Midwives

NPR: Causes of the World’s Cesarean Epidemic

Cesarean rates are rising around the world but there are also countries where more surgical births are critically needed. This miraculous surgery has saved many lives but the current epidemic is increasing dangers for mothers and their babies. On NPR’s Science Friday, a female obstetrician (OB) from Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center courageously lays …

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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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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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Mayo Clinic’s Midwives

 In the U.S., most births that involve midwives are in hospitals.1 A study in the U.K. has shown that low-risk births with midwives are safer than low-risk births by obstetricians in hospitals. British obstetricians in the U.K. frequently perform cesarean delivery, forceps delivery, and anesthesia injected into the spinal canal that could have been avoided. At …

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Harvard & the Nurse-Midwife Solution

Harvard Magazine states that an estimated 85% of pregnant women reach full term without complications in the U.S. which is an oft quoted statistic. This article is a thoughtful exploration of the “unnec-cesarean” issue and includes interviews with Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) on how midwives are part of the solution. Harvard notes 33% of babies in …

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Consumer Reports: Choose Your Hospital Carefully!

The hospital in which you choose to have your baby has a greater impact on your chances of having a C-section, than do your age, your weight, and whether you have diabetes. How busy a hospital is and the location of the hospital can raise your risk of a C-section dramatically. By now you are …

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Expert Recommendations to Avoid “Unnec-Cesareans” & Enjoy Your Birth

Make informed health care decisions that are right for you, practice extreme self-care, use pregnancy and labor for conscious personal growth and prepare holistically for labor. Make Informed Health Care Decisions Choose a hospital with a low cesarean rate as it is the most important choice you can make. There are hospitals that have rates …

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Unnec-Cesareans: The Real Reasons

Many forces come together to create this current crisis of preventable and needless cesareans. But the most important, is that our culture, and thereby medical system, continues to be a patriarchal (male-dominated thought) system. Any doubt about this? Consider the rampant rates of abuse that women and vulnerable children suffer every day or the 2017 …

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