Category: Primary Care

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!

Oh, boy, oh, boy

Oh, Boy, Oh, Boy

Today, someone asked me about circumcision, or more appropriately called- genital cutting. Boy or girl, modern day genital cutting is nothing compared to what it was when it was first instituted. It kills over 100 boys annually. No, not in the third world, not in poor hygiene situations- in US hospitals. Therefore, I am firmly opposed. The US is also the only first world country where routine genital cutting is performed. Canada and Australia stopped in the ’50’s. When someone asks me if they should do this to their son, I applaud them for looking into it and then I recommend they watch a video of what is going to happen to their son.

While working in a hospital when I was 18, on a pediatric unit, I was cursed with the task of assisting with this procedure. Now, as an 18 year old girl, I had no idea that this was optional. I had the erroneous belief that it was something that HAD to be done. After the procedure, swore I would never do that to my child, and then I started actually looking into it. After doing research, I became even more convinced, and three boys later, I am glad I decided not to do it. After all, only a little over 30 – 50% of boys in the US are cut now, meaning all those classic “locker room” arguments are pointless now. The study about HIV rates being lower in cut men? Thanks to long term studies in Africa – debunked in 2008! It’s prettier? That’s an argument I have heard before, my response to that is a blank stare. How else can I respond to that one… So concerned with your babies sexual function? Cutting has many known and proven effect on sexual pleasure for both the man and his partner. “Female sexual dysfunction (often in the form of dryness) may be “diagnosed” because the woman is sleeping with a cut man whose member has decreased sensitivity, a hardened head, and an exposed coronal ridge that sucks out moisture. Perhaps it is over diagnosed in preference to changing the practice too many Americans infallibly believe is good for their sons.” (see article).

Take home point: it is not your penis, so…. Also, I do not believe in shaming or judging other people, so please do not bash, as I also restrain from bashing.

If you are debating – check out these links:

A summation of the effects

Elephant in the Hospital (video)

What is Circumcision and What is in Not?

Anatomy of a Healthy Penis