Hello fellow midwives,
I would love to connect with other midwives in Ontario who are interested in supporting each other and who practice in an "alternative" (more holistic less medicalized way) I am finding some hard aspects to practice with a big push for full scope, and would love to connect with others who feel the same way! :)
I will be eventually! i still need to get into and through school, going to be applying to birthwise in maine for next fall :D
Woohoo! :) That's great! Will you come through the Ryerson program to work in Ontario, or the bridging program? (if it's still running) I left Canada to do my schooling as well! :)
I will be too! On mat leave from the MEP right now. I will graduate in Spring 2013. I am very into herbal medicine and nutrition, and low intervention birth.
I will either be coming back to Ontario or going right to BC, my bf wants to move to Vancouver but I havent decided yet, I may come back to ON just to do the bridging. Where did you go to school?
Silversparrow- thats pretty exciting! congrats on the baby and on graduating soon!!
I havent yet learned much about herbal/homeopathic medicine in pregnancy and birth do you guys have some good resources? I will learn about it at birthingway if i get in, but I need some stuff to read that isnt school related (taking feminism and counselling right now)
Try this book. And check out anything by Anne Frye. Also, have you learned about sterile water injections for pain relief?
Starrlamia, I did my training in Texas, and then did the PLEA when it was still running.
I love the WiseWoman book- it is my fave and totally battered from being used so much! :) Love the recipes for anti-hemorrhage, and after pains. :)
I haven't had good luck with the sterile water inj, but have had amazing results with the TENS unit. :)
I have seen sterile water papules do wonders. Once I had a VBAC client, who was induced by breaking waters because she was 40+3 and oligohydramniotic, and she had been stalled at 6 cm for almost 2 hrs and then went to fully and pushing in 30 min, pushed 4 times and, voila baby!
It's great for back labour especially, and is a great thing to try before resorting to epidural. I can be just the thing to get a woman through that part of transition where she thinks she can't do it.
Something I've been wondering about it is, since it's not actually a medication, would there be any legal reason that would prevent a doula (or any birth coach/ partner/ friend) from being allowed to administer them either at home or hospital? I might be attending a friends birth in a non-clinical role, and was wondering if I would be allowed, if say, I got the syringe and water from the pharmacy ahead of time. What do you think?
I haven't seen the TENS used very much, just once and it was to help a client cope on the way to the hospital for an epidural and she was still in early labour (about 1 cm, ctx 5-7 min). For what situations or indications do you suggest it?