Midwifery

Let go of expectations

  Let go of expectations Sounds like a title to a self-help book, amirite? I never would have thought that this simple, somewhat overused mantra, would be my driving force throughout my second labor, and ultimately be my guiding light over the next intense 6 weeks that followed. Let me elaborate… Here were my expectations: Second pregnancy, walk in the park. Conceive on attempt #1 just ...

By |2019-07-12T14:05:44-04:00July 12th, 2019|Breastfeeding, Home Birth, Midwifery, Parenting|

Beat the Heat? More like Survive the Swelter

Ok folks a big, long, nasty hot spell is arriving as I type. The forecast puts us above 90 degrees every day in the next week. Here are some requests, suggestions and miscellaneous tips to help you survive the swelter. Please, please, please stay hydrated this coming week. Dehydration can lead to all kinds of nasty things ranging from feeling rotten, to preterm labor, to death. ...

By |2019-03-06T11:16:36-04:00June 29th, 2018|Health, Midwifery, Midwifery, Mothering & Me|

Evidence Based Care is a Three Legged Stool

Evidence based care (aka evidence based practice) is a phrase that gets tossed around a lot. It is frustrating to me, a health care provider that aims to provide evidence based care, it is frustrating when I hear other providers say that their patients ‘refused evidence based care” as if evidence were the only part of the equation. Nope. Evidence based care has three parts: the evidence, ...

Local Care Midwifery Given ACNM Best Practice Awards

Local Care Midwifery, PLLC Awarded ACNM Best Practice 2017 Annual List Recognizes Labor, Birth and Perinatal Outcomes Troy, NY, May 24, 2018 – Local Care Midwifery, PLLC was recently recognized as a Best Practice 2017 by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Best Practices are recognized for outstanding clinical and resource utilization outcomes, as well as for meeting nationally established benchmarks. The “Four Core” Best Practice designation acknowledges ...

By |2019-03-05T14:31:06-04:00May 25th, 2018|Health, Home Birth, LCM News, Midwifery|

The mess of home birth

“Home birth? I wouldn’t have a home birth because of the mess. Yuck!” For years, decades really, I have heard similar comments. In the early 1980’s, when I first heard statements like this, I was confused: I had seen of lot of planned home births and they weren’t particularly messy. (But, toddlers eating spaghetti? Now that is messy!) Then I saw my first hospital birth. And ...

By |2019-03-06T18:00:00-04:00March 23rd, 2018|Home Birth, Midwifery, Midwifery, Mothering & Me|

Touch

Touch, it is our earliest and our most communal sense. Whether we are a floating embryo, a tumbling toddler or a middle aged midwife, we all sense touch. Even if we are blind, or deaf, or deprived of the sense of smell or taste, we still know touch. From Bali to Bahrain, touch is both sanctioned and regulated by religion and culture. Human greetings are made ...