Pregnancy and mental health: How can you seek proper care?

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News 🗞️

Dips in Premature Births: Several countries have reported a decrease in premature births over the past few months.  Could this trend have to do with the Coronavirus?  Read more about what doctors suggest here.

Reading 📚

Preventing Maternal Deaths: If the U.S. can prevent two-thirds of maternal deaths, why aren’t we seeing an improvement in the numbers.  Learn why we are failing at curbing the maternal mortality rate.  We should not be falling short of our projected goals.  Link.

Events 🎟️

Ancient Song Giveaway: Ancient Song Doula Services hosted a giveaway in Bedstuy, Brooklyn on July 17th.  Masked and social distanced, visitors claimed diapers, wipes, baby clothes, and more!  Link.

Interesting 💡

Importance of Mental Health: Postpartum depression and anxiety are real, especially during the age of COVID-19.  Here are some tips to spot the warning signs, as well as a guide for seeking proper care.  Mothers and their children deserve a healthy mind. Link.

Social Post of the week 🎉

The Black Mama’s Matter Alliance recently tweeted, “mistreatment, racism, and neglect in #healthcare is a form of obstetric violence! Hospitals must be held accountable!” Link.

Product Therapy 🛍️

Boppy Bare Naked Nursing Pillow: Check out this award-winning pillow that will offer support for your baby while breastfeeding.  It offers support for your arms and back by lifting your baby for you!  Link.

Featured Caregiver 👩🏽‍⚕️

Certified Nurse Midwife Ellen Solis: Ellen became a CNM after receiving her BSN at the University of Pennsylvania.  She was inspired by midwives who aided her in both of her pregnancies.  Now, she hopes to publicize the work that all midwives put into their roles.  Read more here.

Stats to know 📈

Men comprise only 1 percent of the American College of Nurse-Midwives.  Read more about midwife demographics across different cultures here

Media 📸

Optimizing Normal Birth: Watch a quick video with tips from a midwife.  How can you provide the best environment for a mother giving birth?  Your actions can change the birth outcome.  Link

Jobs 🗒️

Certified Nurse Midwife, New York, NY.  Link.

Certified Nurse Midwife, Williamsville, NY.  Link

Certified Nurse Midwife, Phoenix, AZ.  Link.