“In today’s world, any average effort or caring is a triumph. Don’t underestimate your power of influence. Simple caring and simple effort are heroic strivings. Those who have attained wisdom from the difficulties intrinsic to every life — can and should try to be there for others. Like experienced midwives, we should all assist those who are inexperienced in the painful birthing of psychological maturity and greater spiritual consciousness. This is the least we can do; lead people from their darkness with the light of our caring.” — Bryant McGill


Today is Mother’s Day,

And as a midwife who spends all her time helping people become parents, I’m deeply conflicted about this day and the messages we send.  The other day I had a patient in labor - let’s call her Gloria.  Gloria is 18, and she only discovered she was pregnant at 7 months.  When she went to the clinic to have an abortion they told her it was too late.  They gave her pamphlets about adoption.  When I saw her in labor (only 2 months after she found out she was pregnant) she had decided to parent this baby.  She was in the labor room with her friends, no family to be found.  She did an incredible job and stepped up to give birth to her baby even though she never asked for it.

For people like Gloria, I want Mother’s Day to exist, I want to honor them and value them.  But I also want to honor and respect the people who decide that parenthood is not for them.  

To women who don’t want children: You are inherently worthy.  I respect you and your decision.  I am so thankful that you know what you want and so happy that you’re empowered enough to follow through with it.

To people who want children but cannot have them, either because of medical reasons or social or economical reasons:  You are inherently worthy.  I respect the way you commit yourself to your cause, your friends, your family.  There are no words to speak to the pain of miscarriage & loss, but know that we will be here listening to you.  There are many ways to parent, and I know you’ll build a family all your own that you will love and who will love you.

To the people whose mothers weren’t good mothers:  You are inherently worthy.  If you have distanced yourself from your mother you’re doing what’s best for you, and I respect the deep emotional maturity it requires to take care of yourself that way.  Your mother’s faults do not reflect on you.  The family you have found and will continue to find throughout your life will sustain and nourish you and speak more to your value than your mother ever would have.

To the people who want to be a parent but don’t know how to fit their gender/sexuality/lifestyle into the word “mother”:  You are inherently worthy.  You can be a mom, a dad, a moppa, a Comrade, and your children will love you without pause.  Whether they are adopted or birthed by you or birthed by a surrogate or birthed by your partner, whether they get one parent or two parents or three parents or more, whether they get moms or dads or neither, you will be a great parent.  You will love and respect your children and build a family that loves and respects you.

So happy mother’s day to everyone, and know that I respect you and value you no matter what. 

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jhordieeshouse asked:

My Main Character, Rebecca is going through a very difficult birth and just wanted to know a better way to convey that. This here is my latest for publication and I want it to be worthwhile. It's really hard for me to write about childbirth so I was wondering if you had any advice.

I think for this, you need to know about the process of giving birth, but you don’t necessarily need all of the medical terminology when you describe it. After all, as the woman giving birth, Rebecca likely won’t know every little thing about midwifery - that’s why she will have professional midwives and doctors around her. 

I’m not sure if you want general information about birth or if you specifically want me to advise you on how to write birthing scenes, so I’ll do a bit of both. Skip to the bottom if you want the advice part. Everything above is purely informational just in case you need it.

During Labour

Almost every birth is different. In a lot of films and TV shows, you might see a birth start with the waters breaking. Usually, a woman can feel faint labour pains before this happens. In fact, if the waters break early and the delivery doesn’t start, then the baby - and mother -  are at risk of infection; it can be dangerous for the baby to be in the womb with no amniotic fluid around it for protection. Still, some women may experience their waters breaking before delivery or during.

As labour progresses, the contractions are closer together and more painful each time. The contractions are steadily pushing the baby downwards, softening and opening the cervix to allow for delivery. Midwives usually go by cervix dilation to determine when the baby is ready to be delivered. The cervix should be dilated by about 10cm when the baby is due to pass through. This is a process that can take a very long time (up to several hours). In a private hospital, I can imagine a woman will be accommodated for on the expected delivery date, but in a public hospital - or it may even be advised by a midwife generally - the woman can be asked to go home until established labour occurs (i.e. when the cervix is dilated over 3cm).

