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Due Rewards is thrilled to introduce, Lisa Welch!

Due Rewards is thrilled to introduce, Lisa Welch!

It has been a slow year for Due Rewards Midwifery but a crazy busy year for the Midwife! For those interested in the personal life of the midwife, 2015 has been a banner year. After finishing up a busy spring and early summer, I took off the rest of the summer to finish preparations for my wedding. On September 12th 2015, Lisa Thomas became Mrs.Thomas Welch! Amid all the traditional wedding photos, we also took a very special picture, unique to a midwife Bride. A photo of all the babies whose births I had attended, who were also present for the wedding. Despite being ou…

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To group B or not to group B, that is the question…

Group B Strep is a controversial topic. It seems like you can’t swing a stethoscope without hitting someone with a strong opinion about GBS. Recently, I’ve been researching the topic to have a better understanding of GBS to pass along to others. GBS is a type of bacteria that is gram positive, which means its protective wall is easier to breach with antibiotics or disinfectants than its cousin, the gram negative bacteria. GBS is a common environmental bacteria, meaning that is can be found in a lot of places and can be picked up in a whole host of ways (as o…

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A Tale of Two Births

It was the best of births… It was the worst of birth… It was a midsummer’s night, the day had been hot, and the welcome evening breeze caressed the land as the moon rose and began its course through the night sky. The ambient noise of the cicadas filled the evening air as the aroma of freshly mown lawns wafted along on the breeze. Here and there dots of light shone out as fireflies danced in the air.A small, but stately cottage nestled among the oaks, with a welcoming porch light completes the landscape.Nestled deep within this cottage lies the most pr…

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Things I have Learned…

In my journey in midwifery, there have been a great many things I have worked very hard to learn. Like how to deliver a baby, how to stop a hemorrhage, how to recognize a problem and so on. But there are also a great many things I have learned as a midwife that I never really tried to learn, they just came. For instance: Few restaurants stay open 24/7… but those that do will be known to all midwives in about a 50 mil radius How to sleep on… a couch, one half of a couch, o…

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Much Ado About ….

There is a certain excitement in the air that comes with an approaching birth. The supplies are laid by with care, all arrangements are made for taking care of things should baby decide to come early, telephones remain charged and gas tanks remain full. Tiny clothes and diapers fill dresser drawers. Preparation is made for the big day for weeks in advance. But while all these preparations are taking place outside the body, it is only a token of what occurs within the body. Such an amazing journey the mother’s body undergoes in only 9 months.Looking only at the ute…

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What’s in a Name

As the summer sun makes it way slowly to the west, I pause to remember a time not so very long ago that as a brand new midwife I made my way to a home where a family was about to welcome their firstborn child. I had brand new bags, full of brand new equipment. The pregnancy had long been wanted; the child was so anticipated and so very loved. All was in readiness, and two names were chosen, waiting to see whether a son or a daughter would come to claim their name.The long awaited moment came, labor began, progressed and in a moment etched in time, life’s first cry filled the roo…

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