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Mamas on Bedrest: Using Technology to Improve Birth Outcomes

February 5th, 2014

It’s Video Wednesday!!! Today we’re talking about using technology to improve birth outcomes.

Advances in technology are making it easier and easier for medical professionals to connect with patients and eachother.  In this vlog I cite a study done via the University of Arkansas which shows that telemedicine, where one physician shares his case with other physicians via technology and receives input and expertise, is improving health outcomes. While most of us are on board with our smart phones, tablets, laptops and pc’s, the health care industry is lagging behind and just coming up to speed with electronic medical records, electronic communications with patients and now, telemedicine.  But even as the US healthcare system scampers to catch up, the benefits of technology in medicine are already glaringly apparent and will continue to shape how health care is delivered in this country.

Mamas on Bedrest: The CDC’s Report on Certified Professional Midwives

January 27th, 2012

Bedrest Coach Darline Turner-Lee reviews and comments on a recent press release issued by The Big Push for Midwives Campaign.

In the Press Release, the CDC notes an increase in home births in non-hispanic white women, yet decreasing or stagnat numbers amongst women of color. The press release also noted that

“The CDC report as well as other reports show that babies born to women cared for by Certified Professional Midwives (CPM’s) are far less likely to be preterm or born low birth weight, two of theprimary contributing factors not only to infant mortality, but to racial and ethnic disparities in birth outcomes.”

The Big Push for Midwives is hoping that this report from the CDC will spur action in legislation and amongst medical organizations to allow CPM’s to care for and be reimbursed for care given to women of color and low income women-women who might most benefit from CPM care.