Midwife Matters

Pregnancy preparations, women's health, and care options

The Politicization of Childbirth

This is an excellent article on women, birth and a model that is seriously out of step with what women want and need.  Yes, one more reason to…CALL THE MIDWIFE!!!

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“Every Mother Needs A Midwife, And Some Women Need A Doctor, Too!”

An article from the Boston Globe “Call (Back) The Midwife” looks at midwifery today in the U.S. and how we need a cultural change to make birth normal and not high risk.  Read the article HERE.

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Be Like a Princess and Call the Midwife!!

130723150642-03-royal-baby-0723-horizontal-galleryPrincess Kate used midwives for the birth of the new little royal Princess Charlotte.  Read more about it here.

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Midwifery Benefits? Improved Outcomes For Moms Who See Midwives, Review Finds

A review that was just published by the Cochrane Library finds that regular midwifery care for the duration of pregnancy is associated with better outcomes for moms and their babies.

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Midwifery Myths Set Straight

nmw-bustmythThe profession of midwifery has evolved with today’s modern health care system. But there are many myths about midwives in the United States based on centuries-old images or simple misunderstandings. You might be surprised to learn the truth about some of these common midwifery myths.  Check it out here.


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New Video on Midwifery Care!

The ACNM (American College of Nurse-Midwives) just released a new video on Midwives.  Please watch this important video now to explore the many reasons midwifery care can improve birth for moms, babies and their families!!

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Happy National Midwifery Week!!

nmw-knowoptionsWhen it comes to health care, you don’t have to settle. Commit to exploring your options for birth and women’s health care by signing the Your Health Promise pledge at www.ourmomentoftruth.com. Educate yourself about what the pledge really means and why taking this step is so important for you and your family.

According to research from the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), many women are not having important conversations with their health care providers about how to maintain their health during pregnancy (62%) or about preparing for motherhood (80%). In fact, ACNM’s survey shows a major gap in what women say they want from their health care and what women are getting across a spectrum of health needs.

To improve the dialogue, HealthPartners is excited to support Our Moment of Truth™: A New Understanding of Midwifery Care. Through this national campaign, ACNM aims to raise the bar for women’s health and re-introduce midwives and midwifery care as important options that should be the norm for women’s health care services in the United States.

Midwives are critically important in providing care to women from adolescence to beyond menopause, but their expert knowledge of women’s health is often overlooked. Even though the general public often associates midwives exclusively with maternity care, many women visit a midwife for a range of services before and after pregnancy. This is just one of the many facts that Our Moment of Truth™ aims to share.

We hope that you too will consider getting involved in this important initiative to inspire women across the country to become active decision makers in their health care.

Visit the Our Moment of Truth™ Web site for more information and an overview of survey findings. Or leave a comment to share your moment of truth related to women’s health care and/or midwifery.

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Goodbye To Another Colleague

Our wonderful friend and colleague Mary Wood, CNM is retiring after 21 years at HealthPartners!!SAM_0008  She will be greatly missed by her patients and coworkers.  Mary spent 33 years as a midwife and has touched so many women’s lives along her journey.  She brought such a wealth of knowledge and compassion to our practice.  She is looking forward to traveling, especially somewhere warm during our Minnesota winters, reading, knitting, gardening and just relaxing.  We wish her the best!!!

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Goodbye To Our Colleague

Our colleague and friend, Colleen Rusch, CNM has decided to retire from HealthPartners after 25 years of dedicated service.  She brought so much to our practice with her enthusiasm, great ideas, organization skills and humor.  We will miss her dearly and we wish her well as she embarks on this new journey in her life.

CNM Colleen's retirement party

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Is There A Natural Way to Induce Labor??

That is a good question!  Link here to see if any of the ideas you have heard really work.

Karin Marshall, CNM

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