It can take from six to twelve hours for the cervix to fully dilate from 3-10cm for a first baby. Women may find subsequent deliveries are much quicker. It’s typical for midwives to monitor the baby’s heart rate throughout delivery - if the baby shows signs of stress, then it is important for the baby to be born as quickly as possible. If the baby’s oxygen is restricted during birth, it can cause brain damage to the child in a worst case scenario.

The part where the woman starts pushing should only really start after the cervix is fully dilated. If you’ve ever watched programmes like One Born Every Minute or Teen Mom, you’ll notice a lot of women in labour are encouraged to ‘breathe’ through it. This is a technique used to stop the woman from pushing too early. Breathing in and out instead should ease her urge to push before its necessary. Giving birth is a tiring, energy-draining exercise. The longer a woman has to push, the weaker she’ll become, so particularly long, non-progressive births can be wearing on the mother.

After the baby is born, the placenta must also be passed and contractions will also cause this delivery. The midwife usually injects the woman with syntocinon to speed up the delivery of the placenta, and it also helps prevent postpartum haemorrhaging.

Difficulties During Childbirth

Birthing difficulties as a term is pretty vague. You need to know why this birth is difficult and what exactly is happening to make it difficult. There are a few things that can make a birth difficult. To name just some:

  • The baby’s shoulder becoming stuck behind the mother’s pelvis as it is born, preventing swift delivery. This can cause damage to the brachial plexus (the nerves and tissue at the neck/shoulder) on the baby if the midwife pulls the baby’s head too severely as they try to deliver it. This is called shoulder dystocia.
  • The baby’s cord wrapping around its neck in the process of birth. The longer the baby is starved of oxygen, the more likely brain damage will occur.
  • A long, arduous labour that doesn’t progress due to the cervix not dilating properly. In this case, the mother might need to have a cesarean section. Other than feeling severe fatigue, many women can be disheartened when the natural birth they wanted doesn’t go to plan.
  • Placental abruption: the placenta separates from the wall of the uterus for no clear reason. The woman can bleed to death in this circumstance.
  • Pre-eclampsia. It’s usually picked up in routine antenatal appointments (which might lead to an induced delivery) but high blood pressure can be a serious threat to a woman in childbirth if it remains undetected.
  • Sometimes, midwives may perform fetal blood sampling to help them make a decision as to whether take a woman for a cesarean section or continue with vaginal delivery. This can be very stressful for the woman as it is a painful procedure which involves taking blood from the baby whilst it is still in the womb.
  • Breech births. This is where the baby is born feet first instead of head first. Sometimes, midwives can successfully ‘turn’ the baby around by pressing on the woman’s abdomen, but a breech birth isn’t an easy one. It can also be difficult for the mother if the baby is lying in a way that puts its spine against hers. Spine-to-spine deliveries are usually painful and can be longer than babies born head-down.

These are just some complications that can arise during birth. When it comes to the actual feeling of giving birth… well I haven’t gone through that myself so I don’t think I could offer anything valuable there. A quick Google search should give you an idea about that, and may help you in your writing when it comes to vocabulary and creating an accurate portrayal.

tl;dr: How to Write Birthing Scenes

  • Be aware of the stages of labour.
  • Research your chosen birth difficulty to understand in which stages of labour the complications will arise.
  • Think about the consequences of this birthing difficulty - i.e. what it might do to the mother, what it might do to the baby/babies.
  • Consider the atmosphere of the delivery room. Is she taken to hospital as an emergency, or does she go into hospital expecting the baby to be born in the way she planned? Is it a home birth? A water birth? How does she feel before the complications, how does her partner or the person/people accompanying her throughout the birth feel?
  • Who is narrating? The woman giving birth, or the midwife? Her partner? Someone else in the delivery room? Consider vocabulary.
  • If writing a birthing scene is very uncomfortable for you due to a lack of experience or other personal reasons, you could always ‘skip’ to the relevant part after the complications arise. A long birthing scene would be hard reading for just about anyone really, unless something very significant happens at the time. It might be worth writing pre and post birth, rather than focusing on all of the bits in between.

I hope this helps. If you have any more questions (such as something more specific), please let me know and I’ll do my best to expand on this answer! Otherwise, please keep an eye out for Follower responses in case someone else has better information or advice.


