Health Notes

How is a Midwife Different from an OB/GYN?

by Marilyn Lowe, MSN, CNM on May 29, 2015

Have you ever wondered what the real difference is between a midwife and an OB/GYN? And how can you decide which direction you would like to go in your birth experience?

Knowing the basics is a great place to start.

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The Most Important Question

by Bridget Wieczorek, MSN, CNM on April 15, 2015

“Are you safe?”

Three simple words asked during an appointment with your provider can mean so much. Whether a woman is ready to leave or not, it could be the first step towards a way out.

For women in unsafe situations at home, living with a violent or abusive partner, pregnancy can be the one of the most dangerous time in their lives. Abuse can often begin or escalate during pregnancy. The CDC estimates partner violence affects as many as 324,000 pregnant women each year, with at least 4 to 8 percent of pregnant women report suffering abuse during pregnancy.

Because abuse is based on power and control, there are many reasons why abuse tends to escalate during pregnancy:

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Fears of a Pregnant Midwife

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My husband and I will have been married for 10 years this spring. When we welcomed our first child, a boy, in April 2009 we were both working full-time jobs. My husband worked days in IT and was going to graduate school. I was working night shift as a nurse and was a busy midwife […]

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What They Don’t Tell You about Taking Baby Home

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In the last months of pregnancy you may start to daydream about actually bringing your baby home. How wonderful it will be… You imagine gazing into your infant’s eyes with your husband/partner looking on, ready and willing to help fetch diapers, keep the house clean, and keeping half awake during the night just in case […]

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Can my Unborn Baby Hear Me?

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A new pregnancy is exciting and fun. People love the joy and excitement an ever-changing belly bump brings. As your tummy begins to expand and grow, you may notice that the amount of people wanting to talk to your bump does as well. You will find that daddy and grandma love to whisper sweet messages […]

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The Midwife Difference

December 11, 2014

It’s a question we hear often from expecting mothers… what is the difference between a midwife and an obstetrician, and which is the best choice for me?

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One Fish, Two Fish, Some Fish, No Fish?

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Once you find out you are pregnant, you can easily find yourself questioning everything in your pantry and examining it’s ingredients with a fine tooth comb. Your diet during pregnancy is so important to the development of the tiny person you are growing, it can easily lead to internet searches and sometimes confusion and fear […]

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Labor Pains: Help for the Hurt

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Let’s face it… childbirth can be a painful process. As a midwife, it’s my job to be there – encouraging, assisting and anticipating a woman’s needs during labor. While many women choose to use pain medications, there are many others who do not. One of my many roles is to help a woman find which […]

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Tell-Tale Signs Predict When Baby Will Arrive (or Not)

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The final month of pregnancy is filled with excitement and anticipation. So many preparations have been made for the big arrival: Showers have been given, nurseries painted, cribs assembled and diapers purchased. Then you wait. You wait for some type of sign. Is that a contraction? Did I feel a trickle? I swear I lost […]

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Sunshine Vitamin Keeps Mom and Baby Healthy

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When you become pregnant, there’s a big focus on healthy living for you and your baby. Vitamins are a big part of staying healthy while expecting, and one in particular can do a lot of good. Vitamin D is known as the “sunshine vitamin” and is important for your overall health. It helps build strong […]

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