Carrying on in the Face of Grief

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At times, life forces us into situations where we find ourselves grieving during times of celebration. Andrea Altomaro navigates this challenge.

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'Nothing Stays the Same'

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Embracing change plays an important role in Episode 7 as many of Poplar's residents remain resistant to contraception and new ways of birthing. Andrea Altomaro explores this issue.

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A Midwife’s Skill

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Andrea Altomaro discusses delivery complications that can occur without a midwife present as a young woman attempts to conceal her pregnancy in Episode 6.

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When Doing Our Best Doesn’t Feel Like Enough

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Andrea Altomaro discusses acceptance when coping with stressful labors and births that go awry.

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Listen, Support & Leave Judgment at the Door

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With judgment playing a theme throughout Episode 3, Andrea Altomaro advises against turning on a patient even when your values don't align.

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'Because Love Grows, When Nothing Else Is Certain'

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Andrea Altomaro reflects on the drama, characters, and heavy-hitting health issues in the Season 5 premiere.

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Putting Personal Bias Aside & Respecting a Mother's Choices

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Andrea Altomaro discusses the importance of lending an ear to a patient in times of emotional distress.

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National Midwifery Week 2015!

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This week marks National Midwifery Week, which is a time where midwives are celebrated and recognized for the care they deliver every day. The American College of Nurse Midwives is using National Midwifery Week 2015 to spread the word about midwives using the Our Moment of Truth campaign and hashtagging #MidwivesMakeADifference on social media.

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Beginnings and Endings

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Andrea Altomaro looks back on Season 4, and how the midwives dealt with difficult topics and their own personal struggles.

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Supporting One Another: Going beyond the Call of Duty

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Andrea Altomaro explains how midwifery is an extremely rewarding and mostly joyful career, but there can be moments of unbearable sorrow. 

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Midwifing the Midwife

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Often, Andrea and her colleagues meet mothers who may find it difficult to trust medical professionals. Because one of the aspects of the midwifery model of care is forming a relationship with their clients, sometimes a midwife is a great fit for these women. 

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Midwifery: The Art of Caring

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One thing that really struck Andrea Altomaro about this week’s episode was how the midwives and Dr. Turner show how much their professions are an enormous part of their lives.

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In Midwifery, There Is No Room for Passing Judgements

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Andrea Altomoro explains that no matter a woman’s background —her age, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, sexual identity — it is a midwife’s job to provide safe, compassionate, and quality care.

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A Midwife for the Most Vulnerable

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Andrea Altomaro explores the parallels between the episode’s plot and her modern day practice. Part of midwifery is being available for support, and sometimes simply listening to the struggles that clients may be experiencing. 

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Love and Loss

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See how Andrea Altomaro reacted to a couple's sudden loss in Episode 2. 

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