Comments for Rockford Midwifery http://www.rockfordmidwifery.com Helping women learn about birth, health, and giving them the information to make their best choices. Wed, 06 Apr 2016 03:23:17 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 Comment on Ways to Induce Labor Part 4: Nipple Stimulation by Molly W http://www.rockfordmidwifery.com/ways-to-induce-labor-part-4-nipple-stimulation/#comment-24 Tue, 22 Mar 2016 21:30:59 +0000 http://www.rockfordmidwifery.com/?p=104#comment-24 I’m a doula in Chicago, and just last night I witnessed the judicious use of a breast pump to augment/ induce labor in a hospital setting. Patient was held for an induction at forty one weeks 2 days, after baby showed some decels during a check-up. A low dose of pitocin had gotten early labor started, but after a few hours it spaced out. The patient wanted to avoid increasing the dose, to protect her hopes for a physiologic birth with freedom of movement and minimum interventions. Amazing midwife team took her off the pitocin, let her rest, walk around and shower, and borrowed a breast pump from the postpartum unit. They tried ten minutes on each breast, once an hour, with continuious monitering for hyperstimulation. After the second round, labor began in ernest. Pitocin was not restarted, and after five hours of very mobile, instinctive, trance-like unmedicated labor, baby was born healthy and bright eyed and took to the breast. Thanks to all you midwives who safeguard mamas’ hopes for physiologic birth in hospitals!

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Comment on The Elusive Cervix: Tips for Performing a Vaginal Exam by rockfordmidwifery http://www.rockfordmidwifery.com/the-elusive-cervix-tips-for-performing-a-vaginal-exam/#comment-22 Fri, 18 Mar 2016 11:33:36 +0000 http://www.rockfordmidwifery.com/?p=108#comment-22 In reply to Sharon.

Interesting! Thanks!

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Comment on The Elusive Cervix: Tips for Performing a Vaginal Exam by Vaginal exams in labour (*Trigger warning) | magicalbirth http://www.rockfordmidwifery.com/the-elusive-cervix-tips-for-performing-a-vaginal-exam/#comment-21 Fri, 18 Mar 2016 11:15:43 +0000 http://www.rockfordmidwifery.com/?p=108#comment-21 […] http://www.rockfordmidwifery.com/the-elusive-cervix-tips-for-performing-a-vaginal-exam/ […]

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Comment on The Elusive Cervix: Tips for Performing a Vaginal Exam by Sharon http://www.rockfordmidwifery.com/the-elusive-cervix-tips-for-performing-a-vaginal-exam/#comment-19 Wed, 16 Mar 2016 06:56:51 +0000 http://www.rockfordmidwifery.com/?p=108#comment-19 As for where to put your thumb, thumb over your ring finger like a girl scout salute.

As for measuring station check out UK style from above. A baby’s head is 5 fingers breath starting with your pinky finger resting on the sympathis how many fingers above till you reach the neck? On this page is a pretty straight forward explaination of how it is done
http://www.dremeilkamel.com.au/patient-information/obstetrics/your-antenatal-card/

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Comment on The Elusive Cervix: Tips for Performing a Vaginal Exam by Birth Servant Midwifery http://www.rockfordmidwifery.com/the-elusive-cervix-tips-for-performing-a-vaginal-exam/#comment-18 Wed, 16 Mar 2016 02:47:17 +0000 http://www.rockfordmidwifery.com/?p=108#comment-18 Thank you. So well done

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Comment on The Elusive Cervix: Tips for Performing a Vaginal Exam by Kateyah http://www.rockfordmidwifery.com/the-elusive-cervix-tips-for-performing-a-vaginal-exam/#comment-17 Wed, 16 Mar 2016 02:29:12 +0000 http://www.rockfordmidwifery.com/?p=108#comment-17 In reply to rockfordmidwifery.

Thank you, have not done an exam yet. This was very helpful and supportive. Thank for the finger measuring trick. Makes sense!

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Comment on The Elusive Cervix: Tips for Performing a Vaginal Exam by Megan http://www.rockfordmidwifery.com/the-elusive-cervix-tips-for-performing-a-vaginal-exam/#comment-16 Tue, 15 Mar 2016 22:52:49 +0000 http://www.rockfordmidwifery.com/?p=108#comment-16 Fabulous article, perfectly articulated for the novice practitioner!

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Comment on The Elusive Cervix: Tips for Performing a Vaginal Exam by rockfordmidwifery http://www.rockfordmidwifery.com/the-elusive-cervix-tips-for-performing-a-vaginal-exam/#comment-15 Tue, 15 Mar 2016 21:29:23 +0000 http://www.rockfordmidwifery.com/?p=108#comment-15 In reply to Jessica S. Lucens.

That’ll happen! If you use the trick of seeing if you can follow the anterior wall passed the baby’s head, you’re less likely to miss it. 🙂

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Comment on The Elusive Cervix: Tips for Performing a Vaginal Exam by Jessica S. Lucens http://www.rockfordmidwifery.com/the-elusive-cervix-tips-for-performing-a-vaginal-exam/#comment-14 Tue, 15 Mar 2016 20:58:43 +0000 http://www.rockfordmidwifery.com/?p=108#comment-14 My first “on my own” cervical check, I couldn’t find the os, the baby’s head was well down (1 plus at least), and I could clearly feel suture lines and fontanels. But I asked my preceptor to double check me anyway, because it felt ‘weird’ like a thin layer of crinkly cellophane. My preceptor, who had grown impatient with my insecurity, said “No.” So, I called it as a 10. We set her up, called the doctor and tried a few pushes; the mom, a multip, was doing well. When the doctor got there, he checked with his longer fingers,and found “ONE cm, 100% effaced, VERY posterior.” He left, after a few biting comments. My preceptor apologized for doubting my instinct, rechecked herself (with the patient’s permission; she maintained good humor throughout) and said “Oh, I see how this happened: this is the most effaced cervix I ever felt without the dilation being 9-10cm.”

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Comment on The Elusive Cervix: Tips for Performing a Vaginal Exam by rockfordmidwifery http://www.rockfordmidwifery.com/the-elusive-cervix-tips-for-performing-a-vaginal-exam/#comment-13 Tue, 15 Mar 2016 20:18:41 +0000 http://www.rockfordmidwifery.com/?p=108#comment-13 In reply to Natalie.

Thanks!! I remember how hard it can be in the beginning! Please share! #nomoremush <--- baahaha

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