Best of luck!

- enlee

UPDATE: The mobile clinic midwives need your help! We only have two weeks left and our spring fundraiser is nowhere near the goal needed to keep them on the road all year round. The women of 20 remote villages count on these women and the care they bring each month to have safe pregnancies. Ten dollars per visit is all it takes to save the lives of a mother and her baby. Please share, give now, and double your impact: bit.ly/1DsKAEC (Photo: Cheryl Hanna-Truscott) #safemotherhood #everynewborn #mobileclinic #10dollars2lives


I have almost 300 followers here. What if we all shared all these infographics and more one day to spread awareness? Let’s get important issues around childbirth trending to hopefully reach mainstream readers!

Hashtag posts on all social media with #BirthPowerWeek and #Pregnancy and let’s see if we can’t reach more women!

Other trending topics to infiltrate: #midwives4all, #improvingbirth, #takebackbirth, #advicefornewparents, #midwivesmatter, talking about the midwives at the #royalbirth

To celebrate the upcoming International Nurses day, I’ve made a text post from our Nurblr Directory, You can view the directory here or drop @northwestnurse a message to get yourself added
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Qualified and Registered Nurses

OhJoy - RN/BSN, Medical/Surgical Trauma Unit
MyLifeAsAnRN - RN, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
GlimpseOfApril- RN, Paediatrics, working towards Bachelors and Masters
Datrubboben - RN, Geriatrics
CopingNurse - RN, Neurological ICU
Poluanthenomials - RN, Emergency Room
MyocardialRevival - RN/BSN, Medical Surgical Oncology
Swednurse - RN
SaraIsPollita - RN, Emergency Trauma
NightNurseLaura - RN, Surgical/medical
FlyingEagleClaw - RN/BSN, Trauma Centre ER
HeartAndSoulMidwifery - Nurse/Midwife
BriefWondrousLaura - RN/BSN, OB and Labour & Delivery
ThatBipolarChick87 - EN, Aged Care
AllisonRN2014 - RN/BSN, Intensive Care Unit
100CupsOfCoffee - RN/BSN, General Paeds
TimmyG41991 RN/ASN, Coronary Care Unit
NursingAHeadache LPN, Student Midwife
GlimpseOfApril - LPN, Paediatrics. Student of Nursing Bachelors
AnotherDeadDaddyAllegory - BSN New Grad
SarcasmAndStethoscopes - RN/BSN, Medical Float
SectumSempra333 - RN/BSN, Intensive Care Unit
HeyyNurseRin - RN, Medical/Surgical
Ktbvns - RN/BSN, Inpatient Cardiology and Surgical Subspecialities
SilverStars87 - RN/ BS/BSN, Dialysis. Student Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
BLizzardsInferno - RN, Surgical Trauma&Critical Care
NursePastyLady - RN
HalfGreatAdventures - RN/BSN, Pediatric Neurology, Neurosurgery, Endocrinology
NightDutyNurse - RN/BSN, Intensive Care Unit
TnRach - RN/BSN, Paediatrics
KKEnterprise - RN/BSN, Paediatraics, PICU & NICU
CardiacAttack - RN/BSN, Paediatric Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit
NurseLaa - RN/BSN, Paediatric Cardiology/ Cardiothoracic Surgery
NurseShayToTheRescue - RN
ThatNurseOverThere - RN, Intensive Care Unit
EnglishNurse - RGN
JustJenIffer - RN, Student of BSN
AdventuresInPaeds - RN, Paediatric Oncology
RomanaTheLlama - RN, Neurosurgery & Trauma
PedsNurseSarah - RN, Paediatric&Community
YourFutureNurse - RN
QueenOfCrash - RN
AsToldByANurse - RN
MackenzieeLise - RN
UnmarkedPath - RN/BSN, Coronary Intensive Care Unit
