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Waterbirth Q&A with Liz Withnall, CNM

It's time for.....(drum roll please!)....ask the Midwife with Liz Withnall, CNM! Q: I have heard that some women give birth in water. What are the advantages of doing this? Are there any risks to myself or my baby? Liz says: The use of warm water for relaxation and pain relief during labor is not a new idea. In the 1960’s, water birth became popular in Russia, and in the 1970’s and 1980’s thousands of water births occurred in Europe. Currently, birthing in water is a popular option in hospitals and birth centers across the U.S. Many benefits of immersion in water during labor and birth have been documented by research. These benefits include reduction in the perception of pain; reduction in the need for pain medications; increased relaxation; shorter labor; decreased incidence of lacerations during birth; and increased satisfaction with birth experience. Women who experience water birth very often comment on what a positive experience it is, and how they would like to birth that way again with the next baby. In order to experience the full benefits of water birth, full immersion is necessary, which means the mom is in a deep tub, with her belly covered with water, all the way up to the breasts. Being fully immersed promotes the hormonal responses of the body which aid in the relaxation of the woman and shortening of the labor. The recommended temperature of the water is between 98 F and 101F, in order to avoid chilling [...]

September 7th, 2016|Education|Comments Off on Waterbirth Q&A with Liz Withnall, CNM

Sexual Health Q&A with Levy, CNM & Knight, MD.

Powerful woman! You should be having sex whenever you feel safe and sexy and your partner desires the same! Having an orgasm is such a personal experience. Some women experience orgasm as a rush of heat and pleasure. Others find the experience explosive. While others burst into laughter. Orgasms are best reached when we feel safe and at ease with our partners. Women are dynamic when it comes to finding pleasure. Our erogenous zones are elusive and often become more exposed as we feel more relaxed and aroused. Most women require clitoral stimulation to reach orgasm. What is important to remember is that the clitoris is actually a very large section of tissue. Generally, we think of the clit (that tiny little nub beneath the front of our labia), but actually, clitoral tissue is like a glacier. The clitoris is just the top. Clitoral tissue actually extends like a wishbone shape along the labia minora and inside of the vaginal. As we become aroused, this tissue becomes swollen with blood and thus more sensitive to touch. For some women, this swelling happens quite easily (lucky!), but for most women, this takes safe and sexy foreplay. Many people have heard of the "G" spot. This is actually tissue along the front of the vagina. Just as the clitoral tissue becomes flush and swollen as we become aroused, so does this long, tube-like tissue along the front (anterior) wall of the vagina. Having an orgasm requires (for most) a sense of [...]

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