Pretty cool.

The report, published Monday in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, analyzed two decades of CDC data that showed that a greater proportion of women are choosing to rely on midwives in what experts think is a direct reaction to rising rates of C-section births. Midwives approach birth differently than many physicians: they shy away from inducing labor in most situations, which can lead to a greater likelihood of cesarean delivery. Starting early in the prenatal period, they may take a more holistic approach, emphasizing diet. In labor, they spend much more time in the delivery room, encouraging a woman to try different positions or to walk around to get labor moving. “They have more patience,” says Declercq.

It’s great to see that people are being increasingly aware that they do have options and are seeking them

A HUGE thank you to Amy for her presentation on female anatomy!

One of the highlights of our year! Please, if you see Amy on campus or on the web, send a “thank you” her way. I (we) learned SO much just in the short time we had, so if you have ANY questions you can send directly to Amy, or to us and we can send them along.

A brief bio about Amy for those who want to know more (taken from her website):

I am a 25 year old woman living in Boone, NC, and studying nursing at Appalachian State in hopes of becoming a CNM (nurse midwife).  I am passionate about all things related to childbirth, and have been studying midwifery and the birth process for several years. I am a DONA certified doula, as well as a Full Circle Placenta Encapuslation Specialist.

Here are some of the resources she used in her presentation:

Sexplanations with Dr. Doe
Laci Green
Sheri Winston
Scarleteen
Beautiful Cervix (warning: graphic images of cervixes [cervixi?] on this website!)
Birth Without Fear
North Carolina Friends of Midwives
The Peaceful Pomegranate Birth Services: Amy’s personal birthing services website for more information about her experience and how she can help YOU have your child!

The womb is in the belly, and what is more like a womb than belly dance? A place to unfold, uncoil, magnify, flourish, blossom, and a place of infinite creativity. That’s the woman’s journey, and belly dance instructors are the midwives of imagination, connection, and self confidence.
—  The illustrious Miss Amy Danielson.

I think the world’s perception of how to give birth is really messed up now. Like “mid-wives” are bad for you but they don’t realize that going the hospital and having a doctor help you deliver a baby is much more dangerous than actually having a midwife.

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Pretty cool.

The report, published Monday in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, analyzed two decades of CDC data that showed that a greater proportion of women are choosing to rely on midwives in what experts think is a direct reaction to rising rates of C-section births. Midwives approach birth differently than many physicians: they shy away from inducing labor in most situations, which can lead to a greater likelihood of cesarean delivery. Starting early in the prenatal period, they may take a more holistic approach, emphasizing diet. In labor, they spend much more time in the delivery room, encouraging a woman to try different positions or to walk around to get labor moving. “They have more patience,” says Declercq.

It’s great to see that people are being increasingly aware that they do have options and are seeking them

I would highly recommend watching this movie if you ever feel like having children.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Business-of-Being-Born/dp/B0054LZ0VO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1331782839&sr=8-1

I know no one has $3 to spend on a documentary (it was a school assignment for me) but this movie is worth seeing. Going in I would have never said I wanted a home birth if I became pregnant. I wanted epidermal, doctors, ect. But the facts they lay out in this movie convinced me to reconsider, if not completely change my mind about child birth. Hospitals and insurance companies create fear around un-medical births. Yet, pain killers and the position in which a woman gives birth in a hospital are completely wrong for the mother and the child. A hormone is released which causes the mother and child to feel a euphoric high and bond after the birth. It’s what drives a mother, like any other mammal, to protect her child… but painkillers prevent that hormone from reaching the brain and therefore lessens the initial, euphoric bond. 

It’s messed to think that so may women go to hospitals for birthing because of misinformation. There is an assumption that women cannot handle giving birth to their own children (much like many women do in “less advanced” countries.) Yet, our country has a higher infant mortality rate than more countries that you would think. We’re #34 on the list. That’s 34 countries in which children die less often in birth than in America. It’s a shame that our country doesn’t follow other country’s standards. In some European countries nearly a third of the country uses midwives.

A woman in the movie literally reached for her own baby directly after he was born. I wasn’t even disgusted watching the video because it was so beautiful to see the woman deliver her own baby; to be the first to touch it. The women who went through the natural birth felt like they had accomplished a wonderful goal.. and the births were not as painful as one might think.

Anyways, if you’re ever thinking of getting a C-section… watch this movie. Really.

So I’m officially a Canadore College student. After 3 years, I’m finally ready and motivated to be at school. I got to get high grades to get accepted for midwivery.

Today I was loaned out to the Ante-natal Clinic again. I don’t mind the work, but it’s just sooo repetitive. Doing the same checks, taking bloods, explaining the same things over and over and over again. 

So by evening I was pretty cross-eyed with the tediousness of it all, when my last appointment of the day came in: the most gorgeous black lady from Botswana. And she looked exactly like my the main character from the famous Alexander McCall Smith books - The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. We chatted happily for over an hour and she even taught me how to pronounce all the Botswana names properly. We parted the best of friends and hope to meet again someday in the delivery Suite when the time comes. 

This made my day.

Sorry, I have to do a bit of bitching.

These online courses are the pits! As required, I have done this course every two years and completed it successfully. It’s an important course and it’s a difficult one (I really have to study for this every time – it’s amazing how much we forget if we don’t use it every day)

But this year they’ve started a new thing: before even doing the course we have to complete an online exam: Nine chapters, each ending with an exam sheet of twelve questions. And all these trick-questions are designed to catch you out!

80% is needed to pass and we only get one chance of repeating (and they don’t tell you where you went wrong!) How anybody is supposed to do this when English is not their first language is beyond me.

And I don’t get the point of why we have to learn all the advantages, maintenance and trouble-shooting of a flow-inflating bag ventilation device, when all we have in the workplace is a T-piece resuscitator or a self-inflating bag.

Anyway – that’s that rant out of the system.

I will stop sobbing in a minute and go back to the damn thing.

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