Category Archives: clinic stories

On Choosing to Be a Clinic Midwife

My pace of life is different now. There’s less sprinting from labor room to labor room. There’s fewer tears, less pain. My path is different, but my stride feels the same. Being a midwife who doesn’t catch babies is a … Continue reading

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Giftalk: For When You Have to Laugh or You’ll Cry

This week has been an especially stressful one that involved an entirely too-high number of patients that I saw, a brand new resident, and one particularly trying experience in clinic. This past Thursday marked the 7 year anniversary of my … Continue reading

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The Emotional Labor of Being a Healthcare Provider

I don’t know if it’s because the holidays put everyone on edge, but the month of December saw more tears and full-blown break-downs in my exam rooms than I had had all year. The work that I do is often … Continue reading

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A Peek Inside An NP’s Brain: IUD Insertion Edition

This past week I had all kinds of IUD insertion experiences. It is amazing to me how the same procedure can cause vastly different amounts of pain and discomfort among women. Some women talk about their afternoon plans and chat … Continue reading

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October Turned the World Pink: A Midwife’s Thoughts on Pinkwashing

If you’re at all paying attention to the color of things these past few weeks, you may have noticed that everything has a pink ribbon slapped on it. Wine bottles. NFL players. Fracking drill bits (not kidding about the drill … Continue reading

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How Do I Explain This?

There is a concept in health care called health literacy. Essentially it is the ability to understand the body, what is happening to it, why it may be sick and how to navigate the health care system. All of these … Continue reading

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Something Funny Happened on the Way to the Clinic

Most of the time, my job is Very Serious. Captitol S serious. People are in for annual exams in between chores, people are having side effects from their birth control, people need to terminate unplanned pregnancies. But sometimes funny things … Continue reading

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