My Birthy Amazon Wish List

My Birthy Amazon Wish List

When I first heard about Amazon, it was mostly being used as a way for people to buy slightly used textbooks at huge discounts compared to the prices that college bookstores were offering them at.  When my sister helped me shop for the textbooks needed for midwifery school, Amazon was probably the place that we …

The Many Faces of Home Birth

Book Review – The Many Faces of Home Birth

Do you love to read a good birth story?  Are you tired of only hearing people’s horror stories about birth?  If either of these applies to you, you might want to check out The Many Faces of Home Birth by Shantel Silbernagel.  It is a collection of a good variety of birth stories. I hadn’t …

Client just gave birth on birth stool.

Tools of the Trade – Birth Stools

What is a birthing stool and why would I want to use one? History of the Birthing Stool According to Wikipedia, birthing chairs or stools can be traced back as far as 1450 BC Egypt, 200BC Greece, and 100 BC Britain.  Asian, African, Pacific Islander, and Native American artwork has been found depicting women birthing …

Father helping with his new baby.

Involving Fathers in Pregnancy and Birth

One of the special things about being a midwife is getting to work with couples.  I love watching that special bond between a couple.  I may see it during prenatal visits when they are sitting across from me while telling a story.  It really shows up during the birthing process.  We love involving dads and …

fetoscope

Tools of the Trade – Fetoscope

Last month, I posted about the pros and cons of using a handheld device to listen to babies heartbeat intermittently versus using continuous fetal monitoring like hospitals do.  You can read that post here.  The focus on that post was more on using a handheld Doppler which uses sound waves to pick up the echo …

Tools of the Trade - Doppler

Tools of the Trade – Doppler

Can you listen to the baby’s heartbeat?  How do you do that without lugging around those big old machines like the hospital has?  These are some of the questions that I get asked pretty frequently.  There are several different types of devices to listen to baby’s heart rates during pregnancy and birth.  The hand held …