Posts tagged women's health
Episode 7: Midwifery and Maternal Health
Host Andrea Muraskin and guest Joan Combellick recording at Baobab Tree Studios in New Haven, CT

Host Andrea Muraskin and guest Joan Combellick recording at Baobab Tree Studios in New Haven, CT

Midwives are specialists in normal physiologic birth, but only about 12 percent of babies in the US are delivered by midwives. In this episode, two midwives make the case for how better integration of midwifery into the US medical system could help lower this country's high rate of maternal mortality, cut down on unnecessary interventions, and make birth a more dignified, healthier experience for moms. First, Joan Combellick, puts midwifery and US maternal health outcomes in a global context. Then, Stephanie Mitchell speaks to the experiences of black women in the maternal health system, and the importance of being an advocate for her patients.

Stephanie Mitchell (@doctor_midwife) on Instagram previewing a live video in her home studio.

Stephanie Mitchell (@doctor_midwife) on Instagram previewing a live video in her home studio.

Joan Combellick, CNM, MPH, PhD. Joan Combellick is a certified nurse midwife with 25 years of clinical experience in the Hudson Valley region of New York. Joan is currently working as a Women's Health Research Fellow at the Connecticut VA Health System

Stephanie Mitchell, CNM, MSN, DNP. Stephanie Mitchell is an advance practice Certified Nurse Midwife in private practice in Providence, Rhode Island. Prior to becoming a midwife she worked for ten years as a labor and delivery nurse at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Follow Stephanie on Instagram @doctor_midwife and check out her podcast, Doctor Midwife- at Your Cervix.

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Episode 4: Mind/Body
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This episode explores the mind-body connection from two very different angles. We hear Functional Medicine doctor and OBGYN Jessica Wei on how stress, hormones and the gut affect mental health and mood. And later in the episode, psychoanalyst Jamieson Webster on how women and girls diagnosed with hysteria changed the way we treat mental illness, and why that seemingly outdated diagnosis still matters today.