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One cause of placenta accreta and placenta percreta is the placenta’s embedding in the caesarean scar. But no one has published research showing a correlation between these conditions and single-layer repair. Before this repair is blamed for an increase in placenta problems, an association must be established.
Read more…. The Many Ways to Sew Up a Uterus: “Single-layer” vs. “Double-layer” Cesarean Repair: What’s Best?
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We mothers must do what is necessary to create trust, regardless of the immediate rewards. And then we must let go and allow our babies to come to us in their own way, in their own time. Our job is to bury deep within them the knowledge that they are loved. This is what creates an everlasting bond.
Read more…. Bonding: Through an Adoptive Mother’s Eyes
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Phosphorus is a major ingredient of not only bones and teeth, but also the human brain. It facilitates permeability of cell membranes, helping nutrients pass in and out of cells. As one of the five elements of DNA, it is a building block for our genes. In metabolism, phosphorus mediates energy.
Read more…. Bearer of Light— Homeopathic Phosphorus
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The woman my candle burns for tonight has been in labor for 46 hours. She had studied and prepared. She is in surgery now. The birth that she wanted didn’t happen; maybe it never will. I gingerly carry the candle to my room, careful not to smother the flame. Maybe she needs it lit now more than she did before.
Read more…. A Candle
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During the last few days of my second pregnancy I began to experience severe itching. Being the tough cookie I am, I did not complain to my doctor.
Five years later I became pregnant again. When the itching returned, I did some Internet research. Almost instantly I read about Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy.
Read more…. ICP—the Mystery Itch
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Some men in my childbirth classes had never heard the word “midwife” prior to the first class. We can all work to make the word “midwife” more common through midwifery displays for exhibition at local libraries. I strongly believe this is an effective way to expose the general public to the Midwifery Model of Care.
Read more…. Library Displays Spread the Word about Midwives
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In joining the world of licensed midwifery, I have stepped into an environment of fear and distrust that threatens what I do and who I am. Who else will suffer before we become who we are called to be—caregivers apart from the medical hierarchy?
Read more…. So, You Want a License, Eh?
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AJ was the first pregnant woman to test HIV-positive at The Childbearing Center at Morris Heights in the Bronx, New York, in 1996. She was devastated to find out that she was infected with HIV. It was a privilege to care for her. And I know that our specialized care made a difference in her life and her births.
Read more…. Extra Special Care for Birthing Women who happen to be HIV-positive
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Traditional midwifery cannot be understood on a timeline or through protocols. Nor is it a fascinating compendium of “tricks.” For the same reasons that it seems a lost art, I believe it will never disappear. For wherever a woman plants her spirit and says, “I’m with you,” a tradition is carried on.
Read more…. Traditional Midwifery
Hace mas de 15 anos que observo a bebitos viajando con su placenta, es que la placenta se desprende de la matriz al nacer el bebe. Read more…. El Cordón y la fuerza de la vida—Algo Extraordinario
One of the greatest challenges before US midwives is teaching the value of hands-on care. Our culture’s love affair with machines, contraptions and gadgets has blinded literally hundreds of millions of people to the importance of human contact, feeling, experience and judgment in maternity care. Read more…. Teaching Respect for Hands-On Care
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“I set out to be an educator but was called upon by my community to do more, and I could not say no.” Raven’s Birth Book, currently out of print, is considered a classic in North American birth literature. Numerous prominent authors cite Raven’s work and credit her as both inspirational and educational.
Read more…. Raven Lang: A Founding Mother of Modern North American Midwifery