If your iron is low, you may feel tired or weak, and you may be more likely to get sick. Women who don’t eat much beef often have low iron, because in a typical American diet, beef is the most common iron-rich food eaten. Having low iron is called anemia, or being anemic. Iron is … Continue reading The Link Between Iron and Oxygen
This course, taught by an obstetrician and nurse-midwife, introduces the concept of mindfulness for labor and birth, with exercises, discussion and home practice. Continue reading “Mindfulness for Childbirth” Classes
Here is what happens when an American midwife walks into a British labour ward– she is astonished. Last week, while visiting my Father in London, I dropped by a local hospital, the Chelsea & Westminster. As a midwife, I was naturally curious about how my profession looked on the other side of the Atlantic. Midwifery … Continue reading A Visit to a British Maternity Hospital
One day some years ago, I was a midwife staffing the triage unit at one of the busiest maternity hospital in Detroit, when a woman came in complaining of abdominal pain. When I examined her I was surprised to find that her water was not only broken, but the hair of the baby’s head, which … Continue reading How Can I Tell If My Water Broke?
Contraceptive Choices for the Postpartum Year Women can become pregnant again almost immediately after childbirth. Ovulation may resume in as soon as one or two months. This may be longer for women who are breastfeeding. After delivery, a six-week abstinence period is generally recommended, but some couples may not observe that precaution. Thus, it is … Continue reading Contraceptive Choices for the Postpartum Year (A Printable Handout)
Considering the broken state of America’s Maternity Care System, planning your birth should be considered essential. You are going on a journey, and it is not to Disney World. Being uninformed puts you and your baby at risk. You should spend more time planning your birth than your purchase of a house or a family … Continue reading Planning for Birth vs Making a “Birth Plan”
Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy expose their fetuses to a known “teratogen.” A teratogen is something that causes birth defects. It has been well-recognized since at least 1973, if not since biblical times, that babies can be born with serious problems if their mothers drank. What is less clear is whether alcohol in small … Continue reading What’s a Safe Amount of Alcohol During Pregnancy?