A Final Farewell

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As Season 5 comes to a close, Katie Moriarty looks back on the controversy surrounding thalidomide and discusses how one doctor made strides with her work for the FDA.

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Managing Hidden Biases

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Katie Moriarty discusses implicit stereotypes and how we can learn to recognize and control them.

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Going the Distance

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Katie Moriarty discusses the change in midwife transportation over the years and how it impacted midwifery in some of the most remote locations in the U.S.

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Finding Strength During Dark Times

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Katie Moriarty discusses a broken system and the need for us to do better by victims of crime.

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Facing the Winds of Change

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Katie Moriarty explores the changes between the '60s and today, touching on unplanned pregnancy, child deformities and a shift from home births to hospitals.

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How Health Information and Stigma Has Changed in the Modern Era

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Though much has changed since the 1960s, issues of widespread disease and women's health are ongoing conversations, even today. Katie Moriarty examines these topics as they arise in Episode 3.

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Welcome Back Call the Midwife!

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Modern Day Midwives blogger Katie Moriarty eagerly anticipates Season 5 and discusses how the midwifery lessons of 1961 Poplar are still relevant today in Detroit, Mich.

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The Tragic History of Thalidomide and Phocomelia

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Katie Moriarty discusses the history of thalidomide use around the world in from 1957-1962.

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Avoiding Unnecessary Medical Intervention During Labor

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Though the physiologic process takes precedence over induced labor, the latter is sometimes considered when an expectant mother feels it's best. Katie Moriarty explains the significance of allowing shared decision-making between mother and midwife.

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Hyperemesis Gravidarum or Severe Nausea and Vomiting during Pregnancy

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Katie Moriarty discusses the Season 4 Finale and shares resources for strategies to help with nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, a theme seen in Episode 8. 

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It's About Resolution, Not Condemnation

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Episode 7 made Katie Moriarty think about patient safety and the structures and processes that are put in place to improve capability and decrease errors.

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May 5th is the International Day of the Midwife

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On the International Day of the Midwife, Katie Moriarty reiterates that being a midwife is really a calling more than a profession.

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We’re Shaped by the Hands We Hold and Hearts We Cherish

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For Katie Moriarty, it is an honor to be with mothers as they go through powerful transitions in their lives. 

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Humanity is Fragile

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Katie Moriarty shares how she related to Sister Julienne's challenges working with a couple who refused medical treatment in Episode 5. 

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Public Health Behavior: Changes and Challenges

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Katie Moriarty explores Episode 4’s theme of changes in health behavior. 

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