Archive | October, 2014

Doulas Lower C-Section Rates? You Bet We Do!

24 Oct

As an aspiring Midwife, MD (a holistic OB/GYN), I love the idea of offering women and familes a “true choice” in child birthing options. Bringing life into the world should not be primarily viewed as a medical intervention, but as normal part of the life process. Surgical interventions in birth should be one of MANY other options.


Another study regarding doulas and their relationship to mothers avoiding medically unnecessary C-Sections was recently published. The study compared mothers who hired doulas with mothers who either wanted doulas and were unable to hire one, mothers who were not familiar with doula work (and therefore did not know they could hire one), and mothers who did not wish to hire a doula as part of their birth team. The study looked at their birth outcomes and overwhelmingly concluded that, statistically, women who knew what doulas were and were able to hire one greatly reduced their C-Section rate.

Here’s the article:

“The presence of a doula at birth was linked to an almost 60 percent reduction in women’s odds of having a C-section, and 80 percent lower odds of having a nonmedically indicated C-section compared with women who had no doula. (Overall, 10 percent of the women in the survey…

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From MD to HD: The Slow and Painful Decline of Primary Care Doctors

20 Oct

A Phone Call, Journal, & Bar of Soap: A Personal Impact Story of Ebola

11 Oct

Recently, I came across a great piece written by good friend Moiyattu Banya. moiWhen asked, Moiyattu describes herself as a feminist, writer and digital mover and shaker. Currently, she teaches “Women Studies” courses at Temple University and does consulting work for social enterprises in West Africa. As a native of Sierra Leone, the current Ebola health crisis in West Africa is much more than a media epidemiological case study. Quite to the contrary,  this recent outbreak hits very close to home.

The following is her story as told to the “African Women’s Development Fund” (AWDF) which highlights just one of the many ongoing stories on the ground  in Sierra Leone as  young women, neighbors, families, and the government band together to tackle Ebola and the spread of this deadly illness in our global community.

For more work from Ms. Banya, follow her via Twitter @Wcaworld or via her blog.


The Elevator Talk

10 Oct


The Elevator Talk

Describe what you do, in ten seconds or less.  For some of you, no doubt this is a very easy task.  For the child life specialists (among others!) out there, I know that this is nearly impossible. 

Picture this: you’re in the elevator, carrying an assortment of board games or, more probably, an unlikely assortment of items like IV tubing, a couple of Insyte needles, poker chips, and a stuffed frog.  You stop on the third floor and in steps someone in a nice suit, without stains of what may be urine or may be water color on their scrub pants- and they ask you what you do.  You say, “I’m a child life specialist!”  Cue the blank stare.

Child life, while a wonderful field, is not an illustrative term for what we do- and to be fair, it’s hard to come…

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