Saturday, February 24, 2018

Support Midwifery Care

SUPPORT MIDWIFERY CARE



We are reaching out to ask for your support as a consumer of midwifery services. The state of Florida has a rich history of midwifery practice, but it has not been without challenges. In fact, our midwifery practice act, Florida Statute 467, was closed in 1984 due to political pressures from the state medical community. Through the hard work and efforts of many midwives, consumers, and lobbyists, we got our law back again in 1992. Because the profession of midwifery has always been under threat, it is absolutely critical that we have an active lobbyist who can advocate on our behalf and ensure that no detrimental legislation is passed in regards to the midwifery profession or its consumers.

In 2016 our act again became the target of proposed legislative changes. There was a potential threat to the Midwifery Practice Act that could have required all women who wish to receive midwifery care to be seen by an OB first to be “approved” for care by a midwife. In addition, they would need to return each trimester to be risk screened and re-approved
for midwifery care. Thankfully, through the efforts of dedicated midwives and conscientious lobbyists, our Practice Act remained intact and “unopened”. But imagine the impact if it had passed!

We need your financial support NOW to be able to pay our lobbyist fees and make sure that your access to care is protected. Please take the time now to click on the following link and make your donation to the Florida Foundation for Midwives, a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to raise monies for our lobbyists. It will only take you a few seconds to make your donation and if you donate $50 or more you will receive a free tote bag as a token of our appreciation. Please put my name in the comments when you donate so we can keep track of which midwife’s client is donating.

Many Thanks!!!
https://www.generosity.com/fundraising/foundation-for-florida-midwives-lobbyist-fund

Friday, January 26, 2018

Become a Birth Assistant

The birth assistant workshop is aimed at women who want to work as midwifery assistants in homebirth or out-of-hospital settings. Birth Assistants can work in homebirth or free-standing birth centers throughout the U.S. under the supervision of a certified or licensed midwife.

Areas covered are:
*Performing and recording maternal and newborn vital signs
*Blood pressure, Fetal Heart tones, temperature,
*Learning how to use medical equipment
*Understanding Labor & Delivery
*Drawing up injectable medications for administration;
*Administering herbal tinctures and homeopathic remedies per midwife’s order;
* Labor support, providing comfort needs;
*Assisting the midwife with suturing, handling of sterile equipment;
* Understanding and Assigning APGARS;
*Care and coordination of placenta
*Basics to herbs and methods to a smooth birth
*Universal precautions


Practice with equipment and technique will be done and a final exam given at the end of the last day.

Attending 5 births post-workshop, 25 clinical hours and NRP & CPR is required to receive final certification.




Natural BirthWorks, Broward's newest birthing center

As women are becoming reminded of the benefits of natural birth and midwifery care the rebirth of birth centers and homebirths are on the rise.
Midwifery is one of the oldest professions and yet one of the most undervalued in the U.S. Why? When the data across the board for better birth outcomes is dramatically higher with the provider being a Midwife why are they shunned?
History always sheds light, and let it been seen that Midwives are here to stay and continue to empower women and families.
This brought on the birth of Natural BirthWorks, your birth center. This center is owned and run by 2 wonderful Midwives, Sandra Lobaina and Gelena Hinkley.

These women have dedicated their time to ensure women have safe birth options, education, support, and empowerement during their journey to motherhood.
If you haven't gone to this beautiful new birthing center I strongly encourage you to check it out. There are 2 beautiful birthing suites, and a main area where these women host groups such as:

Breastfeeding Support groups
Mindful Mamas Meet ups
Babywearing Workshop
Cloth Diapering class
Birth Assistant Training
Belly Binding class
and much more....

You can view the website, www.naturalbirthworks.com and contact them at 954.960.3213






Sunday, December 24, 2017

Become a birth worker!

Natural BirthWorks, your birth community and birthing center, is offering another wonderful Birth Assistant training workshop!

~I am so thankful I took this workshop, I had been working with a Midwife but didn't understand everything I needed to be ready for until now. When I completed the workshop I went back to do a birth and had a situation present at the birth that made want to call you all and THANK YOU! -AH 2017

The birth assistant workshop is aimed at women who want to work as midwifery assistants in homebirth or out-of-hospital settings. Birth Assistants can work in home birth or free-standing birth centers throughout the U.S. under the supervision of a certified or licensed midwife.
Areas covered are:
*Performing and recording maternal and newborn vital signs
*Blood pressure, Fetal Heart tones, temperature,
*Learning how to use medical equipment
*Understanding Labor & Delivery
. Drawing up injectable medications for administration;
Administering herbal tinctures and homeopathic remedies per midwife’s order;
* Labor support, providing comfort needs;
*Assisting the midwife with suturing, handling of sterile equipment;
* Understanding and Assigning APGARS;
*Care and coordination of placenta
*Basics to herbs and methods to a smooth birth
*Universal precautions
Practice with equipment and technique will be done and a final exam given at the end of the last day.

