ACOG Statement on the US MERA Bridge Certificate April 14, 2016 ACOG supports the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) educational standards as the minimum education and licensure requirement for all midwives practicing in the US. ACOG recognizes that the US MERA bridge certificate is an attempt to elevate the training and education of midwives who […]

Originally posted Monday, June 28, 2010 ~ www.normalbirth.org The Problem with Using Place of Birth as Proxy for Style of Intrapartum Management  faith gibson, LM, CPM June 28, 2010 MANY MEDICAL AND MIDWIFERY PROFESSIONALS, as well as birth activists and consumers, confuse birth setting (hosp. vs. OOH) with intrapartum management style or may use these […]

In the News: Deep water pools ~ a good look at biased reporting

by faithgibson May 9, 2016

The Wooden Spoon Award for one of the most biased news reports of the year This is one of the worst newspaper reports I’ve read all year. The use of deep water tubs during labor is a well-established method to help women cope with the pain of labor in ways that avoid the known side-effects […]

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Covered California will exclude hospitals with high rates of C-sections

by faithgibson April 21, 2016

Covered California will exclude hospitals with high rates of C-sections http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20160421/NEWS/160429983 By Maria Castellucci  | April 21, 2016 Covered California, the state’s insurance exchange, will exclude hospitals with high rates of C-sections in an effort to reduce the overall number of medically unnecessary cesarean births, which can be costly and carry higher risks for mother and […]

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C-section overuse adds to maternal, infant deaths

by faithgibson April 17, 2016

C-section overuse adds to maternal, infant deaths http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20151201/NEWS/151209985 By Sabriya Rice  | December 1, 2015 Far too many women in the U.S. continue to give birth by cesarean section, leading to unnecessarily high rates of maternal and infant deaths, according to research published in JAMA. About 33% of pregnant women in the U.S. deliver babies via […]

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