Midwife Model of Care

Lucie BryantEvidence-Based Care, Midwifery

The midwife model of care is based upon the belief that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes. Midwives monitor the physical, psychological and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle. The midwife will provide the mother with individualized education, counseling and prenatal care, continuous hands on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support. During the course … Read More

Childbirth, the American Way?

Lucie BryantEvidence-Based Care

As many may know, the majority (about 98%) of women that give birth in the United States, do so in a hospital, Then, there is that small percentage that believes childbirth should happen at home, or a birth center. But, do you also know that prior to the 1930’s the majority of women gave birth at home, surrounded by women … Read More

Maternity Health care and Informed Consent

Lucie BryantEvidence-Based Care, Pregnancy

Making informed decisions about personal health care needs can be hard. Often patients simply listen to the doctors opinion of what should be done and assume he/she knows best. But in actuality, the doctor does not feel what you feel nor does he/she have to tolerate the possible side effects. So this means that truly, we as individuals are completely … Read More

Cascade of Interventions: How do Pitocin and Epidurals Affect the C-Section Rate?

Lucie BryantEvidence-Based Care

Childbirth Connection, as a core program of the National Partnership for Women & Families, conducts wonderful and informative surveys asking women their thoughts and experiences with childbirth. Every few years they publish a “Listening to Mothers” survey. They asked questions about labor and birth interventions to new mothers in the most recent survey Did they receive pitocin, epidural, or both … Read More

One Word Every Pregnant Woman Wants to Hear From Her Provider

Lucie BryantBirth Story, Evidence-Based Care, Midwifery, Natural Birth

Word Every Pregnant Woman Wants to Hear

Of course, I’m going to make you read the entire blog post to find out what word I’m talking about… I’ve always been a “think outside the box” kind of girl – alway challenging the social norms and asking the “why” question. It never made sense to me that after thousands and thousands of years of human history and survival … Read More