August 2, 2011

What the Experts Say - Marshall Klaus, MD

There has been an amazing set of observations about the first few minutes of life that really forces us to completely re-evaluate our care of a mother, baby and father in the perinatal period.

Immediately after delivery, if the infant is pink, breathing, moving and looking good, with no grunting or retractions or any difficulty, the baby should be thoroughly dried. In the past, we've...

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August 2, 2011

What the Experts Say - Sameerah Shareef, CNM

I would say the first thing that we know about birth is that there is something right about the process. It's the way that human beings have been coming into the world since the beginning of time so that there is something innately right about it. We know that birth can be and should be a normal process for the vast majority of women. We know that birth is a right of passage in a woman's life...

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August 2, 2011

What the Experts Say - Barbara Harper, RN

There are millions of women today who would prefer to give birth without medical intervention, unless there is a difficulty or an unforeseen complication. In looking for an alternative to the high technological obstetric deliveries, most women desire to have an empowering birth experience which is gentle and loving, as well as safe for their baby. Many women today are aware that the experience...

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August 2, 2011

What the Experts Say - Marion McCartney, CNM, BSN

The most important thing about birth is to remember that it is not us, as the providers, who are the key players. We are the observers. We know a lot about problems but we really know little about the whole mechanism of pregnancy and birth. We know little pieces of the whole childbearing phenomenon. We need to be very respectful of what a woman can do on her own with very little help from...

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August 2, 2011

What the Experts Say - Mary Lou Longeway, RN, MS

Birth is a powerful and unique experience for every family. There are no two births that are alike. For those people who see birth as a natural process, no matter how much technical help they accept, they themselves remain ultimately responsible for the birth experience. Any birth that is carried out with this awareness and understanding, with the focus on the people rather than on the...

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August 2, 2011

What the Experts Say - Judith P. Rooks, CNM, MPH

 

Pregnancy is a time to prepare for the baby, as well as the birth, and the necessary but exciting changes that will be required in the woman's life, and in the lives of the baby's father and all members of her family.

Women's bodies are designed to give birth and know how to labor better than we understand. Many of our attempts to control or improve the process end up...

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August 2, 2011

What the Experts Say - Charles S. Mahan, MD, FACOG

We know quite a bit about the normalcy of birth because births have been going on for quite awhile. We have learned with pretty good accuracy, both doctors and midwives, to judge by screening early in pregnancy whether somebody will have an easy time or a difficult time at birth. Medical conditions are actually the easiest to screen for and actually cause the least amount of trouble as far as...

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August 2, 2011

What the Experts Say - Edith Wonnell, CNM, MS

I have a few truisms that I would like to pass on, particularly to student nurse-midwives.

  • It is wise to remember that the human body is as near a perfect machine as we will ever see and is well prepared to manage the normal process of labor.
  • Many times, more problems are created by intervening in the labor process than by letting time evolve.
  • Some truisms of...

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August 2, 2011

What the Experts Say - Kitty Ernst, CNM, MPH

Over the past half century, we have learned a great deal about the problems that we encounter in pregnancy and childbirth. Many, many lives have been saved--women's lives and babies' lives. We've even learned how to grow babies in test tubes and inject them into the mother's uterus and have her bring them to term and be able to give birth. We've done miraculous things but the fact is we have...

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August 2, 2011

What the Experts Say - Sr Angela Murdaugh, CNM, MS

Sometimes I think that I know nothing about birth - not only the unpredictability of it but the sheer mystery and wonder of it all. If anything has ever strengthened my relationship with the higher power, with what I call God, it has been my profession. I remember walking out of a class of embryology when I was a nurse-midwifery student, and saying that was probably the best spiritual lecture...

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