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Grand Rounds - July 4th, 2006

(Can you believe it was 30 years ago since the Bicentennial? Wasn't that last year? God, how time flies [how trite, eh?].)

Today's Grand Rounds are hosted by Dr. Chris Rangel, an internal medicine physician who's wonderfully professional website covers a plethora of political and medico-legal aspects of medicine today. It's interesting reading about aspects of medicine I have zero understanding of (and might need to pay better attention to?) - I feel so out of the loop with all of doctor's and nurse's insurance and legal battles. Should midwifery issues criss-cross these medical ones?

My post Humanizing the OB/GYN Visit made it into this week's rounds. I'm very excited about that because wouldn't it be grand to have someone hear how to treat women better? Dr. Rangel's note on my submission:

Navelgazing Midwife has a list of things that an OBGYN practice do's and don'ts to make the experience better and more humanizing. Among the suggestions;". . would NOT make fat women feel like shit or blame every ailment from hangnail to cancer on their fat."

Woo hoo! I look forward to hearing if Fat Doctor reads and enjoys my post.

My dear friend Hannah of Milliner's Dream, a nursing student and busy doula, also has an accepted submission to this week's Grand Rounds. Hannah, a frequent commenter here, writes about our alternative culture giving us a had time for not believing only natural treatments will cure our ailments. Facing surgery for fibroids, she shares the frustration of the judgemental attitudes of holistic friends around her. I can relate oh-so-well. I get the same all the time. ("Don't you know diet can cure Disseminated Coccidiomycosis? Just do a yeast-free diet!" *sigh*) Take a moment to read Hannah's blog; I love how she writes.

Please go visit the Grand Rounds and read through the amazing blogs there. Such a wonderful eye into how physicians and nurses (and students of both) think. So far, I am the only midwife submitting/being accepted - and can imagine many midwives would think I'm selling out by even wanting to be involved with these people, but those that know me know my goal is to be heard. If I have to yack with physicians and others in the medical field (which is part of who I am anyway!), then so be it. I continue being flattered as hell they feel I have enough to say to be included.

Happy 4th of July! BE SAFE!

Reader Comments (5)

The first step to change is information.
Congratulations on being heard.

July 4, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterLife's Laundry

well Dr Amy read your stuff- no comments about your OB post- she instead is fishing for controversy again and put your post up about the border patrol-- I have to really stop looking at her blog- she is looking for attention

July 4, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

LL: Thanks!

Anon: HA!!!! She shows her ass every time she comments about midwives. She is so amazingly ignorant. Thank GOD she wasn't any OB I had to contend with.

Oh, yeah... I HAVE dealt with plenty of Dr. Amy's!

I think it's funny - a new slew of people coming to read me. Love it!

July 4, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

I think your influence will be valuable...to those who read from the medical profession--and those who read Grand Rounds for education outside the field. You can show the up/positive side of childbirth and women's health.

P.S. Thanks for mentioning me and my little old blog.

--NG wrote--"I think it's funny - a new slew of people coming to read me. Love it!"

I think you are great, and thanks for the attitude-- I have just avoided the Dr Amy's of the world-She is so set on her view that she twists everything to fit it- why is this acceptable? Someone sends a good paper about drugs and breastfeeding effects- it isn't big enough according to her- when the midwifery studies are admittedly not big enough she multiplies and it is evidence-- she has no ethics that I can tell--

July 5, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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