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The Case of the Mysterious Midwife

One quiet night after midnight, in a lull between labor patients, my midwifery preceptor took me on a tour of the hospital where I was doing my clinical rotation. I had been there for a few months but coming and going through the OB doors I had no idea how the rest of the hospital was laid out. Like Nancy Drew investigating quiet corridors with soft steps and lowered voices, we made our way over to the med surg floor. We introduced ourselves to the nurses who were surprised to learn that midwiv...

Posted By Michele Lunsford | 7/5/2016 9:57:43 AM

Midwives Offer Helping Hands to Ensure Early and Small Babies Survive and Thrive

May 5—Today, as we celebrate International Day of the Midwife, thousands of families in Malawi recognize the important contributions midwives have made for improved maternal, newborn and child health. In partnership with other health care providers and communities, midwives helped Malawi reduce child mortality over the past fifteen years as part of the Millennium Development Goals. Malawi is only one of a handful of countries to boast this achievement. Yet, newborn deaths remain quite high in Ma...

Posted By Michele Lunsford | 5/5/2016 10:19:48 AM

The 9 Most Talked About Happenings in Women’s Health in 2015

A new year brings new facts, figures, and speculations as to what will be the top health care trends. We are optimistic about making women’s health a priority this year, but before we start predicting the future, let’s reflect on what took place this past year. 1. The Day the Supreme Court Saved Obamacare The Affordable Care Act is here to stay! On June 25, the Supreme Court made the decision in King v. Burwell to preserve access to subsidies for individuals who live in states where the he...

Posted By Michele Lunsford | 1/11/2016 2:44:17 PM

Midwife Mecca: Reflections of a Physician Leader

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

Unity Among All Midwives: Wednesday at the Annual Meeting

As I listened to the debate over the ACNM name change at today’s Closing Business Meeting, my optimism grows for the future of midwives. I am a brand new CNM; graduated in May and passed the boards less than a few weeks ago. I decided to become a CNM even though CPMs caught 2 of my 3 daughters in my home because I live in Illinois, a state that only recognizes CNMs.“If someone needs to go to jail to prove a point about home birth,” I thought, “I’m not your girl.” Women in areas like mine acros...

Posted By Barbra Elenbaas | 7/2/2015 5:02:47 PM



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