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Goodbye and Good Luck, Houda!

On March 17, 2016

Many of you have had the opportunity to meet the Danish midwifery student who observed our practice during the month of February. Houda Bourid will finish her midwifery education in Copenhagen after one more semester of study. While in NYC, she was able to sit in on the Birthing Center class and prenatal yoga classes at the hospital, Mary Eikeseth’s childbirth education class, and Elaine Keller, CNM’s office hours for a day, as well as participate with Nicole and Barbara in seeing CBS clients for 4 weeks. She was very interested in the scope of midwifery practice here, which is much more extensive than in Denmark. We are happy to be able to foster good relations between midwives of different cultures, and hope we have contributed to Houda’s knowledge of midwifery in this country. While born and raised in Denmark, Houda’s family is originally from Morocco, so Barbara and Nicole now have an open invitation to visit Rabat!

Houda treats Barbara to brunch

Barbara shows Houda around NYC

BLIZZARD BABIES!

On January 24, 2016

Two CBS Midwifery clients gave birth during the big snowstorm – 7 lb. 5 oz “Graham” came into the world just after midnight, and 8 lb. 5 oz “Valentina” arrived about 18 hours later.

Barbara got to watch through the night as the storm gathered force and the snow flew. Later the streets emptied and the quiet descended over NYC – it was a little eerie coming home Saturday evening. When the Starbucks are closed in this town, you know something big is going on.

Congratulations to both mommies and daddies!

Barbara’s 2,000th baby!

On December 19, 2015

A week before Christmas, 2015, at the Birthing Center – a baby boy born to Sabrina & Faraz.
What an honor & a privilege! Please celebrate with us!

Barbara's 2,000th baby!

THANKSGIVING MILESTONE!

On November 29, 2015

CBS Midwifery’s 3,500th client gave birth on Thanksgiving Day – we were all so grateful for a beautiful healthy baby girl and 38 years of our practice. Next up: Barbara’s 2,000th! (That’s babies, not birthdays). Stay tuned for the big announcement!

France with Friends

On September 25, 2015

I had a wonderful week at a chateau in the countryside near Lautrec (9/18-23) with 9 other friends of Catherine Carr, to celebrate her birthday. Catherine & I met in nursing school, then became midwives & dear friends.

Mornings at the Chateau D’Aragon began with a trip into the village for fresh croissants & pain aux raisins or citron. Then over our coffee or tea & pastries we’d decide who was going where with whom. I saw some of Toulouse, Castres, Carcassone, & Albi, & hiked “The Crests” tour around Lautrec. Each evening we had a fabulous dinner cooked by Cousin John, one of the party who’s a professional chef from San Francisco.

The actual birthday celebration featured a chocolate mousse cake from the local patisserie & the surprise announcement to Catherine that we had established a scholarship in her name through the American College of Nurse Midwives.

Many thanks to Nicole for taking good care of all our clients while I was having such a great time!


Catherine and Barbara hiking around Lautrec

We made crowns out of sparkly pipe cleaners for the party – here’s my royal look!

A fun few days at the Jersey Shore

On August 15, 2015

Barbara spent a fun few days at the Jersey Shore with her sister Daphne, granddaughter Clementine, & grandson Kieran. They played pinball when it rained & mini-golf when it didn’t, & had some beautiful beach days.

Here is Barbara sharpening her eye-hand coordination at the Silverball Arcade.

Barbara, her sister, & grandkids after a round of mini-golf

A Wonderful Week in London

On June 21, 2015

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Just got back from a wonderful week in London with my youngest granddaughter, Clementine, who is 12. Lovely weather for boating on the Thames, which she loved. We went by water to the Tower of London one day, the Royal Observatory at Greenwich the next, and to Kew Gardens the day after that. We saw “Billy Elliot” and “Wicked”. But her favorite experience of the whole trip was the exhibit at the Hayward Gallery on the South Bank, which involved shooting down a helical slide 3 stories high on the outside of the building. I did it too! (and did not have a heart attack!). Thanks to Nicole for taking care of everyone so well while I was away – she spent a LOT of time at the hospital!

M.O.B.

On April 16, 2015

Barbara was the happy M.O.B. (mother of the bride) on April 11, when her daughter Jen married Tim O’Reilly in a ceremony on the Linden Terrace, in Fort Tryon Park. There were 210 friends and family gathered to fete the couple at the sunny if rather chilly exchange of vows, and we all danced and ate and partied until late at the reception at La Marina afterwards.

Barbara, daughter Jen & her husband Tim at the wedding reception

Clementine, Kendall & Kieran top off the wedding festivities with homemade butter pecan ice cream at Grandma’s house, after midnight

A Weekend in Virginia with My Granddaughter

On February 23, 2015

Just back from Charlottesville, Virginia, where I visited my granddaughter Kendall, a freshman at the University of Virginia. Snow snow snow there all day Saturday – lovely, but tough going. We decided against a visit to Monticello (next time!) and the official tour of the university was cancelled, so I got an unofficial tour from Kendall. Thomas Jefferson’s “Academical Village” is beautiful. Kendall’s aunt, my younger daughter Jen Pahlka (founder and CEO of Code for America) came down Saturday night after a speech in DC. By that time the snow had turned to sleet and the roads were ice-covered, so we had a perilous trip from the train station after picking her up! But it was great to be able to have dinner and then breakfast the next day with both of them. My journey home on Amtrak featured snowy fields and forests under blue skies all the way up the NE Corridor. I love train travel!

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Our Numbers for 2014

On January 29, 2015

  • 54 total deliveries, of which 45 were vaginal
    • 1 of these was a vacuum delivery
    • 2 of these were VBAC’s (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)
    • 3 other patients who had previously had a Cesarean birth had a repeat Cesarean
      • 1 = prolapsed cord
      • 1 = breech
      • 1 = non-reassuring fetal heart rate tracing
  • 6 patients had primary Cesarean deliveries
    • 5 of these were for non-reassuring fetal heart rate tracings.
          Several had meconium and/or a cord around the neck.
    • 1 of these was for a 10 lb. 8 oz baby
  • Of the vaginal births, 32 women had no stitches
    • 7 had a first degree perineal laceration which was repaired
    • 6 had a second degree perineal laceration which was repaired

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