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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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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Learn from a Local Expert About Prenatal Yoga: Aja Lefebvre, Certified Prenatal Yoga Instructor at The Studio

Learn from a Local Expert About Prenatal Yoga:  Aja Lefebvre, Certified Prenatal Yoga Instructor at The Studio

I've been a lover of yoga for some time, practicing on and off for about the last 10 years.  So, as both a doula and expectant mother, I had been looking more into prenatal yoga offerings in Madison, and I was so happy when Aja Lefebvre, instructor at The Studio, agreed to participate in a Q&A for this blog!  Read on for lots of great info from Aja about yoga during pregnancy.

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Cesarean Births are Births Too

Cesarean Births are Births Too

About a third of all babies born in this country are born by Cesarean Section.  There is often talk of what percentage of C-sections are truly necessary, and whether common practices in obstetrics could be leading to the climbing C-section rate.  That's not what this post is about. What I feel really needs to be discussed is the fact that Cesarean births are indeed births too.

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