Diary of a Midwife: The Power of Positive Childbearing

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Despite our country's affluence and high-tech advances in neonatal intensive care, in 1994 the U.S. ranked twenty-first in infant mortality rates among developed countries with populations over 2.5 million. Women with low-risk pregnancies are frequently failed by the traditional obstetrical system, either because they cannot afford proper prenatal care-and therefore often give birth to babies who need to be assisted by expensive neonatal intensive care-or because the system fosters an attitude of dependency on doctors, surgery and drugs, rather than a sense of empowerment during the birth process. This enlightening book demonstrates with conviction that childbirth can and should be a process of empowerment, and that midwifery should be the standard of care for women with low-risk pregnancies. Diary of a Midwife, written by a certified nurse-midwife and the founder of the first nurse-midwifery graduate education program in Virginia, is based on the author's 13 years delivering babies in rural Virginia. Through the author's experiences as a midwife, mother of three, and veteran of training as a labor and delivery nurse in a busy hospital's maternity ward, the midwife care alternative is revealed to be the best way for healthy women to be collaborators in their own care. Midwives encourage women to develop their inner power for the birth process by providing teaching, support, and comfort. Adequate prenatal care reduces the number of premature and low-birth weight babies, and costly, traumatic medical interventions such as Cesarean and forceps deliveries, episiotomies and routine anesthesia are often avoided. Author Juliana van Olphen-Fehr movingly shows that midwifery is an art and that it can do much to create mothers who are able to greet their newborns with dignified, loving, and strong arms. _

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With the United States ranking among the top 25 nations in infant mortality, and with the lack of health insurance for many women, midwives offering patient-centered care to low-risk women are a necessary alternative. Van Olphen-Fehr's crusade is an important one. Recommended for all collections. - Library Journal

Van Olphen-Fehr's many patient-care anecdotes, drawn from her midwifery practice (and replete with dialogue), are often absorbing, demonstrating how pregnant women can be counseled to take care of their physical and emotional needs during pregnancy and to participate actively during the birth process. - Publishers Weekly

This book demonstrates great courage. It gives an accurate account of issues we face in modern-day birth....I was mesmerized by the power of Juliana's observations and insights....This fascinating book will inspire care providers and families to reclaim the power of birth simply by its honesty. - Midwifery Today

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Certified nurse-midwives are nurses who have received special training in maternal and newborn care and normal birth obstetrics. Juliana van Olphen-Fehr became a CNM after her own experience giving birth in a hospital convinced her that there was a better way for women to have their babies. She writes of the excessive intervention she witnessed as a labour and delivery nurse in hospitals before she began attending home births as a certified nurse midwife.

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