Monday, December 30, 2013

Midwifery Study Book List and Link-up

2014 is almost here!!

Lately, I've been seeing a lot of different lists people have made or blogged about regarding books they are going to read in 2014.  So I decided to make a midwifery book goal list!  These books are all taken from my school's Midwifery Modules, but I'm encouraging you to post on your blog about what you plan to read and linking up at the end of this post (feel free to use the title picture too)!  :)  So without further adieu, 

2014 Midwifery Book List

The Birth Book, by William and Martha Sears

Natural Birth the Bradley Way, by Susan McCutcheon-Rosegg

Silent Knife, by Nancy Wainer  Cohen and Lois J. Estner

Assigned sections of Myles Textbook for Midwifery, by Diane M. Fraser and Margaret A. Cooper

Optimal Care in Childbirth, by Henci Goer and Amy Romano

There!  That might look like a small list to you, but this is only covering one section which is the main reading section (I use other workbooks for other course categories). 

For those interested, here is my Midwifery/Doula "bookshelf" on

Now it's your turn!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Leap for Joy! | Shiloh S.

Just a tad late in getting this posted......  this is along the lines of what I shared (trusting the Lord wholly with our future) during our family's sharing time on the 25th.  Oh, and this isn't really that midwifery related....  wonder why?  Read my "About" page!

Originally published in Virtuous Women Magazine Volume 8, Issue 4

Mary, a pretty young maiden, was soon to be blessed with a son,
In the sight of the Lord she found favor, to be given the promised one! Mary has now come to see me, For I am also expecting a boy.
And just as I hear Mary’s greeting, My child in my womb leaped for joy!

For Jacob will call a scepter a son, to rise out of Israel,
A virgin will be with child, and she will call him Immanuel

Conceived from above the spirt of of love, The king will rest on him!
The shepherd of man has come as a lamb who takes away all of our sin, And he leaped for joy!
We all know the miraculous story of Jesus’ birth. He was born a king- born the King of kings

amongst the lowliest of men… Lets take a moment to recall to mind this amazing story:

In the days of Herod the king of Judea there was a certain virgin named Mary who was espoused (or betrothed) to a man named Joseph. An angel sent by God came to Mary and told her that she would conceive by the Holy Ghost, a son, whose name would be called Jesus. He would be great and would be called the son of the Highest.

Later on in Luke we read that when her days were accomplished that she should be delivered she brought forth her firstborn son, wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger of a stable because there was no room for them in the inn.

Mary was blessed among women–she had found favor with the Lord. One of my favorite verses in the first chapter of Luke is verse 38. Prior to this verse – the angel tells Mary that she would conceive in her womb and bring forth a son and would call his name Jesus. Mary answers, “How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?” The angel answers her by telling her that the Holy Ghost would come upon her–the power of the Highest would overshadow her. “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” (Luke 1:37).

“And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.” (Luke 1:38).

Mary accepted God’s will for her life. He chose her to be the lady by whom He would send His only son. She submitted herself fully to Him. She didn’t surrender only a part of herself or only 99%, but she called herself a servant the “handmaid of the Lord”– she submitted herself entirely to His Word.

“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you…” (James 4:8a.).

Having a real relationship with the Lord is so important! But we cannot have a relationship with Him when we are entangled in sin. 1 John 1:6-7 tells us: “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in the darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”

To draw nigh to God we must be like Mary- we must fully submit ourselves to the Lord. We must lay aside the sin that so easily besets us and run with patience the race that the Lord has set before us (Hebrews 12:1).

In 2 Chronicles 17:16, Amasiah “willingly offered himself unto the LORD”. Will you willing offer yourself to the Lord? Will you lay aside your sin and submit yourself to the Lord?

Mary didn’t know what the next step in her life would be– she didn’t know what people would say about her, but she knew that she could trust the Lord with her future.

Mary you blessed among women, and blessed is the child you bare,
But why have I been so favored that you should visit me here? Blessed are you for believing, The Lord will give you his boy
at the pleasing sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy!

For rising in Judah an infinite ruler, born in Bethlehem
For strength he will stand, with love for all men

and peace for the hearts for all men, the Father he’ll trust, serpent he’ll crush. He’ll reign as the servants son!
Eternal I am in meekness of man, the promised Messiah is come! and he leaped for joy!
And he leaped for joy!

Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you. We can fully put our trust into the Lord—leap for joy!

 © Shiloh S. /Virtuous Women Magazine ~ Italics are taken from “Elizabeth’s Song”

Saturday, November 30, 2013

You Know You're in Midwifery School #1

You know you're in midwifery school when it's totally normal to send an email like this:


Monday, October 21, 2013

Is this really studying??? :D

Listening to the Scripture Study sermons and crocheting...  does studying get any better then this??


Friday, October 11, 2013

Essential Oils in Pregnancy, Labor, and Postpartum ~ Part 2

This is part 2 of the notes I've written from the webinar class I took on Essential Oils during Pregnancy and beyond.  Read Part 1 at this link.  Part 2 is about oils that are helpful during labor.

Labor Oils~

Moving Things Along (note, not before- during)
Progressence Plus, Thieves, Lavender, Frankincense, and Peace & Calming.

Align Mother's Hips and Help Relax
Valor ~ along side and bottom of feet

Breech or Posterior Position Baby
Breech Position~ Peppermint on top of stomach in a rainbow shape
Posterior Position~ Peppermint on lower back

Peppermint Oil

Uterine Pain
Frankincense or Lavender 

Back Pain
Frankincense, Valor, PanAway, and Deep Relief
Apply to sore areas of back legs or hips.


Emotional Stress Tension
Bergamot, Gentle Baby, Valor (rubbed on shoulders), and Rosewood

One drop of Peppermint on tongue.

Bergamot and Bergamot Oil

What are some of your favorite essential oils from the list above?  Do you have any others that you would add for laboring oils? :)

Stay tuned for Part 3 where I will share notes from the Postpartum section of the webinar.


Friday, October 4, 2013

Essential Oils in Pregnancy, Labor, and Postpartum ~ Part 1

I just took a webinar class about using Essential oils in Pregnancy, Labor, and Postpartum...  yes it was rather awkward having to sign my entire name into a class where all the other participators were probably moms!  I was just Thankful no one I knew was on it too (however you all know now!)...  But hey, the class had some amazing information and as an aspiring midwife/doula and hoping to be a mother someday myself- I found the information very intriguing, the postpartum information rather shocking (yeah, I guess never thought beyond the baby's arrival), and wow God is so amazing to create so many things that are natural that we can use to help/cure problems with!

This is going to be just a minor/rough outline of the notes I took.  So in other words, I'm just a 22 year old young lady- learning myself-- nothing special-- so don't experiment by what I've written (I've been there, done that, and had a horrible result)...  There.  You've been warned....

Pregnancy Oils~

Morning Sickness
Ningxia Red, Orange, Lemon, Peppermint, Ginger, Purification, and Di-Gize.

Peppermint, Lemon, Ginger, and Di-Gize.

Peppermint, Wintermint, PanAway, and Deep Relief.*

A field of Lavender~ it's it beautiful?

Lavender, Cedarwood, Valor, Lemongrass, and Peace & Calming

Mood Swing, OTC Replacements
Progessence Plus, Theives, Lavender, Frankincense, and Peace & Calming


*To apply the oils for Headaches just apply the oil directly wherever it hurts.  You can also use a carrier (if you want).  A carrier is just another kind of oil (like coconut oil) that you use along with the essential oil.

One thing I found interesting was about the Peppermint (one of my favorites!) oil.  Peppermint drives oils deeper.  So you can apply oils in layers-- using Peppermint on the top because it will drive your oils deeper.  Isn't that interesting?  Goes to show one how amazing our Creator really is!

Lemongrass and Lemongrass Oil

What are some of your favorite oils?  Do you have any others that you would add to the list above?

Stay tuned for Part 2 where I will note some Oils for Labor. :)


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

It's Fall, Y'all!

Today is October 1st!

Yesterday, I looked over my next modules and wrote out some goals/schedule for the next three months!!  :)  Recently I counted up all the modules and figured out that I need to do approximately four modules a month- so I scheduled up about 20-something modules that I can choose from each month to meet a goal of at least four which would come out to completing 12 modules. 

What goals do you all have for the Fall?  Do you like to write schedules/goals?

Welcome, October!


