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Midwifery Care

Two Paths to One Truth

The final open meeting of the Midwifery Scope of Practice committee was held yesterday, June 3, 2013.  The whole time I have been attending or watching the livestream recordings, there has been a nagging thought that was tugging on my brain.

The Director of Health Services wroteTHISblog post that really helped me clarify the thought that had been rolling around in my head, and I couldn’t quite pin it down until I read his post:

“In the draft rules, there are a handful of tests that women need to take if she wants to have Licensed Midwifery services.

Time To Rally Around Our Midwives

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson
(Submitted as a Public Comment)
Open Letter to the Midwifery Scope or Practice Committee:

  It feels like healthcare in the state of Arizona is going the way of the public school system.  Professionals who are out of touch, some of them not working in the field anymore, or as is said quite often, "couldn't cut it in the classroom," are making rules and regulations for the folks who are in the trenches, getting their "hands dirty" every day.  It is bad enough that teachers are overwhelmed with rules that have them teaching to tests instead of using their God-given talents to teach and inspire a younger generation.

The Family-Centered Cesarean

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The natural caesarean: a woman-centred technique
An inside look at a planned cesarean that honors the MotherBaby dyad and let's fathers participate, too.
A "Family-Centered" cesarean?  Woman-centered?  What?  Did you just read that correctly?  

Planning Your VBAC – Where to Begin

I open today's post with the reminder that April is Cesarean Awareness Month. The World Health Organization and evidence-based practice only supports a cesarean rate of 15% or less.

While a cesarean birth can be life saving and necessary, and we are so grateful for the technology when our students need this intervention, we encourage you to know the difference between a variation and complication. Is Mom okay? Is Baby okay? If yes to both questions, asking for time can spare both Mom and Baby from an "unnecesarean".

Thresh’s Birth Story Part 2

Today is a continuation of my birth story from earlier this week. You can read Part 1here.

Thresh's Birth Story
Thresh's Birth Story
Out of the tub & resting in bed
There is a lot that happened right after Thresh made his entrance into the outside world: getting into bed, skin to skin between Thresh and his daddy, cutting the cord, delivering the placenta, eating Greek yogurt with almonds, diapering Thresh, being made a smoothie with a piece of my placenta, trying to breastfeed, my midwives and doula cleaning up and later on being stitched up; but instead of detailing the events I want to reflect more on how I felt that night and beyond about my son’s birth.

A New Chapter: Meet Cassandra

Bruss and I would like to welcome Cassandra to the Sweet Pea Births Family.  She will be a regular contributor to the blog and you will start seeing her around the internet on ourother social mediaplatforms.  I am looking forward to sharing her areas of expertise with our students and readers.  Bienvenidos, Cassandra! ~KRB

Hi, I am Cassandra Okamoto and I am a new contributing writer here at Sweet Pea Births! I thought I would tell you all a little bit about myself & then share my birth story, which just happened to take place almost exactly one year ago.

Honor The Midwife

There was another Midwifery Scope of Practice Committee meeting last night at the Arizona Department of Health Services.  The consumers came out en force and made it abundantly clear that the requests to have a midwife attend a homebirth of a VBAC, a breech and twin births are Human Rights and Woman's Choice issues.  We know that there are risks involved.  It is our right to do our own research, to explore all our options and to make the choice with the risk decisions that we can live with.

Pregnancy Options: Certified Nurse-Midwives

Another group is calling for a week of recognition – this time it’s the American College of Nurse-Midwives.  October 7-13, 2012 is National Midwifery Week "...created by ACNM to celebrate and recognize our members.”  Read more about their organizationHERE.

The Bradley Method(R) Series03 Family with Belinda Hodder, CNMI am happy to participate in their campaign to bring the awareness of midwifery care to a larger audience.  We had an epiphany when we experienced midwifery care, and we are delighted to see many of our students making the choice to have midwifery care for their pregnancies and births.

Common Factors That Influence Labor

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, ScottsdaleWe have now had 28 students complete our Bradley Method® classes and birth their babies through seven class series – pretty awesome to know that 28 youngsters are blessed with parents who took the time to give them healthy pregnancies and Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby births.
Each birth has been unique, and they have varied fromintervention free to cesareans to everything in between.  What they all share is that the families made the choices they had to make for a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome.

More Homebirth Secrets

Here are two more herbal therapies we used in preparation for our homebirth.  As I commented in myfirst postabout the things we did differently as a result of our choice to have a homebirth, I have no idea why these are not more widely used in pregnancy.  The only idea that has occured to me since then is that since these are not pharmaceuticals, there is no money to be made from promoting them.
Herbs have been used as “medicine” for countless years.  As such, I must put on my Bradley® instructor hat here and say that these worked for our family; each family must do their own research and decide if any of these herbal therapies are suitable for them.
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