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Pearls from the First Year: Be Humble

by Guest Blogger Aubre Tompkins, CNM Aubre Tompkins, CNM, is finishing up her first year as a midwife. She has been guest blogging about the lessons she’s learned this year in a series for ACNM. Check out her first two posts here: Pearls #1 and #2: Remember to Breathe, and Listen Pearl #3: Emotions are Healthy I have a confession to make. I am guilty of a common pitfall. When I was pregnant with my first child, I thought that my midwives were so wonderful, so great, that I placed them on...

Posted 11/28/2011 11:01:05 AM

Giving Thanks for YOU!

by Cassie Moore, ACNM writer and editor Too often during the holidays, we use material goods to substitute for what really matters: our time and attention. Would you rather get a restaurant certificate from a friend, or have that friend call you and give you a pep talk when you’re feeling really down? Would you rather have a piece of expensive jewelry from your spouse, or have your spouse spend some quality time talking with you at the dinner table every night, sans Blackberry? It’s the relat...

Posted 11/21/2011 1:11:12 PM

Don’t Call Me Midhusband

by ACNM Guest Blogger KC Bly, CNM, RN, WHNP “They call you a midwife?” “Shouldn’t they call you a midhusband?” Awkward giggles. These are among the misguided responses I hear when I introduce myself to new patients, and I hear them at least once per week. I can’t blame them; midwifery is a poorly understood profession throughout the country, and we all know it. Following these, I hear the same three questions that all midwives hear: “So what exactly is a midwife?” “So what exactly do y...

Posted 11/18/2011 8:28:25 AM

World Prematurity Day: Facts and Resources

by Cassie Moore, ACNM writer and editor Today, November 17, is World Prematurity Day. And although the United States improved its prematurity rates from 2006 to 2009, we’re nowhere near where we should be. A few weeks ago, as I was preparing to blog about our webinar on managing preterm labor, I was shocked to learn that premature birth has actually increased by 36 percent since the early 1980s. For all our gains in technology and knowledge, we’re doing so much worse in this area than we were 3...

Posted 11/17/2011 8:49:32 AM

Tick Tock

by ACNM Guest Blogger Jennifer Williams, CNM The media has been abuzz lately as the world’s population hits seven billion. In 1999, the world population was six billion. I would like to joke that delivering a billion babies in 12 years explains why all of the midwives and obstetricians I know are perpetually tired and need a nap, but the reality is that a significant proportion of these births were not attended by trained maternity care providers, and birth presents a real risk to many women’...

Posted 11/10/2011 10:08:25 AM

Ina May Gaskin Wins Alternative Nobel Prize

by ACNM Guest Blogger, Kimla McDonald, CNM Before I became a midwife, I studied design in my training as a landscape architect. I learned to look for symmetry and balance, which can be quite nice in gardens, although sometimes it’s even nicer when things are a bit disorganized and asymmetrical. But lately I noticed a symmetry that seems almost perfect. It has to do with the 2011 Right Livelihood Award, a recognition recently bestowed on our own Ina May Gaskin. The Right Livelihood Award...

Posted 11/8/2011 9:02:39 AM

Managing Preterm Labor and Birth: An Interview with Barbara Hughes

by Cassie Moore, ACNM writer and editor In honor of Prematurity Awareness Month, ACNM and Barbara Hughes, CNM, are gearing up for a free resource-packed CE webinar “Real-Life Strategies for Preterm Labor and Birth” on Tuesday, November 15 at 6:00PM and again at 8:00PM EST. Using real-life patient scenarios that you deal with every day, Hughes will share information about a new March of Dimes risk assessment toolkit, when and how to use the fetal fibronectin test, current recommendations for a...

Posted 11/4/2011 12:28:48 PM



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