TheLiftingYogi - RN
HanaKate86 RN, Triage Primary Care
TraumaQueen11304 - RN/BSN, Emergency Department
Courtz - RN/BSN in Step down / Telemetry
RNAmy - RN/BSN, Cardiothoracic stepdown
DShermsherm - RN/BSN, Acute Care
MyLifeMyOpinions - RN
PeriwinkleBleu - RN, Student of Nursing Doctorate
JustJenIffer - RN, Student of BSN
MichaelHeartsDiego - RN, Emergency Room&Trauma
MeButDifferent - RN, Medical Floor. Soon to be BSN
LabourNurseMeghan - BSN/RN, Labour and Delivery
Caffeinated-RN - BSN/RN, Post Operative Orthopaedic and Neurological
DoxiePowder - RN, Neurological Trauma Intensive Care Unit
AlexWhineAndCheese - RN/BSN, Emergency-Trauma/Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner
BoredRN - RN/BSN
armybratkittehkat - RN/BSN, Medical Surgical US Army
sarahblack1993 - RN, working towards BSN
nurseanonymous - RN/BSN
ob-nurse—at-your-cervix - RN/BSN, Obstetrics Labour&Delivery
thattattooedrnlife - RN/ASN, Geriatric, Certified Wound&Ostomy Nurse
beautyandcolour - RN, Clinic Research
msnmajorsblog - LPN, studying BSN
iwant2be-apuppy - RN/BSN/CCRN, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
latenightnurse - RN/BSN, Critical Care
whatsado - RN/BSN, Medical Orthopaedics
annperkinswannabe - RN/BSN, Paediatric Respite/Hospice
nursefuratu - RN/CNRN, Paediatric Trauma PICU
therightmotivation - RN, Paediatrics and NICU
ragerismatt - RN, interviewing for Pulmonary Step Down Unit
freethegiraffes - RN/BSN, Cardio-thoracic surgical ICU
allhaletiffany - RN, Paediatric Emergency Room
maureenrn - RN/BSN, Medical Intensive Care Unity
hugmenow - RN, Paediatrics
humorofanightshiftnurse RN/BSN, Oncology
this-nursing-life LPN, soon to be BSN, Paediatric Private Duty
proveitmakemefightme -  RN/BSN, Emergency Department
bustedxstuff - RN/BSN, Emergency Department
rnandagleek - RN/BSN, Operating Room
circulatingthedrain - RN/BSN, Operating Room
yoursormine - LPN, soon to be RN/BSN
erisedstraeh - RN/BSN, Paediatrics
yepsureokay - RN, 
nurse-amynurse - RN, ICU
ivcaffeinecitrate - RN, Float General Medicine, Med Student
samiamrn - RN/ADN, soon to be BSN, Hospital Float Pool
scrubstostilettos - RN/BSN, heme/oncology, bone marrow and palliative care floor
confessionsofanewgradnurse - RN/BSN Intensive Care Unit
ozarkdragon - RN, soon to be DNP
urssoro - RN/BSN, new grad float
nurse-alli - RN, Medical/Surgical Oncology
thisenervatedrnlovesyou - RN, SNF Supervisor
nursenightowl - LVN Subacute, studying for BSN
100cupsofcoffee - RN, Paediatrics
casedollRN - RN/BSN, haematology, oncology, BMT. DNP-PNP student
happinessatherfingertips - RN/BN, and paramedic, studying MPH
xslyblu3x - RN/BSN, Neuropsych
kindaty - RN/BSN, General Medical Surgery, studying for FNP 
nsicu-nurse - RN/BSN, Neurosurgical ICU
projectonethirtyfive - RN/BSN, Paediatrics
ciryamo - RN, Emergency Department
dancenurselove - RN, Cardiothoracic Surgical Step-down
sleepclementine - RN, Medical/Surgical
life-explorer-rn - RN, Oncology Medical/Surgery
ignitetheunknown - BSN/RN, Cardiac/Telemetry 
viridianbebop - RN/BSN, Travel nurse, paediatrics
nurse-glow-worm - LPN, Surgical Oncology
swedishnurse - RN, Psychiatrics
vickytorious - RN/BSN/PHN, Public Health
nurseshustle - RN, Critical Care in the Medical ICU
sincerelyrn - RN, Oncology 
ellenswanderlust - RN
theprogressnotes - RN

