Adolescent Transitions

When it comes to supporting adolescent girls during life’s transitions,  we- as a culture-have a lot of work to do.

Most women I know (myself included) stumbled through their adolescent transitions feeling awkward, unsupported and more than a little confused.

Between a changing body (hips, breasts, pimples and cramps!), roller-coaster of hormonally-fueled emotions, and a large dose of culturally fueled embarrassment/shame about these changes, the female adolescent experience is one most of us wish to improve for our own daughters.

As a midwife, I see a lot of that work beginning with the care and information that I provide. Not just to adolescent girls directly, but to their families as well.

Together, we can support our daughters in embracing life’s transitions, celebrating milestones,  encouraging their empowerment and self awareness in the process.

In that vein, I am sharing this video – I’m not sure how many young women have such a positive experience, but I believe that together we can raise our female children to feel confidence, trust and love in their bodies.

While this may startle some viewers, and is not an endorsement for any product sold, I appreciate the sense of ownership and comfort-with-self that it demonstrates, such a contrast to the experiences of most women’s first menstrual experiences.

Often as a parent,  it is easier to know what to talk about than it is to know how to talk about it. If your daughter or adolescent-loved one is on the cusp of this life transition, give us a call and schedule for both of you to come in for a visit to talk with our midwife.


Monthly Menses: A Window Into a Woman’s Health

When women of menstruating age experience irregular and/or painful periods, they are very commonly prescribed birth control pills (BCP). The high doses of estrogen found in BCP, taken on a specific schedule, will force a woman’s body to menstruate at a specific time of the month. Those taking BCP usually also experience less pain prior to their period.

However, a recent scientific conference held at the New York Academy of Sciences emphasized the importance of the menstrual cycle for overall health. As stated by Paula Hillard, M.D., professor of obstetrics & gynecology and pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine “The menstrual cycle is a window into the general health and well-being of women, and not just a reproductive event.”

She went on to say, “It [the menstrual cycle] can indicate the status of bone health, heart disease, and ovarian failure, as well as long-term fertility.” Continue reading “Monthly Menses: A Window Into a Woman’s Health”