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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You're Getting Very Sleepy: 5 Myths About Childbirth Hypnosis

You're Getting Very Sleepy:  5 Myths About Childbirth Hypnosis

What do you think of when you think of hypnosis?  Swinging shiny objects, snapping fingers, people slumped in their chairs, a low-rent comedian making people quack like ducks?  I'm willing to bet whatever comes to mind is absolutely nothing like the true experience of using childbirth hypnosis.  I know, as I've used it personally for my two births, as well as supported many doula clients as they have used it to successfully achieve easier, more comfortable birth experiences.

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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 1): The Importance of Informed Consent and the "Overdue" Baby

Birth Preferences (Part 1):  The Importance of Informed Consent and the "Overdue" Baby

informed consent:

1. permission granted in the knowledge of the possible consequences, typically that which is given by a patient to a doctor for treatment with full knowledge of the possible risks and benefits.

If you have a healthcare provider, who you trust, and you feel has the proper knowledge and expertise to recommend the best course of treatment for you and your baby, who are you to question their advice?

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Our Story: The Birth that Made Me a Mother

Our Story:  The Birth that Made Me a Mother

If I look like a hot mess in this photo it is because I was.  It was a challenging road for me and Miss Selah, but we made it. I've always wanted to be a mother.  I'm cut from the same cloth as my mom, I suppose.  She told me that growing up, when thinking of what she wanted to be, Mom was all she came up with.  She said she wasn't ever encouraged or told she could do anything else, but also said that being a mother was truly what she wanted most in life.  She made sure I was  taught I could accomplish anything in the world, and yet I shared her sentiment--I always coveted the title of Mother the absolute most.

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I Want the Drugs. Why Would I Want a Doula?

I Want the Drugs. Why Would I Want a Doula?

About 60% of women receive epidural pain relief during labor in this country according to the CDC.  It is a very common and completely valid choice.  Why, if you decide to get drugs, would you also want to hire a doula?  Aren't doulas just for "crunchy" types that want to go "all natural?"  No.  And here's why:

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