurse-Midwives empower women to use their own strength during childbirth. Nurse-midwives are experts in the care of women, and even more specifically, they are experts in the field of childbirth. Utilizing a Certified Nurse-Midwife gives women options when planning their birthing experience including low-intervention, natural childbirths. 

 

Continue Reading: https://www.lex18.com/brand-spotlight/frontier-nursing-university/

Posted: August 24, 2019
By: Laura Singleton

Birth Center Beliefs

 

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Trusting in the natural process of birth without the burden of fear is just one part of the overall philosophy. 

A natural childbirth means family intimacy — your family and loved ones are encouraged to get involved. There is also an emphasis on the “normalcy” of natural childbirth.

The birth center also believes that “birth is a natural bodily process that works best when there’s no interference,” however they are steadfast about evaluating the mother’s well-being at every visit. Monthly child birth education classes, prenatal yoga, gentle trimester stretching and nutritional classes, breastfeeding support and a lending library are some of the additional resources offered to women before, during and after pregnancy.

 

Continue Reading: https://www.wmicentral.com/business/busi…html

Posted: August 16, 2019
By: Kathi Wilson

25 Years of Midwifery in Canada

 

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The number of midwives practicing across the country has grown remarkably — from 60 in 1994 to around 1,700 in 2019. They attend nearly 11 per cent of births in the country.

 

Continue Reading: https://theconversation.com/amp/25-years-on-what-midwifery-in-canada-has-achieved-and-what-it-still-needs-120210

Posted: August 10, 2019
By: Angela Mayfield

Know Your Birth Options

 

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At 16 years old Brende Lott knew she wanted to be a labor and delivery nurse. Now having delivered over 725 babies in the last seven years as a Certified Nurse Midwife, her hope is that every mom is respected and heard no matter what their birth preferences are.
Lott said that for a whole lot of women just to be able to labor on their own, the baby to choose their birthday, and their body to be able to do what it is meant to do can be very redemptive for women when they are able to deliver vaginally. If they are interviewing providers I think it would be wise to ask what their C-section rate is, when or why the provider would want to induce their labor, and under what circumstances the provider would not be present for their birth.

 

 

Continue Reading: https://www.owensborotimes.com/life/health-wellness/2019/07/midwife-encourages-women-to-know-birth-options/

Posted: August 1, 2019
By: Juanita Bawagan

Healthy Placentas Are Essentially Sterile

 

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Babies get critical gut bacteria from their mother at birth, not from placenta, study suggests.

During pregnancy, the placenta provides a fetus with everything it needs to develop: oxygen, food, waste disposal, and even antibodies from a mother’s immune system. But not microbes. A new study finds the placenta lacks bacteria, reaffirming the idea that babies gain a microbiome at birth.

 

 

 

Continue Reading: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/07/bacteria-free-placentas-suggest-babies-pick-microbiome-birthly.com/releases/2019/07/190724155937.htm

Posted: July 27, 2019
By: Science Daily

Caffeine During Pregnancy

 

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Having too much caffeine during pregnancy may impair baby’s liver development and increase the risk of liver disease in adulthood. Previous studies have indicated that prenatal caffeine intake of 300 mg/day or more in women, which is approximately 2 to 3 cups coffee per day, can result in lower birth weights of their children. 

 

 

Continue Reading: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190724155937.htm

Posted: July 20, 2019
By: Margaret Johnson

Facts & Myths on Midwifery

 

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Video: Leigh Anne Smith with Novant Health Midwifery joined us this afternoon to dispel any myths about midwives and what their role is with a baby’s birth.

 

 

Continue Reading: https://www.wxii12.com/article/facts-and-myths-on-midwifery/28436346

Posted: July 13, 2019
By: Science Direct

A Midwife’s Touch

 

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Fear of birth is associated with a negative birth experience.

Fearful women do not usually receive care from a known midwife during labor and birth.

Women having a known midwife during birth reported a more positive birth experience.

Information, decision making and control was higher when having a known midwife.

