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Education for CPM

Started by Rachel. Last reply by Emily Neiman, CNM Jan 17, 2010. 50 Replies

I'm just curious if anyone knows what kind of education CPM receive in their state. I am also wondering how it compares to those in Europe or Canada.

Birth Blog Roll

Started by Rachel. Last reply by Andrea Rose Jan 11, 2010. 6 Replies

Please add any blogs/websites here that you know of that discuss birth/labor. All view points welcome.

What are your views about the Modern Maternity Care System?

Started by Vanessa Simmons. Last reply by Rachel Nov 13, 2009. 4 Replies

I am interested in getting some real-time feedback from others about their "views" in regards the system that is already in place for the average American woman giving birth.…Continue

Tags: modern-maternity-system-views, giving-birth-in-America

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Comment by Kaitlin Rose on January 3, 2010 at 11:00am
So it looks like we're talking about creating a co-op blog where we can all collaborate our efforts, getting much more content up and attention (in the form of views to the site which increases our chances of being found on Google) because we can pool our resources...sounds great! We're focusing on prenatal to have a better, more informed birth...lets keep this discussion going. We could each take on certain topics per week/every two weeks or month...perhaps we should start emailing each other if you are really interested...!!
Comment by Cherylyn on January 3, 2010 at 10:37am
I'll look them up.
Comment by Cherylyn on January 3, 2010 at 8:18am
supportive *of
Comment by Cherylyn on January 3, 2010 at 8:16am
I think we can get a discussion in the general group area where anyone can contribute, and try to coordinate some things like blog posts and maybe starting a facebook group with those that are interested. Let's see what resources everyone has, including websites and blogs. Let's approach from a prenatal education point of view rather than a certain birthing method or belief. I think everyone on this site is probably supportive if better and more information.
Comment by Rachel on January 3, 2010 at 6:29am
Cherylyn-I'm with you if we could come up with something. I would also like to come up with an informed consent form that we feel would be appropriate to present to my work.
Comment by Cherylyn on January 2, 2010 at 8:01pm
Ricki and Abby have started the movement with their film and book and now this networking site. What can we do from here? Is there a MBB group on facebook? Can we get permission to use the name to create one or ask them to create one for us? Can we focus our scattered attention together for one purpose?
Comment by Cherylyn on January 2, 2010 at 7:59pm
That's a really good thought... this has me thinking also about what we could do if we got enough of us together. I think a lot of us on this site have already been doing our own grassroots efforts to inform women about childbirth. I know of so many women who blog about birth, or have designed websites about it (like Kaitlin). What if we were to use this website to gather as many women together as possible in an effort to educate others on birth options and informed consent? What if we were to somehow link all of our efforts together to make a big concerted effort to reach others? I don't think it's a pipe dream, but I'm not quite sure how to go about it...
Comment by Rachel on January 2, 2010 at 7:04pm
My husband is also a media and web guy...don't know if he might be able to help out, but just thought I'd put that out there.
Comment by Cherylyn on January 2, 2010 at 6:57pm
I have some links on my blog, on the right side. There are a ton of natural birth sites, and it could take some time to wade through it all. I'll see if I can get a list together for you in the next few days. As it is, I can't seem to keep up with all the sites I've bookmarked on my favorites.

I do think media coverage is key. I think of the state funding that's gone to promote prenatal care and immunizations through billboards, commercials, etc. It's been proven to be effective, but I'm sure the cost has been huge. I try to promote as much as I can myself through facebook and any websites/blogs I find, and I do think there is power in grassroots efforts like that. I get feedback from some people, but I suspect a lot more people are reading it than I realize. Just today my cousin who never comments on my facebook posts told me how much she enjoys my posts about birth. I always hope that my efforts are getting through somehow.
Comment by Rachel on January 2, 2010 at 6:47pm
I remember talking to some residents about going to see a home birth, and they were excited about the idea. I think if we can catch the student doctors, they may be more willing to think about what they are being taught and look at things different.

Anyone want to help me compile a list of websites and blogs that have to do with natural birth? I would like to get a look at what is already out there. As well as any info on induction, pitocin, epidurals and c-sections. I think there's a lot of info out there...I would like to see what it all is:)

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