Category Archives: News


I’m running off to class this morning, and I do apologize for the severe lack of posting that’s been happening around this place, but here’s some quick news for all of you: First, the people of South Dakota have spoken loud and clear when it comes to more restrictive abortion legislation. Women’s Health News has […]

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Push from England to reduce routine EFM use

Here’s a very interesting article from England which questions the use of routine electronic fetal monitoring. [Gillian] Smith [Scottish national officer of the Royal College of Midwives] is heading a campaign by the RCM Scotland to reduce the number of unnecessary interventions women in labour are subjected to. She said: “Is routine electronic foetal monitoring […]

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National Midwifery Week

Funny how IP will just knock the wind out of you. You wake up on a Friday morning and realize that it’s been National Midwifery Week ALL week, and you haven’t said or done a thing about it. However, it’s not too late to celebrate! This year, like last year, our local NYC ACNM chapter, […]

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Midwifery in the news

As we approach the 1 year anniversay or Hurricane Katrina, here’s an interesting article from the Washington Post on the ways that pregnant women, and newborn infants and new mothers have been short changed when it comes to disaster management plans, and how new plans are being made to finally accomodate the needs of pregnant […]

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New bill targets postpartum depression

New legislation was introduced last Friday by Senators Menendez (D-NJ) and Durbin (D-IL) which promotes increased research, education and access to screenings for postpartum depression for new mothers. The bill, known as The Mom’s Opportunity To Access Help, Education, Research, and Support for Postpartum Depression (MOTHERS) Act, also proposes grants to health care providers in […]

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Celebrate International Midwifery Day!

Happy International Midwifery Day!. Midwives all around the world are celebrating and being recognized for the hard work and vital role they play in the community. According to the International Confederation of Midwifery and the United Nations Population Fund, “urgent action [needs to be taken] to address the shortage of midwives if the world is […]

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Homebirth prosecution

The New York Times has been turning out a lot of articles on birth, pregnancy and midwifery, lately—seems like there’s been at least one major article a month for a few months now. Here’s the latest one, from last week, which centers around the prosecution of Jennifer Williams, a CPM practicing homebirth in Indiana. Because […]

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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 […]

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National Midwifery Week

Ta da! Let the education of your local community begin.

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Men in Midwifery

Midwifery in the news: check out the latest article by Anemona Hartocollis on men in midwifery (specifically, Richard Jennings, a midwife who practices at Bellvue), in last week’s NY Times (7/31/05). To quote a very small snippet: Many of his colleagues are more ambivalent about his role. “Most of us tend to think of ourselves […]

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