 

 

Continue Reading: https://reader.elsevier.com/reader/sd/pii/S1877

Posted: July 6, 2019
By: Carly Baldwin

St. Peter’s to Open Midwife-Focused Birth Center in September

 

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New Brunswick, NJ – This September, a brand-new birthing center is on track to open at Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, where the emphasis will be on midwives, women laboring freely in the comfort of hotel-like suites and low-intervention births — all on the same campus as a nationally-ranked neonatal unit and teaching hospital.

 

 

Continue Reading: https://patch.com/new-jersey/newbrunswick/st-peters-open-midwife-focused-birth-center-september

Posted: June 29, 2019
By: Jayne Leonard

Breast Changes During Pregnancy

 

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Breast changes can be expected during and after pregnancy, whether or not a woman breastfeeds. Common symptoms after giving birth include engorged breasts, which refers to a feeling of fullness, and sore or leaking nipples.

While many breast changes naturally occur after delivery, it is important to discuss any unusual or worrisome symptoms with a doctor.

Symptoms that require medical attention include breast pain accompanied by a fever or a persistent breast lump that causes skin dimpling.

In this article, we list some of the most common breast changes that occur after pregnancy and while breastfeeding, and we explain when someone should see their doctor.

 

Continue Reading: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325602.php

Posted: June 22, 2019
By: Rheana Murray

How Long Does it Take to Get Pregnant?

 

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Couples who are trying to conceive have probably heard stories from both ends of the spectrum: the couple who got pregnant on their first try and the couple who spent years trying to have a baby.

It’s true that pregnancy is different for every couple. But how long does it usually take?

 

The old rule of thumb is that for every month you have sex during a woman’s fertility window, there’s about a 15%-20% chance of pregnancy, according to Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, an OB-GYN and clinical professor of obstetrics at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

But your chance of getting pregnant really depends on multiple factors, and by far, the biggest one is age.

If you’re 20 to 24 years old …

Your chance of conceiving within a year is 86%.

If you’re 25 to 29 years old …

Your chance of conceiving within a year is 78%.

If you’re 30 to 34 years old …

Your chance of conceiving within a year is 63%.

If you’re 35 to 39 years old …

Your chance of conceiving within a year is 52%.

 

Continue Reading: https://www.today.com/health/how-get-pregnant-faster-here-s-what-doctors-say-t155440

 

Posted: June 15, 2019
By: Nicole Neri

Mother Chooses Midwife Over Hospital

 

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“It’s just nice to know that you don’t have to rely on the medical devices or the drugs to get through the whole entire process, because I think we’ve become a little bit dependent on those factors,” Huynh said. “I think that women need to know that there’s more options.”  Huynh said her midwives took a holistic approach to childbirth, and gave prenatal care that was focused heavily on preparing her body for natural labor.

 

Continue Reading: https://ktar.com/story/2612352/phoenix-mother-chooses-midwife-over-hospital-for-second-birth/

 

Posted: June 8, 2019
By: John Mark Shaver

Fairmont, WV, Regional Medical Center Welcomes New Midwife

 

Excerpt:

 

Midwives will stay with you through the entire birthing process and literally go nose to nose with you during the process. They build a very close relationship with you and will be there for every step of the process.

“A midwife is an advanced practice nurse,” Rock said. “I have a master’s degree in nursing and midwifery. I do the same thing as physicians, but I don’t do surgery. A lot of what I do is interconnected with the obstetrician, but I also co-manage with them and refer when someone needs a C-section or the labor isn’t going as planned.”

Continue Reading: https://www.wvnews.com/theet/news/fairmont-wv-regional-medical-center-welcomes-new-certified-midwife/article_084fd252-afb4-5f6d-a602-83d6bdf3d631.html

 

Posted: June 3, 2019
By: Healthline

Midwives Don’t Just Catch Babies

 

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If you don’t have or want a baby, a midwife could still be right for you. Midwives are growing in popularity, but still largely misunderstood. This three-part series aims to help you answer the question: What is a midwife and is one right for me?

