Q&A: Ingrid Andersson, Nurse Midwife- Founder of Mother's Milk Alliance

Q&A:  Ingrid Andersson, Nurse Midwife- Founder of Mother's Milk Alliance

I'm absolutely thrilled to share this question and answer with Ingrid Andersson,  RN, CNM, MS.  Not only is she, as a friend put it, "just an amazing human," she is the Founder and President of Mothers' Milk Alliance, Inc., a Board member of Women's Medical Fund, Inc., member of the Dane County Public Health Fetal and Infant Mortality Review team and former Steering Committee member of Wisconsin Environmental Health Network. She has been a regular guest speaker in the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health and Department of Gender and Women's Studies, as well as at Edgewood College, Madison College and Dane County Emergency Services. Prior to midwifery, she worked as a volunteer family crisis intervention counselor and later as a doula. For 8 years, she worked as an RN in high-risk antepartum, postpartum, newborn and breastfeeding care at St Mary's Hospital (SSM Health) in Madison. While a nurse, she travelled to Kenya to learn from traditional birth attendants and British-trained midwives.  Read on to hear directly from Ingrid.

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Learn From a Local Expert About Midwifery: Emily Beaman, CNM, DNP

Learn From a Local Expert About Midwifery: Emily Beaman, CNM, DNP

"Certified Nurse Midwives approach birth with a “high-touch, low-tech” philosophy – we know the value of skilled labor support and avoid routine intervention.  We are with our women throughout their labor, supporting them as desired and working closely with partners, doulas, and other labor support persons." - Emily Beaman

I could NOT be more excited to feature amazing Madison midwife Emily Beaman on my blog today!  This Q&A comes at such an exciting time as SSM Dean Health announced earlier this week that there is now another option for care in Madison with their brand NEW midwifery practice- including experienced Certified Nurse Midwives Emily Beaman, Mara Evans, and Kimberly Bertram.  Read on to hear from Emily about this exciting new option for full-scope midwifery care, as well as what clinic and hospital based midwifery care entails.

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Birth Preferences (Part 5): Fetal Monitoring

Birth Preferences (Part 5):  Fetal Monitoring

A lot of families I support as a doula aren't aware that they'll likely have a choice when it comes to how their baby is monitored during labor, and don't realize how large an impact this choice can have on how a birth unfolds.  So, what are the different types of monitoring, and which is best for you?  Read on for a little background info that may help when discussing this important decision with your provider.

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Laughing Gas for Labor? Nitrous Oxide Now Offered at St. Mary's in Madison

Laughing Gas for Labor? Nitrous Oxide Now Offered at St. Mary's in Madison

As previously written in the blog I wrote about labor coping strategies, the most common pain management options during labor in this country include IV opioid or epidural medication.  Recently however, an additional option became available at St. Mary's here in Madison-  nitrous oxide.  Read on to learn more about the history of the use of "laughing gas" in labor, how it works, the benefits, the risks, and what the experts are saying.

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Birth Preferences (Part 4): Labor Coping Strategies

Birth Preferences (Part 4):  Labor Coping Strategies

In our culture, many of us grew up watching tv and movies that portray labor coping as limited to a woman panting and screaming for drugs.  The truth is, it doesn't have to be this way.  If you do opt for pain meds, as many do, you still have choices that you can learn about and prepare for ahead of time.  There are also non-pharmaceutical alternatives that can be very effective.  Read on for additional information on narcotic options and the lesser-known natural coping techniques you may want to include in your birth plan.

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Birth Preferences (Part 3): Birthing Environment and Choosing a Care Provider

Birth Preferences (Part 3):  Birthing Environment and Choosing a Care Provider

Two of the most important decisions are often made early in a woman's pregnancy journey:  where she will give birth, and who will care for her.  In the Madison area, there are basically three choices for places to birth your baby: SSM Health St. Mary's, UnityPoint Health Meriter, or at home.  Sometimes insurance coverage plays a part, and often location and choice of provider go hand in hand.  The good news is, in my opinion, all three locations are great options, and there are lots of fantastic providers to choose from.  Here are some differences you may find helpful as you consider your choices, as well as a few tips to keep in mind.

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