The perks of being a Midwife.

My hands smell of babies and milk. This is the world of a midwifery student and a nurse.

doctorswithoutborders:

Photo by Aurelie Baumel/MSF

A mother and child on the grounds of the Grand Mosque, Bangui, Central African Republic, proceed to be vaccinated by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), while in the background displaced people line up for an initial assessment.

mountainmamadoula:

seebaby:

"Whenever and wherever you intend to give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body, and your spirit for the rest of your life." - Ina May Gaskin

Beautiful

mountainmamadoula:

seebaby:

"Whenever and wherever you intend to give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body, and your spirit for the rest of your life." - Ina May Gaskin

Beautiful

thenotquitedoctor:

Embryology: when the uterus decides to take up origami as its hobby for 9 months.

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moshita:

AN UNUSUAL work of art, an exquisite plasticine interpretation famous arts (original: “Kissing” by Alex Grey)

Svetlana Karelina

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
Hiiiii, what's your ethnicity? xx
heartandsoulmidwifery heartandsoulmidwifery Said:

Hi anon,

my skin color is white, and I live in Europe. 

- HSM

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Which are your top five movies
heartandsoulmidwifery heartandsoulmidwifery Said:

Hi anon.

Well, this is a hard one, since I don’t watch a lot of movies. 

But, I managed to make a list:

1. I Love You Phillip Morris (I’ve seen this one like 13 times)

2. Three Idiots (3 hours, but you have to see this one, it’s amazing!)

3. Lost in Translation (BIll Murray, oh yeah)

4. What Dreams May Come (cried for 3 hours straight)

5. A Single Man (amazing)

I also liked The Help, Precious, I am Sam, Pay it Forward, Driving Lessons, Sweeney Todd, Ruby Sparks, The Fall, The Kings Speech,…

Well now I can’t stop thinking about movies that I liked. 

- HSM

Asker Anonymous Asks:
I've wanted to be a midwife for years and just recently graduated highschool. But the midwifery schools in my area are very competitive. What sort of university courses would help me stand out before I apply, do you think?
heartandsoulmidwifery heartandsoulmidwifery Said:

Hi.

Hm, this is just out of my head, but I believe that women studies, biology (anatomy), nursing, also sociology, psychology would be a good choice, I’ve even heard of people studying anthropology before starting midwifery. Maybe even some of the foreign languages (depending on which languages are spoken in your area) could be helpful. 

Followers, got any ideas?

- HSM

kalynology:

Breast milk is amazing!

kalynology:

Breast milk is amazing!

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beautifulmadhouse:

"How we are born matters. Peace on earth begins with birth." - Mother Health International
Drawing by Justine Ward #carriagehousebirth #childbirth #pregnant #pregnancy #nyc #woman #women #williamsburg #brooklyn #doula (at Carriage House Birth)

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
My mother had placental insufficiency twice and due to this, my GP thinks it's could be genetic.
heartandsoulmidwifery heartandsoulmidwifery Said:

Hi,

well, the exact reason for insufficiency is still not known. I listed some reasons there, but there are more: antiphospholipid syndrome (that remains hidden often), protein C or S defficiency, sometimes it happens with no apparent cause. You could inherit a disorder from your mother (like protein C defficiency), but that would be diagnosed by now.

There is still work to be done in discovering what really is behind it, we might even discover that it is genetic. I hope it is not, because genetic disorders are the ones that are really hard to be treated.

But here’s a happy story: my mom had placental insufficiency when she was pregnant with me. I was born at 32 weeks (and I’m a big happy girl now), the cause was never found My mom then had 5 more children (we were all delivered vaginally) and placental insufficiency never happened again.

- HSM

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Thank you <3 the doctor said due to my daughter stopping growing at 28 weeks there was no cause found. It is possible my womb could be scared from this
heartandsoulmidwifery heartandsoulmidwifery Said:

Hi,

then I’d say that your risk is lower, but I’d still recommend some blood work to see if there’s anything that can be fixed. 

If you didn’t have a surgery or an abrasion (that means sweeping the uterine wall on the inside to remove pieces of placenta), then you probably don’t have uterine scars. The placenta breaks away from the wall when the baby is born and leaves no scars. 

- HSM

Asker Anonymous Asks:
I was diagnosed with Placental insufficiency during my last pregnancy and my baby had stopped growing at 28 weeks. My son is perfectly healthy now a days :) Will this happen again if I chose to have another baby?
heartandsoulmidwifery heartandsoulmidwifery Said:

I got two other similar questions, so I’m answering them together:

During my first pregnancy I developed placental insufficiency and had a emergency c-section. Also due to this my daughter stopped growing when I was 28 weeks pregnant. With my next pregnancy be the same.

I had placenta insufficiency while I was pregnant with my daughter. Due to this she was born at 34 via a emergency c-section with severe iugr It was not possible normal birth as her heart rate would drop to 60bpm with Braxton hicks. She was also born with LBS. If I was to have another child would this problems happen again and id like not to have a c section again is this also possible

Hi anons. :)

First of all I’d like to apologize for making you wait so long, but I had no acces to a computer. :/

Well, placental insufficiency is not a common complication of pregnancy, but yes, it can be really dangerous. It happens when the placenta is damaged or doesn’t develop properly.

The placenta feeds the baby while it’s in the womb: it gives the baby protection, it supplies food and oxygen, it prevents infection and takes the stuff the baby doesn’t need back to the mother -like carbon dioxide and waste. It has a lot of blood vessels that have the job of delivering the blood from the uterus to the whole placenta and in the end to your baby. Insufficiency means that these blood vessels are not bringing enough blood.

Placental insufficiency is linked to blood flow disorders, some medications and lifestyle habits. Sometimes the placenta doesn’t attach to the wall properly or it breaks away from it too soon – that can cause insufficiency too.

Some possible causes are
- Diabetes,
- Anemias,
- High blood pressure,
- Blood clotting disorders,
- Medications like blood thinners,
- Smoking,
- Drug abuse.

If you don’t have any of the risk factors, it’s very unlikely that it will happen again. However, if you do have risk factors, the risk is higher and insufficiency might develop again. I suggest you talk to your doctor and try to find out why insufficiency developed in the first place and try to work with your doctor from there. Your doctor will probably want to do some blood work to check for any blood disorders.

Vaginal birth after cesarean is possible. Your c-section was an emergency, therefore you have a lot of chances to deliver your next baby vaginally. 

The criteria for a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) are:

- no more than two previous c-sections (some say one previous c-section) with low transvers incisions,

- no other uterine scars,

- a clinically stable (healthy) pelvis,

- a hospital delivery (it can still be natural!),

- the complete surgery team has to be present in the hospital in case anything happens.

Your midwife and your doctor will want to be very careful, monitor your baby and make sure that everything works out for you. That means more check-ups during pregnancy. If everything is okay with the baby, you can try for a vaginal birth. That means that your baby will be monitored during labor . Talk to your midwife and your doctor about your concerns and your fears!

If you get pregnant again, I wish you all happy and healthy pregnancies, beautiful births and lots of happy healthy babies!

- HSM