March 24, 2020

Times are tough. There's no way around that truth. Everyone I know is struggling amidst the coronavirus outbreak as COVID-19 is impacting every part of our lives. For pregnant women and families, coronavirus has made an already intense time of life feel more scary and more unknown than it usually is. Many of the beautiful aspects of pregnancy, like planning a baby shower with visiting friends and family or taking maternity photos, are being put on hold or cancelled altogether. If you're feeling down about all this, you're not alone. Every pregnant client of mine has expressed high levels of anxiety over the illness, remorse over the loss of celebration during pregnancy, and general fear around planning to give birth in a place where the virus is most likely to be present-the hospital. 

In Orange County, birthing people are already seeing huge shifts in their birth plans due to hospital restrictions and shifting public policies. I thought it would be prudent to help my clients and anyone...

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...