My “Midwife Crisis”

Ok.  First off I would like to thank my buddy Vicki for coining the phrase “midwife crisis”.  She’s a funny gal, who happens to be very supportive of my decision to go back to school at age 40.  And it truly was a crisis…….

On Monday, I emailed the wonderful midwifery director to tell her that I would be re-applying to the program for May 2010.  (YAY!)

Although I have wanted this for 18 years, when I withdrew my first application last spring, I was somewhat relieved.  I hadn’t really re-visited my feelings on the subject too often, until just last Sunday when the overwhelming urge to birth babies came back and hit my like a ton of bricks.  Then, after a conversation with my hubby, it was decided that I needed to do this once-and-for-all.  Then I got scared- the sick to the stomach kind.

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What VBAC’s and Abortions Now Have in Common

Accessibility.

Joy and Jeff Szabo will need to be separated by 300 miles, and most likely he won’t be at the birth of their child. Neither Jeff or Joy is in the military.  The Szabo’s live in a town whose hospital has decided to ban VBAC. (Vaginal Delivery after C-Section)  This town is PAGE, ARIZONA.  (sorry, had to put it in caps as a warning) but it could also be basically the entire southern half of New Mexico, and half the other places around the country.  Joy has had a successful VBAC already at this same hospital.  Joy was threatened with a court order, by the hospital’s CEO if she attempted to enter that hospital and refuse a c-section.  Although grateful for the c-section that saved her son Michael’s life, she refused to be forced to have a c-section and has instead elected to deliver vaginally at a hospital 300 miles away.

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Hospital Birth- Why Women Don’t Do It.

This opinion piece put out by notable Yale professors today slams the media for misrepresenting midwifery.

It is rebuttal directed at the recent ‘story’ aired on the Today show called “The Perils of Home Birth” (which was originally going to be titled “The Perils of Midwifery”.)

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Increase in Preterm Birth? Why Don’t We Talk About C-Sections??

The Bulletin of the World Health Organization published a white paper on Oct. 4th 2009, addressing the concerns of the increase in preterm births worldwide.  According to the paper, over ONE MILLION babies die each year from causes related to preterm birth.

Preterm birth is defined as a baby born before 37 weeks gestation.  In the United States alone, the cost of caring for preterm babies and their associated health problems tops $26 billion annually.  Second only to Africa, North America (US and Canada) has the highest instance of preterm births in the world!

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Breastfeeding is Not for Sissies

Although the World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding until age 2, and the American Academy of Pediatrics until at least age 1 only 73% of women try it, and of those women only 43% are still breastfeeding at 6 months.  That means that at 6 months just 4 out of 10 babies are still getting natures best food.  Why is that?

Most moms I know want to do what is best for their kids but there is something about breastfeeding that lacks appeal.  Sure there are communities of women around the country (and the world) who proudly and openly breastfeed their kids until age 2 or beyond and support each other, but for the most part our culture is just not set up to support breastfeeding.

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