Tuesday, January 04, 2005

News Roundup

A Romanian woman has delivered the first of two twins at 29 weeks but probably will not deliver the second one until term.

Researchers have found that babies born to women who live in areas with high air pollution, especially particulate matter, have slightly lower birth weights than those born to mothers living in cleaner air. In the United States this means that racial minorities, especially African American and Latina women, are disproportionately at risk. And it certainly means that the poor are more at risk.

I also found this profile of California midwife Faith Gibson interesting. She talks about how she observed the difference in treatment black and white women received in the L&D unit of a Florida hospital in the 1960s. “White women were brought in to the maternity ward, given narcotics, put in a gurney and strapped to an IV. Black women were left to themselves, no drugs, no IV, until it was time to deliver.” Ironically, what was intended as a convenience for the white women seemed unnatural to her. When she became pregnant, she asked to deliver her baby “like the black women did.”

Peggy Vincent has a similar observation about the difference in how white and black women labored (or were allowed to labor…or were forced to labor) in her book Baby Catcher. It’s a must-read for any of you who are birth story junkies.

Finally, I found a profile of a Minnesota nurse midwife who is a man. I know I posted a month or so ago about “doulads” (male doulas – you heard it from me first). In there I mentioned that the male nurse who was there when my older son was born is now a CNM in the Toledo, Ohio area. So that makes at least two CNMen that I know of.

5 Comments:

Blogger Lizz said...

Hey!

Wanted to tell you I know of a man Midwife in SLC Utah. Pete the Midwife as he is lovingly called. He's a CNM. I didn't even bat an eye when I delt with him, but am finding now it's not so common.

I enjoy your writings.
Happy New Year!!

3:44 AM  
Blogger doulicia said...

So now we know of 3 male CNMs. I wonder if there are any male direct entry ("lay") midwives?

Thanks for the comments!

8:51 AM  
Blogger Sage Femme said...

there are quite a few male CNMs in military hospitals!

There are two male DEMs that I know of. One serves the Tijuana area of Mexico and the other, Bill Dwelley, serves CO. :)

11:35 AM  
Blogger doulicia said...

Thanks Sage Femme! Is the one in Tijuana Mexican or an American expat (if you know)?

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