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Open House for New S. Calif Birth Center

There is a new birth center in town run by Beach Cities Midwifery.

I am excited because we need more out-of-hospital options.  If more women hire midwives for their first pregnancy, there will be fewer primary cesareans.

They are having an Open House in Saturday July 11, 2009 from 10am to 4pm. 

Activities include:


List of midwives and birth centers in Southern California

Looking to have a homebirth or birth center birth in Southern California? 

This is the most complete list I’ve ever seen. 

Not all of these midwives attend VBAC. 

Thank you to Sherry Rumsey for putting this together.

From Sherry:

I would like to ensure that the information being provided is accurate.  If you are a [...]

Rebutting Dr. Amy’s Information

Last night I wrote Homebirth vs hospital birth for the number cruncher and the famous Dr. Amy commented on the piece.

“Women choose to give birth in hospitals because they believe it is “safer” than birth outside the hospital. ” Birth in the hospital is safer. The only people who appear to be unaware of [...]

Support hospital birth with CNMs in Southern California – Petition & Meeting

Download the petition supporting the option to have Nurse-midwives attend births in Orange County Hospitals, get 25 people to sign and bring it to the September 23 meeting at UCI.

CABO presents: Town Hall MeetingPalo Verde CommonsUniversity of California, IrvineIrvine, CA 92697 September 23rd at 6:30pm

Also download PRINTABLE Town Hall Meeting Flyer and [...]

Evidence-Based Practices for the Fetal to Newborn Transition

J Midwifery Womens Health. 2007 May-Jun;52(3):262-72.

Evidence-Based Practices for the Fetal to Newborn Transition 

Abstract Many common care practices during labor, birth, and the immediate postpartum period impact the fetal to neonatal transition, including medication used during labor, suctioning protocols, strategies to prevent heat loss, umbilical cord clamping, and use of 100% oxygen for [...]

Florida law mandates that insurance covers homebirth

Found this blog where another woman uses Florida law to get her insurance to cover her homebirth.

Here is Florida Statute Number 627.6574, but it’s section 7 that spells it out very clearly.  I’ve bolded it for your reading pleasure….

1) Any group, blanket, or franchise policy of health insurance that provides coverage for maternity [...]

Picture montage of Russian couple in India

What a beautiful montage of a couple’s journey through pregnancy and labor.  Not only are the pictures of her growing belly lovely, but they live in India… so colorful and vibrant.  You almost feel like you are experiencing their pregnancy with them.  He has more pictures here.

The original language of the site is Russian, [...]

Midwifery care, social and medical risk factors, and birth outcomes in the USA.

J Epidemiol Community Health. 1998 May;52(5):310-7. Midwifery care, social and medical risk factors, and birth outcomes in the USA.

MacDorman MF, Singh GK. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, Hyattsville, MD 20782, USA.

STUDY OBJECTIVE: To determine if there are significant differences in birth outcomes and survival for infants delivered [...]

Preserve Midwifery Services at South Coast Medical Center

South Coast Medical Center is considering discontinuing obstetric services which includes the services of Beach Cities Midwifery. 

Come to the next city council meeting and let them know that the women of Southern California need and want the services of CNMs and the unique level of care they provide women seeking a less interventive [...]

South Dakota Homebirth Midwifery

From Black Hills Today, great news for women in South Dakota!

"After years of waiting, South Dakota families now have an option for out of hospital births.  Today, Governor Rounds signed into law a bill that allows South Dakota Certified Nurse Midwives to attend births without a previously required collaborative agreement if they are providing [...]

Medical Anthropologist Becomes a Midwife

A really fascinating article!

Becoming her work By THERESA HOGUE Gazette-Times reporter

To better study homebirths, debunk myths, OSU anthropologist became a licensed midwife When cultural anthropologists are looking at a group they want to study, one of the best ways to access the group is to immerse themselves in the culture, such as moving [...]

Midwifery Legislative Update aka Making homebirth legal in more states

I recently found a fantastic website called The Mommy Blawg that chronicles the intersection of mommyhood and the law.  Her latest post discusses recent midwifery legislation in Alabama, Idaho, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, and South Dakota.

She links to another great website: “The Big Push For Midwives, launched on January 24, is [...]

How to write a letter if you can’t attend the rally for HB 1407…


For Maryland residents: Just click on this link and look up who your Maryland state delegates are. This bill is before the House so you are only writing to your delegates and not your senators.

For those living outside of Maryland, send your letter to the Committee Health and Government Operations Committee (HGO) Room [...]