Behind the scenes lately…

Hey friends! Wow. If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been in the past 6 weeks, I’ll tell ya. It has all to do with this little one! We’re expecting baby #4 in the fall and goodness, gracious me – I have never been so nauseous my entire life. Does nausea get worse the more times…

The State of Midwifery Sneak Peeks…

Happy day to you! If you’re a long time reader of the blog, usually spring time means a series on the state of midwifery. This year I opted to skip the series because we’re still in the throes of a pandemic. There have been some great changes in how prenatal care was delivered – enter…

Updated templates emphasis prenatal resources and FAQs for each visit!

Why is prenatal care important? The answer is simple: Women that receive prenatal care early and often have healthier babies. And just as a reminder, it’s written in the corner of every prenatal template! But isn’t prenatal care just going to the provider’s office, getting your vital signs taken, and listening to the baby? Nope,…

What do you pack in your hospital bag for birth?

Hey there hey! I did some research a while back to see what was on the internet about what to pack in your hospital bag for birth. It’s a question that every first time mama asks during clinic. Less so for the seasoned crew. Overall, I wasn’t impressed with what was online. I mean, it’s…

A Fistula Update

It’s been one year from today that I had surgery for my fistula. Most people probably don’t remember the days of their surgeries. This one was memorable. Mostly because I thought it was going to fix something that was wrong. But it didn’t. I journaled the details of my fistula recovery through eight weeks. (You…

The 36 Week Visit

Can I share a truth with you guys? One of my favorite things about these templates is that you can share them far and wide. I have had the privilege of taking care of so many women but have also moved a lot – so our relationships seem temporary. Luckily, I stay in touch with…

The Disruptive Innovator’s Toolbox

Happy Monday! First and foremost, if you haven’t signed up for the newsletter, today is the last day before the March newsletter goes out. If you’ve been a long time reader, everything that was in the Friday Five is moving to newsletter format. Plus a lot more. Sign up at the bottom of the blog…

How to Heal Those Dry, Cracked Hands!

Hello! I’ve got a quick Midwife Monday tip for the hundreds of beautiful hands out there catching babies and caring for mamas. Whether you’re in the hospital, the clinic or in the birth/home settings, we’ve all been washing our hands and using hand sanitizer like it’s going out of style this pandemic. (Side note: Does…

The 32 Week Visit

HUMP day and new template day! This template has so many resources on it, I don’t even know where to begin. I tried to detail everything below, but you’ll just have to check it out for yourself. I also added a section for recommended books. Here’s the why: I was following trends of what I…

The 28 Week Visit

Happy Monday! Did you see the 28 week template went live over the weekend?? (This is Jamie doing a little happy dance). Orange is not my favorite color. But I was really crushing on this template while I was putting the final touches on it. Hope you guys love it as much as I do….

Friday Five (#48)

It’s been a minute since a Five went live around here. Virginia is getting snow today instead of this sunny weather. The husband and I have a bet as if we’ll actually need the snow machine or not based on the snow forecast. Stay tuned to see who wins the bet. I also want to…

Two Tips for Practicing Midwives!

Hello hello! It’s been a crazy month around this house! We swung round the New Year, got smacked in the face with a GI bug, and I went to single parent-ops for a few weeks. Behind the scenes, I was also working on resubmitting a publication for Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health. The last…

My 5 Favorite Books from 2021

Hello Friday! And thank goodness – we made it to Christmas. I was looking over my book log this year and was thinking about which ones I loved the most. I do like to re-read books, although I haven’t had a chance in a few years to do so. I thought about which books I…

The 24 Week Visit

We’re continuing our series on routine prenatal care around here! With the bulk of the laboratory testing, physical exam and an established due date, routine obstetric care moves into a prevention, assessment and education cycle. The point of this series is two-fold: Provide evidence-based education on the components of each prenatal visit. Offer a tool…

Trish’s Birth Story!

Happy Monday! You guys are in for a treat today. One of my dear friends, colleagues and all around outstanding mamas is sharing her story. Trish is one of those people that fills up the room with laughter and warmth and easily makes you feel at home. When you meet Trish, you would have no…

Friday Five (#47)

My baby turns five this weekend! She did not smile at us for the first 4 months of her life. We literally didn’t think she could smile! But she has made up ground since and we are blessed to celebrate another year with her…. Are your ready for a packed Five?! Fasten your seatbelts…this one…

Student Resources (Bonus: An Exam Prep Template for Boards!)

Hello hello! I had a crazy week of work and a little car crash that took over my life – all is good, everyone is safe/healthy, and we’re back on track to share some goodies this next week. I’ve had a lot on my mind lately. But one thing that keeps surfacing to the top…

Midwife Monday: 4 Tips on How to Prep for Clinic

Happy day to you! The leaves are blowing around like snow here in Virginia and it is gorgeous. I was prepping for clinic this week and was thinking about how I learned how to prep for clinic. I learned the hard way by good old fashioned experience. No one really taught me in school or…

Happy Birthday to A Midwife Nation!

Each year I take a look at the the reasons why I have a blog. I like to go back to why did I start a blog. Is it helping the midwifery profession and women? What has changed in the past year and what needs to change on the blog? What isn’t needed anymore and…