Student Nurses

NorthwestNurse - Student Nurse, BSc (Hons)
FlourAndYarn - Student Nurse
AVeryPurplePaperPrenurse - Student Nurse
WombWielder - Student Nurse and Midwife
EmilyRaee - Student Nurse
TatasMcGee - Student Nurse, BSN
HopeAnchorsMe - Student Nurse
NightShiftNurseTech - Student Nurse
NurseJap - LPN and Student Nurse
StudentNurseToTheRescue - Student Nurse
AlfredHoi - Student Nurse
Shannan423 - Student Nurse, ADN/RN
ThoughtsOfMyMadLife - Student Nurse, mental health
FutureNightingale - Student Nurse, current Physician’s Scribe
ZombieNurseFromHell - Student Nurse
Stnlr - Student Nurse
MindAndHeartAtWar - Student Nurse, BSN RN
TheMightyThorctopus - Student Nurse, RN equivilent, pysch/mental health
LilyH1880 - Student Nurse
ChelseaChic - Student Nurse
NurseKanika - Student Nurse
MidSagittal - Student Nurse
ChelseaChic - Student Nurse
KittiePls - Student Nurse
MedicalCompliKateTions - Student Nurse
Ac783647 - Student Nurse, BSN
LadyQuanyin - Student Nurse
TheGrayMethod - Student Nurse
KatyAayBara - Student Nurse
LifeAsANewNursingStudent - Student Nurse
SickCuda - Student Nurse
RoseyMary - Student Nurse
InvisibleNothing - Student Nurse
JayDearC - Student Nurse
CarrotCupCake - Student Nurse
CoffeeRunning - Student Nurse
MediocreStudentNurse - Student Nurse, BSN
MindAndHeartAtWar - Student Nurse, BSN
Student Of Nursing - Student Nurse, BSN
GirlInYourTruckSong - Student Nurse & Pharmacy Tech
RuralMedic - Student Nurse
BadAssBitchas - Student Nurse, working in Geriatrics
ArtScienceNursing - Student Nurse
SmasonNation - Student Nurse
FutureNurseLauren - Student Nurse
NotLayla - Student Nurse, BSN, & Nursing Assistant
Stay-orthostatic - Student Nurse
VowingHisLast - Student Nurse, EN
CaptainAmerica1519 - Student Nurse, ADN
chronicallysleepdeprieved - Student Nurse, ASBN
msnmajorsblog - Student Nurse, BSN. Already LPN
cardiacfantasea - Student Nurse, BSN
peacelovekoala - Student Nurse, BSN
theaussienursingstudent - Student Nurse, RN
nursaesthetic - Student Nurse
SoThisIsNursingSchool - Student Nurse, BSN/RN
geekycanadiannurse - Student Nurse
nursingcapsarecool - Student Nurse, BSN Emergency
briannast0rm - Pre-Nursing Student
nursinq - Student Nurse
nursingdiary - Student Nurse
imposteradult - Student Nurse
brettlloyd95 - Student Nurse, ADN
mac-manual - Student Nurse, RN
thenursesvitalorgans - Student Nurse
musicsunandsmiles - Student Nurse
shannan423 - Student Nurse, RN/ADN
brokestudentnurse - Student Nurse
lalalove753 - Student Nurse
supernini235 - Student Nurse (BSc Hons)
themontrealnurse - Student Nurse
nurseashleyxo - Student Nurse
rnstudentlife - Student Nurse, RN/ASN
thegreatestthingssheneversaid - Student Nurse
totomintea - Student Nurse
nursenightowl - Student Nurse, RN, current LVN
brokestudentnurse - Student Nurse, CNA
Crys2al - Student Nurse
ourloveandtrials - Student Nurse, BN
themontrealnurse - Student Nurse
foolishandbeautiful - Student Nurse, BSN
trauma-princess93 - Student Nurse, also CNA
mentalhealth-nursing - Student Nurse, Mental Health
throughthemarrowsoflife - Student Nurse, BSN
fightoffyourdemonsbrandnew Student Nurse CYP, BSc (Hons)
NurseGif - Student Nurse, BSN
missbrightblueeyes - Student Nurse, LPN
preppynursingstudent - Student Nurse, BSN

