Daynia’s birth story!

Happy Monday! My favorite way to break in a Monday it with a good ol’ birth story. I’ve chatted before about how important it is to share you birth story and for other women and mamas to read them. For centuries, women passed their stories from generation to generation – that’s how women learned! We’ve…

Friday Five (#21)

Hey guys!!! These tulips in our front garden fully bloomed this week and I cannot stop taking pictures of them. I wish they would bloom year round, or stay in bloom just a little longer than a few weeks…but the brief blooming period makes you appreciate the beauty more right? Alaska knocked it out of…

Happy Mother’s Day!

Hello! Graduate school has officially swamped most of my free time these days…hence the limited blogging. But, I finished some homework early today and BOTH of my babes are still napping so I was able to find some time to catch up with guys! I wanted to take a different view on Mother’s Day and…

Midwife Monday: Nurses in Politics

This was yesterday’s post…but right before publishing my computer died – #reallife. Anyways, I hope this Tuesday finds you well and in good spirits. The sunshine finally melted all the snow in our yard and we have been blissfully playing outside with big grins on our faces all weekend long. I found I also needed…

Friday Five (#20)

It’s Friday!!! I have a little more joy going into a normal weekend (one without a 24hr shift) than a weekend that I’m working. I know babies come all sorts of hours – mine arrived at 1am and 6am after contractions throughout the day and night! But, the normalcy is inviting. I might even squeeze…

A Midwife Nation interviews on Journey to Midwifery

Happy Wednesday! It’s been a little bit of an off week around here. We have a strange clinic schedule and are standing by for a predicted peak of COVID cases in Alaska over the next week. We’re face masking it like crazy and washing hands like it’s going out of style! Graduate school is back…

Midwife Monday: How to share your birth story!

With all this time at home, I can’t think of a better time than now to journal or share your birth story! I’ve delivered a couple mamas over the past few months and they had the greatest stories to pass on to their babe when they were older. I encouraged them all to jot down…

Friday Five (#19)

Frrrriiiidaayyy! I am excited because I actually get to do some patient care this Friday. Most of my patient “visits” have been on the phone in the past 2 weeks so I’m excited to hear some “whoosh-whoosh-whoosh” on the dopplers. Hope this week has found you safe and social distancing isn’t making your household too…

Recap: ACNM “Meet with the ACNM Presidents” Call

Hello Tuesday! Another bonus post today! I was able to listen to this webinar this morning because I didn’t called into work last night (thank you Jesus). I love that kind of 24 hour shift. I attended a beautiful birth in the morning of one of my favorite families, then had a fairly uneventful rest…

APRN Certification Extension/Waiver Policies

Are an advanced practice nurse with an upcoming certification? Wondering what your certifying body is doing about mandatory certification deadlines? The NCSBN (National Council of State Boards of Nursing) published this handy PDF for quick reference and sharing. Check it out! And if your certification is coming up….make sure you get your required items or…

Friday Five (#18)

Hello Friday! I’m headed back to work after a few weeks off. Telehealth keeps me doing patient care but being on labor and deliver and helping bring babies into the world is where my heart is! Excited for a weekend full of labor and hopefully some births (and maybe a nap??). This was a busy…

Passing along a little hope…

Just a little bonus Tuesday chat…These are trying times for sure. Know that hope is not lost. Give grace. Be generous. Stay calm. Watch below while you’re making dinner and listen to some truth in the midst of fear. The three takeaways: You control your attitude. You control your budget. You control your opportunity. Take…

Sunday Webinar for Practicing Midwives….

For those interested, ACNM is hosting a webinar Sunday afternoon/evening reviewing federal/state regulations. This is a great webinar to log into, throw your headphones on, and listen to the updates while catching up on all the normal Sunday things (laundry, cleaning, playing with babies, meal prepping…). You can register here or on access the link…

Friday Five (#17)

Happy Friday! I hope everyone is well….this Five is full of resources. Let’s do it. 1. The American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) hosted a webinar on: Clinical practice challenges and solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic. This was the first webinar in a series aimed at helping midwives navigate the issues/struggles with COVID-19 and their…

Women Ask Wednesday: What's a cervical exam?

Hello Wednesday! Today we’re chatting cervical exams. I get questions all the time about checking the cervix. In regards to today’s discussion, we’re chatting the cervix in a pregnant woman, but some of the things discussed can be applied to non-pregnant women. What is the purpose of checking a cervix? A cervical exam is performed…

My favorite things for mamas…

Happy Monday! Over the weekend I did a little bonus post on coronavirus and pregnancy/breastfeeding….as well as what to do at home with your littles! I just updated some things on the activities for littles part – as long as we’re stuck at home, I’ll keep the list going! Today’s post is aimed at some…

Friday Five (#16)

Happy Friday! Hope you all are well – we’re struggling with some bronchitis at our house…and will likely have a little but of a down weekend here. Let’s get to the Five! This page contains Amazon affiliate links for some recommended products. This means A Midwife Nation may receive a commission for purchases made through…

Women Ask Wednesday: What’s pelvic floor physical therapy?

Happy hump day! Today we get to chat about one of my favorite interventions for women – both outside pregnancy/postpartum or during pregnancy/postpartum periods. We’re talking pelvic floor therapy! Are you already doing your Kegels now? Let’s do it! What is the pelvic floor? Your pelvic floor is a group of muscles at the bottom…

Midwife Monday: What is shared decision making?

Hello Monday. We had a lovely weekend that involved playing outside in the snow and the SUNSHINE! There’s an unsaid contest in the neighborhood for the neighbor that can pile up the most snow at the end of their driveway and make a makeshift sledding hill for all the neighborhood kids. I think the biggest…

Friday Five (#15)

Happy Friday! I am so excited for this Friday – it’s the first Friday in a long time that I’m not working a 24 hour shift – in other words, I don’t have the prospect of being awake at 2am. Hooray! Let’s start off this Friday Five with a book recommendation! If you need a…

Make more midwives!

Happy hump day and holy icicles! Those suckers are hanging precariously over my back door. They’re pretty dangerous come April so we go out and smack them all down once the first snow starts to melt. It’s kind of like baseball practice but with ice and a shovel. I personally find it incredibly satisfying! Today’s…

The Future of Midwifery (Part 3 of the State of Midwifery)

Hello Monday. And thank you daylight savings time for throwing off our weekend a little! The babies and I both took an extra nap yesterday (no complaints there!). The upside is that it was a whole lot lighter in Alaska on Sunday than it was on Friday. And light is awfully noticeable in a state…

Friday Five (#14)

Here’s the Friday Five a little late! I came off recovering from a viral URI this week and a 24 hour shift yesterday that was busy – three new babes were welcomed into the world by three rockstar mamas! 1. Taking care of you! Yep, this first one is did you do something awesome for…

Midwife Monday: Let’s talk epsom salts!

Dear Alaska, it’s real white out there these days. The six inches of snow this weekend were unexpected. The icicles on our deck our four feet long now. Mmkay, just wanted to let you know that this is the month where winter turns to spring…in case you forgot. Bring on the break up. Happy Monday!…