Midwife Karen DeCocker photographed at home in South Bend, IN.
In this episode Jillian continues her conversation with midwife Karen DeCocker, CNM, DNP, APRN, IBCLC. Karen talks about how she got into nursing & midwifery, how research changed her life, her work with some amazing human milk researchers, two big changes in women’s health care since she started her career, and why women are getting angry about not knowing their options. Jillian shares about the time she observed a c-section.
Also discussed: evidence-based, low intervention birth in a hospital setting, Karen’s work in a small, rural community hospital, urgent vs emergent c-sections, and problems with distribution of information to moms, particularly to those of low socio-economic status. Download on iTunes or Stitcher to listen on the go, or listen below!
Shownotes and links:
I didn’t realize that Pap smears are no longer required every year. Did you? They’re also not recommended for women who are under 21, even if they’re sexually active.
Self breast exams don’t lead to better outcomes, and in fact do more harm than good. Didn’t realize this was the case either. Now I don’t have to feel guilty for never doing them…
Karen’s biggest professional influence- Janet Engstrom, PhD, RN, CNM, WHNP, researcher of human milk.
Paula Meier, PhD, RN, FAAN