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Book Review: Modern Essentials

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Book Review: Clinical Aromatherapy by Jane Buckle

Book Review: Clinical Aromatherapy by Jane Buckle

Jane Buckle has offered a second version of the book, Clinical Aromatherapy. This is one of the few evidence-based books for clinicians, but sadly the copyright is more than a decade old without a newer version available. For those looking for more than a simple pocket guide with suggested essential oils for various ailments, this is […]

Book Review: Getting to Yes

Book Review: Getting to Yes

Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement without Giving In by Roger Fisher, William Ury, and Bruce Patton was recommended to me by Dr. Janet Engstrom, my doctoral advisor. Midwives are in a position of oppression, facing restriction of trade, and need to improve their negotiation skills if we are going to see system-wide change. Not only do […]

Book Review: Biblical Principles of Sex

Book Review: Biblical Principles of Sex

Midwives have the unique experience of sharing very intimate experiences with their clients, which extends into counseling couples about their sexual relationships. Our clients come to us with a wide variety of concerns, experiences and convictions about the expression of one’s sexuality. Author Robert D. Smith MD (2003) discusses the sexual relationship within a Biblical […]

Hirkani’s Daughters- a Book Review

Hirkani’s Daughters- a Book Review

  The title of this wonderful collection of memoirs comes from an Indian folktale, in which a mother’s love for her child is so strong that she escapes a walled city at night and climbs down a cliff in order to feed her child.  Though modern mothers may not often encounter these same sorts of […]

Balancing Breast & Bottle: Reaching Breastfeeding Goals

Balancing Breast & Bottle: Reaching Breastfeeding Goals

A book review by Sarah O’Neill Bailey. Author Amy Peterson BS, IBCLC and Mindy Harmer MA, CCC-SLP This excellent book is aimed at mothers returning to work or to school who need reassurance and information on how to best combine breastfeeding and bottle feeding. The book is divided into chapters which discuss particular concerns most […]

Book Review: Gentle Babies

Book Review: Gentle Babies

Two years ago I attended an aromatherapy course in Chicago. One of the instructors recommended the book Gentle Babies: Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for Pregnancy, Childbirth and Infant Care and as I’ve continued to read about aromatherapy and the use of essential oils, I’ve found this book to be almost exclusively referenced for pregnancy and newborns […]

Book Review

Book Review

I was excited to find another book in Claire Gillman’s series, Bringing Up Your Baby: the kind way for you, your baby (0-3) and the environment. This book was published in 2009, so prior to the pregnancy and birth book I reviewed previously. In her introduction, Gillman states, “Becoming a parent is probably the biggest […]

Book Review

Book Review

A Green Guide to Your Natural Pregnancy and Birth: the kind way for you, your baby, and the environment by Claire Gillman (2010) aims to give readers useful information about their pre-conception and prenatal care, and preparation for labor, birth and the early postnatal period. The reason I brought this book home as a potential […]

Food For Thought

Food for Thought

"It is much more important to know what sort of patient has a disease than what sort of disease a patient has."

Sir William Osler

 

Food for Thought

"Happiness is underrated and critically important to health. Seriously! Unfortunately, many people just have no idea how to be happy."

Aviva Romm

Food for Thought

"Physicians simply do not have time to be what patients want them to be: open-minded, knowledgeable teachers and caregivers who can hear and understand their needs."

Snyderman and Weil

Food for Thought #1

"They say that time changes things. But you actually have to change them yourselves."

Andy Warhol

Food for Thought

"To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking."

Johann Wolfgang von Goether

Food for Thought

"Birth isn’t about avoiding one set of realities in favor of another. It’s about embracing all facets of birth--contradictory, messy, or unpleasant as some might be--as vital to the whole."

Rixa Freeze PhD

Food for Thought

"Why I appreciate being a certified nurse-midwife, as opposed to choosing another route for midwifery: I feel learning the science is vital so the art of midwifery is safe and effective."

Dr. Penny Lane, nurse-midwife

Food for Thought

"When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser."

Socrates

Food for Thought

"To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream; not only plan, but also believe."

Anatole France

Food for Thought

"Science and uncertainty are inseparable companions. Beware of those who are very certain about things. There are no absolute truths in biological sciences - only hypotheses... 'We need to train medical students and residents more in the art of uncertainty and less in the spirit that everything can be known or that it even needs to be known.'"

Grimes (1986)

Food for Thought

"American physicians are rewarded for doing things to patients, not for keeping them well."

Grimes, 1986

Food for Thought

"The false idol of technology. 'Having a widget screwed into one's scalp has become an American birthright.'"

Grimes, 1986

Food for Thought

"Between 1985 and 1987, a hospital instituted a successful program to reduce its cesarean rate. The rate fell from 18% to 12%, losing the hospital $1 million in revenues - no small sum in those days."

Goer & Romano, 2012, p 37

Food for Thought

"Obstetricians are much more likely to perform a cesarean when they wrongly believe the baby weighs 4000 g or more based on sonographic estimates than when the baby actually weighs this much but the obstetrician did not suspect it."

Goer & Romaro, 2012, p 35

Food for Thought

"If you play God, you will be blamed for natural disasters."

Marsden Wagner (2006)

Food for Thought

"An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't."

Anatole France

Food for Thought #3

"Birth is not only about making babies. Birth also is about making mothers - strong, competent, capable mothers, who trust themselves and know their inner strength."

Barbara Katz Rothman PhD (1996)

Food for Thought #4

"Believe there is always, always, always a way. When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven't."

Thomas Edison

Food for Thought #5

"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

Arthur Schopenhauer

Food for Thought #2

"Yet you brought me safely from my mother’s womb and led me to trust you at my mother’s breast."

Psalm 22:9