the office number which is listed on all OGM webpages and other literature.
Triumphant news! Badgercare to cover homebirth in Wisconsin!
Wholesome Birth Service LLC announces via Facebook:
“Amazing news today at our statewide Midwifery meeting. Midwives will be able to accept Badgercare as of January 2017. This allows more families to have access to high quality, individualized maternity care with licensed midwives”.
Newborn Screening: A Few Drops of Blood Can Save a Baby’s Life
First Written For News-Herald Media
September is National Newborn Screening Awareness Month, and 2013 is the 50th anniversary of newborn screening nationally. The first newborn screening test was for PKU. Wisconsin began testing for PKU in 1965.
MADISON — Welcoming a new baby to your family can be one of the most exciting and information-overloaded times in your life. But there is one piece of information you need to be sure to ask your baby’s health care provider about: What are my baby’s newborn screening results?
Newborn screening is a test performed on a few drops of blood from a baby’s heel.
Between 24 and 48 hours after a baby is born, hospital staff (or a midwife for home births) will prick the baby’s heel and a few drops of blood are put on a special newborn screening collection card. The card is sent via courier to the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene’s Newborn Screening Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where scientists test the dried blood spots for 44 rare, serious disorders that, if not treated quickly, can lead to severe health problems and sometimes even death.
If a baby tests positive for one of the disorders, the state lab immediately contacts the baby’s doctor. More tests will be done to confirm the screening result.
Depending on the situation, the baby’s doctor may start treating the baby for the disorder while this additional testing is being performed. Some of the disorders screened for include cystic fibrosis, phenylketonuria (PKU), hypothyroidism, sickle cell disease, severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) and galactosemia.
Treatment of the disorders varies from special diets to medication to surgery.
“We screen nearly 70,000 infants a year for these rare, serious disorders and about 125 to 130 will have one of the 44 disorders,” says Mei Baker, a UW-Madison pediatrics associate professor and co-director of Wisconsin’s Newborn Screening Laboratory. “For those babies, a few drops of blood from their heel saved their life and gave them a chance for normal growth and development.”
If a baby’s newborn screening results are normal — and that’s the case for 99.9 percent of babies — the test results will be sent to the baby’s health care provider within a week after testing is completed.
Even though the vast majority of babies have normal newborn screening results, it’s still important to screen all of them.
“Nearly all of the 44 disorders are unrecognizable at birth, at least by routine physical examination,” says Patrice Held, co- director of the Newborn Screening Laboratory. “We have an opportunity to identify and treat babies with these disorders before they develop serious health problems.”
Another component of newborn screening in Wisconsin is hearing screening. The baby’s hearing is tested at the hospital or by a midwife after a home birth.
In Wisconsin, newborn screening testing is mandatory, but parents can opt out for religious reasons. The comprehensive program is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene. The program also includes physician consultants, genetic counselors and nutrition professionals from around the state.
“Of the 5418 women, 655 (12.1%) were transferred to hospital intrapartum or postpartum…
Five out of every six women transferred were transferred before delivery, half (51.2%) for failure to progress, pain relief or exhaustion.
After delivery, 1.3% of mothers and 0.7% of newborns were transferred to hospital, most commonly for maternal haemorrhage (0.6% of total births), retained placenta (0.5%), or respiratory problems in the newborn (0.6%).
The midwife considered the transfer urgent in 3.4% of intended home births.
Transfers were four times as common among primiparous women (25.1%) as among multiparous women (6.3%) but urgent transfers were only twice as common among primiparous women (5.1%) as among multiparous women (2.6%).”
Johnson and Daviss 2005, p. 1417
Home Oriented Maternity Experience — “H.O.M.E. Meetings”
“H.O.M.E. Meetings” are a tradition of home birth families dating back to April, 1974 when a group of five women conceived the idea of an educational organization for couples needing information and support for home birth.
Since then, H.O.M.E. grew into a cohesive group of parents and birth attendants who support safe home birth in nearly every state in the U.S. and in Israel.
The H.O.M.E. series consists of five meetings which are offered free of charge and cover all aspects of home birth. Resources such as books, video showings, literature and professional assistance are provided.
Mothers, fathers, family members, friends and any interested persons are encouraged to participate in the full series because it is the parents’ responsibility to prepare for a safe home birth.
The Home Oriented Maternity Experience is devoted to helping couples achieve the optimum experience of a safe home birth; bringing together those who have had home births, those who want home birth, professionals and childbirth educators.
Midwife, Alice Skenandore, formerly of the Las Vegas Area Midwives, introduced H.O.M.E. to northeast Wisconsin when she re-located to Oneida in 1992.
In conjunction with Alice Skenandore and Wise Women Gathering Place, Country Midwife began offering H.O.M.E. meetings in August 1997. Since then we have had the pleasure of organizing approximately 140 H.O.M.E. Meetings and the honor of serving over a thousand participants.