labor nurse has been reborn and shares her experiences as a new nurse-midwife, woman, and blogger

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Life As I Know It

I have an overwhelming feeling that I have a way to go before I feel remotely comfortable in my new role. Working as a nurse midwife has been awesome and scary all at once. And tiring.

I hope to find the energy soon to elaborate.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

O, Canada

Oh!! I am very excited about this- which I will just simply give you the link to Rixa's post on vaginal breech birth in Canada.

I guess this begs the question: when will the US "authorities" stop being so stubborn and start looking at the research?

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Midwife Sorceress

Ok, this is a personal issue, but one that I think many of you would find themselves as irritated about it as I am.

My husband has been on this tear of calling me the "Midwife Sorceress". I think that this comes from my recent career start (finally, I must say!) and that he's been on a wizards kick.

It annoys me.

Actually, it annoying the living fuck out of me.

Now, I know my husband is just being foolish. He usually can't let 5 minutes pass without doing something childish. However, he also knows that I am passionate about midwifery and try so very hard to dispel any myths about midwives. He's even done his fair share of teaching people around him about what I do when people ask him, "So what does your wife do?" to which frequently gets a response of "A mid-what?" or "Oh, so she delivers babies in the woman's home who is anti-doctor?"

So, clearly, he knows that midwives do not perform any magic or wave chicken feathers. But if anyone heard him call me a "Midwife Sorceress" they would easily conjure up images of what the "Midwife Problem" propaganda of 100 years ago provided- because this was such an effective campaign on part of obstetricians of the day much of the mainstream still believes much of what is said about midwives today.

I have solved this problem by providing a nipple tweak that he is sure to not forget next time he has an urge to call me a "Midwife Sorceress". So there!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

In A Maternity Care Utopia:

....women would birth unencumbered by machines, IVs, and interventions that were not necessary....

....home birth would not be viewed as unsafe for low risk women....

....labor curves would be a vague guideline, not a rule....

....informed consent would really be informed....

....birth would be respected as a normal event....

....women would trust in their own strength and be empowered to have positive birth experiences....

....medical intervention would be available only when needed and used prudently....

....every woman would have one on one labor support....

....midwives would be embraced as the standard provider for maternity care, with all obstetricians specializing in high risk pregnancy and birth....