Bursting with pride

I am so proud to be included as an ally in the wonderful Tell it WOC Speak blog carnival. Renee of Womanist Musings is a radical’s radical, a blogger’s blogger, and, dare I say, a feminist’s womanist. She is fiercely intelligent and, I am guessing, very picky. I am very proud that my post on teen births rates being up, and the analysis of the rise being blatantly racist, was included.

Please go check out the entire “Hear us roar” carnival of posts.


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4 responses to “Bursting with pride

  1. Liz Chalmers

    This is completely off-topic from your post. I apologize, but I don’t know how else to contact you.

    I work at a freestanding birth center. We have been told by our local hospital that if we can find an OB who will work with us, the hospital will grant that OB and our licensed midwives privileges. It would smooth transfers and improve client care tremendously. We could fill the OB’s practice quickly (our birth center is bursting at the seams–demand for OOH birth has gone up tremendously in the last 2-3 years). But we don’t know enough about how OBs are recruited. Specifically, how do we find those rare OBs who think like midwives? When will you graduate from med school? Want a job?!!

    • MomTFH

      How nice! I will graduate in three years (due to my research fellowship). But, then I have a four year ob/gyn residency. I am afraid you may need an ob before then! I really don’t know what to say about finding a midwife or OOH birth friendly doctor. Maybe you can try taking an ad out in a few ob/gyn journals?

  2. Thanks for your reply. Yes, we need someone sooner than that (like NOW!)…what a pity.

    I’m curious–what’s the spectrum of beliefs of your peers in med school? Is there any belief in and teaching about normal birth? Are they teaching breastfeeding in med school these days?

    I think there is going to be huge demand soon for OBs who understand midwifery and willingly set up collaborative relationships with those who specialize in normal birth, freeing OBs up to specialize in the more complex cases that warrant 8 years of training. Our birth center has always seemed to be at the cutting edge of things, so the fact that we need an OB to work alongside us now (rather than grudgingly accepting transfers) makes me think this need will become widespread before too long. Is med school preparing OBs for this?

  3. MomTFH

    It really varies from teacher to teacher and class to class. We have many practitioners coming in and teaching us in the preclinical years. One of our ob/gyns professors was really critical of labor interventions, but was strangely unsupportive of breastfeeding. Some of our best breastfeeding and natural birth supporters are the pediatrics professors.

    What is more important is what we will experience in our clinical years, when we go on rotations, and then residency. That is where we learn the real practice of medicine. Depending on the site and attending physicians, midwives and nurses, I am sure the experience can vary immensely.

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