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What are some basic things midwives do? Tanya shares some basic things that midwives do as care providers.

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Tanya Wills shares what the doulas in the mentorship program are learning about perinatal mood disorders.

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Tanya talks about IV access when you’re in labor. Tune in!

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Did you know you can eat in labor? There is a bit of research that shows that folks who are low risk and in labor can benefit from eating and drinking.

Our friends at Evidenced Based Birth share that “in the mid 1900s, when anesthesia methods were crude and unsafe, “Nothing by Mouth” policies came about to prevent the dangerous consequences of aspiration with general anesthesia. Now that the safety of anesthesia has greatly improved, hospital policies and physician guidelines need to be rewritten to be in line with current evidence. We’ve started to see some movement in that direction. Several countries have started encouraging people to eat and drink as desired during labor, and in the U.S., obstetric practice guidelines were updated in 2009 to allow clear liquids.”

Tune in to what Tanya Wills, CNM, LM, IBCLC, WHNP has to say about this.

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Tanya Wills, CNM, LM, IBCLC, WHNP talks about the anatomy of a breast and breast tissue including what makes milk production possible.

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What to Know About Planning for a Home Birth

To ensure you feel supported and safe during the birth, it’s also important to consider the opinions of your partner and other loved ones that will be present. “Homebirth is not something that couples can disagree on,” says Tanya Wills, CNM, IBCLC, a certified nurse midwife and founder of Manhattan Birth. “Everyone present at the birth must agree this is the best choice for this family.”

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Tanya talks about the current state of lactation. This is a system that has left birthing people out in the cold, with woefully inadequate training for birth professionals, the hierarchy of care that undermines them, and the constant blaming of the milk owners. We need to talk about nurses, midwives, and pediatricians who believe they have training because they nursed their own babies. Learn more about Manhattan Birth’s Integrative Lactation + Feeding Specialist training.

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Building your birth team is an important step in creating the birth space you want. How do you know who should be present at your birth? Tune into this informative video from Sarah Lovell, CNM, LM, RN, CLC, and one of our amazing childbirth educators.

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