birth

UPDATE: Borgess & Ascension Health — where’s my midwife?

By Jessica English, LCCE, FACCE, AdvCD/PCD/BDT(DONA) Today, we are celebrating the best of news! We received the official word late yesterday that administrators at Borgess Medical Center, an Ascension Health facility, have restored full midwifery privileges to the Certified Nurse Midwives practicing through Borgess Women’s Health. Fantastic! There are a number of very specific things to…

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Everything you’re asking for is reasonable — take the wheel

By Jessica English, LCCE, FACCE, AdvCD/PCD/BDT(DONA) Over the past 14 years, we’ve worked with thousands of families giving birth in Southwest Michigan. We’ve also heard a lot about their relationships with their providers — good and bad. Here’s a relatively common story we hear from our students and clients: “I want XYZ for my birth,…

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Positive for Group B Strep? Here’s what it means for your hospital birth

By Jessica English, LCCE, FACCE, AdvCD/PCD/BDT(DONA) You’ve done your research and you know that laboring at home until strong, active labor could help you lower your risk of cesarean birth and other interventions. You’ve got your doula on board, you’ve prepped with a great birth class, and you’re ready to rockstar your way through an…

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Hey Borgess & Ascension Health — where’s my midwife?

UPDATE: Today, September 13, 2018, Beth Hawver from Friends of Michigan Midwives and I met with Dr. Jennifer Frink, at her invitation. Our goal was to encourage Borgess Medical Center and Ascension administrators to restore full scope of practice to the CNMs, including VBAC. We carried your stories, hopes and concerns with us — supporting…

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Juliet’s birth: Joanna’s story

Early labor started for me around 2:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning. I was only having one to two contractions an hour that were strong enough to wake me up. My husband, Neil, brought a futon into our bedroom so that I could wake up to manage the contractions on the floor and then go…

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