[ Reading ] ➿ Diary of a Midwife Author Juliana van Olphen-Fehr – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk


  • Paperback
  • 221 pages
  • Diary of a Midwife
  • Juliana van Olphen-Fehr
  • English
  • 09 July 2018
  • 0897895886

10 thoughts on “Diary of a Midwife

  1. says:

    While I got a lot out of this book in terms of birth stories, general midwifery knowledge, and a history of the political issues around midwifery, it is hampered by the extreme ableism of the author she uses the R word to refer to her students when she was a special needs teacher prior to becoming a midwife, and to her husband s adult patients as a speech pathologist she also talks about how horrible birth defects are and her fears that her third child, had at 36 years of age, wo...


  2. says:

    Juliana van Olphen Fehr begins her memoir in 1976 with the birth of her first child and ends it in 1989 with the birth of her third and final child although she does give an update in the preface in the late 1990 s when she had left private practice and taken a position as the coordinator of a nurse midwifery program She chronicles her home birth practice and details her experience as a nursing student, nurse, and nurse midwife A similar story is A Midwife s Story by Penny Armstrong A couple Juliana van Olphen Fehr begins her memoir in 1976 with the birth of her first child and ends it in 1989 with the birth of her third and final child although she does give an update in the preface in the late 1990 s when she had left private practice and taken a position as the coordinator of a nurse midwifery program She chronicles her home birth practice and details her experience as a nursing student, nurse, and nurse midwife A similar story is A Midwife s Story by Penny Armstrong A couple of caveats Caveat 1 Much of the author s experience takes place prior to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act going into effect EMTALA requires all hospitals that accept federal funds to have a doctor deliver any woman s baby who walks into the hospital in active labor no matter what It can be the doctor on duty in the emergency and not an ob gyn, but the hospitals are not legally allowed to refuse care to a w...


  3. says:

    I m incredibly impressed with this book I love the author s narrative style of her personal experiences as she shares her journey in becoming a certified nurse midwife CNM , starting her own practice, and standing for women in involving herself in midwifery s political aspects Juliana van Olphen Fehr s commitment to providing women with excellence of care...


  4. says:

    This was a fantastic book I couldn t put it down The author shares her experiences as a nurse midwife who did home deliveries in the 80s and 90s There are many birth stories and a lot of the book is about the challenges nurse midwives faced in becoming care providers to pregnant women At times I have thought that I want to become a nurse midwife since I am already a nurse but I m not sure I have as much courage as this woman did, and even though CNM s ar...


  5. says:

    I LOVED this book It just confirms my deep desire to go into Nursing, and to get my Degree in Nursing I would so much like to become a prenatal postnatal nurse Thank you Juliana, for such a wonderful book, and for inspiring me to remember why it is, I want to bec...


  6. says:

    Fast paced memoir of a mom turned homebirth nurse midwife fighting against the powers that be If you wanna read a great intro on birth politics and get the how why the birth machine is eating the women and the children in this country, then read this Then read Babycatcher for ahumorous midw...


  7. says:

    A glimpse of what it was like to be a home birth, nurse midwife in rural Virginia from the late 80s until the mid 90 s While some people found it dry, I enjoyed her struggles to begin her own private midwife practice and how she dealt with the doctors and bureaucracy.


  8. says:

    This was a tough read because so many of the stories shared are incredibly depressing testimonies to the sad state of maternity care in the US in the 70s and 80s, and we still have so very far to go.


  9. says:

    I read this book in four days It was very well written and I enjoyed the birth stories It was laid out nicely and easy to follow I hope she does a follow up book to let us knowof the changes she has made in the medical community for paving the way for midwives and home births.


  10. says:

    This was an amazing book that really gave me my first look at how things are behind the scenes It was really awakening for me.


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Diary of a Midwife Despite Our Country S Affluence And High Tech Advances In Neonatal Intensive Care, In 1994 The U.S Ranked Twenty First In Infant Mortality Rates Among Developed Countries With Populations Over 2.5 Million Women With Low Risk Pregnancies Are Frequently Failed By The Traditional Obstetrical System, Either Because They Cannot Afford Proper Prenatal Care And Therefore Often Give Birth To Babies Who Need To Be Assisted By Expensive Neonatal Intensive Care Or Because The System Fosters An Attitude Of Dependency On Doctors, Surgery And Drugs, Rather Than A Sense Of Empowerment During The Birth Process This Enlightening Book Demonstrates With Conviction That Childbirth Can And Should Be A Process Of Empowerment, And That Midwifery Should Be The Standard Of Care For Women With Low Risk Pregnancies Diary Of A Midwife, Written By A Certified Nurse Midwife And The Founder Of The First Nurse Midwifery Graduate Education Program In Virginia, Is Based On The Author S 13 Years Delivering Babies In Rural Virginia Through The Author S Experiences As A Midwife, Mother Of Three, And Veteran Of Training As A Labor And Delivery Nurse In A Busy Hospital S Maternity Ward, The Midwife Care Alternative Is Revealed To Be The Best Way For Healthy Women To Be Collaborators In Their Own Care Midwives Encourage Women To Develop Their Inner Power For The Birth Process By Providing Teaching, Support, And Comfort Adequate Prenatal Care Reduces The Number Of Premature And Low Birth Weight Babies, And Costly, Traumatic Medical Interventions Such As Cesarean And Forceps Deliveries, Episiotomies And Routine Anesthesia Are Often Avoided Author Juliana Van Olphen Fehr Movingly Shows That Midwifery Is An Art And That It Can Do Much To Create Mothers Who Are Able To Greet Their Newborns With Dignified, Loving, And Strong Arms _


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