Book Review Friday: “Giving Birth” by Catherine Taylor

Giving Birth by Catherine Taylor My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is one of those books which I wish I would have taken notes throughout, to better enable me to review it accurately. Her tone, her writing style, and the content were all excellent. Her writing style is accessible, honest, frank, and open–the way…

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Doulas Benefit Care Providers, Too.

I’ve written a lot about the measurable benefits of trained labor support for women and their families, which is important. However, I believe firmly that doulas have great potential to benefit care providers and staff as well. As one more important piece of the birthing puzzle, doulas can either add to or detract from the…

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Birthy Weekend Links

This weekend is coming up fast! What plans do you have? I have family coming in for a five-day visit, I’m on call for a midwife, and I’m trying to put together some bouquets for my sister’s upcoming wedding. In the meantime, here are a few things worth reading this weekend. Top Ten Ina May…

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Do Moms Planning an Epidural Need a Doula?

This question was posed on her facebook wall by my mentor, Desirre Andrews. I appreciate the thought that her questions provoke, and the way she challenges me to dig a little deeper and search out what my answer would be to this question. I think, overall, there is an assumption in our country that an…

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Midwives Stand Up for Women – We Owe Them the Same

“The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, “When you help the Hebrew women in childbirth and observe them on the delivery stool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.” The midwives, however, feared God and did not do…

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I’m a Danger to Pregnant Women and Their Babies…

…according to this sign posted at an OB clinic in Utah. Too bad they don’t know the truth: “”Continuous support during labour should be the norm, rather than the exception. All women should be allowed and encouraged to have support people with them continuously during labour. In general, continuous support from a caregiver during labour…

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More About Midwifery: Hoping to Educate

For those of you who responded to my earlier Midwives Deliver post, I wanted to back up some of what I said there. However, I want to make it very clear upfront, that I don’t post this stuff because I think using a midwife or having natural birth is the only right way to have…

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Midwives Deliver

The U.S. ranks 41st among industrialized nations in maternal mortality. And there are unconscionable racial disparities: African American mothers are three times more likely to die in childbirth than white mothers. In short, we are overspending and under-serving women and families. If the United States is serious about health reform, we need to begin, well,…

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