A blog for mothers

April 13


Miscarriage and Stillbirth Resources:

Hope Exchange – an excellent resource site with links to information on stillbirth and miscarriage, national support groups, and grief management.  http://www.hopexchange.com/ResourcesLinks.htm

Elizabeth Ministries – an international ministry focused on bringing hope and healing to women in the areas of childbearing and relationships.  http://www.elizabethministry.com/

Postpartum Depression Resources:

Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care (WAPC)- Excellent source of information on pregnancy, birth, infant care, and postpartum issues. This link is to one of their publications which has very helpful suggestions about recognizing and dealing with postpartum depression:  http://www.perinatalweb.org/themes/wapc/assets/docs/SimpleThingsTearOffSheet.pdf

Midwifery Links:

Frontier Nursing University: my alma mater, and U.S. News and World Report’s #1 ranked midwifery program in America for 2016.  http://www.frontier.edu/

American College of Nurse Midwives: the professional organization for nurse-midwifery in the U.S. The have a search feature if you’re looking for a midwife in your area, as well as some great information on midwifery, birth, and breastfeeding. www.midwife.org

Midwives Alliance of North America: the umbrella organization for North American midwives of all backgrounds and training. Information regarding the midwifery model of care and a variety of birth options.  www.mana.org

Favorite Books:

Breakfast with the Pope by Susan Vigilante – A heartbreakingly honest account of one woman’s struggle with infertility, her interface with modern medical technology, and her journey towards healing despite her grief. Sad, but unexpectedly humorous.

Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife by Peggy Vincent – A San Francisco midwife tells highly entertaining tales about her experiences attending births in her patients’ homes.

The Blue Cotton Gown: a Midwife’s Memoir by Patricia Harman – Patricia Harman is a practicing midwife in Appalachia. In this memoir, she tells the intimate life stories which her patients shared with her while wearing a “blue cotton gown” during office visits.

Arms Wide Open: a Midwife’s Journey by Patricia Harman – the story of a young girl’s journey to make a difference in the world, through hippie farming communities, catching babies as an unlicensed “lay” midwife, pursuing better training as a nurse-midwife, and finally starting a practice in Appalachia with her husband.

The Midwife of Hope River: a Novel of an American Midwife by Patricia Harman – an unhappy widow during the Great Depression struggles to support herself and find meaning in her life by catching the babies of women too poor to afford a hospital or a doctor.

The Reluctant Midwife: a Hope River novel by Patricia Harman

I like Patricia Harman’s writing, what can I say? . . . .   :-)

The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty – In the midst of a complex family, a woman struggles with post-partum depression and wonders if her husband and infant son would be better off without her. . .