What happens at my visits during pregnancy?

This seems like a straightforward question – what happens at my pregnancy visits – but I spend a lot of time talking about the current and upcoming visit’s components. Common questions include: When can I find out the gender of my baby? When is my next ultrasound? When do I have to take that glucose…

The BEST Contraception and Family Planning Shared Decision-Making Tool

Disclaimer: Best is my opinion. But I have spent hundreds of hours reading about contraception and contraceptive counseling. And many of those hours have been spent pouring over existing contraceptive tools. I came to a point in my DNP program where my faculty advisor told me “Well, you’re just going to have to make a…

New Tools and Tool Updates!

Hello hello! Today was a milestone. I submitted what I think is the LAST edited version of a manuscript that will hopefully be published in the fall (fingers crossed!). And my littles napped long enough for me to put the final touches on the 38 and 39-40 week templates. And then I was able to…

What Happens At My 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…

What Happens At My 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…

What Happens At My 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….

What Happens At My 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…

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…

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…

Friday Five (#47): Five Things I’ve Been Thinking Since Turning 35

Happy Thanksgiving! And good luck to all shopping Black Friday! I completed all of our Christmas and birthday shopping at the beginning of the month. It’s something I’ve learned over the past few years – early shopping equals more peace during the month of December for me. And along those lines, this Five is about…

Midwife Monday: Best Postpartum Apps for Mamas

Who doesn’t love a baby in an old man fishing hat? Happy Monday to you! How are you enjoying fall? The leaves in Virginia are spectacular. And so is the weather. I spend as much time outside as possible with the littles. The fresh air is good for EVERYONE. Today’s post is one that takes…

Friday Five (#46)

Hello! This Five full of goodies. And it finally feels like fall. I had to turn on the heat in the house because we woke up to a house at 62 degrees. The littles were shivering and I acquiesced. I hope you’re enjoying the fall wherever you may be. I like to sit outside in…

Safe Over the Counter Medications in Pregnancy – New Handout!

Howdy! We spent Halloween as the Incredible family. When you have girl-boy-baby boy, it just makes sense. It was super fun to dress up with the kids – I think they got a kick out of mama and dad dressed up more than anything else. Well, that and the candy. Today’s handout comes via a…

What Happens At My 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…

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….

Women Ask Wednesday: What apps can I use to manage anxiety?

Happy hump day! Want to hear a little birth tradition? Have you ever heard of lighting a candle when a mama is in labor? The idea is that you see the light of the candle and send warm, encouraging thoughts or prayers to the mama through her labor and birth. Anyways, one of my friends…

What Happens At My 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…

It’s Live…the Initial OB Template!

Happy Wednesday to all! The snowpack is almost melted up here in the frontier and it has brought smiles to everyone’s face. Want to see a 4 year old do a happy dance? Pull out their bicycle that’s been in the shed for 6 months – pure joy! Today the initial OB template is live…

What Happens At My First Pregnancy Visit? (The Initial 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…