Diary of a Midwife: The Power of Positive Childbearing

Diary of a Midwife The Power of Positive Childbearing Despite our country s affluence and high tech advances in neonatal intensive care in the U S ranked twenty first in infant mortality rates among developed countries with populations over mil

  • Title: Diary of a Midwife: The Power of Positive Childbearing
  • Author: Juliana van Olphen-Fehr
  • ISBN: 9780897895880
  • Page: 345
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 oftenDespite 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 _

    One thought on “Diary of a Midwife: The Power of Positive Childbearing”

    1. While I got a lot out of this book in terms of birth stories, general midwifery knowledge, and a history of the political issues around midwifery, it is hampered by the extreme ableism of the author (she uses the "R" word to refer to her students when she was a special needs teacher prior to becoming a midwife, and to her husband's adult patients as a speech pathologist; she also talks about how horrible birth defects are and her fears that her third child, had at 36 years of age, would be at ri [...]

    2. Juliana van Olphen-Fehr begins her memoir in 1976 with the birth of her first child and ends it in 1989 with the birth of her third and final child although she does give an update in the preface in the late 1990's when she had left private practice and taken a position as the coordinator of a nurse-midwifery program. She chronicles her home birth practice and details her experience as a nursing student, nurse, and nurse-midwife. A similar story is A Midwife's Story by Penny Armstrong. A couple [...]

    3. I'm incredibly impressed with this book. I love the author's narrative style of her personal experiences as she shares her journey in becoming a certified nurse midwife (CNM), starting her own practice, and standing for women in involving herself in midwifery's political aspects. Juliana van Olphen-Fehr's commitment to providing women with excellence of care and enabling couples to maintain their rights during pregnancy inspired me. This book also opened my eyes to poor hospital practices during [...]

    4. This was a fantastic book. I couldn't put it down. The author shares her experiences as a nurse midwife who did home deliveries in the 80s and 90s. There are many birth stories and a lot of the book is about the challenges nurse midwives faced in becoming care providers to pregnant women. At times I have thought that I want to become a nurse midwife (since I am already a nurse) but I'm not sure I have as much courage as this woman did, and even though CNM's are much more accepted now, I think it [...]

    5. I LOVED this book! It just confirms my deep desire to go into Nursing, and to get my Degree in Nursing. I would so much like to become a prenatal/postnatal nurse!!!!! Thank you Juliana, for such a wonderful book, and for inspiring me to remember why it is, I want to become a nurse!!!! Maybe one day I could become a Midwife! =)

    6. Fast paced memoir of a mom turned homebirth nurse-midwife fighting against the powers that be. If you wanna read a great intro on birth politics and get the how/why the "birth machine" is eating the women and the children in this country, then read this. Then read "Babycatcher" for a more humorous midwifery memoir.

    7. A glimpse of what it was like to be a home birth, nurse-midwife in rural Virginia from the late '80s until the mid-90's. While some people found it dry, I enjoyed her struggles to begin her own private midwife practice and how she dealt with the doctors and bureaucracy.

    8. This was a tough read because so many of the stories shared are incredibly depressing testimonies to the sad state of maternity care in the US in the 70s and 80s, and we still have so very far to go.

    9. I read this book in four days. It was very well written and I enjoyed the birth stories. It was laid out nicely and easy to follow. I hope she does a follow up book to let us know more of the changes she has made in the medical community for paving the way for midwives and home births.

    10. This was an amazing book that really gave me my first look at how things are behind the scenes. It was really awakening for me.

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