Reality Shock: A Delivery Nurse’s First Years (Dr. Kerry #1)

Vanita’s Preface: There is a well-known phenomena that new nurses and other professionals experience as their idealistic dreams of “helping people” are tempered by their less-than-perfect or possibly even disturbing experiences in the medical system. This transition is referred to as “reality shock”. The RN who wrote this story now is a “Doctor of Science”. She …

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Research Shows How Educated Midwives Benefit Women!

The vast majority of midwives in the United States (U.S.) are certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs). CNMs are licensed and have prescriptive authority in every state. CMs are licensed in five states. According to the American Midwifery Certification Board, as of January 2012 there are 12,622 CNMs and 73 CMs in the United …

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Marina’s Triumphant Birth

 My focus is helping women have the most optimal birth experiences possible, whether they are carrying a healthy or high- risk pregnancy, and whether the birth is happening in a huge medical center, a birth center or in their home. Newborns clearly can have gentle and loving arrivals in all of these settings. But when …

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Resources to Decrease Cesareans

There will always be cases where C-sections are medically necessary, but experts agree that doctors perform far too many. Learn more about how to protect yourself and your baby from an Unnec-Cesarean.  What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know about Cesarean Section Pathway to a Healthy Birth (Infographic) Pathway to a Healthy Birth (Booklet) Camino Hacia un …

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Find a Midwife!

Find a Nurse-Midwife This Nurse-Midwife locator will help you find practices with one or more American College of Nurse-Midwife members which can be Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) or Certified Midwives (CMs). CMs are formally educated midwives but are not nurses. CNMs can practice legally in all 50 states but it unfortunate that physician organizations commonly influence …

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The Atlantic: Women Turning to Midwives

The Atlantic comments midwives are making a comeback. Midwives can provide prenatal care and assistance during labor and delivery, encouraging easier childbirth in low-risk pregnancies when invasive medical procedures are not needed. Hospital based midwives often avoid attaching a fetal heart rate monitor all the time to a woman. It is known that continuous fetal …

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Home Birth Research: Only 5.2% Cesareans

This large and exciting study demonstrates that midwifery care with different types of midwives is an option for healthy women with low-risk pregnancies including women carrying their first child. Women need to understand the differences in types of midwives available to them and choose their birth attendant carefully. Home birth is safest when there is …

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New England Journal of Medicine: Ob for Home Birth

The New England Journal of Medicine interviewed American trained obstetrician Neel Shah. He discusses the findings that in the United Kingdom (U.K.) healthy women with low-risk pregnancies were safer giving birth in birth centers or at home under the care of a midwife than in a hospital under the supervision of an obstetrician.1 Obstetricians in …

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