When you think of a midwife, chances are you’re thinking of a “baby-catcher” — a person whose working life is focused on mothers, babies, and birthing.

In fact, many midwives, particularly certified nurse midwives (CNMs), provide comprehensive gynecological care that goes well beyond the scope of pregnancy and birth.

Midwives can provide a range of reproductive and gynecological healthcare services, including annual well-woman visits, contraception (including IUD insertion), fertility counseling, lab testing, and more — anything that doesn’t “involve an incision.”

Women who use midwives often express that their care feels more respectful, more holistic, and more collaborative than traditional gynecology. Certified professional midwives can also provide some well-woman care, like pap smears and family planning counseling.

 

Continue Reading: https://www.healthline.com/health/midwives-reproductive-care#1

 

Posted: June 1, 2019
By: UNFPA

Training New Midwives in Storm-hit Mozambique

 

 

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Sabine Nana always says that being a midwife is much more than delivering babies.

“After every single delivery, I am so happy to make the announcement to the family, and enjoy how they celebrate,” Ms. Nana explains. “Helping a mother giving birth and stay alive is a great mission for me.”

Ms. Nana is from Burkina Faso but is now based in Beira, Mozambique. She is part of UNFPA’s response team for Cyclone Idai, which over a month ago devastated entire areas of the country and caused over 600 deaths.

Ms. Nana trains newly recruited local midwives in life-saving skills for labor and delivery. She also helps set up temporary maternity and sexual and reproductive health units at the worst- affected health facilities.

Continue Reading: https://esaro.unfpa.org/en/news/training-new-midwives-storm-hit-mozambique

 

Posted: May 24, 2019
By: Jack Phillips

New Midwife Has BIG Surprise

 

 

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Woffendin said she helped deliver her first baby when she assisted Emma Reevell, a longtime midwife, but she didn’t realize that it was Reevell who delivered her.  Emma Reevell was equally shocked to learn that her own assistant was the very baby she delivered so many years earlier. 

Continue Reading: https://www.theepochtimes.com/new-midwife-finds-out-shes-working-alongside-midwife-who-delivered-her_2931462.html

 

Posted: May 18, 2019
By: Laura Morgan

Midwife FAQ

 

 

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Why do some mothers prefer this experience? Having a natural birth using as little medication as possible is important to many women. The additional care that a midwife provides through the entire pregnancy is also appealing. Midwives are even a resource before the pregnancy starts. They provide family planning and preconception care. They watch over the mothers’ physical and psychological health, and aren’t just present during doctor’s visits.

Continue Reading: https://www.wusa9.com/article/

 

Posted: May 11, 2019
By: Malaka Gharib

What a Midwife Wishes People Knew

 

 

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There are lots of challenges for midwives in Ethiopia. Starting with the naming. The name of the professional — awalaj in Amharic — means “a professional only attending births.” I’m uncomfortable with that. The name doesn’t include antenatal care, postnatal care, newborn care and other competencies, like family planning and vaccinations that midwifery includes. It undermines the profession.

The professional association of midwives in Ethiopia is working to change the Amharic name — and people’s attitudes — of midwifery.  Midwives save double lives at a time. They have good passion. Caring for the mom is caring for the family. And they advocate for natural births.

 

Continue Reading: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/05/05/719989630/what-a-midwife-wishes-people-knew-about-her-job

 

Posted: May 4, 2019
By: UNFPA

Midwives Protect Women & Save Lives

 

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Midwives serve in some of the most remote health posts in the world, saving the lives of women and babies in settings that are often harsh and resource-poor. This courageous work is being celebrated on 5 May, the International Day of the Midwife. Skilled midwives are the difference between life and death for hundreds of thousands of women and infants every year.

