Midwife Monday: Happy Midwifery Week and A Tip for Postpartum Rounding

Hello! It’s National Midwifery Week – wahoo for midwives! We do midwifery every week around here though. I’ll highlight a couple of midwifery week things throughout the week, but there are a few other things in the line up that I’m excited about. One of them I’ve been waiting to share for a few months…

The 20 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…

Friday Five (#43)

Ya’ll, this might be my favorite Five so far this year. First, I discovered Droplet. Their animations and pictures (see above) are some of my favorite that I have ever seen! And Droplet states off our Five today! 1. Droplet The mission of this group is great: too many women discontinue breastfeeding prematurely for reasons…

16 Week Template is LIVE!

It’s kind of like Christmas in July…but it’s August. And this template took me the entire summer. But the 16 week template is LIVE! Check it out on TOOLS & HANDOUTS for free download and sharing. Sneak peaks are below… Just a reminder, these areas of emphasis are just themes of the 16 week visit….

Friday Five (#42)

Hello weekend, I am so glad you’re here! I spent the week in orientation for the new job. Does anyone else always feel a little mentally exhausted learning a new system’s way of doing things? I’m looking forward to some couch time this weekend. Onto the Five. It was a busy week in the news….

Friday Five (#41)

Hey hey hey! Hope your week was great! Our week was full of more potty training, unpacking and organizing (in between all the mothering!). And so much baby drooling. Bless this little man. So much drool, not a tooth in sight, and smiles all the day long. This Five was really fun to put together….

Friday Five (#40)

Today is the day, today is the day! We haven’t had our stuff from moving for TEN weeks. TEN WEEKS! Yes, other than hotel rooms, I have been sleeping on an air mattress that long. I am confident too that my little babe learned to sleep through the night because I did not hear him…

Student spotlight: 15 questions should you ask in a job interview

Hello hello! We’ve got a student spotlight today but this is helpful information for almost anyone. I recently went through the process to interview for a new job. It’s the 6th job I’ve had in 13 years of being a nurse and a nurse midwife. I prepped for the job interview in the same way…

Friday Five (#39)

FRIDAY! We are in full summer mode with littles. Kiddie pool time twice a day. Bug repellant and sun screen in equal amounts. And…my favorite, some homemade strawberry shortcake. Delish. The Five is full as usual! Let’s jump to it. 1. This article examining lower cesarean section rates in hospitals that have midwifery programs. The…

The 16 Week Visit

We’re continuing our series on routine prenatal care around here and shifting the series to Mondays instead of Wednesdays! 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 education from the…

Friday Five (#38)

Hello hello! Wow, what a whirlwind of a summer so far. We did a cross country move from Alaska to Virginia. With three littles, there was never a dull moment. We nearly lost the cat at a Panera. We definitely lost two crib mattresses somewhere in Wyoming. We drove 3,500 miles without a break down…

The Initial OB Visit

Happy hump day! Today we’re continuing the series on prenatal care. If you missed the first post on preconception care – catch up here! Did you guys like pink/blush tones of the tool? My favorite color is green, so that’s where I naturally trend when thinking of color schemes. But I always try to think…

The State of Midwifery (Part 2): How to Bolster the Force

Hello hello! We’re continuing the State of the Midwifery series today and although this is a long, inspirational post, it’s definitely worth the time to read and share. As we chatted last week, it’s important to know statistics about the midwifery force and the barriers ahead for the profession (see the first post on the…

Friday Five (#31)

1. A reminder for everyone on how to cope with stress. Up in Alaska, we get tons of snow and ice all winter long – but that’s our normal. But the middle and Northeast United States have been slammed this past week with record low temperatures and little infrastructure to manage the amount of snow….

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…