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What to Expect in the Early Days of Breastfeeding

Is it Important to Breastfeed My Baby? Breastfeeding is a wonderful way to care for your baby. Breast milk is perfect food for babies. It has all the right nutrients in just the right amounts. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that feeding your baby only breast milk for the first 6 months its life is the best way to keep your baby healthy. WHO suggests continuing breastfeeding along with other foods for the second 6 months. How Can I Tell if I'm Making Enough Milk? Right after yo...

Posted By Michele Lunsford | 8/8/2016 11:25:16 AM

Midwife Mecca: Reflections of a Physician Leader

Eve Shvidler, MD

This post originally appeared on Burning the Short White Coat by Eve Shvidler, MD. Dr. Shvidler is apracticing physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. She is married, and they have 3children. While much of her writing is inspired by her experiences as a physician, it is not based on real people or events. In the interest of protecting patient and colleague privacy and confidentiality, all stories are fictionalized. You can read more of her writings at https://burningtheshortwhitecoa...

Posted 8/13/2015 1:02:54 PM

Taking stock of our individual health status

By Ginger Breedlove, CNM, PhD, APRN, FACNM, ACNM President Lately I’ve been reading a great deal about fatigue and burnout, especially in the health care professions. For many of us, our careers began with high passion and energy, and a desire to “be all” for our patients, all the time. The health system we work in focuses reward on high patient satisfaction, perhaps at the expense of our happiness, while work environments and demands may have transformed our passion into feelings of exhausti...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 4/29/2015 3:11:31 PM

Why Vaccines are a Natural Choice

My first son was born in a freestanding birth center. He was not circumcised. He wore cloth diapers. On his second visit to the pediatrician, he received his first vaccine. My mother’s partner disapproved. It’s not good for him, she said. In the haze of those first few newborn days, I wondered if I was doing the right thing. I rolled with the standard vaccine schedule because I wanted to be able to put my son in childcare and eventually kindergarten. Fighting the system seemed to be too much ...

Posted 2/23/2015 9:44:05 AM

Catchers in Training: Day One

By Shannon Keller, SNM, ACNM Student Representative to the Board of Directors Your first day of clinical. The moment you have long waited for. The moment you have dreamed about since you signed up for the GRE and received your acceptance letter to midwifery school. For days like this, with so much anticipation, it’s helpful to have some tips as you prepare. Here are a few tidbits to help you get ready to be a student midwife in the clinical setting. Know that you are there to give qual...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 9/2/2014 3:24:11 PM



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