This summer I was thrilled to be a Midwifery Fellow with Midwifery Care NYC
(MCNYC). At MCNYC I was incredibly fortunate to have midwives Carol and Shar as
my guides, teachers and safety net. Continue reading “My Summer as an MCNYC Fellow”→
It has been a long standing tradition that MCNYC has participated in Miles for Midwives, and this year is no different.
Miles for Midwives is 5k run and gathering to bring attention to the vital work that midwives do. We do this for our friends, our families and our future as a whole.
This year is extra special because Shar’s daughter, Seijan, will be running alongside to support the cause. We ask that you kindly take some time to explore this cause and donate to it as well. We also ask that you tell everyone you know, and if you want, going our team!
Hope to see you all in person or in spirit at Prospect Park on October 5, 2019!
This summer as a midwifery fellow with Shar and Carol has been remarkable. I feel so privileged to have become part of the family that is MCNYC, to have shared in the excitement and joy of expecting families and to have been present as they welcomed their new babes.
I have been immersed in the “birth world” for 5 years now, as a labor and delivery nurse and midwifery student, but this summer gave me a new degree of respect and appreciation for the birthing process and the strength and power of women. It also showed me that there is another, more humane and family-oriented way to care for women and their pregnancies at a time when I was disheartened by the many limitations of hospital-based practices.
Shar and Carol support and nurture the families they care for in a way that I had never before seen from a provider. They gave me that same degree of support as a fledgling midwife—generously teaching me the ins and outs of running a business, the skills of careful palpation, basics of herbal remedies, and how to hold space for laboring women in a place that is theirs rather than ours. I will be forever grateful to them for this experience.I am also so thankful to the families who opened their homes to me and let me be part of their experiences. I learned so much from each of them.
And here is what I will remember most: a four-year-old girl waking up in the middle of the night to find her mother moaning deeply in the pool in their living room, and then, sleepy-eyed, pulling up her little chair to the edge of the pool and resting her head in her arms, watching her mother, turning to me now and again, smiling in wonder at her mother’s strength.
There are many things to think about when preparing for a new baby. In addition to all of the prenatal check-ups, creating a birth-plan, setting up the nursery, ordering all the diapers, etc., there is one more thing that all new parents are required to do in the state of New York.
Today is the anniversary of the establishment of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The new amendment, ratified August 18th but made official on August 26th of 1920, provided that the right to vote for white U.S. citizens “shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” From years of sacrifice and effort by all involved in the Civil Rights Movement, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was declared and prohibited a range of discriminatory state voting practices. At least on the books (reality differs from the legal literature as felons cannot vote, gerrymandering is legal, and other voter restrictions interfere with a true democratic vote), everyone, despite race or gender, can now participate in the United States government. Because of these efforts and legislative changes, we take the time today to celebrate the work of suffragists. Continue reading “U.S. Women’s Equality Day”→
According to common superstition, eating a lot of spicy food or suffering from frequent heartburn during pregnancy might mean that a baby will be born with a full head of hair. If that is the case for your baby, you might soon be thinking about scheduling an appointment at the barber shop. For some parents, cutting their baby’s hair for the first time is just another chore on the list of many things parents are busy doing. For others, it is a time to remember and cherish. Those parents might purchase keepsake trinkets or mark the date and length down in a baby book. Some parents might find that they are experiencing a lot of anxiety and stress when booking the appointment because they are worried about their baby feeling afraid or uncomfortable and wriggling around. Continue reading “Baby’s First Haircut”→
Dr. Sarah Buckley is a trained General Practitioner in New Zealand who is qualified in obstetrics and family planning. She advocates for homebirth, having had her own four children at home. On her episode of The Ultimate Health Podcast, she discusses a small portion of the information she has on the hormonal physiology of labor. More of her experience and knowledge on pregnancy and childrearing can be found in her book, “Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering” her report, “Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing ” , or by checking out her website at https://sarahbuckley.com/ . During the podcast episode, she said something striking and worth talking more about, “every extra person at the labor adds an hour to it”.
This was a lighthearted and not exactly scientific way of summing up a very important concept to understand about labor: if the birth-person is undisturbed and feels safe and comfortable, the labor could naturally occur with relative ease. Likewise, if that person is being probed and interrupted by a bunch of strangers, they might never experience what Dr. Buckley talks about as the “fetal ejection reflex”.
As a birth-person’s body has been maintaining and closely interacting with the baby for nine entire months, it has had plenty of time to create the perfect potion to nourish that baby. Breast milk has the right set of microorganisms, vitamins, and minerals that the baby needs. Most organizations and medical professionals agree with The World Health Organization’s (WHO) stance on breastfeeding: “Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond.” It is also very important to begin breastfeeding during the baby’s first hour after birth. Continue reading “Happy World Breastfeeding Week!”→
The dedication of Ruth Lubic to improving how childbearing happens in her community has expanded beyond her local centers. She set up a model to be followed by many birth centers across the U.S. and has even had some international influence.