Perinatal Mood Disorders

Gut Instincts

Gut Instincts

Miss Michael CNM and I have a strong draw towards functional medicine. Neither of us are yet formally trained, but we dive into any and all literature about the discipline we can locate. Our nutritionist, Megan Barnes, is currently in a graduate program that combines nutrition and functional medicine. She is brilliant and generously shares […]

Meet Rachel Hall

Meet Rachel Hall

This past year, we reached out to Dr. Elliott at Living with Intention, and found a like-minded group of practitioners. We were so thrilled!! Miss Michael later had lunch with Rachel Hall and was quite impressed with her expertise, and has since referred several of our clients her way. I asked Rachel to share a […]

Getting Enough Sleep

Getting Enough Sleep

I don’t need to point out to most of you my middle section has increased in size at an alarming rate these past few years and I am currently weighing more than I did when I gave birth to any of my five children. Last year, my husband and I joined the gym and started […]

Finding Hormonal Balance with Essential Oils

Finding Hormonal Balance with Essential Oils

Women’s health can be a complex discipline due to the hormone imbalance phenomenon. This is in some ways a feminist issue as the trials and tribulations encountered reported by women are not extended the same level of attention, as those issues that more commonly affect men, in spite of their far reaching effects. It is […]

Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression has been described as a thief that robs a mother of precious time with the baby she has anticipated throughout her pregnancy. As many as one in ten mothers experience this devastating mood disorder during the first twelve months following childbirth. Postpartum depression or PPD impacts not only mom, but her husband, her […]

Bad Birth Experience?

Bad Birth Experience?

Bad birth experiences often cause women to search for support on the internet and ultimately, research alternative options for subsequent pregnancies. Birth stress often leads women to consider homebirth and similarly, nurse-midwives are often lead to practice in this environment after suffering their own trauma, whether personal or professional. In fact, Penny has experienced fairly […]

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

Four million American women experience a serious assault by a partner during an average twelve-month period. One out of three women around the world has been beaten coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Women of all races are equally vulnerable to violence by an intimate partner. One in five female high school […]

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