Archive for 2015

  • Should You Eat Soft Cheeses? Absolutely!

    Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

    Of course we want to be as safe as we can be as we are growing our babies. But why is it that common sense has lost out to fear and rationality? There is a new phenomenon of advising pregnant women to not eat soft cheeses and many types of deli meats. This is due to the extremely rare possibility of acquiring the bacteria Listeria. Lets talk about the myths and the facts about this disease and what the reals risks are.

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  • Happy Father’s Day

    Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

    I just lost my dad. Less than two weeks ago. There is no doubt in saying that it was expected, and he died of natural causes after a full and wonderful life. But as I have heard over and over, all of that kind of doesn’t matter. It’s my dad. No time is really an okay time.

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  • Springtime – Labor Coping Methods

    Monday, May 18th, 2015

    Here in northern California spring-time is coming in with a whimper. No rain, lots of clouds, very cool days, all strange. But flowers still are blooming and the amazing California poppy is everywhere. All the spring flowers have me thinking about new birth. I thought this would be a good time to review some of my favorite labor coping methods. These are the the strategies I have found to be most helpful to women.

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  • Twins and Triplets

    Sunday, April 26th, 2015

    What an incredibly wonderful day I had today. This morning I had the pleasure of being a participant in the vaginal birth of breech twin girls. This is not at all common and needs to happen in the hands of a skilled provider and an excellent support team. The birth was lovely and everything went very smoothly. Later in the day, I shared in another wonderful birth of triplets.

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  • Sleep and Childbirth

    Monday, March 30th, 2015

    It isn’t any surprise that I don’t sleep much. Years ago, when I was seriously deciding about whether to become and OB/GYN or a Nurse-Midwife, my biggest concern was sleep. My golden sleep and whether or not I was going to get enough of it. I was so concerned with having to be awake at night that I wasn’t sure I could do any kind of work that potentially involved my needing to be awake and/or functioning during non-daylight hours. My passion for childbirth created a dilemma there. Labor and birth, I’m afraid, do not necessarily, and conveniently occur around desirable sleep hours.

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