March 25, 2019

This was originally an assignment in a midwifery course. I've shared my thoughts here in hopes it helps other birth workers serve all birthing people with dignity and thoughtfulness. To read the original format of the assignment and/or references, click here

A particularly intriguing birth model is that of a simple triad of support consisting of an obstetrician, midwife, and doula as presented by Ricardo Jones. When reading Jones’ chapter, three major themes common among successful models of birth are apparent. First and foremost, evidence-based practice is key, which can be understood as the place where client values, provider experience/opinion, and quality research intersect. Not only does Jones make specific mention of evidence-based medicine being an important component to his career, he also absorbs and applies others’ works, papers, and data around evidence-based birth in order to improve his practice (Jones, 2009). 

The second prominent theme is that of a patient-centered...

March 22, 2019

This was originally an assignment in a midwifery course. I've shared my thoughts here in hopes it helps other birth workers serve all birthing people with dignity and thoughtfulness. To read the original format of the assignment and/or references, click here

A recurring theme in the Equity and Anti-Oppression course this term is that of the allostatic load carried by underprivileged groups. It is evident from multiple required reading and video sources that stress can have a long-lasting impact on the lives of the gestational parent, the fetus, and the generations that follow. For instance, Thomas et al. (2014), in Section II, identified chronic stress and stress during pregnancy for low-income families as impacting health factors such as obesity, gestational weight gain, and depression. In their study, 80% of the pregnant, low-income participants cited moderate or high stress levels with issues such as financial struggle, housing and job insecurity, relationship conflicts, and anxiet...

November 12, 2018

This was an assignment from my first term of midwifery school. I hope it is helpful to future clients and other consumers about to birth who may be introduced to this potent drug. To view the PDF of this assignment, click here.

  

Cytotec Review Assignment

Getting through the fourth chapter of “Born in the USA” was a challenge for me. I have been involved as a doula in two traumatic births where Cytotec was administered without informed consent. Both labors resulted in emergency Cesarean births due to hyperstimulation of the uterus and dangerous decelerations in the baby’s heart rate. Though the labors I was involved with did not end in deaths, they were close calls with their own unique health ramifications. It is incredibly frustrating and disheartening to know these scenarios were completely avoidable.

A search of the most recent literature on Cytotec use for induction yields confusing results. Some research cites that oral application is safe and effective for induction, while bla...

November 2, 2018

This was originally an assignment in a midwifery course. I've shared my thoughts here in hopes it helps other birth workers serve all birthing people with dignity and thoughtfulness. To read the original format of the assignment and/or references, click here

Case Study 1

Genevieve and Jamie come to their fourth visit with you. This is their first pregnancy. They have been married for 3 years. You realize after four appointments that their best friend, DeVante has been present for every appointment and seems uniquely connected to the couple. You begin to wonder if he is actually in a committed relationship with Genevieve and/or Jamie because he is very connected to the pregnancy, has asked as many questions about the pregnancy, birth, and baby and cried when he heard the baby’s heartbeat. Many things DeVante, Genevieve and Jamie have said during appointments suggested that he may be involved in raising the child. You become concerned that you have given the family some indication t...

September 22, 2018

Just a couple days after my video recording about how excited I was feeling about midwifery school, I had a terribly anxiety-ridden day and thought I'd share the darker side of anticipation. Sometimes anticipation is healthy and can be really productive. When a client of mine is in anticipation of meeting their newborn baby at birth, I see it as a joyful thing. But if anticipation bleeds and becomes anxiety, it can look like a pregnant person googling kick counts and the purported reasons a baby hiccups prior to birth. 

So, here's me checking my anxiety and actively trying to shift back to a place of anticipation that is productive, healthy, and sane. Midwifery school is still on the horizon, and taking things day by day is the best way to approach becoming a midwife in my book. 

I’m having a lot of anxiety tonight, specifically regarding the big picture of midwifery school and becoming a midwife. So here’s what I did that was stupid – and I’m being so judgmental of myself right now, whi...