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Crazy times…

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Well, it has been kind of crazy here. Several births, a new midwife partner, starting the Midwifery Association of Yucatan, chickens! So many exciting changes. Among them all, we are planning on holding the first “Respected Birth” Conference in October, proceeds going towards building our birth center!

I am super excited about it. We are fundraising for our conference/expo to put the down payment, so that we can hold the date and start selling some booths and tables. We are hoping to have a wide range of participants, and anticipate a large crown (over 5,000 people). We are going to be having it the second or third weekend in October from 10:00AM -10:00PM Saturday and Sunday. I am super excited to start fund raising for this event and the birth center, all in the hopes of making natural birth more accessible to women everywhere.

If you would like to donate to the efforts, you have several options. You can use a car or paypal here or if you would like to deposit at Oxxo, please WhatsApp (9999.91.23.16) me, and I will send you the account number. You can also donate via GoFundMe. You can also donate in person at my Merida location. We also are always accepting baby and birth supplies for our birth scholarship mama’s. The majority of these moms are under 18 or single mothers with limited resources.

Please share with as many people as you want to and don’t forget to make a donation today!

 

Primary Care in Midwifery

A Certified Nurse-Midwife’s Role in Primary Care

c0dce58dEvery day, more and more woman are choosing to see alternative care. In the past, physicians authority has not been questioned; their opinion was the only consideration. This is changing. Now, woman are seeking a more personalized experience, they are becoming more autonomous in their healthcare. Having a provider who is not only well trained, but also respects a woman’s control over her own healthcare, is more important than ever. When a woman believes she has a yeast infection, she may want someone to tell her exactly how it should be trerated, but she may also want someone who is able to discuss all treatment options, including natural remedies.

As certified nurse-midwives in the United States, we receive advanced training in assessing, diagnosing, and treating primary care concerns. With this training, we are then able to offer the women we serve a safe alternative to a primary care physician. We are able to help support the woman’s chosen lifestyle as she makes the decision that is best for her unique situation. Respecting her wishes for her care are of utmost importance.

Another consideration is safety. There is a reason that a woman feels that she needs to seek a professional opinion. We have advanced nursing practice degrees and have completed rigorous clinical requirements. We are qualified to give safe, sound medical advise. When doing so, we do expect our clients to ask questions, but we can also be trusted to give the best medical advise possible. In cases that are beyond our legally regulated scope of practice, or even our personal comfort zone, we will (just as any medical provider) recommend that you seek care with a specialty provider. This is why online midwifery care works in primary and urgent care situations. If you have a cold, you may want Tamiflu, but you may want elderberry tea. SaratheMidwife.com offers personalized, flexible, dependable healthcare on your schedule. Make an appointment today!

What Kind of Midwife Are You?

As a midwife, I treasure my time with women. I became a midwife to help women, to empower women, to be a presence in time of uncertainties and joys. I decided to go into midwifery instead of becoming an OB/GYN because I was drawn into the sanctity of birth, the midwifery model of care, treating the whole woman, and not just her symptoms. So, I never thought I would be writing a blog… Those who know me, know how I fear blogging, it was not something I believe I can do easily. But here I am, writing my first blog post! I should share some of my midwifey thoughts so here goes…

What kind of Midwife are you?

Something I was recently asked- “What kind of Midwife are you?” I answered with my professional title “I am a Certified Nurse-Midwife, so I am a registered nurse and a Master’s educated advanced practice nurse.” “No,” she replied, “Are you into natural remedies or do you do hospitals and prescriptions and that kind of thing?” Well, I had never really thought of how I identified my “kind of midwifery.” I didn’t know what to say, so I responded with the first thing that came to my mind “Both, I guess.” As I considered this question later, I was glad that was my answer. I am trained in advanced pharmacology and can write prescriptions with the best of ’em, but I also know and use herbs, teas, oils, and alternative therapies and I am not afraid to recommend them. As a midwife, I have the luxury to get to know the women I serve, get to know their preferences and needs. This is awesome and one of the best things about being a midwife. The sad thing about many doctor’s, including online doctor services, is that usually, they are not able to spend enough time to deliver the care that is personal and centered around women. Now I know an even better answer “I am whatever kind of midwife my client needs.” The women who come to me with their urgent care needs are the women who decide what kind of midwife I am at that moment and I love being able to have that flexibility. I love to educate my clients, but beyond that, what they decide goes (safety first of course). I would never push Tums on someone who prefers using marshmellow tea and vice versa.

Now that we know what kind of midwife I am, lets find out what kind of blogger I turn out to be… Hopefully a helpful one!