Friday Five (#30)


Anyone else have a 4 day weekend? We’re praying the temperatures are over 20 degrees so we can go outside and play for more than 10 minutes. Even in 0 degree weather, we try to go outside with the littles at least once a day – the fresh air does EVERYONE good! This five has a new resource for patient handouts (you guys know I LOVE LOVE LOVE a good handout!), a video about what the pandemic may do to tuition prices, two book recommendations, a podcast recommendation (and a new podcast launching!), and some new guidance from the CDC on the treatment of gonorrhea (with a desktop handout link!).

1. A new resource recommendation from the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS). AUGS is the premier non-profit organization representing professionals dedicated to treating female pelvic floor disorders.

I recently discovered their handouts via an office visit to my local URO/GYN! The link goes to patient fact sheets for common disorders such as:

For anyone practicing full scope midwifery, these are fantastic!

2. THIS video about how COVID will affect tuition prices. If you are in school, thinking about school, or sending kids to college, it’s a must watch.

If you’re interested in following Anthony O’Neal, you can check out his book below or his YouTube channel here!

3. New guidance on gonorrhea treatment from CDC…

In uncomplicated gonorrhea infections (in which chlamydia has been ruled out), the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) now recommends treatment with a single dose of ceftriaxone 500mg (1gm for individuals > 300lbs) and no longer recommends azithromycin. The prior recommendation in 2010 recommended a single dose of ceftriaxone 250mg intramuscularly and a single oral dose of azithromycin 1gm. The change comes from the organism’s increased ability to acquire microbial resistance. The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report has a nice practice table for those that treat sexually transmitted diseases frequently:

4. Women’s health preventative chart for providers and women

Updated last month (Januuary 2021), the table offers a concise list of preventative women’s health components that should be addressed across a woman’s lifespan. I think this is a great guide for providers but also for woman! Women can see why an annual visit for her health is so important across her lifespan. This is a great handout for students to use as a guide or for providers that do a lot of prevention care in their practice. See the full chart at the link!


5. A free webinar on RVUs! Ginger Breedlove is offering her webinar – RVUs: A Primer for Midwives – at this link. It’s approximately 90 minutes. Regardless of where you practice, it’s important to understand RVUs!

Other goodies…

  • A new blog recommendation: Two Doulas and You. For my first babe, we used a nanny when I went back to work. What I loved most about our nanny was that she did some doula work on the side – including postpartum care. I can’t think of better places to invest than in the postpartum care of a mama and her family. Our nanny was amazing for so many other reasons but she always made me think about what else we could do for women in their postpartum periods. Anyways, Two Doulas and You talk about the things you really need in this post and I found it lovely and refreshing!
  • A new podcast recommendation! Live Beautifully by Katrina Scott. I have been a long time follower of Katrina Scott because I love her company Tone It Up and personally use their workouts. I really like their nutrition plan as well for anyone looking for a way to adopt healthier eating for the new year. She is launching a podcast this next week and I am excited to give it a listen. She and the co-founder of Tone It Up (Karena Dawn) are extremely successful and offer woman a beautiful platform for wellness.
  • Lastly, this podcast in which Melinda Gates was interviewed by Brene Brown. Melinda talks about her book, The Moment of Lift, which comes out in paperback after its publication 2 years ago. I loved the book and recommend it frequently. Melinda speaks specifically to how women invest in themselves and their families when they themselves are empowered. She also talks about equality for women and offers these two stark statistics: globally, we are 208 years from achieving equality for women according to the world economic forum, and within the United States, the House and Senate are 60 years from achieving equality for women. Melinda speaks to two barriers that must be addressed for global advancement of women: sexual harassment and abuse and the burden of unpaid labor (this includes childcare, laundry, dishes, etc.). The burden of unpaid labor is specific to all the tasks women execute in the home and how policy can help women with this burden. She recommends four industries/platforms specifically that need women: tech, finance, policy and media. Melinda also talks about women in relation to the covid vaccine across the world. She has some really great points. If you’re strapped for time, just listen for the last 30 minutes or so. It won’t be a ways of your time and will broaden your mind and heart.

That’s the Five! Thank you for stopping by. Your time is greatly appreciated. See you Monday for my third birth story!



1 year ago on the blog…Amber’s Birth Story

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