In April 2014, The Birth Center at Southwest CARE opened their doors! The birth center is part of the Southwest Care Center non-profit organization that has historically served the HIV and Hepatitis C population and has more recently expanded to include family medicine and women’s health. The company is pleased to offer another birthing option to Santa Fe women in a community that up until now has had only hospital and home birth as available choices for birth.
The center is staffed by two Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNM), Maite Redondo Cladera and Lori Pearson Kramer. Maite was formerly employed as a Nurse Practitioner and CNM at La Familia Medical Center in Santa Fe, and was the first midwife to secure privileges at St. Vincent Hospita back in 2008. She is now the Associate Director of the birth center and has been instrumental in creating and implementing the vision. Lori was working as a CNM in Las Vegas, NM and had a small home-birth practice prior to the center’s opening.
This is just appalling. I think I will need to create another blog category called “bizarro”. Apparently one Dr. Alinson, of Orange County, California used a cauterizer to etch the name of a patient on her uterus during a hysterectomy so as not to get it confused with others. The patient wanted pictures of the operation because she suffered burns on her legs during the procedure (also bizarre). I am literally at a loss for words. Needless to say, he is being sued.
Revolutionary news from a leading biomechanical scientist on pelvic floor integrity, and how to keep it. It’s not about Kegels (they’re actually bad) and it’s all about glutes and alignment. Another reason to say HELLO YOGA! Thanks to Kara from Mamasweat for this interview!
Pelvic Floor Exercises
YAY! I started yesterday-three classes online, plus a TA position with a level 4 undergraduate class entitled Clinical Instruction for the Rural and Underserved. I started that class today and was glad to meet all the great men and women who are interested in serving rural populations in New Mexico and around the world. I will be assisting in facilitating their class while the professor takes some of the students to Bolivia for clinical training. I wish we had such a class when I was an undergrad (although I wasn’t in a BSN program) as these students are being given a great opportunity to apply their skills in an international setting. I know that participating in this class will give me the ‘refresher’ that I need (having been out of nursing for five years) and get my brain rolling again. Our professor really seems to have her finger on the pulse of learning opportunities that are available throughout New Mexico and I hope to be able to participate in some of these clinical experiences in the coming months.
There’s nothing to add. She said it all. Thanks Whitny!
The Art of Baby Catching
Tomorrow, May 5th is Cinco de Mayo, but more importantly it’s International Day of the Midwife. The International Day of the Midwife is an occasion for every midwife to think about the many others in the profession, to make new contacts within and outside midwifery, and to raise awareness of what midwives do for the world. There’s a bunch of stuff going on online to commemorate the day.
If you know or love a midwife, or midwifery, tomorrow is the chance to spread the word, and spread the love.
I’m finding it hard to find the inspiration to write about news related to midwifery right now. It seems that it’s all the same old stories. Clinics closing, midwives fighting for their rights, and endless articles about what the hell midwifery is, and why midwives are different. Really? After all these years, it seems we are still in the business of educating the public, and fighting the misconceptions about the safety of midwifery as doled out by our lovely friends at the AMA- and the fear mongerers. (Hey, that would be a great band name! AMA and the Fear Mongerers)
St. Vincent Hospital, in Greenwich Village, Manhattan closed its doors, and had it’s last mom deliver her baby yesterday morning. Very happy for her, very sad for the staff and the moms of NY. St. Vincent had been serving New York women for 160 years (!) but had to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, finally closing its doors late Thursday.
St. Vincent Hospital was ‘extremely midwife friendly‘ and had an overall philosophy of ‘minimally invasive obstetrics.’ “The array of alternatives at St. Vincent’s, in Greenwich Village, was about as extensive as any pregnant women could want, whether you require a planned Caesarean or you want to give birth at home on your couch, it was geared for everything.”
Great article in the Huffington Post in response to a story about a seven year old Russian boy, adopted by a single mom from the US and then returned to Russia after she found him to be too difficult to parent. Wow.
In the article she suggests that all parents get a ‘parenting permit’ so they can have a few tools at their disposal for those tough times.