Sunday, November 28, 2010

Welcome WISDOM to GWU with a "light of life"

Help us celebrate WISDOM's arrival at George Washington University by participating in the Lights of Life Celebration. With a $10 donation, you can dedicate a light in honor of WISDOM. Your gift will benefit GW Hospital Oncology patients and The GW Hospital Women’s Center.

Hundreds of white lights will be lit in The George Washington University Ross Hall courtyard during the Lights of Life ceremony on December 8th, 2010 at 5:15 p.m. and remain lit throughout the holiday season.

To make a donation and dedication, please use the Lights of Life dedication form.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Whitney Pinger Pioneers New Presentation on Benefits of Midwifery

In June, Whitney Pinger presented “Midwifery Pearls: Evidence for Clinical Practice” at the national conference of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). The presentation, originally created by Whitney in collaboration with the ACNM DC Chapter, is now promoted by the professional association as “Evidence‐based Practice: Pearls of Midwifery”: “a one‐of‐a‐kind presentation that...showcases the benefits of midwifery practices that support labor and childbirth for mothers and babies.” Read more about the “Pearls” presentation here.

Whitney Pinger and the DC Chapter of ACNM won a National Midwifery Media Award for their work on this presentation.
"Pearls for Normal Birth"
  • Encourage women to eat in early labor and drink throughout.
  • No routine IV fluids: don’t dilute normal oxytocin levels.
  • Intermittently auscultate the fetal heart rite.
  • Keep women upright, mobile, and wet.
  • Encourage doulas.
  • Don’t routinely break the bag of water.
  • Give women the time they need to birth their babies.
  • Wait for women to involuntarily push; labor down with epidurals.
  • No routine episiotomies or aggressive vaginal stretching.
  • Delay cord clamping and actively but gently manage the third stage.
  • Encourage immediate skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding.
  • Listen to the evidence, listen to women, and trust yourself.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Happy Midwifery Week

Photo by Damian Achilles
We’re celebrating Midwifery Week this year by honoring our growing WISDOM network and renewed focus on building our community. This week, we mark a milestone of 70 women who have recently joined our network at GWU.

The Midwife Connection blog is also celebrating Midwifery Week.

Monday, June 28, 2010

WISDOM has Moved to George Washington University

George Washington University Hospital is WISDOM's new home. With the move comes new capacity for WISDOM to establish a full-scope midwifery service. Whitney Pinger is now Director of Midwifery Services with the GW Medical Faculty Associates in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Here's how to get in touch with WISDOM Midwifery:
phone: 202.741.2500

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Whitney Pinger Wins "Women's Health Hero" Award

Whitney Pinger
Photo by Damian Achilles
Whitney was one of 20 individuals and organizations across the country who were inducted into the Our Bodies Ourselves Women's Health Heroes  Hall of Fame this year. These "heroes" were recognized for having made significant, long-lasting contributions to women’s health.

Read more about the Women’s Health Heroes award and the nomination for Whitney.

The WISDOM community knows first hand this award is well deserved. Congratulations, Whitney!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

WISDOM Celebrates Mother's Day

The WISDOM community gathered this month to celebrate Mother's Day and to send off our very valuable Heather Wilson to midwifery school.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Focus on Nutrition for Healthy Pregnancy, Babies, and Motherhood

Our Guidelines for Healthy Nutrition for Women

Your body deserves the very best nutrition. Well-nourished bodies function well and are disease resistant. Food is what makes your immune system strong. You need a healthy immune system to fight infection and disease. When a person is sick or has a symptom that is uncomfortable, the body is telling you it needs to be taken care of. Proper nutrition both prevents disease and can help the body to fight disease. These guidelines will support your body to be as healthy and disease-free as possible.

Feed your body so your body can support you to be you. Give your body lots of fresh oxygen by walking or exercising at least 30 minutes per day outdoors.

Read the full Guidelines for Healthy Nutrition for Women