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OBGYN and Midwifery resources from Triangle Physicians for Women

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Postpartum Education and Support NC

Postpartum and Education Support is an organization dedicated to the emotional wellness of mothers. We offer support for mothers and their families, provide resources for health care providers, and heighten public awareness of perinatal mood disorders.
We also offer Moms Supporting Moms (MSM) is a peer-led, judgment-free support group for women struggling with issues related to pregnancy, delivery and early motherhood. Our weekly support group meetings provide a confidential and safe environment for sharing stories, discussing problems and seeking solutions. We meet 7:00 – 8:30pm every Thursday Mid-Carolina Ob-Gyn offices, Medical Plaza of Rex Hospital 4414 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 300; Raleigh, NC 27607.   Click here to learn more.

Cord Blood Banking Information
Cord blood banking has been used to treat over 80 diseases including leukemia and lymphoma. More awareness can help save the lives of children and adults suffering from life-threatening illnesses. At Cordbloodbanking.com, they provide you and your family with relevant information on cord blood, banking options and emerging research, so you can make the best decision possible for your family. The organization promotes awareness for current and future stem cell treatments, and we are committed to being the most comprehensive and up-to-date resource available for mothers and families considering cord blood.
Cord Blood Guide – Helpful resource for parents considering cord blood banking.

DrugWatch
Women’s health involves a variety of gender-specific issues, like estrogen production, mental health topics and sexual health and fertility concerns. Women go through dramatic mental and physical changes as their reproductive systems go through major changes. Women can take charge of their health by eating a proper diet, seeking the proper screenings and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Women’s health involves a variety of gender-specific issues, like estrogen production, mental health topics and sexual health and fertility concerns. Women go through dramatic mental and physical changes as their reproductive systems go through major changes. Women can take charge of their health by eating a proper diet, seeking the proper screenings and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Nutrition and Wellness Resources – Click on the topic below that you’d like to learn more about:

North Carolina Natural Fertility Center – Offering acupuncture, message therapy and other
traditional Chinese medicine treatments by David Peters, L.A.c., LMBT.

My Midwife.org – Wonderful website to learn more about certified nurse midwifery and how you can benefit
from a midwife’s care.

American College of Nurse Midwives – Resource for midwives

Got Mom.org – Website that educates women on the benefits of breast feeding.

Breast Pump Reviews – Compares breast pump brands, features, and customer reviews.

Aesthetic Procedures – Please note that this subject matter may not be suitable for everyone.

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Differences Between Certified Nurse Midwives, other Midwives and Doulas

CNMs attend almost 8 percent of the births in the United States. 96 percent of these births are in hospitals.

Certified Nurse-Midwife
. Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) are licensed healthcare practitioners educated in the two
disciplines of nursing and midwifery and are certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board (ACNM). They
provide primary healthcare to women of childbearing age including: prenatal care, labor and delivery care, care after birth,
gynecological exams, newborn care, assistance with family planning decisions, preconception care, menopausal management and counseling in health maintenance and disease prevention. CNMs attend almost 8 percent of the births in the United States. 96 percent of these births are in hospitals.

Certified Midwife. A certified midwife (CM) is an individual educated in the discipline of midwifery, who also possesses
evidence of certification by the American Midwifery Certification Board. Like CNMs, the CM provides primary healthcare
to women of childbearing age including: prenatal care, labor and delivery care, care after birth, gynecological exams,
newborn care, assistance with family planning decisions, preconception care, menopausal management and counseling in
health maintenance and disease prevention.

Other midwives. The overwhelming majority of midwives are either CNMs or CMs. Still, a variety of titles are used to
label midwifery practice so it can be confusing for consumers who want to determine just what qualifications have been met by their midwife. ACNM believes that, in the United States, all midwives should graduate from an accredited midwifery
education program that is affiliated with an institution of higher education. All CNMs and CMs have earned at least a
bachelor’s degree, while over 80 percent hold a master’s degree or higher. ACNM also believes that midwives should be
licensed to practice and should provide their clients with a safe mechanism for consultation, collaboration and referral
if needed. Because standards for the education and practice of midwifery may vary, we urge consumers to carefully
evaluate credentials and look for a well-educated provider who allows direct access to medical care if needed.

Doula. The doula’s role is to provide physical and emotional support to women and their partners during labor and birth.
A doula offers information, assistance and advice on topics such as breathing, relaxation, movement and positioning.
Perhaps the most crucial role of the doula is to provide continuous emotional reassurance and comfort. Doulas do not
perform clinical tasks, such as vaginal exams or fetal heart rate monitoring. Doulas do not diagnose medical conditions
or give medical advice. Doulas and midwives often work together as their philosophy and practice is complementary.
At times, midwives need help because of the complex course of labor or the competing needs of more than one woman,
which makes the doula-midwife team a wonderful option.