Continue Reading: https://www.unfpa.org/news/no-mountain-too-high-midwives-protect-women-save-lives

 

Posted: April 24, 2019
By: Chris Baynes

Midwife Has 1,000 Babies Named After Her

 

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In her three-decade career, Alice has seen two civil wars and the worst outbreak of Ebola in history. She did not stop working even during the epidemic. A whole community of people called Alice – or Alex or Ellis, when they are boys – have begun life at White Plains health center, 15 miles north of the Liberian capital. Their ages now range from nearly 30 years to just a few days.

 


 

 

 

Continue Reading: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/ebola-liberia-civil-war-midwife-babies-names-children-alice-sumo-a8366346.html

 

Posted: April 17, 2019
By: Sophie Heinemann

Medications During Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

 

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Doctors say an important thing to consider when it comes to medications during pregnancy or breastfeeding is the risk versus the benefit.

“What are the benefits of the medication? And do the benefits outweigh the risk to you and baby,” Dr. Abrea Roark said. Women who take prescription medications and become pregnant shouldn’t immediately discontinue taking them. Instead Roark says they should speak with their doctor [or provider] about what the safest health plan is first. 


 

 

 

Continue Reading: https://www.keloland.com/news/healthbeat/medications-during-pregnancy-and-breastfeeding/1933118503

 

Posted: April 10, 2019
By: Liz Young

Growing Demand for Midwives

 

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At the Burdett Birth Center in Troy last year, out of 1,000 deliveries about 60 percent of delivering moms used midwife care. That percentage is expected to rise to 90 percent with the addition of Capital Region Midwifery to the St. Peter’s physician group.  One reason more women are using midwives: The care can lead to better outcomes for mothers and babies, research shows.

More women are asking for midwives because they’re looking for a higher level of care. For a hospital system, Holcomb said midwives can help supplement physician care.

 

 

Continue Reading: https://www.bizjournals.com/albany/news/2019/04/03/st-peters-acquires-capital-region-midwifery-group.html

 

Posted: April 6, 2019
By: Andrew Walker

KY Governor Signs Law to Certify Professional Midwives

 

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Governor Bevin has signed a new bill into law that will license midwives in Kentucky, in an effort to help new mothers.

WAVE3 News reports that advocates say the legislation will provide parents with peace of mind, by allowing mothers who choose home birth over a hospital to do so more safely. Senate Bill 84 lays out a framework for home birth, and equips certified professional midwives with a license.


 

 

Continue Reading: https://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Gov-Bevin-signs-law-to-certify-professional-midwives-508059451.html

 

Posted: March 27, 2019
By: Belle Armstrong

Boulder Birth Center to Deliver 500th Baby

 

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“When you allow women to birth in a way that feels safe to them, with people that they trust, it’s amazing how well their bodies do and how strong they are and how they just do the work,” said center co-founder Elizabeth Simmons.  “I really liked how empowering it is to be more in control of your birth,” said Kelsey Fatsi, who had her daughter at the center and is expecting another that also will be delivered there. “The birth was exactly what I needed it to be and they kind of follow the pregnant woman’s needs instead of telling you how it should be.”

Midwife Julie Knutson said letting women choose how they want to deliver is vital to the experience at the center.  Women are encouraged to do what feels right for them with the support of their midwife. The Birth Center wants women to feel in control of their experience and to listen to their bodies throughout the process.

 

 

Continue Reading: http://www.dailycamera.com/news/boulder/ci_32532080/

 

Posted: March 20, 2019
By: Robin Serwatka

Midwife Benefits

 

Excerpt:

The Midwives Alliance of North America recently published data from the largest study of women who planned a midwife-led home birth in the US. The findings reported high rates of positive birth outcomes, such as the rate of vaginal birth (93.6 percent), and low rates of interventions, such as cesarean birth (5.2 percent). 

Along with the general safety of home birth, it’s important to also consider the cost saving that can be seen with a no-intervention home birth. According to the American Pregnancy Association, an average uncomplicated vaginal birth will cost 60 percent less than the same birth within a hospital.

 

 

Continue Reading: https://www.decaturdaily.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/letter-to-editor-midwife-licensing-a-step-in-right-direction/

 

Posted: March 16, 2019
By: Healthline

Midwives Are Growing in Popularity.

