The Mama Sherpas: Midwives who work in a hospital setting

The feature-length documentary, will follow nurse midwives, the doctors they work with, and their patients, in the DC area over the course of two years. The documentary will provide a personal glimpse into what midwives can bring into the birthing process in the hospital system. Through showing rather than telling, The Mama Sherpas will demonstrate how easily practices of midwifery could be mainstreamed into current medical practices to improve health care for women.
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“We are hot in D.C.,” says Dorothy Lee, a certified nurse midwife at the Family Health and Birth Center. “I don’t think everybody wants us yet, but they should. Birth should be a normal experience. Midwifery tries to keep it in the realm of normal. Doctors are there for complications.”

“We are hot in D.C.,” says Dorothy Lee, a certified nurse midwife at the Family Health and Birth Center. “I don’t think everybody wants us yet, but they should. Birth should be a normal experience. Midwifery tries to keep it in the realm of normal. Doctors are there for complications.”

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Article featuring Whitney Pinger, Director of Wisdom Midwifery and George Washington University Hospital

Article featuring Whitney Pinger, Director of Wisdom Midwifery and George Washington University Hospital

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The biggest focus, of course, is on trying to help mothers achieve full-term pregnancies. That ultimately comes down to more education in family planning, improved nutrition, and more programs that address risk factors from diabetes to smoking. Such basic care not only reduces the rate of preterm births, it increases the odds that those children will survive and grow up to help build their societies.

The biggest focus, of course, is on trying to help mothers achieve full-term pregnancies. That ultimately comes down to more education in family planning, improved nutrition, and more programs that address risk factors from diabetes to smoking. Such basic care not only reduces the rate of preterm births, it increases the odds that those children will survive and grow up to help build their societies.

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M. Christina Johnson  Tina Johnson  Director of Professional Practice and Health Policy @ ACNM

M. Christina Johnson Tina Johnson Director of Professional Practice and Health Policy @ ACNM

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I was impressed with a woman, a pregnant woman, a doubly pregnant woman. Two thirds of the way into a twin pregnancy, she brought herself (and her two gestating babes) to support the cause of NY midwives.

I was impressed with a woman, a pregnant woman, a doubly pregnant woman. Two thirds of the way into a twin pregnancy, she brought herself (and her two gestating babes) to support the cause of NY midwives.

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David Paad, RN, CNM, enjoys when mothers bring in the babies that he has delivered,

David Paad, RN, CNM, enjoys when mothers bring in the babies that he has delivered,

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