Although there have been advances in the care of pregnant women, birth should still be viewed as a natural event, not a medical event.
A Certified Nurse Midwife recounts how skills learned while working as a clinical nurse serve as the foundation for a successful advanced-practice career.
A midwife discovers her personal philosophy while waiting on laboring moms.
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.
When you choose midwifery as a career, you are choosing a life "with women."
Despite the efficiency midwives enable in health-care settings, we often have to explain our training and qualifications to new patients and our colleagues.
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.
A nurse practitioner offers tips to get patients in the proper position for a cervical exam.
Labor, particularly one that is left to progress naturally, can be a perfect time to teach new clinicians that not everything needs to be managed.
Findings emphasize importance of screening for sexting behaviors and using new approaches to provide age-specific sex education.
When patients use their smartphone in the exam room use it as an opportunity to discuss health-promoting apps.
Women tend to attack those who make different parenting choices. Instead of alienating each other, we should encourage respect and understanding.
Women who use the combined contraceptive transdermal patch or vaginal ring are at significantly higher risk for venous thrombosis, results of a Danish study show.
The best health-care providers are successful at achieving a balance between experience and knowledge of the latest clinical evidence.
Despite recent emphasis on providing evidence-based health care, some superstition persists in medical professions.
Rush Limbaugh's comments about Georgetown law student, Sandra Fluke, overstep the boundaries of healthy debate.
Glenmark Generics Inc. has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of seven lots of the oral contraceptives norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol, after consumers reported that the tablets in some packages were in reverse order.
Answering pregnant patients' questions about who should be present during childbirth can feel like a trick question. These tips can help.
One-thousand new midwives need to be trained each year to meet American College of Nurse Midwives 2020 goals, but just 339 were certified in 2010.
There are a wide variety of combined oral contraceptives. If a particular formulation or doses causes unwanted side effects it is easy to switch pills until you find the one that is right for your patient. Reviewing the risks and benefits can aid in this process.
National recommendations for SIDS prevention are too general and do not address individual environmental and cultural factors that may influence risk.
When should mothers stop accompanying their daughters to gynecology visits?
A nurse writes about the trickle-down affect hospital restrictions that do not coincide with state regulations for certified nurse midwives can have on providing collaborative healthcare.
If a woman wants to give birth in the comfort of her own home, why should the medical establishment stop her? Obstetric providers should emphasize safety, no matter what the setting.
Teens often tell me they forget to take their birth-control pills (BCPs), sometimes as often as three or more times per cycle.
Health-care providers may unknowingly come off as too callous after an expecting mother experiences a miscarriage.
More women are expressing a desire to consume their placenta after birth due to anecdotal reports regarding the organ's health benefits.
Many women mistake vaginitis and bacterial vaginosis for yeast infections. Make sure that you are prepared to differentiate between these infections and prescribe appropriate treatments when patients complain that their OTC therapy has failed.
A nurse offers advice for patients that are unsure how to properly place the contraceptive vaginal ring.
Women with unexplained infertility are at heightened risk for having undiagnosed celiac disease (CD), which may be a modifiable and treatable risk factor