Here’s What You Need to Know.

 

Excerpt:

The midwifery model of care emphasizes normalcy and wellness. It empowers women and gives them greater ownership of their health, their pregnancy, and the outcomes of that pregnancy based on choices that they’re able to make. Midwifery care involves a trusting relationship between the provider and pregnant person, who share decision-making. Midwives also see pregnancy and labor as normal life processes rather than a condition to be managed. Click to learn the 4 types of midwifery care.

 

 

Continue Reading: https://www.healthline.com/health/midwives-growing-in-popularity-what-to-know#1

 

Posted: March 14, 2019
By: Meghan Holohan

What is a Doula?

 

Excerpt:

Doulas do not do anything medical. They are there for emotional support and give lots of information. Doulas aid couples with making a birth plan and advocating for moms during labor. If a mom doesn’t want an epidural, a doula can speak up about it, for example. Doulas are welcome in most U.S. hospitals. Cost varies from state to state and most people pay out of pocket for a doula.

 

 

Continue Reading: https://www.today.com/health/what-doula-here-s-what-doulas-do-how-much-they-t150220

 

Posted: March 7, 2019
By: Cara Kelley

Hospital, Obstetrician, or Midwife?

 

Excerpt:

Your questions answered.  What’s covered by insurance or Medicaid? What are my own health risks? What are my goals for pregnancy and delivery? What do maternity care systems look like? What makes a good hospital? What to look for in an OB / midwife?

 

 

Continue Reading: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/

 

Posted: February 28, 2019
By: Jasmine Turner and Dan Heffner

Black History Month: Honoring the Work of a VA Midwife

 

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Records show, from 1930 to 1967, Anna B. Turner worked in Sussex County and traveled to at least four other counties and towns, helping families bring new life into the world.   Anna received at least 1,000 babies during her career as a midwife. She was devoted, and wouldn’t just be present for a birth and simply come home. Grandma Anna would stay as long as a family needed.

 

 

Continue Reading: http://www.nbc12.com/2019/02/20/black-history-month-honoring-work-virginia-midwife-named-town-hero/

 

Posted: February 23, 2019
By: Kate Anderton, B.Sc.

New Blood Test Detects Genetic Disorders in Fetuses

 

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Tel Aviv University researchers have developed a new blood test for genetic disorders that may allow parents to learn about the health of their baby as early as 11 weeks into pregnancy.

 

 

Continue Reading: https://www.news-medical.net/news/20190221/New-blood-test-detects-genetic-disorders-in-fetuses.aspx

 

Posted: February 16, 2019
By: Claire Reid

Woman Gives Birth To Septuplets

 

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A woman has given birth to a seven babies – six girls and a little boy – in a single, natural birth. All the children, and the mum, are reportedly in perfect condition and doing well following the birth. The incredible arrival occurred at a hospital in the Diyali Province of eastern Iraq and is believed to be the first septuplet birth in the country

 

 

Continue Reading: http://www.ladbible.com/news/interesting-woman-gives-birth-to-septuplets-six-girls-and-one-boy-20190215

 

Posted: February 9, 2019
By: Joseph Verney

Calm & Reassuring Midwife Wins National Award

 

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A Lincolnshire midwife has won a regional award for supporting a local mum suffering complications in the final days of her pregnancy.  “Mary made a huge impact on my entire pregnancy and was so professional and calm. Despite everything, I had a really positive experience and it would not have been the same if I hadn’t had Mary as my midwife. I cannot thank her enough for what she did.”

 

 

Continue Reading: https://thelincolnite.co.uk/2019/02/calm-and-reassuring-midwife-wins-regional-award/

 

Posted: February 2, 2019
By: International Council of Nurses

2020 Year of the Nurse & Midwife

 

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The International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the Nursing Now campaign are delighted to support the endorsement by the World Health Organization Executive Board (WHO EB) to designate 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

Annette Kennedy, President of ICN, underlined, “This exciting proposal of the Year of the Nurse and Midwife in 2020 will go a long way to raising the profile of nursing and highlighting the importance of the need for more well-educated nurses . . .”

