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Tip of the Week: Breast Cancer Awareness

by Cassie Moore, ACNM Writer and Editor October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Chances are, you know someone who has had breast cancer. Aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. It is also one of the leading causes of cancer death among women of all races and Hispanic origin populations. In 2007 (the most recent year numbers are available), 202,964 women in the United States were diagnosed with breast cancer and ...

Posted 9/29/2011 10:23:54 AM

New Beginnings and the Midwife Moon

by Kimla McDonald, CNM, Guest Blogger Two weeks ago my son started college. He is my second child, four years younger than his sister, so this process of becoming an “empty nester” has been going on for a long time. I’m slowly getting used to it, which is, frankly, the only option. Last spring, I sat on my porch and watched a family of birds who had nested in the birdhouse my son constructed when he was 11. Two baby birds squawked loudly, their wide open beaks just visible through the opening ...

Posted 9/26/2011 1:34:15 PM

Makena and Compound 17P

Midwives: We’re talking with other professional societies about the use of Makena to prevent premature birth, and we need your input! Feel free to comment below or e-mail comments to [email protected]: Do you prescribe synthetic progestin to patients who have a history of preterm birth? If so, do you prescribe Makena or the generic compound (17P)?* If you prefer 17P over Makena, is it due to cost or an issue of access? Do you feel safe prescribing 17P? Have you noticed any advers...

Posted 9/22/2011 11:11:40 AM

Take Action to Save Mothers and Babies Worldwide

by Cassie Moore, ACNM Writer and Editor Every day around the world, 1000 women and 2000 babies die from causes that could be prevented if only they had a midwife or other health care worker attending to them. ACNM recently sent a letter and petition to US Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius urging US government support for more midwives worldwide, but individual midwives can and should take action, too! This week, the United Nationals General Assembly is discussing the ...

Posted 9/21/2011 10:31:40 AM

Pearls From the First Year: Remember to Breathe, and Listen

by Aubre Tompkins, CNM Sitting down to write this piece, I traveled back to my first days as a brand new, shiny midwife. Luckily, as it has not been that long ago, the trip was quick. Many thoughts and questions were running through my mind at that time: excitement, anxiety, joy, apprehension. Can I remember all that I have learned in these last few years? Am I truly ready for this imposing duty? As a new practitioner, it is all too easy to become overwhelmed with the technical details of the w...

Posted 9/16/2011 11:46:25 AM

Tip of the Week: Vaccines

by Eileen Ehudin Beard, CNM, FNP, MS, ACNM Senior Practice Advisor and Tina Johnson, CNM, ACNM Director of Professional Practice & Health Policy Vaccines are frequently a hot topic for providers. Midwives have always placed an emphasis on health care prevention. As we continue to move forward as major stakeholders in the provision of primary care for women and newborns, it is important to have evidence-based resources available for our clients. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has just release...

Posted 9/13/2011 9:36:25 AM

Check Out These Midwifery Blogs

by Cassie Moore, ACNM Writer and Editor In a recent post on Science & Sensibility, Hillary Boucher and Jeanette McCulloch discussed why birth professionals like midwives should be involved with social media. Social media such as blogs, Facebook, and Twitter can grow your business, influence birth policy, and reach and educate mothers and mothers-to-be out there who may not know about the facts and benefits of midwifery. Social media also offers midwives an arena in which they can debate hot top...

Posted 9/1/2011 11:31:56 AM



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