Monthly Archives: November 2007

Normal birth against all odds

Sometimes birth is not normal. Sometimes there really are complications and problems which need to be dealt with in a hospital setting. Sometimes a medical approach to birth is exactly what’s needed. Sometimes interventions during birth ARE lifesaving. Yesterday was a perfect example of that. I was helping to take care of a woman who […]

Posted in Birth Stories, Complications, Hospitals, Inductions, Labor and Birth | 9 Comments

Plastic blood

Who ever would have guessed that this would be possible: a blood product substitute made from plastic, and which may be available for use in the next few years.  Unbelievable.  What will we come up with next??

Posted in Miscellaneous, News | 3 Comments

Those people

I got an e-mail the other day from a colleague at work who was passing on to a whole bunch of us a forwarded e-mail that she had received. Here’s the content of what the e-mail said. It was entitled “Urine Dip”: Like a lot of folks in this state, I have a job. I […]

Posted in Politics, The Soapbox | 9 Comments

50th Birth

Today I caught my 50th baby! She was born at 4:18 pm to a young woman from Puerto Rico who was absolutely thrilled and excited about her first pregnancy. She was an induction for postdates (per hospital policy, all women are induced if they’re still pregnant at 41 weeks); she’d actually had an incidence of […]

Posted in Birth Stories, Hospitals, Inductions, Labor and Birth, Labor Support, Midwifery, Vaginal Birth | 2 Comments

Hospital Midwifery

Rachel commented, in response to my Worry-wart = New Midwife post: “I was interested to see in your description how “medical” the treatment of the L&D patients seems to be, despite having a midwife on hand. Any thoughts on that?” Of course I have thoughts on that! First of all, this is hospital midwifery and […]

Posted in Birth Stories, Hospitals, Labor and Birth, Midwifery | 4 Comments

Female Genital Circumcision revisited

A few weeks ago, Dark Daughta over at One Tenacious Baby Mama asked me for a contribution to her new weekly series entitled Reloaded, which happens every Sunday and features old posts that are worth posting and reading a second time (oldies but goodies, as she calls them). She wanted posts that I was particularly […]

Posted in Choice, Education, Feminism, Myth, Folklore and Ritual, Politics, Sex and Sexuality, Violence Against Women | Leave a comment