 

 

 

Continue Reading: https://www.icn.ch/news/2020-year-nurse-celebrating-nursing-and-midwifery-endorsed-who-executive-board

 

Posted: January 26, 2019
By: Kelley Smith

Mother Explains Choice to Use Midwife

 

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I don’t like hospitals very much,” Armstrong explained. “I don’t like doctor visits. It just makes me feel on guard all the time and I loved the personal part of the midwifery.

Midwives are trained to take care of those type of situations and to know when there is something that we can’t take care of and when it is time to transport to a hospital to get further help,” she added.

Midwives develop a bond with the mothers they work with. She says they meet with women for an hour at each appointment to talk about the pregnancy, their diet and how they are feeling emotionally.

 

 

 

Continue Reading: https://whnt.com/2019/01/25/mother-explains-choice-to-use-out-of-hospital-midwife/

 

Posted: January 19, 2019
By:  Scientific American

The U.S. Needs More Midwives for Better Maternity Care

 

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Despite the astronomical sums that the U.S. spends on maternity care, mortality rates for women and infants are significantly higher in America than in other wealthy countries. And because of a shortage of hospitals and ob-gyns, especially in rural areas, many women struggle to access proper care during pregnancy.

Widespread adoption of midwife-directed care could alleviate all these problems. In many other developed countries, such as the U.K., France and Australia, midwifery is at least as common as care by obstetricians. In the U.S., certified midwives and nurse-midwives must hold a graduate degree from an institution accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives, and certified professional midwives must undergo at least two years of intensive training. This is designed to make midwives experts in normal physiological pregnancy and birth. Thus, for women with low-risk pregnancies who wish to deliver vaginally, it often makes sense to employ a midwife rather than a more costly surgeon. Yet only about 8 percent of U.S. births are attended by midwives.

 

 

 

Continue Reading: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-u-s-needs-more-midwives-for-better-maternity-care/

 

Posted: January 19, 2019
By:  Anna Claire Vollers

Midwives Can Legally Deliver AL Babies for First Time in Decades

 

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Alabama last issued a midwifery license in 1976. Since then, it’s been illegal to practice midwifery without a license – effectively outlawing midwifery in the state. Alabama licensed five certified professional midwives on Friday, marking the first time in more than 40 years the state has issued licenses to lay midwives.

Certified professional midwives deliver babies in out-of-hospital settings and legally practice in about 33 other states. They receive certification through a testing and apprenticeship process accredited through the North American Registry of Midwives.

 

 

 

Continue Reading: https://www.al.com//news/2019/01/midwives-can-legally-deliver-alabama-babies-for-first-time-in-decades-as-state-issues-licenses.html

 

Posted: January 15, 2019
By: Ashley Austrew

Midwives Get Real About Labor & Grooming

 

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Hair doesn’t affect stitches or anything to do with our work. If you have a c-section we can shave the important part for you with a sterile razor.

  • Please don’t get yourself into an uncomfortable position trying to do something for us, ’cause we won’t even notice. It’s like getting your hair done and your husband/friends not even noticing.

We’ve seen it all, from tattoos and piercings, to different hair styles and body types.  Our focus is on the health of you and your baby.

 

 

Continue Reading: https://thestir.cafemom.com/pregnancy/217194/midwife-honest-pregnancy-shaving/

 

Posted: January 7, 2019
By: BBC

Video: The “Superwoman” Midwife of the Mountains

 

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Fewer than half the women in Pakistan have access to midwives.

In the country’s remote Himalayan area, many pregnant women give birth without help.

Sherbano knows from her own experience how difficult it can be.

So she decided to step in to fill the gap and train to become the first midwife in her area.

 

 

Continue Reading:  https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-46760119/the-superwoman-midwife-of-the-mountains