Ten Questions

Several mornings ago, I heard a public service ad on TV urging viewers to go to the ARHQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) website to learn the ten questions all consumers should be asking their healthcare providers. On the right side on the ARHQ (sponsored...

The Future of Childbirth Education

Jeanne and I just finished teaching a 3-day childbirth educator training seminar. We had a wonderful group of women – nurses, massage therapists, doulas, an ultrasound technician, a lactation consultant, a health educator, and a retired (to stay home with her...

Getting Ready for New Joint Commission Measures

Effective April 2010, Joint Commission has established a new set of  perinatal quality measures which include the number of elective deliveries (both vaginal and cesarean) performed before 39 completed weeks gestation; cesarean rate for low-risk first birth women; and...

Teaching About Pain

Two different news stories about the pain of childbirth recently caught my attention. The first was a story about a well-known accused criminal serving time in jail. His lawyers are asking that he be freed to get proper medical care for his kidney stones. “It is...

New FW Website Launched

We are excited about the launch of our new Family Way website, with many more opportunities to interact – from blogging, adding comments, and more. We are glad you’re here!

Increasing Women’s Confidence to Birth

Unlike in the past when it was rare to see birth in the media, today’s young parents-to-be are exposed to frightening birth scenes on both the big and small screen. Increase women’s confidence in their ability to birth by showing clips of positive,...