Not too long ago, scientists predicted that the ice at the arctic was melting away for good. They thought it was possible it might melt away completed by the middle of this century. That’s all changed. A record ice melt this year has scientists now predicting that the summer ice could be gone in less than ten years – by 2020. What does that mean? Rising oceans and problems for coastal communities, but also bigger climate shifts without the polar ice to reflect back the sun’s rays.
Unless you’ve been in a natural disaster, it’s really hard to understand its true impact. Whether it’s Hurricane Katrina, Colorado wildfires, the drought of 2012 or the worst storm damage in years in Ohio, the people affected deal with the aftermath long after the news crews pack up and go home.
The term midwife usually conjured pictures of home births and traditional medicine. But midwifery has changed drastically. Some of the changes are positive, leading to new options for women’s health care. But some of those changes are causing those in the profession to struggle with the requirements of Western medicine versus the expectations of the women they serve. Susanrachel Condon is a licensed midwife in New York and a member of the Board of the NYS Association of Midwives.