Midwifery

After the switch: adjusting to a new job

After the switch: adjusting to a new job

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After working at the same place for a long time, adjusting to a new job can be difficult.

Time to leave

Time to leave

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When forced to re-evaluate your career, forewarned is forearmed.

Reconciling birth plans with reality

Reconciling birth plans with reality

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Patients who have birth plans should be prepared to make concessions to ensure the safety of their newborn.

Drills help providers prepare for emergency situations

Drills help providers prepare for emergency situations

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Obstetric emergency drills are essential practice and preparation for every labor and delivery unit.

Top 10 things OB/GYN patients should know

Top 10 things OB/GYN patients should know

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Here is a list of the top ten things that I'd love my patients to know as their midwife.

Phone triage leaves too much room for error

Phone triage leaves too much room for error

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Provider time is more effectively spent seeing patients for visits in the office, rather than implementing management plans and treatment over the phone.

Maternal weight gain complicates vaginal delivery

Maternal weight gain complicates vaginal delivery

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Suspected macrosomia is not generally enough of reason to induce labor or schedule a cesarean prior to 39 weeks.

What Gwyneth Paltrow gets wrong about vaginal care

What Gwyneth Paltrow gets wrong about vaginal care

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Once women start messing with the balance that keeps the vagina happy, they risk infection and irritation.

Managing pain in pregnant patients

Managing pain in pregnant patients

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It is irresponsible and unprofessional to assume that once a patient is pregnant, her pain management is the responsibility of the obstetric team.

What keeps clinicians motivated?

What keeps clinicians motivated?

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In order to stay motivated and avoid burnout, some clinicians find inspiration in their patients.

FDA label changes simplify medication safety during pregnancy

FDA label changes simplify medication safety during pregnancy

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New FDA labeling system makes it easier to answer, "Is this safe to take while I'm pregnant?"

Residents can be great assets

Residents can be great assets

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Despite the myths surrounding residency, many physicians-in-training are helpful and willing to learn new techniques.

Patient education crucial for addressing low libido in women

Patient education crucial for addressing low libido in women

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Female patients that are concerned about decreased sexual desire should know that they are not alone.

Where have all the male OB/GYNs gone?

Where have all the male OB/GYNs gone?

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Men have a more difficult road to pave when it comes to choosing the specialty of obstetrics and gynecology.

Caring for friends as patients

Caring for friends as patients

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For health-care providers, there are many positive aspects to caring for a friend, particularly during pregnancy.

What I didn't know about becoming a midwife

What I didn't know about becoming a midwife

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Transitioning from a labor and delivery nurse to a midwife comes with many new responsibilities, including working with other providers who may question clinical decisions.

Screening recommendation changes confuse providers, patients

Screening recommendation changes confuse providers, patients

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Do changing recommendations for pap smears and pelvic exams send the wrong message to patients about routine care?

Skin-to-skin contact 'all benefits' for moms, babies

Skin-to-skin contact 'all benefits' for moms, babies

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Skin-to-skin contact immediately following birth makes an easier transition from fetal to newborn life.

Don't assume when it comes to STIs

Don't assume when it comes to STIs

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Offer sexually transmitted infection testing regardless of age, sexual orientation, relationship status, and number of partners.

Time is now for midwives to 'step up'

Time is now for midwives to 'step up'

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Health-care changes, diversity and career burnout were among topics discussed at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Nurse Midwives.

Finding strength in the patient-provider bond

Finding strength in the patient-provider bond

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Many in the medical profession say that it isn't professional to become attached to patients. I disagree.

Treating the whole patient

Treating the whole patient

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A routine annual exam takes an unexpected turn when a patient discloses the recent unexpected death of a parent.

Suspending personal bias from patient care

Suspending personal bias from patient care

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Clinicians are entitled to their own beliefs, but should we be imposing our values on patients?

'Common sense' homebirth guidelines a step in the right direction

'Common sense' homebirth guidelines a step in the right direction

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Although there have been advances in the care of pregnant women, birth should still be viewed as a natural event, not a medical event.

Proud to be a 'nurse first' during National Nurses Week

Proud to be a 'nurse first' during National Nurses Week

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A Certified Nurse Midwife recounts how skills learned while working as a clinical nurse serve as the foundation for a successful advanced-practice career.

Finding solace from death in birth

Finding solace from death in birth

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A midwife discovers her personal philosophy while waiting on laboring moms.

7 tips to help pregnant women through labor

7 tips to help pregnant women through labor

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Parnters, friends and family often have no idea what to do in the support role when a pregnant woman is in labor. Here's what you should tell them.

What it means to be a midwife

What it means to be a midwife

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When you choose midwifery as a career, you are choosing a life "with women."

Dispelling the midwife identity crisis

Dispelling the midwife identity crisis

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Despite the efficiency midwives enable in health-care settings, we often have to explain our training and qualifications to new patients and our colleagues.

An intervention-free pregnancy is not always best

An intervention-free pregnancy is not always best

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There are times that a medical intervention is without a doubt the safest and wisest plan of action for pregnant women at risk for complications.

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