Saturday, November 27, 2010

Henry Matthew

Hank -big sturdy name for such a sweet little baby. One look at this kid's hands and I knew that Hank was the right nick name; Baby Henry Matthew has some big ole mitts! He also has a beautiful, strong mom, a loving dad and an adoring big sister. Way to go Hank!

May all babies be born into loving hands...

K. Michelle Doyle, CNM, NYS LM

Friday, November 19, 2010

Vegan Thanksgiving Barley

Ok, so this blog posting is not exactly midwifery related, but sharing recipes is fun! Here is a vegan dish that can be used as a stuffing or side salad, depending on how you chose to serve it. Enjoy!

May all babies be born into loving hands...
K. Michelle Doyle, CNM, NYS LM

Thanksgiving Barley (Vegan)

2 cups pearl barley cooked in 4 cups water (I use a rice cooker) let cool
½ sweet onion, minced
½ cup Craisons
1 large carrot (organic) grated
1 medium apple, peeled and diced
1 cup pepitas (I prefer toasted)
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup white Balsamic vinegar
1 tsp good salt (Pink Himalyian, my new fav)
½ teaspoon ground ginger

Toss everything together.  Check seasonings. Serve as a cold side salad or, my plan is to hollow out small pumpkins and squashes and bake inside (with tops on)

Monday, November 15, 2010

New Mothers Discussion and Support Group

Emily Marynczak has started facilitating postpartum groups for new moms. One of my beloved clients just finished up with this group -now she misses it! There is not enough support for new families in the immediate postpartum; this is a wonderful option. It is important to make some time for special yourself and your new one.

 May all babies be born into loving hands....
K. Michelle Doyle, CNM, NYS LM

New Mothers Discussion and Support Group

6 week sessions: Wednesday mornings 9:30-11:00am

Winter Session #1:  January12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16

Winter session #2: March 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13

Emily Marynczak will be facilitating a small intimate gathering to explore and share the challenges and triumphs of having a new baby.   The focus of this group will be mother’s learning from mothers. Group discussions will cover a range of topics on parenting. Topics from past groups have centered on the emotional and physical adjustments to motherhood, sleep issues, feeding issues, self care and changes in your primary relationships now that the baby is here.  There will always be time for open discussion. Come with your baby, sip some tea and share  your journey.

These Groups are being sponsored by Congregation Beth Emeth:

To Register Please call Debbi Sokoler, 432-1392 or Emily Marynczak, 478-0062 or email Emily at

 Cost per session: $108 ($90. for Congregation members)

Group location: Congregation Beth Emeth, 100 Academy Road: Albany NY 12208

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Freedom Fiesta was a hit!

The Freedom Fiesta, a celebration of the activation of the Midwifery Modernization Act was a hit. Thanks to all who attended in body, mind or spirit. We danced, hugged, ate great food and celebrated. A wonderful basket of goodies was donated by SonRise Diaper Service, blankets and diapers were generously donated to Unity House, and a nice (!) check will be going to NYSALM to support their work advocating for New York's midwives. Thanks to us all!

May all babies be born into loving hands... 

K. Michelle Doyle, CNM, NYS LM

Monday, November 1, 2010

“Midwifery Modernization Act” in effect November 1, 2010

The MMA is in effect today. Congratulations to us all. In celebration, come to the Freedom Fiesta this Saturday at the Brunswick Elks Club, starting at 6 PM. The event is free (donations accepted). Also, please bring a new or gently used baby blanket or a pack of disposable diapers for donation to Unity House. See you there!

May all babies be born into loving hands...

K. Michelle Doyle, CNM, NYS LM

“Midwifery Modernization Act” in effect November 1, 2010

The New York State Association of Licensed Midwives (NYSALM) is proud to announce that as of November 1, the “Midwifery Modernization Act” goes into effect.  This amendment to the Midwifery Practice Act will increase access to women’s health care especially in communities where there has been a shortage or absence of health care providers.  This amendment also rightly places responsibility for informed consent between midwives and the women they serve rather than on a written practice agreement with a physician.

NYSALM is extraordinarily grateful to both consumers in New York and to our legislators who made this important change possible.  Midwifery consumers and women’s health care advocates were passionate and invaluable in this legislative effort.  We also applaud the NYS Legislature, Governor Paterson who signed the bill on July 30, and the State Health Department for recognizing the importance of taking action on this issue.

We are particularly grateful to the many women staffers in both the Assembly and Senate who were so helpful behind the scenes and to our legislators who worked on this bill while simultaneously working to get the state’s budget passed.  Laura Sheperis, President of NYSALM, said “We were pleased to see how hard the members of the legislature worked to pass this bill in an extremely efficient manner, and we were thrilled to have unanimous support in the Senate.”

The previous requirement of a written practice agreement had been a barrier to both choice of provider and access to care for many women across the state over the past 18 years since the midwifery licensing law was passed in 1992.

NYSALM looks forward to our continuing relationship with our physician colleagues and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) as we all work to improve maternal and newborn outcomes in our state and to increase client satisfaction.  We are partners in the health care of women, and we appreciate physicians’ expert consultation when the women in our care have medical needs beyond our scope of practice.  While written practice agreements are no longer necessary for NY midwives, functional collaborative relationships are as important as ever.

November 1, 2010 is an historic date for midwifery in New York.  Thank you!

To contact NYSALM, please call 518-852-7965.