CRAZY doctor!

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.

It’s Official, I’m on my Path to Being a Midwife!

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.

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International Day of the Midwife

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.
IDM2010.JPG If you know or love a midwife, or midwifery, tomorrow is the chance to spread the word, and spread the love.

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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