07.11.2014

Santa Fe Has a Birth Center!

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.

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05.25.2010

Just Say No to Kegels

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

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04.12.2010

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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03.25.2010

Baby Slings Linked to Infant Deaths

I’ve always been told that ‘wearing your baby’ is the best thing you can do as a mom, or dad. Babies like to be close to their parents. The warmth and heartbeat of mom and dad are soothing, calming, and parents have been carrying their infants since the beginning of time.

With each of my three children, I tried the baby sling- the one that goes over one shoulder and acts like a little sack that they can sit in.
I had seen moms and dads carrying their babes (and toddlers) in these contraptions, and I was impressed. Two hands free with your baby on your hip. The problem was that my infants just didn’t take to it. They didn’t seem to like the ‘C’ shape that was forced on their little bodies and arched their backs in protest. They seemed to get lost in there, and the top of the sling would cover their face, which made me more than a little nervous. It hurt my shoulder. I couldn’t get it to be comfortable for either myself or my kids. I eventually gave up- feeling defeated and not quite up to snuff compared with all my hippy-mama friends who seemed to sling with ease.

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03.22.2010

About the Health Care Bill

Due to overwhelming commentary on the health care reform bill, I am attempting to read it all and highlight the main ‘talking points’. Although I agree that the bill has it’s flaws, it is a great step in the right direction.

The Constitutionality of the Health Care Bill

Opponents of the Health Care Bill, including the Attorney Generals of several states are planning to sue the government over the ‘unconstitutionality’ of the bill. “They are expected to sue over the bill’s mandate that requires everyone to buy health insurance” saying that it infringes on ‘state sovereignty’. Yet federal law always trumps state law.
Furthermore, under the commerce clause (Article I, Section 8 of The Constitution) Congress has the power to regulate activities that, taken cumulatively, have a substantial effect on interstate commerce. People not purchasing health insurance unquestionably has this effect. Everyone, at some point in their lives will need health care, and requiring people to have health insurance to offset the costs of taxpayers having to pay for people who don’t have health insurance creates a scenario where no one will be an undo burden on the government. You would think that republicans would like this as it is a lesson in personal responsibility.

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03.17.2010

Nuns Put Women Before Religious Politics.

The National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, representing 59,000 Catholic Nuns came out in support of Obama’s health care plan today- going against the Catholic Bishops, who are opposed.

You go girls! : )

In their statement, they say, “We have witnessed firsthand the impact of our national health care crisis, particularly its impact on women, children and people who are poor. We see the toll on families who have delayed seeking care due to a lack of health insurance coverage or lack of funds with which to pay high deductibles and co-pays. We have counseled and prayed with men, women and children who have been denied health care coverage by insurance companies. We have witnessed early and avoidable deaths because of delayed medical treatment.”

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03.04.2010

Home Births Officially on the Rise!

The National Vital Statistics Report on Trends and Characteristics of Home and Other Out-of-Hospital Births in the United States, 1990–2006 was released today.

statsDid you know that in 1940, 44% of births were home births? In 1969 (my birth year), the percent of home births was just 1% and has remained that low until recently. The trend of out-of-hospital birth (one that happens either at home or in a free-standing birthing center) has increased by 3% since 2004 (up until 2006-which is the latest data they have). In 2006, 61% of home births were delivered by midwives—16% by certified nurse midwives (CNMs), and 45% by other midwives.

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02.18.2010

Empathy as a Science Project

Today, I came across this article written by Mary Gordon, author of “The Roots of Empathy”. She has dedicated her life to trying to promote global empathy- “the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and feel what they feel.” Her work came out of a recognition that our world doesn’t practice empathy evidenced by allowing genocides, wars, marginalization of people who are ‘different’ and tolerance of poverty. Her argument is that people must experience empathy to know how to practice it, and there is no better place to start than with children.

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02.15.2010

“Fathers of Obstetrics” Murderers?!

Woah! I’m going to have to create a new category called “bizarre, but believable”.

The just came out with a paper saying that the ‘fathers of obstetrics’, William Hunter and William Smellie were actually serial murders. Until now, history describes them as anatomists who gave us the first ‘scientific’ basis for obstetrics and midwifery. They lived over 250 years ago and are still highly regarded as pioneers in the field of obstetrics. Smellie designed and developed forceps and other obstetrical instruments and they ‘wrote the book’ on anatomy of childbirth.

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01.23.2010

The Birth Survey

If you are pregnant or know anyone who is or has a baby in the last three years, please steer them in the direction of this site: The Birth Survey.

It was developed by the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services. They “believe that women of childbearing age must have access to information that will help them choose maternity care providers and institutions that are most compatible with their own philosophies and needs. We hope that the Transparency in Maternity Care Project will provide information that will help women make fully informed maternity care decisions.”

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