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June 25, 2009 at 10:51 am 2 comments

Recently I’ve been fantasizing about all the midwifery items I’d purchase if I won the lottery. Most of what I want is books, as midwifery texts cost a freaking fortune. Most of them are in the $50-ish range, which isn’t too awful, but some, like “Midwifery: Community Based Healthcare During the Childbearing Year,” is $135. Myles Textbook for Midwives is over $70. I’m just thinking about the NARM primary reference list, although I know I’ll come across many more books and texts that I want as I progress through AAMI. In my dreams I own most — if not all — of them, and have extra copies of books that I think are helpful for clients, like The Nursing Mother’s Companion, The Baby Book, The No-Cry Sleep Solution, Attachment Parenting, etc.

Other than books I’d love the following:

1. A one-handed bp cuff. Oh, to me, that is the height of luxury. Whenever I take blood pressure, I feel like I have two left arms, I’m craning my neck around to read the sphyg, and all the cords are in the way. This one would be so nice.

2. A Littmann stethoscope. My friend Amy works in a hospital and I’m always asking her to steal me one; it seems like they’re everywhere. You can hear so clearly with them. I don’t even know why I bought my $20 sphyg/stethoscope set, since it’s so quiet that I usually use Leigh’s (slightly more expensive) set anyway.

3. A Leff fetoscope. It looks like just a regular fetoscope, but it’s actually $300. They have really incredible sound quality, and actually block out other noises. They are supposed to actually rival a doppler, which would be fantastic for clients who want to limit u/s exposure. I’d like to try one before purchasing it, but if I really won the lottery, what’s $300?

4. A birth stool. This one just looks so comfy and perfect for giving birth. Much better than a toilet.

5. An iPhone. You’re thinking, this has nothing to do with midwifery, right? But you’re totally wrong! Just check out these applications for it: iPregnancy, OB Patient Tracker, Due Date Calc, Bishops Score Calculator, and Weight Converter. Not to mention the GPS, huge amount of storage space for all my clients’ info, and internet. I WILL HAVE ONE!

6. That tree in our backyard. Except $100s on it, instead of $1s (lame!) Although I’d take a few branches of $1s. Beggars can’t be choosers, right?

7. While I’m in fantasy mode, a day with more than 24 hours in it (in which I still need only 8 hours of sleep — or less!) Sometimes it seems like there’s more to do than there is time to do it and still see my family. I am definitely starting to see the push-pull of the working mom. On one hand, sometimes I miss my family. On the other hand, I feel that what I’m doing is so important — for me, and for the women I help, and even for society — that I need to do it and I need to do it NOW. I cannot wait or put it off til my children are adults.


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  • 1. Intertwined  |  June 28, 2009 at 10:03 am

    My midwife has an iPhone and she's a freaking addict, I swear! I heart our iPod touch and it's the same thing sans phone.

  • 2. The Thinking Southerner  |  July 3, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    That birth stool makes me want to have another baby again, almost. A comfy, fun birthy thing I've never been able to use before!


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