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A Brief History of Nurse-Midwifery in the U.S.

Although midwives have been attending births in America since its colonization, the profession of nurse-midwifery
was established in the early 1920’s as a response to the alarming rate of infant and maternal mortality in the U.S.

Appalling child mortality statistics leads to improved prenatal care. In Washington, D.C., the Children’s Bureau,
the first organization to investigate and report on matters surrounding the welfare of children and child life throughout
America, published its first report with appalling statistics: 124 babies per 1,000 were dying, and the maternal mortality
rates were equally as devastating. Recognizing the importance of prenatal care, the Bureau outlined a plan to combat
the poor pregnancy outcomes that included providing public health nurses for prenatal instruction. During the same time period, a group of obstetricians, nurses and mothers formed the Maternity Center Association (MCA) (now Childbirth Connection) in New York City to address the problem of poor pregnancy outcomes and improve the health of mothers and infants. MCA looked to foreign countries with outstanding maternal child health records to serve as models. In these countries, the most prominent figure in the maternity cycle was the nurse-midwife. They saw that these specialty nurses might be the answer to America’s growing maternal and child health (MCH) problems, but, unfortunately no nurse-midwives were working in this country.

Establishment of nurse-midwifery in the US. Mary Breckinridge, a pioneering nurse who founded the Frontier Nursing Service (FNS) in eastern Kentucky, was the first to bring nurse-midwifery to the United States. Breckinridge established the FNS in the early 1920s to provide family health services to isolated areas in the Appalachian Mountains by sending public health nurses to their patients by horseback. After learning about nurse-midwives in Europe, she saw first-hand their contributions to maternity care by traveling to France and England. In 1929, she brought British nurse-midwives to FNS who were the first nurse-midwives in America. They joined the public health nurses in providing quality healthcare to patients in remote areas.

The first nurse-midwifery school in the US. The Maternity Center Association and the Lobenstine Clinic, with encouragement from the Children’s Bureau, set up the first nurse-midwifery school in the U.S. Hattie Hemschemeyer, a public health nurse educator, was named Executive Director of the program. She was also one of the program’s first graduates in 1933. Although no longer in existence, the MCA’s educational program is recognized as one of the nation’s leaders in nurse-midwifery education. When World War II threatened the future of the Frontier Nursing Service, the second nurse-midwifery educational program was established. The British nurse-midwives wanted to return to Britain and serve their fellow countrymen in their time of need, so in November 1939, the Frontier Graduate School of Midwifery opened with two students. Fifty years later the school is still in operation — as the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing — and has graduated over 500 students. It now stands as both a leader in nurse-midwifery in the United States and a tribute to the accomplishments of Mary Breckinridge and her contemporaries.

Nurse-midwifery education prospers. By the mid 1950s, seven educational programs were in operation and although
nurse-midwives were being recognized in the health care community for their value in providing quality, cost effective
care to indigent and geographically disadvantaged women, they still faced many obstacles. After practicing nearly 30 years in America, nurse-midwives needed a national professional organization to represent their needs and concerns and accredit educational programs. In 1955, Hattie Hemschemeyer incorporated the American College of Nurse-Midwifery in New Mexico with the goal of addressing the needs and concerns of America’s nurse-midwives. In 1969, the organization merged with the Kentucky-based American Association of Nurse-Midwives and changed its name to the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). Today, ACNM still serves as the professional organization for certified nurse-midwives in the
United States. It also serves as the organization that sets the standards by which nurse-midwifery is practiced in the U.S.
and through, the Division of Accreditation, accredits nurse-midwifery educational programs.

Nurse-midwifery profession blossoms. The popularity and acceptance of nurse-midwifery increased dramatically in the 1970s and 1980s. The number of CNMs in practice jumped from 275 in 1963 to 1,723 in 1976, to 2,550 in 1982, to over 4,000 in 1995. Certified nurse-midwives (a title adapted after the implementation of formal certification measures) were no longer only caring for indigent women and children. More affluent consumers discovered the benefits of the personalized, holistic healthcare that the modern-day nurse-midwives had to offer. Birthing centers began opening around the country offering prenatal counseling, extensive personal care during birth and close collaboration with physicians-all characteristics of the nurse-midwifery profession.

Today, over 7000 certified nurse-midwives practice in all 50 states and many developing countries, according to
birth control data. In 2005, CNMs attended over 306,000 deliveries, mostly in hospitals. This number accounts for
almost 8 percent of all U.S. births. Furthermore, certified nurse-midwives continue to be highly regarded in the health
care community. Two reports by the Institute of Medicine and the National Commission to Prevent Infant Mortality
praise their contributions in reducing the incidence of low birthweight infants and call for their increased utilization.