September Pictures

Receiving Long Distance Papers back... always a highlight!


Working on Definitions~


Monday, September 23, 2013

Experiment: Sanatize Medical Equipment

Here is an experiment I just tried last week.  It's one way you can sterilize medical equipment.  Basically you wrap your tools up in the special blue paper and then use the tape to secure it.  Put it in the oven and when the temperature has reached the point where the items are sterilized-- the tap changes color.  You can easily see this in the second picture where the tape that originally looked like plain masking tape now has gray lines across it.  When the experiment was over, my mother had four sterilized forks. :)


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

This Week~~

Check off List
I love check off lists...  they are great way to stay motivated and see progress!

Midwifery Module 2
This week I've been experimenting with how long it takes to read a chapter- therefore how long will it take to read a book/how long should I spend in reading each day.  So far with the really long chapters it seems to take 30 min to read half a chapter.

I've also found timing myself to be an excellent way to set a goal.  I start the timer and then put it in an area that I can't see while reading (I don't like feeling like I'm being timed to read!) then I read until the time I've chosen is up.  Of course, though, whenever I decided to try timing some sibling comes in the room or else I just have to ignore sound around me at the kitchen table, but it works!  And I'd rather live with the noise then to be without my family. :)


Monday, September 9, 2013

Common Abbreviations to Remember ~ Part 4

A refresher about abbreviations from Part 1:

Writing abbreviations like IU (International Unit) can easily be mistaken for IV (intravenous) or MD which means "doctor of medicine"could also mean "medical department" or "maximum dose".  So today we don't use certain abbreviations since they could be easily be misread or mean something different and this could put someone's life in danger.

Read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

ACS  American Cancer Society 

CDC  Centers for Disease Control

FEMA  Federal Emergency Management Agency

HPF  high-power field

HPV  human papillomavirus

IED  improvised explosive device

LPF  lower-power field

MRSA  methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

staph  staphylococci

STD  sexually transmitted disease

strep  streptococci

WMD  weapons of mass destruction

These are from Chapter 3 of "Building a Medical Vocabulary". 
Disclaimer: This chapter was on Diseases and Disorders- therefore it is is necessary to note, that some of the above terms are what I would define as caused by sin and some of the disorders covered in the book, I would not agree with.  As always we compare these things with God's Word.  Including Diseases and Disorders. :)

Stay tuned for Part 4!


Friday, September 6, 2013

Hello September,

Do the months seem to fly by incredibly fast to you?  They sure do for me!

Hello September!  September has already brought me one midwifery meeting online (we do meetings via Google Hangouts) and another envelope of modules went to MIA once again.

This September, I am planning to work on Scripture Studies, finish reading the Sears' book (Module 2 for the Midwifery Modules), start another Module of Nutrition, and tackle Module 2 of Anatomy and Physiology. :)  I also will have another online meeting in two weeks, a coach call in one week, a director call shortly, (whew!)  and start practicing basic skills.....  maybe I'll practice on you. ;-)

How's that for the beginning  of September post?  Oh yes, that August post....  it's still forth coming...  I hope to post it before October. :)



Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Seriously, it'a already August!

Can you believe that it's already August?

Stay tuned for the upcoming post titled "Why I Love August".  Which hopefully will be posted before September..... :)

Happy Summer!


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

This Week~~

This week I've been listening to audio from the June Skill Meeting from


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Goodbye to Nutrition Module 3

Finally finished Nutrition Module 3!  

So in honor of finishing Module 3....  here are three pictures. :)  This module was on"Nutrition Guidelines and Tools for a Healthful Diet".

A few notes for this update:

Find my new page on Articles having to do with Midwifery here


Saturday, July 13, 2013

A Break in Studying.....

I have taken a short break in studying......  because I had to focus my study elsewhere.....  this other area was driving all over the place!  :)

On freeways, over ramps, bridges, city streets, and country roads!  Thank you, Daddy and Mommy for taking me nearly "everywhere"!!

And now that...

Past my driver's test!!!  I got my license!!! :)

Time to get back to studying....   :)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Modules 6 and Into July!

Today, I sent in Midwifery Vocabulary Module 6 and Scripture Study Module 6!  To top that off my 6 year old brother helped pick out the picture for me. :)

And now it's......

