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!…

Friday Five (#13)

Thank goodness it’s Friday! This week knocked me flat on my back. I picked up a viral URI at the hospital last weekend, then nearly coughed a lung out earlier this week working through said URI, to the baby getting hand, foot and mouth at the day care Thursday. The day care part was funny…….

Women Ask Wednesday: What are the hallmarks of midwifery?

Happy Wednesday! I’m still flying high from our awesome Disney trip last month and an awesome birth over the weekend that sang midwifery hallmarks to the top of our Alaska mountains. The mama had prepared for birth so well and during her contractions, she was so stoic you could barely tell she was contracting. I…

Student spotlight: How to prepare for midwifery school

Happy Monday! I am coming off a weekend of working 48 hours on the labor and delivery deck and I am TIRED. My mamas this weekend did outstanding and we had some really amazing births. The tiredness is totally worth it! Onto today’s post… Over the past few weeks, the student spotlights have been wildly…

Friday Five (#12)

Oh Friday! This Friday is the start of a long weekend of call for me. I’m trying to imagine spring, sunshine and flowers blooming through the few feet of snow Alaska received this week. I think we used the snow blower 3 times already before Friday (and by we, I mean the husband did most…

Women Ask Wednesday – The Well Woman Visit

The annual pilgrimage to your women’s health office has always been looked down upon by generations of women. I want to take a look at the well woman visit is different light and see if there’s not more benefit to the visit than a breast exam and a Pap smear. Let’s break the visit down…

Things I view differently since having babies…

I get asked all the time if I was a midwife before I had babies – and I was! I was a midwife for just over 2 years before my daughter was born. I don’t think that having babies makes you a better midwife, but I do think birth gives you insight into many things…

Friday Five (#11)

Happy Valentine’s Day! The husband and I believe in eating chocolate every day – so we’re not big fans of the holiday for the candy and the flowers – but we are doing Valentine’s Day with our three year old daughter this year and she is beyond excited. She thinks Valentine’s Day is a combination…

Amber’s Birth Story

I am so pumped to share this birth story with you all today! Amber is one of my dear friends, a former colleague and an amazing midwife. She has a heart for educating women, empowering women during pregnancy, life and birth, and is opening doors for people to learn about the path to midwifery on…

The State of Midwifery (Part 2)

Did you catch part 1? If not, check it out here before reading part 2 today. This was a fun post to put together. To me, this is the every day climb up on Mount Midwifery to make the midwifery profession stronger. It takes every woman, every midwife and every person in between to encourage…

Friday Five (#10)

This week I was inspired by one of my favorite bloggers – Modern Mrs. Darcy – and her post on things that are saving her life right now. I get asked all the time – how do you do it? I promise I am not super human. I do have a number of things built…