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Dear Hospital CEO: You Have A Coercive and Directive Practice In Your Midst That Is Disempowering Women
November 11, 2018 BY Dawn
The consumer voice is often unheard when it comes to large systems. The maternity care system and its history of listening to women is no exception. ImprovingBirth recently shared a snapshot that a local Atlanta-based midwife posted of a "patient information and birth preferences plan" form, which had been given to a patient from her…
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“The Baby is the Candy, and the Mom is the Wrapper” – A Call for Humanized Birth
July 26, 2018 BY ImprovingBirth
The phrase, “The baby is the candy and the mom is the wrapper," has been stuck in my head since I read it in an NPR article. It’s the perfect descriptor of maternal care in this country. Because, after all, once the candy is out of the wrapper, you don’t really need it anymore, right?…
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A Village of One
May 2, 2018 BY ImprovingBirth
“Stay on top of your pain medications.” “Sleep when the baby sleeps.” “Don’t climb stairs, drive, overexert yourself, etc.” If you have had a baby or even a surgical procedure, you have probably heard some of the above statements. These things are said by well meaning doctors, nurses, and family members. After all, they just…
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Vaginal Birth After 3 Cesareans, Are You Nuts?
October 25, 2017 BY ImprovingBirth
I was 20 when I got pregnant with my first child. I made all the typical assumptions back then. I went to my primary doctor for an OB referral having no idea I had options. I thought that I would go to the OB and he would tell me all I needed to know about…
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Follow The Money: Maintaining the Medical Model of Maternity Care
August 4, 2017 BY Dawn
Today's guest blog post comes to us from the brilliant Kitty Ernst. She is the only endowed Chair of Midwifery in the United States. She is a certified nurse-midwife graduate of Kentucky’s Frontier School of Midwifery, with a master’s degree in public health and a two-time President of ACNM. A renowned visionary in the field…
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9 Ways To Heal From A Traumatic Birth
August 3, 2017 BY ImprovingBirth
Here in the United States, pregnancy, birth, and early motherhood are often treated as magical and blissful experiences. But that’s not everyone’s experience, particularly when it comes to giving birth. Birth trauma is common — some research suggests that between 25-34% of birthing people experience it in some way.   Trauma can happen in response…
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