Thoughtful Word Choice

Inarguably, language is a tool, and our word choice transmits thoughts, ideas, and preconceptions. Author Austin Channing Brown writes in her book, “I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness”, about being seven years old and understanding that her parents had named her with the hopes to pass at least the resumé-reading phase of job searches as a white man. Unfortunately, job applications can be tossed-aside simply because of the name at the top of the page. If even the very name of an individual paints a picture for us as to who they are or what they are capable of doing, then pronouns certainly do as well.  Continue reading “Thoughtful Word Choice”

Client Highlight: Where are they Now?

Adilah Yelton, a Birth and Postpartum Doula

 

-1168074907269629972.jpgChildbirth and care is not a simple job! That’s why they say it takes a village, and Adilah would agree. Handling life with a toddler and a newborn baby, although a very rewarding and a positive experience, came with many challenges. Even with her and her husband’s parents there to help, she still felt that she needed some extra hands on deck. Especially because she struggled to find the time to take care of her own needs, she decided to hire a postpartum doula. As a guest on the podcast, My Happy Home Birth, she shares the importance of self-care postpartum, and how a postpartum doula can help you relax and heal in ways that are truly necessary after giving birth. 

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She also discusses her home birth experience that she had with Midwifery Care NYC during her first pregnancy four years ago. Adilah herself is now a birth and postpartum doula, working out of Houston, Texas. We are so proud and excited to see her thriving as an advocate for the health and autonomy of birth-people.  Learn more about the services she offers at her website: https://www.ibudoula.com/ and follow her on instagram @ibudoula ! 

 

 

 

Written by Gabrielle Cappelletti, the intern.

Baby’s First Breath

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A desperate mother is rushed into a hospital…

The most panic inducing Hollywood moment happens every few seasons of any binge-worthy doctor drama. A desperate mother is rushed into a hospital with only a few moments to go before immediately being encouraged to push. The following scene sets the audience and the characters up to believe that the trauma is over and that the parents can now just rest with their newborn and start fighting over names. But alas, the most terrifying sound is all the mother can focus on: absolute silence. The baby hasn’t cried and the mother is traumatized once more.  Continue reading “Baby’s First Breath”

Happy Global Hug Your Kids Day!

 

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MCNYC midwife, Carol, hugging Angelina a few days before Declan was born.

This year on July 15th we are celebrating Global Hug Your Kids Day. This holiday was started by Michelle Nichols in 2008, a decade after her son Mark tragically died of brain cancer at the age of 8 ½. It is meant to be an annual reminder of the importance of being affectionate with your kids. It is also a really good time to reflect on why skin-to-skin contact is so valuable, especially at birth!

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CBS Whistleblower Impugns Midwifery Profession

The “Whistleblower” episode truly misrepresented midwives, portraying them as uneducated, inexperienced, and more or less a threat to expecting parents and their babies. This harmful and inaccurate narrative that midwives are useless unless supervised by a physician has gone on for more than a century. In response to this upsetting headline, we want to take some time to point out how important midwives are in and out of the hospital.  Continue reading “CBS Whistleblower Impugns Midwifery Profession”

Consent for a Forced Cesarean Section

Dr. Stuart Fischbein, MD OB/GYN, having studied and worked for several decades advocating for midwives and the autonomy of birth-people over their own bodies, unfortunately has heard many horror stories of unwanted and unnecessary cesarean section births. 

In the United States, 1 out of every 3 births is done via cesarean surgery. This is an extremely high rate compared to the rest of the world. As one of the most commonly performed surgeries around the globe, surprisingly,  Continue reading “Consent for a Forced Cesarean Section”