Tuesday, January 27, 2004


A bill introduced into the Utah House would regulate and certify direct-entry midwifery in that state, reports the Deseret News in a January 24, 2004 article. House Bill 227, the Midwife Certification Act, would add direct-entry midwives to the list of medical professions monitored by the state Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.

According to the article, DEM's are "in a professional no-man's land, fearful of being able to provide the right kind of care to mothers who want to birth at home. [The bill] would allow the administration of some techniques and drugs common in delivery, such as IV fluids and local anesthetics for suturing lacerations."

The text of the bill from the Utah legislature web site.

More information is available from the Utah Friends of Midwives website.

Thursday, January 22, 2004


Mothering Magazine's latest issue, which featured a nursing mother and baby on the cover, caused a bit of a stir in New Mexico. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that complaints prompted employees of Vitamin Cottage, a local retail establishment, to cover the offending breast with paper. And, the paper reports, Hastings stores requested that the distributor of the magazine use plastic wrapping, as is sometimes used on magazines with "adult" content.

The article goes on to state:

"The U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources in its Healthy People 2010 initiative is trying to increase the number of women who breast-feed. Its goal is 75 percent of new mothers, 50 percent of mothers of 6-month-olds and 25 percent of mothers of 1-year-olds."

"Currently, fewer than half of mothers of newborns exclusively breast-feed their babies, and fewer than 12 percent are still at it six months later. In Norway, Australia, Iceland, Sweden and Kenya, "initiation" rates are greater than 90 percent."

"Breast-fed babies have fewer allergies, respiratory illnesses and cases of diarrhea and are less likely to be obese in adolescence. And, some studies show, they even have higher IQs."

The New Homemaker blog (Jan. 16, 2004) reprinted the comments of a Vitamin Cottage spokesperson, who said ,"We are 100% behind breast feeding and the rights of breast feeding mothers. I myself breast fed my children while working and in public."

Monday, January 19, 2004


The last five of the Van Houten sextuplets were born this week. Check out their nice website with photos and blog at www.vanhoutensix.org.

National Public Radio's Weekend Edition aired the following story on January 17, 2004, which can be accessed here:

"A number of hospitals have ended their programs in which nurse-midwives work with doctors to deliver babies. The midwives feel they are being shut out. The doctors say it's a health and liability issue. Janet Heimlich reports."