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 …

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 …

Tools of the Trade - Urine Specimen

Tools of the Trade – Urine Specimen

Have you ever been to the doctor or midwife and been asked for a urine specimen?  Do you know why they do that? Why I check your urine Would you believe that your urine tells quite a bit about how your body is functioning?  It tells me a lot about what kind of things you …

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 …

Exercise for Pregnancy

Exercise During Pregnancy

Are you getting any exercise during your pregnancy?  While you don’t want to start anything strenuous during pregnancy that you haven’t been doing previously, exercise has so many benefits.  It can help prevent constipation, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, leg cramps, and swelling of the ankles. It also prevents back pain by strengthening the muscles that support the back. …