Monday, June 25th, 2012
A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting that nurse midwives are more popular among pregnant women than ever before, with 8.1 percent of all the births in 2009 being attended by a midwife. Thirty-nine states have seen an increase in the number of midwife-attended births, according to the study, which was published in the journal Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health (JMWH).
“The growing number of midwife-attended vaginal births in the United States may be a reflection of the increasing recognition of midwives’ expertise in the management of labor in vaginal births. As many mothers express their concern with the high cesarean rate in the United States, it is likely the demand for midwives will continue to rise,” said the JMWH report’s author, Eugene Declercq, PhD, Assistant Dean for DrPH Education at the Boston University School of Public Health. “While still far below the rates of midwife-attended births in other industrialized countries, this is nonetheless good news for those mothers who want the choice of a midwife as their prenatal care provider and birth attendant.”
Image: Midwife with pregnant woman, via Shutterstock.
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Monday, December 12th, 2011
CNN has named its “Hero of the Year,” and the winner is an American midwife who has helped thousands of impoverished Indonesian women have healthy pregnancies and births.
“Mother Robin,” as Robin Lim is called by the locals, offers free prenatal care, birthing services, and medical aid to women who could otherwise not afford such care. Lim’s work is motivated by the staggeringly high maternal and infant mortality rate in Indonesia.
“Every baby’s first breath on Earth could be one of peace and love. Every mother should be healthy and strong. Every birth could be safe and loving. But our world is not there yet,” Lim said during “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute,” which took place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and recognized Lim and the other top 10 CNN Heroes of 2011.
Many women in the developing world do not have access to contraception or maternal care. According to the United Nations Population Fund, three out of five women giving birth in South Asia do so without a skilled birth attendant on hand.
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Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
Grammy-winning soul singer Erykah Badu loves natural childbirth. So much so that she’s been moonlighting for years as a certified doula, she told People magazine’s print edition.
Doulas use techniques such as massage to provide physical and emotional support to mothers in labor. The goal is to help women avoid pain medications and other medical interventions during childbirth.
And Badu hopes to soon add another title to her resume: midwife. She is working toward a midwifery certification so she can someday open birth centers in inner-city neighborhoods.
Badu discovered this passion in 2001, while helping a friend through a natural birth. “I’ve always had a mothering nature. But I didn’t plan on becoming a doula. I just wanted to care for my family and friends,” she said. “When I saw the baby, I cried. I knew what I was supposed to do with my life.”
She provides birth services for free. But this may be the very best part: The singer revealed that her clients call her “Erykah Badoula.”
Badu is mom to a 13-year-old son, named Seven, and two daughters, Puma, 7, and Mars, 2.
(image via: http://www.sohh.com)
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