Category Archives: Educational


  What is stripping membranes? Inside the uterus, there are membranes (the “bag of water”) that run from baby’s belly – down the umbilical cord- across the placental plate – and around the border of the inside of the uterus. Inside the membranes are baby and amniotic fluid. These membranes are ‘sticky stuck’ with a […]

Arizona Newborn Screens (formerly PKU test)

There is a test that will be offered to your baby called the “Newborn Screen” – whether your baby is born at home or in a hospital or birthing center, this test will be offered to your baby. Some people mistakenly call it the “PKU test”….the reason that is a mistake is that PKU (phenylketonuria) […]

Clamping Umbilical Cords

Umbilical cords…most people know very little about them.  They probably know that they used to have one…and probably know that it made their belly button.  They may know that it was once attached to a placenta…but beyond that, most people can’t understand why I admire umbilical cords. Let me try and explain it to you. […]

Magic Umbilical Cords

I am amazed by just about everything having to do with birth….mothers, the creation of babies from a sperm and egg, the childbirth process, the placenta, the umbilical cord… Aaahhhh….that umbilical cord. That magical connection that grows life. It filters, it provides, it knows when to start and it knows when baby no longer needs […]

Prenatal Perineal Massage

I’ve been asked a few times lately during normal prenatal visits with clients as they get near term – usually first time parents, “So what do you think about perineal massage? And when do you think we should start it?” In case you don’t know what prenatal perineal massage is – it is using the […]

Placenta Pills – why do it?

Placenta encapsulation – what’s that? I started learning about placenta encapsulation about 12 years ago (around 1998 if memory serves me correctly) and have seen it be miraculous for some people. Let me back up a bit…what, exactly, IS placenta encapsulation and why would you want to do it? Placenta encapsulation is where the “meat” […]


I made a decision to risk failing my “Practicum exam” – one of the four required board of exams I had to take in order to obtain my midwifery license. Yep, you read that right!! One of the four exams I had to take to get licensed, one of the exams that I would have […]

Vitamin K Injection and the Newborn

Vitamin K…. So I have been requested to do a blog on Vitamin K injection and the newborn. And here I sit…facing the same ‘problem’ I face every time I try to write an educational blog post: the information has already been written, they won’t learn anything from me that they can’t learn elsewhere, there’s […]

Group B Strep

As we have learned more about GBS through the years, I have found that this page  from Evidence Based Birth is a fantastic and informative page to get up to date information on GBS testing and risks.  Please read this page as well as below for concise information.   FACTS ABOUT GROUP B STREP (GBS) * […]

Pit of Despair

Pitocin – a very useful drug that improved obstetrics and gave us options to help women in ways we weren’t able to before! Pitocin – a very seductive drug that changed obstetrics, increasing risks to mothers and babies in ways that are often not even taken into consideration. Both of these statements are true – […]