Newborn Screening

Tools of the Trade – Newborn Screening

If you have had a baby before, you may remember this test.  This test is commonly called the PKU test although PKU is just one of the rare conditions that it tests for.  Each state tests for a different number of conditions.  In Texas, we test for 31 conditions and 24 sub conditions.  More information …

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 …

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 …

Tools of the Trade - Tape Measure

Tools of the Trade – Tape Measure

This Tools of the Trade series is a spin off of a weekly business networking group that I attend.  I get 60 seconds every week to share about midwifery and birth with other business owners.  60 seconds is hard to fill.  What do I talk about in 60 seconds?  There is so much to say …

Tools of the Trade

Tools of the Trade – Blood Pressure Cuff

Last year, I was looking for ways to promote my business and midwifery.  My little brother also owns his own business in Nevada. He owns Orbis Tech Services which does audio/visual and security installations.  He was telling me about how he had joined an international business networking group with chapters everywhere.  He had tripled his …