Episode 19: Ask the Midwife Q+A with Ailsa Emmel - Lynzy & Co.

Episode 19: Ask the Midwife Q+A with Ailsa Emmel

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Episode 19: Ask the Midwife Q+A with Ailsa Emmel

When you are expecting a baby, there are so many decisions to make before, during, and after labor. Having a midwife can be a true source of comfort throughout this time. What exactly is a midwife though? How does it differ from an OB or doula?  My friend Ailsa is on the show to shed some light on what exactly a midwife does. I know you will feel Ailsa’s passion for helping women feel comfortable and stay safe during pregnancy, labor, and delivery.  

Ailsa Emmel is a certified nurse midwife and a huge advocate for women empowerment. Previously, she was a commissioned officer and Navy Nurse. Once she had her twins, she attended the University of Miami to complete Midwifery school. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • The difference between an OBGYN, midwife, and doula
  • Making important decisions during labor and after birth such as epidurals, VBACs, and delayed cord clamping
  • The motherhood comparison game that begins during pregnancy 
  • Black maternal health disparities 

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Questions answered within this episode:

  1. What exactly is a midwife? What’s the difference between an OBGYN, a midwife and a doula?
  2. When is it safe to have a VBAC?
  3. What are your thoughts on a hospital birth center vs. an out of hospital birth center?
  4. What are your thoughts on delayed cord clamping?
  5. Are there evidence based ways to get babies to flip if breached?
  6. Are cervical checks necessary?
  7. What does it mean to be GBS positive?
  8. How do we make significant changes in maternal mortality rates, especially for women of color?