Midwives and Student Midwives

HeartAndSoulMidwifery - Nurse/Midwife
WombWielder - Student Nurse/Midwife
NursingAHeadache LPN, Student Midwife
LearningToBeAGoodMidwife - Student Midwife
mac-manual - Aspiring Midwife, Student Nurse

Assistants, Aids Auxillary and Techs

GirlInYourTruckSong - Pharmacy Tech, Student Nurse
OfIceAndLegends - Patient Care Assistant, Studying for NCLEX
RoseyMary - Certified Nursing Assistant, Student Nurse
NightShiftNurseTech - Nurse Tech, Student Nurse
NotLayla - Nursing Assistant, Student Nurse
MrsFoxyBoxy - Certified Nurses Aid, studying to become MH Nurse
nurseashleyxo - Laboratory Tech, Student Nurse
brokestudentnurse - Certified Nursing Assistant, Student Nurse
trauma-princess93 - Certified Nursing Assistant, Student Nurse


MyAusMedJourney - PreMed, Biomedical Science Student
MediGay - Aspiring Physcian
ivcaffeinecitrate - Medicine Student

aquaticbaby asked:

I love your blog and all the work you do! I've read some blog posts by midwives who talk about some very scary and unethical homebirth practices with the goal of evading hospital transfers. They put patients in danger. I can't include links in questions but Navel Gazing Midwife and Honest Midwife have both written about, for example, giving patients Cytotec without informed consent. What do you think of this? Is this common? How can I find a midwife who does not do these things?

I’m glad you brought this up, I’ve been thinking about addressing it.  If anyone hasn’t read these articles, the ones aquaticbaby​ is referring to are:

Cytotec Tea by The Honest Midwife

Non-Con Cytotec (and more) by The Navel Gazing Midwife

Basically the two articles delve into some illegal activities that happen among the Certified Professional Midwives and Lay Midwives that the two authors have worked with.  It sounds pretty scary, to be honest.

I have never worked with a midwife who did something like that, but that’s not to say that it didn’t happen.  It could be for a number of different reasons that I haven’t seen that: 

  • These types of things are often hidden from students or apprentices
  • I have almost only worked with Certified Nurse Midwives who are much more closely monitored through their licensing organizations
  • I have a very limited exposure to homebirth

However, I have seen a lot of unethical things done by Certified Nurse Midwives, Obstetricians, Doulas, Anesthesiologists, and Registered Nurses.  It seems to me that birth exists in a murky, swampy area of the psyche, and the people who are trained to guide and control it often loose sight of the path.

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Name: Penanggalan, Hantu Penanggal
Area of Origin: Malaysia

The Penanggalan are ghostly variations of the Vampire myth found in Southeast Asian folk mythology, and are similar to the Manananggal of Filipino folklore. The words Manananggal and Penanggal may both mean ‘detach’ or 'remove’ due to both languages having a common root in the Austronesian language family. A Penanggal is a detached female head that is capable of flight, with its entrails and organs dangling below. Though often classified as an undead creature, it can re-attach itself to its body and live as a human being. In folklore, a Penanggal may either be a beautiful old or young woman that has obtained her beauty through use of black magic or through other supernatural means. They are usually midwives that have made pacts with the devil; a stipulation in the pact is to not eat meat for 40 days. Breaking this stipulation will afflict a curse upon the midwife, turning her into a bloodsucking vampire or demon. After the detached head returns from its hunts, it will immerse its organs in a vat of vinegar in order to shrink them for easy insertion back into the body. The Penanggalan traditionally prey upon pregnant women and young children, and perch on the roofs of houses where women are in labor, screeching when the child is born. It is said that the use of the thorny leaves of the Mengkuang plant will help protect houses that are susceptible to a Penanggalan attack, as the creature’s exposed organs could get damaged by their sharp exterior. However, the demoness could still come up through a house’s floorboards if the area is unguarded. 

A mother brings her baby for a postnatal check-up while an expecting mother receives a “tummy check” nearby.

The Mobile Prenatal Clinic closes a critical gap in care for rural Haitian women who live far from any medical facilities or providers. By bringing monthly comprehensive maternal care to these women, mothers and their babies have a better chance of not only surviving childbirth, but thriving. It costs ten dollars per visit -we’ll do 6,000+ visits this year- and we need your help to keep this vital program going. This Mother’s Day, please give to the mothers of rural Haiti- every dollar will be worth double- and tell your family and friends! bit.ly/1DsKAEC (Photo: B.D. Colen)

Midwife program - we’re in!

