Miles for Midwives 2019

Hi all,

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!

 

DONATE HERE

U.S. Women’s Equality Day

element5-digital-ls8Kc0P9hAA-unsplashToday 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”

Baby’s First Haircut

pasted image 0 (1)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”

Fetal Ejection Reflex

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”. 

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from Dr. Buckley’s facebook page: @drsarahbuckley

 

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”. 

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Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

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Poster taken from the World Breastfeeding Week campaign resources 

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!”

Birth Around the World: The Netherlands

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The midwives of the Netherlands are proud to have the highest rate of home births in the world, being that 30 percent of all births happen at home. The rest of births are mostly at birthing centers with only a small portion occurring in hospitals. The out-of-hospital birth is generally the default option for pregnant people in the Netherlands, but if pregnancies are deemed to be high-risk, then a birth person might be referred to a gynecologist. Once assessed by the gynecologist, they may often still suggest a homebirth, assuming that after a few check-ins and careful monitoring, their risks remain low. In any case, a midwife would be responsible for checkups until labor and will lead the birth in or out of the hospital.  Continue reading “Birth Around the World: The Netherlands”