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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 Cherylyn on January 1, 2010 at 3:30pm
I think it could happen at check-ups like Kaitlin suggested, but that would require the doctor or midwife being willing to take the time to review hospital documentation with the patient.

I found in my own experiences that the doctor and hospital tended to have their own protocol and scope of practice. My OB read my birth plan and agreed that it was reasonable, but advised me to check with the hospital to make sure they were willing and able to work with my birth plan as well. I was also encouraged to pre-register at the hospital, which allowed me to ask any questions I needed to before labor itself. If I'd known more of what I know now, I would have asked more questions and actually read through all of the documentation they had. Most of the time I signed without even knowing all I was signing to. In my case, I had a good doctor and hospital who did respect my wishes and worked with me, but I understand that was a blessing and definitely not the norm. Plus, I didn't get that cooperation until I specifically asked for it by writing a birth plan and discussing it with all parties. It takes some definite proactive work on the part of the expectant mother.

I would love to see doctors reviewing hospital forms with their patients at check-ups, or in the least, encouraging the mothers to pre-register and read through everything before they go into labor. I would also like to see the pre-registration process involve more of the paperwork that gets pushed to you while you're in labor, so that it can ALL be taken care of prior to labor. I was always annoyed that I pre-registered at the hospital, and then when I was actually in labor they had all these questions for me to answer and they sent my husband away from me to go sign paperwork. I never even saw what he was signing, and I'm sure he was just signing everything they pushed at him because he wanted to get back to me ASAP. That was ridiculous.
Comment by Rachel on January 1, 2010 at 3:02pm
That's what I think they need...when your in labor, it's just to annoying to have to deal with that. The question is, how do we go about making that happen?
Comment by Kaitlin Rose on January 1, 2010 at 2:53pm
why can't women (or can they - I don't know because I didn't get the change to receive them) get these papers to read through before they go into labor? Say some time at their 34-36-38 week appointments?
Comment by Cherylyn on January 1, 2010 at 1:49pm
One thing I've seen suggested before is to read through the blanket consent form at the hospital and write in changes on the form according to your wishes, or cross through the whole thing and write in that you require consultation on any intervention, including a break-down of benefits and risks. This recommendation may not be feasible in emergency situations, but maybe with pre-registration at hospitals women could read through the consent forms and make any changes they want to before signing. If each woman takes responsibility for her own care and demands informed consent then at least part of the medical community will take notice. It may not make a widespread change, but on a case-by-case basis it could be an effective way of getting what you need.
Comment by Rachel on January 1, 2010 at 1:21pm
Hey Kaitlin-Welcome!:) I think we need to talk about the whole informed consent thing too. How can we get hospitals to work on that?
Comment by Kaitlin Rose on January 1, 2010 at 1:11pm
Had to join this group :) Isn't it too bad that the "sides" don't like each other? I think it's sad. Seems like where each side is coming from are polar opposites, and yet we all want safe moms and babies. Weird. Glad to be part of a group of women who want to make birth better - love you gals!
Comment by Rachel on January 1, 2010 at 8:52am
I agree:) I actually think that conversation has made me think a lot about it. I really wish we could work together to improve our birthing situation. Both for those who birth at home and those who birth in the hospital. A huge problem, though, the "sides" don't really like each other:)
Comment by Cherylyn on January 1, 2010 at 8:36am
Since the discussion with Dr. A, I'm thinking more about this. About making birth in general safer and better, in all locations.
Comment by Rachel on November 6, 2009 at 2:52pm
So, I'm helping out with this site and thought I'd introduce myself in case you see me around here:)

I'm a L&D nurse with a passion for birth. I have had two children in independent birth centers with CNMs, and three in hospitals with CNMs and a family practice doctor. All were natural births, without pitocin augmentation, and no complications. I loved all of them. My main concern with our system right now is the lack of education which medical workers are given regarding how to support a woman in labor. I am also concerned with the perceived idea among medical workers that women who want to have a natural labor do not care about their safety. I have read the research on home birth and respect a woman's right to choose that option. I have blogged about birth for almost two years at I have posted blogs on other sites as well concerning natural childbirth and birth choices. I have also been a presenter for a conference about natural childbirth and LDS(Mormon) women.
I would love to research ideas together on how to help promote a healthy birth system in our society. So, send your ideas comments and such!
Comment by Bobbie Jo Echols on October 29, 2009 at 2:41pm
I am due on January 22, 2010. I have been reading the book Your Best Birth and the book has really inspired me to have a natual birth, with no medication. I have decided to have a water birth. It makes me feel so much much better to have a water birth, then a birth with medication. The way that the hospitals are now scares me to even have a birth medication.

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