Attending 5 births post workshop, 25 clinical hours and NRP & CPR is required to receive final certification.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Support Florida Midwives

Midwifery Care is empowering, and necessary for woman and families. Please help us keep the art alive by supporting the organization that protects our laws. Not only do we as midwives and birth center owners make our donations to our organizations but we need you, those that benefit from our care, to show your support! Please share with everyone you know and keep Midwifery alive ;) https://www.generosity.com/fundraising/foundation-for-florida-midwives-lobbyist-fund
I made a donation, can you?

Thursday, November 2, 2017

A beautiful birth story....


It was about 2pm on October 10th 2017 when I started feeling kinda lousy, even though feeling lousy was pretty much my entire pregnancy. Between the swelling everywhere at the end, all day sickness from week 7 to 17, bleeding gums, oily hair, none of my clothes fitting the last few weeks except oversized men's pajamas, and working full time on my feet until a week before she arrived. I wasn't sure if what I was feeling were true contractions or not, but I filled up the bath tub with hot water and laid there for some comfort. Eventually Gabe came home from work and we were pretty sure I had been in labor since 2pm. I was contracting about every 10-15 minutes for 30 seconds at a time around 4:30pm on October 10th. I was tracking every contraction with an app on my phone because I needed to send it to Gelena, my amazing midwife, to confirm if I was in real labor or not. Around 11pm, we made our way to the birthing center. The contractions were very intense and we were expectant to meet the baby soon. Once we arrived and Gelena checked me, I was 2 centimeters dilated. WHAT! Only 2 centimeters?!?! I thought to myself, "Oh boy, this is going to be extremely hard.. I may wimp out." We headed back home and I was told to try to sleep so that I'm not exhausted during the more intense labor. Sleep? That was nearly impossible. I would shut my eyes and 5 minutes later end up squatting next to the bed in pain. My husband was such a trooper through the entire process. He kept telling me I was so strong and that he was there for me. That up and down nonsense continued until about 2am and we again made our way to the birth center because I felt like she was about to be here. When we arrived, she checked me again and I was only 4-5 centimeters dilated. Alright, now I'm worried. Now I'm considering a hospital birth. Can I handle hours more of this? Can I handle even more intensity and pain? 
I worked up the courage to suck it up and stay put and work through the pain. I started encouraging myself mentally and verbally. Since I was not progressing much between 2pm October 10th to late afternoon on October 11th, they had me begin walking more, lunging, squatting, doing laying exercises, using the tension ropes, getting in the birthing tub, taking herbs and diffusing essential oils. I felt true exhaustion at that point. I had never in my life been so tired and worn down. I was discouraged, tired, irritated and beginning to become sad that my birth plan was going out the window. Gabriel kept encouraging me that I could do it and that going to the hospital wasn't an option unless medically necessary. I was trying not to get frustrated with him because I knew he was just trying to be supportive, wise and logical. By 7pm, the baby wasn't moving down any and they were concerned because I had done everything I possibly could to try to get her to move. The last and final option was to break my water. So that's exactly what we did. Almost immediately things became more intense and the pressure was very real. I knew she would be here very soon. I didn't know when to push so I asked Gelena, and she said to start pushing when I felt like I needed to push. So with each contraction that's what I did. With a midwife holding each leg, a wonderful doula holding my head and encouraging me, and my husband gripping tightly to a rope that I was tugging on the other side, I pushed with all my might to meet our little girl. I was told I pushed for two hours, and eventually she was in my arms, and Gabe and I were both weeping with joy. She was perfect. Beautiful and everything I could have hoped for.  It was worth it all. The months and months of disliking pregnancy and what it was doing to me, and the 32 hours of labor. I couldn't have done any of this without my incredible, supportive, loving husband, my amazing and knowledgable midwives, my super helpful and kind student doula, and Jesus. They aren't joking when they say it will all be worth it. It absolutely is. 






Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Meet the Doula night


Meet the Doula night is our monthly get-together so any and all expectant families can meet the Doula that’s right for them! Join us next month!