I just found out we got into a really great program at the Women’s hospital which gives expectant mums one-on-one midwife care with the same two midwives throughout the whole pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period. I didn’t expect to hear back about whether or not we got in for another month, so it was a wonderful surprise. They’ve got the highest rate of natural births in the hospital which is why we put ourselves on the waiting list. I expect that having a familiar, caring, and knowledgeable midwife at the birth will alleviate a lot of potential anxiety and give me the best chance of a drug-free birth. 

I have endless praise for the thorough yet relaxed and supportive care I’ve received from my doctor and midwives throughout my pregnancy so far under Medicare. Thank God [but mostly Whitlam!] for universal healthcare.

Mobile Clinic UPDATE: In midwife Magdala Jean’s living room, women receive prenatal and postpartum care on a monthly basis. Magdala’s home is the site of the Rhode Village mobile clinic, one of our 20 rural clinics. Midwives conduct informal classes in addition to giving individual care. Although some women may not have the money or transportation needed to deliver their babies in the hospital, they walk miles to attend clinics, appreciative of the reassurance that prenatal care provides. With your help we can keep the mobile clinic going all year round. (Photo: Cheryl Hanna-Truscott)


I know this has been around for a few years but I’m new and only just found it!  And it’s brilliant!  While I completely expected some Dr. Turner and Sister Bernadette I was very happy by The Doctor who came in at the end.

And Sister Evangelina!!  You saucy minx… ;)

LCDL is pleased to announce that we’re adding new collections! Today’s featured collection: Hutson Lee Papers, 1858-1865 held by the South Carolina Historical Society.

“Hutson Lee, 1834-1899, was a Charlestonian and quartermaster in the Confederate army.  Within his manuscript collection are 15 slave auction broadsides advertising sales of slaves in Charleston, South Carolina in 1859 and 1860.  Each broadside contains information about the time and location of the sale, with many advertised as taking place at Ryan’s Mart on Chalmers Street in Charleston.  The name and age of each enslaved person is listed, as well as characteristics or skills of some individuals.  For example, there are some individuals listed as drivers, carpenters, boatmen, midwives, among many other descriptions.  On each broadside, the name of the individual or firm in charge of the sale is given, and some also list the name of the former slaveholder.”

Louis D. DeSaussure slave sale broadside.

“This broadside advertises a slave auction of 67 slaves held at Ryan’s mart on Chalmers Street by Louis D. DeSaussure “by order of executor of the late Mr. and Mrs. W.M. Barnwell”. The year is not given, but the advertisement lists the sale as taking place on Wednesday the 19th, and January is handwritten above the date. The broadside lists the names, ages, and, for some, previous experiences or health conditions of the slaves for sale. It also describes that the slaves are “accustomed to the culture of sea island cotton and provisions in Beaufort district”.”

anonymous asked:

Not to be rude... But what kind of doctors does everyone go to where they can just call anytime with questions and get them answered? No doctor I've ever seen has had a number to call after hours, and the time I called the ER they said they can't give medical advice over the phone. The only call I've ever had answered like that was to labor triage once.

Normally at a certain point in pregnancy your doctor becomes on call, or midwives are very good at being available 90% of the time. Some labor units will give answers and etc.

For GP doctors, I have no clue


Mother’s Day is this Sunday! In honor of a mother in your life, please consider making a donation now to moms in Haiti, who often walk hours each way to receive prenatal care at our mobile clinic. Every mother wants to survive childbirth and every mother wants a healthy baby. It only costs ten dollars to make sure rural moms get the care they need. Every dollar will be matched. bit.ly/1DsKAEC (Photo: B.D.Colen)

Fic - A Quickening Of Hearts - 3/7

More Milathos bébé fic.

one ~ two  

Milady spends her first week, at the former Bonacieux residence, living on tenterhooks.  She’s expecting the worst from Constance and acts badly because of it, her hackles raised as she spits like an angry cat at every attempted conversation from her new landlady.

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