You Call These Ladies “Thugs” Mr Trump?

The American College of Nurse -Midwives is holding our annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  We are almost 2000 strong and had the unfortunate luck to have Mr. Trump decide to hold his rally in the middle of our conference.  Security around the facility became apparent very early in the morning of May, 24th and by 2:00 the streets around the facility had been blocked off. By 4:00 PM attendees for the rally stretched around the building of the conference center and protesters began lining the streets in front of our conference and around our hotels.

By now, the violence outside of the rally have been reported on all of the major news outlets around the country. Having been on the ground and having had the opportunity to witness the protest; I can tell you that the protesters were mainly peaceful and were simply exercising their right to free speech granted by the constitution of the United States of America. What I object to is the blanket statement made on twitter by Mr. Trump that the protesters were “thugs”.

 

Does this young woman look like a thug to you? A criminal?

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Certified Nurse-Midwife Protesting against Trump

Certified Nurse-Midwives have a master’s degree in Nursing/Midwifery, many have doctoral degrees. We are trained to take care of mothers and babies in hospitals, birth centers and in homes. We have prescriptive authority and the ability to diagnose common illnesses and to prescribe treatments for those illnesses. Hardly thugs!!!

These young ladies came out to support the women and citizens of New Mexico.

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Standing with NM

Mr Trump’s words are offensive not only to us, but to everyone.

There were many different protesters in the crowd.  Young, old, Latino, Native American, Caucasian, women, men, gay, straight, educated…not. Who cares? Calling people names serves no purpose and undermines our ability to come together to work for a common cause. I am sorry that a few people chose violence. I do not condone this. But the truth is, this was not the majority. I think that some of this violence rests not only with the perpetrators but with Mr Trump himself. Could it be that Mr. Trump’s derogatory comments toward minorities make people feel disenfranchised? His statements of unification ring quite hollow. Maybe Mr. Trump should do some soul searching to find the reason for some of this violence.

The news media does not follow peaceful protestors.  It really does not make for a good story on the 11:00 news.  Also,  Mr. Trump’s narrative of the situation does not hold water. We cannot as a nation sit by and let this bully continue to sell “his” version of the truth when it simply is not so.  We deserve better.

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Citizens of NM Exercising right of free speech

Criminals? No!!!

The Heart of Midwifery: Mary’s Dream Alive in Kentucky

“If these United States can be called a body, then Kentucky can be called It’s heart”-Jesse Stuart

I think that Jesse Stuart would agree that Kentucky is the heart of Midwifery as well.  Every aspiring nurse- midwifery student learns the story of how Mary Breckinridge founded the Frontier Nursing Service to meet the needs of the families in Leslie County.  In order to serve the entire population, Mrs. Breckinridge brought to Kentucky the concept of a professional who was trained in both nursing and midwifery.  Because of the vast geographical area, Mrs. Breckinridge set up a decentralized model of care consisting of a central hospital and several outposts/nursing clinics, with the nurse-midwives making their rounds via horseback.  Her goal was to have this care be a model for care world wide.

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Mrs. Breckinridge was also the first to document research in the area of nurse-midwifery.  Her results were tabulated by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.

The study shows conclusively what has in fact been shown before, that the type of service rendered by the Frontier Nurses safeguards the life of mother and babe. If such service were available to the women of the country generally, there would be a saving of 10,000 mothers’ lives per year in the United States, there would be 30,000 less still births and 30,000 more children alive at the end of the first month of life. The study demonstrates that the first need today is to train a large body of nurse-midwives, competent to carry out the routines that have been established both in the Frontier Nursing Service and in other places where good obstetrical care is available.

2014 Marks the 75th Anniversary of Frontier Nursing University.  Frontier is the longest operating nurse-midwifery program in the U.S. Frontier continues to graduate competent caring nurse- midwives who practice in Kentucky and across the nation.  Celebrations are ongoing. We are proud to have such a great asset in our state. Congratulations FNU!!!

As I reflect on what it means to be a nurse-midwife, I know that although I do not always know what lies ahead, I know that what matters is life.  Moms and babes.  Midwifery matters.   Let’s continue to keep Mary’s dream alive….

National Midwifery Week is happening now October 5-11, 2014!!!

If you would like to find out more about nurse-midwives and how we make a difference in the lives of moms and babes

 

 

 

 

Nora is TWO!

I am showing this post from “I will carry you” as it describes perfectly what it means to care for a special needs child.  As Midwives, we are often in the position of breaking the news to patients that their version of the “perfect” child will not be.  That is not to say that life will not hold many special gifts for them and that life will not be wonderful in the long run.  However, this is a very difficult concept for parents to grasp.  This is a beautiful illustration of letting go and letting be, whatever life has in store for us.  Thank You Nora for teaching us what a beautiful life this can be, for all of us!!!!

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So here we are with a big giant 2 year old little girl. Nora’s birthday was April 17th and I am astounded at how fast the time has gone by. I look back to those scary newborn days and can hardly believe how far Nora has come; how far we have come.

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One of our awesome nurses, Kate C. getting us ready to be discharged from the hospital ~ April 2012

As we left the hospital that sunny afternoon, we stepped blindly out onto the dark water as Peter did. Jesus beckoned us forth with arms outstretched. Taking a baby home from the hospital who was SUPPOSEDLY “incompatible with life” certainly made about as much sense as walking on water. “How in the world are we supposed to do this????” we pleaded. It was an outrageous proposition! We weren’t equipped with a medical background. We did not possess some sort…

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