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Today is all about midwives! What is midwifery care? What are the different types of midwives? Are they all certified? Where do they provide care? Are they only for when you are having a baby? Do they do the same things as OB’s? What are the advantages of OBs, perinatologists, and midwives working together? Missy Cheyney has answers. Check it out.
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What we talked about:
What is the midwifery model of care?
How does it compare to the medical management model of care?
Other types of care providers: obstetricians and perinatologists
How does each one view and approach birth?
Collaborations between different providers
Brief history of midwifery
Different types of midwives and accreditations
Midwives: not just at home
What to consider when looking for a midwife?
What happens during a home-to-hospital transfer?
“Transfer a complication, not an emergency”
The importance of continuity of care and transfer protocols
Midwives: not just for delivering babies
Right-sizing maternity care: neither too much too soon, nor too little too late
Improving outcomes through interprofessional care
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Melissa Cheyney PhD CPM LDM is Associate Professor of Clinical Medical Anthropology at Oregon State University (OSU) with additional appointments in Global Health and Women Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is also a Licensed Midwife in active practice, and the Chair of the Division of Research for the Midwives Alliance of North America where she directs the MANA Statistics Project. Dr. Cheyney currently directs the International Reproductive Health Laboratory at Oregon State University where she serves as the primary investigator more than 20 maternal and infant health-related research projects in nine countries. She is the author of an ethnography entitled Born at Home (2010, Wadsworth Press) along with dozens of peer-reviewed articles that examine the cultural beliefs and clinical outcomes associated with midwife-led birth at home in the United States. Dr. Cheyney is an award-winning teacher, and in 2014 was given Oregon State University’s prestigious Scholarship Impact Award for her work in the International Reproductive Health Laboratory and with the MANA Statistics Project. She is the mother of a daughter born at home on International Day of the Midwife in 2009.