Here's what I'm currently starting out with for July:
  • Midwifery Module 2
  • Scripture Study Module 7
  • Nutrition Module 3

Happy July!


Thursday, June 20, 2013

More Vocabulary Terms

Organizing Definition Papers

Lately, I've been reading this book and working on Midwifery Vocabulary Module 6. :)

A few notes for this update:

Until next time,


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Picture Update #1

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words....  so here's my midwifery studying picture of the week.  I'm so Thankful to be able to study with the world's most cutest siblings. :)


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Month of May~

Wow, it's already June!!

For the Month of May, I was able to complete two modules.  One was on Nutrition- basically in a nutshell- how where you grew up (culture, type of family, etc) often can affect what kind of choices you make food wise.  For example, I would not dream of eating Escargot (cooked land snails), but they are served as an appetizer in French Restaurants... yuck!

I also complete my 5th Scripture Study module this last month which focused on Childbirth and was very interesting! 

This June I'm looking forward to working on: Scripture Study, Basic Skills, Midwifery Module 2, and Anatomy and Phis. Mod. 2 (well sorta, I'm looking forward to having that one finished!).

Right now I'm *currently* working on Scripture Study Module 6 which focuses on Midwives and reading this book.

Until next time,


Image from Google

Friday, May 17, 2013

Nutrition Module 1

Picture of some of my pages of definitions
10 pages later.....  finished Nutrition Module 1!  :)  Lots of writing definitions down and then answering questions with more definitions!  Onto Midwifery Module 2 which will be lots of reading as I mentioned in this post. :)


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Month of April

Packages at the Postoffice! :)

I just got back my work for the month of April in a package- hence the picture from the movie "Larkrise to Candleford" which I've been enjoying this month with my sisters.  "My one weakness". :)  Anyhow back to the subject at hand, during the month of April I completed Anatomy and Physiology 1, Scripture Study 4, Midwifery Module 1, Midwifery Vocabulary 4, and Midwifery Vocabulary 5.  Much to my delight- I received A+s on all my work and an A on Anatomy and Physiology!!  :)

So far for the month of May, I've taken off two weeks of studying and just come back to it.  I've completed Scripture Study 5 and have been working on Nutrition 2.  For the Nutrition module we're going through a book called "Discovering Nutrition" as well as a few other books.  As soon as I finish this Nutrition module I am going to go onto Midwifery Module 2 which is reading one of my already favorite books, "The Birth Book" which is by the Sears.  

Well, I'm really looking forward to learning more this month and it's exciting to be nearly onto the Basic Skills Modules! :)


Nutrition Image from Google

Monday, April 22, 2013

Organ Systems~

Organ Systems:

  • Moves the Skeleton: Skeletal System
  • Regulates body functions by means of hormones: Endocrine System
  • Covers the body and prevents entry of pathogens: Integumentary System
  • Destroys Pathogens that enter the body: Lymphatic System
  • Exchanges oxygen and carbon dioxide between the air and blood: Respiratory System


From Anatomy and Physiology Mod. 1
Work, Copyrighted, by: Shiloh :)

Friday, April 19, 2013

Midwifery Module: Evidence Based Practice

MM15 01

Evidence Based Practice has been defined as: The conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. (Sackett)

There are three advantages:

  1. Better healthcare due to research.
  2. It lessens the "theory-practice" gap.
  3. High Quality Care due to the skills needed for Evidence Based Practice.
Critical Reading must be done so that the practitioner understands the strengths and weaknesses of the research report.  The report should be judged well--fairly, instead of harshly or excessively negatively.  In order to identify strengths and any limitations there should be an objective examination.


Copyrighted, by: Shiloh :)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Finishing Up Work for the Month~

Lately, I've just been finishing up work on my modules so I can send them into MIA in just a week, wow how time flies! :)  Looking over the month...  I've completed:

  • Midwifery Vocabulary Module 4: Vocabulary terms from O to Q.
  • Midwifery Vocabulary Module 5: Vocabulary terms from R to V.
  • Scripture Study Module 4: "Doctrines of Childbirth".
  • Midwifery Module 1
  • Nearly all of Anatomy and Physiology Module 1
This brings me to nearly five modules completed this month and a total of 12 Modules finished!! :)