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Jun012007

The Moon & Gloppies

So, I have three women right now who are having gloppies. This moon, called a "Blue Moon" seems to have pulled the mucous plugs right from women's cervices - women from 35 to 39 weeks along.

I'm sitting quietly, anticipating birth.

One client is delivering in the hospital. She is a VBAC and I am her monitrice.

Two others are midwifery clients.

I nap lots these days.

I have a new client that lives several hours away - a refugee from the midwife whose story I wrote about here. The Medical Board of California had other things to say about her. You can read those here. You can bet the truth is somewhere inbetween. I let the midwives in our area know what the MBC read what was being written so we could be meticulous with our own charting. It is definitely THE area most people are dinged for.

I think I have found the most amazing doctor ever. He is the midwife of doctors, so far. I reserve complete judgement until I work with him, but so far, he is just amazing and has helped clients in ways I could never imagine other doctors helping women. He spends HOURS with clients, speaks to them like human beings, reads through their charts, sits with them, gets to know them and stays with them in labor. He works in a solo practice because he can't find anyone else who practices the way he does. I'll let you know more after I do this hospital birth with him. I've heard great things from several other doulas, though.

Okay, off to work. Just thought I should post something after the circ post.

More soon!

Reader Comments (9)

interesting re: the midwife's suspension... i'm an L&D RN, and do i obtain written informed consent before catheterization or an IV start? um, no! do ANY of our docs truly do an informed consent process before episiotomy? what's your guess? and how many times, to help determine the presence or absence of active labor, have i ended up performing a VE before the start of active labor? i bet it's in the hundreds by now.

June 2, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterellen dee

That sounds just like FPMama at http://fpmama.blogspot.com/ !

June 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBebu

Can I ask if this doc is an ob/gyn or FP?

June 3, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSara's Sad Alter Ego

He's an OB/GYN!

June 3, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

I'm wondering...Does anyone know what has happened to FPMama? For the past two days I've been getting a message on my screen that her blog is gone whenever I try to visit. I'm really sad because I loved her blog, and the real-ness with which she told her stories.

June 5, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKelley

And???

The babies, they are gorgeous, yes?

Inquiring minds, etc. :)

June 5, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Hmmm... no babies yet!

They're starting to clump. Eek!

June 5, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

Hey, I got a question for you. Today a doc told a woman she needed to wean because she was pregnant, that breastfeeding during pregnancy is not encouraged. Something about oxytocin after week 26. This sounded like bullshit to me. What's the official word?

June 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterThe MSILF

We have women nurse during pregnancies ALL THE TIME! It is so *not* unusual, it shocks me that a doctor finds it odd that someone would want to and is encouraging them to stop! Unless a woman has a distinct history of pre-term labor, there is zero reason to purposefully wean a baby/child during a pregnancy - unless the nursing couple finds they want or need to themselves.

Odd, indeed.

June 11, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

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