Midwives in the news

Check out this article on the front page of today’s New York Times, discussing the rising incidence of gestational diabetes in New York, and what a worrisome trend this is. And then check out the fact that CNMs are quoted:

“It’s really disturbing to us that women come into their pregnancies obese and then leave them even more obese,” said Barbara Hackley, a certified nurse-midwife at the health center of the Children’s Health Fund and Montefiore Medical Center in the South Bronx. “I’ve seen weight gains during pregnancies of 50 to 60 pounds. We’ve had 11- and 12-pound babies that are very dangerous to deliver.”

Increasing rates of gestational diabetes…not so cool. Midwives quoted as experts in newspaper articles…very, very cool.

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  1. Posted February 18, 2006 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    I am really bad about keeping up with your blog – sorry. I always LOVE IT!

    Particularly this one … as I gained a whopping 80 lbs during my first pregnancy!! I was borderline on GD. Thankfully, I lost most of it and only put on 28 lbs with second pregnancy. It is eight years later, and I’ve kept it off all these years, never topping 130 lbs.

    HOWEVER, I know that is not the norm, and it has taken a lot of work every single day. I did not have enough support or information during that time. Bad, bad, bad!

  2. The Student
    Posted February 18, 2006 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    Hi, Christine! You definitely are NOT the norm, but that is excellent. It’s so hard to eat healthily and maintain a proper weight in our society, and it’s definitely causing large-scale problems for thousands (millions?) of women. But you should justifiably feel proud of yourself for keeping the weight off. That’s hard work!

    It makes me sad that one of the reasons mentioned in the article for this possible trend is the fact that busy clinicians don’t have time to discuss diet and nutrition with their patients, or even the time to follow-up on after the pregnancy. Note to self: when you’re a practicing clinician someday, FIND THE TIME! You mentioned that you didn’t feel you had enough support or information at the time–I’m curious: what kind of support do you think you would have needed? What did your clinician offer you (or not) in terms of nutrition/diabetes counselling? Can you think of anything that might have been more helpful?

    Always on the lookout for tips. Nice to see you here!

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