The Pap Smear

13 Oct 2014

‘Ri Teref-Ta APRN-CNM, MSN The pap smear is a screening test done during a well woman exam that checks for precancerous or cancerous cells on the cervix. Recently, guidelines have changed about how often a woman should have this screening test. Until the early 2000’s, it was not know what caused cervical cancer and the recommendation was for every woman to get a pap smear every year. Once it was discovered that HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) is responsible for 99% of all cervical cancers, the recommendation changed to start pap smear testing 1 yr after becoming sexually active and every year thereafter until age 30. At age 30, a woman.

Do I really need birth classes? I have a midwife!

21 Sep 2014

D’Andra Parsons,  Birth Boot Camp Instructor As Birth Boot Camp instructors, we often hear lots of reasons why couples don’t really think they need a birth class. One of the more common ones for home birth or birth center couples is that they feel confident that their birth experience will be wonderful because they feel they have chosen a good care provider, in their case, usually a midwife. Now, don’t misunderstand – choosing a care provider you trust and one that will do what she can to help you meet your goals is HUGE. In fact, care provider and birth place choices are the number one factor in whether or.