Sorry it’s Been Awhile

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)

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A Sad Day in New York

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.”

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Sleep Deprivation Helps With Post Partum Depression

That mother nature I tell you…she is one smart cookie. No one thinks there is anything good about insomnia, but alas, there is. Over the last 40 years, there has been continuous documentation that if a woman stays up at night, or the second 1/2 of the night, depression will lift by the morning. “Sleep deprivation can elevate your mood even if you are not depressed, and can induce euphoria.” As the article states, this is not a magic button because of the mere fact that chronic sleep deprivation is not a desirable long term solution for anything due to the cognitive delays that start appearing after a short period of time. Yet, this finding shows us that depression can be immediately reversed, and there’s something about the sleeping brain that brings on depression. It is believed that sleep deprivation interferes with REM sleep, thereby warding off depression.

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Now THIS is a Woman I Would Like To Meet!

Wow, holy (hopefully) similar lives batman! I just came across this great article about a woman, Martha Carter who has had an even crazier life trajectory than me. The best thing is that she’s done so much that is similar to what I hope to accomplish- always keeping her love of women, babies and health care somewhere in the equation.

Please read. It’s so fun to hear about a phenomenal woman and what they’ve put on their plates and managed to accomplish.

An Oldie, But a Goodie

When searching for ‘news’ about midwives today, I came across this article which was originally published in 2003. I have no idea how it popped up on this week’s google news, but it did. Named “An Illegitimate Birth” it chronicles the life path of a direct-entry midwife while simultaneously following a couple through prenatal care, and then a water birth. It was a beautifully written story. I should have guessed that it wasn’t from this day and age, as it’s rather lengthy and delves into the issues, and creates a mood-rather than just delivering sound bites. In my opinion, it’s a must-read for anyone considering midwifery as a profession, or a midwife assisted home birth. I wish I knew the name of the ‘real midwife’ as I would love to know what she is doing today. I looked up the current Illinois direct-entry midwife laws hoping they had changed, and found that indeed they haven’t but are (ironically?) back in the legislature THIS WEEK.