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Coffee Connection Summary May 2021 with Megan Bochum, LM, CPM, IBCLC

Every month we connect with CCCN Members at our Coffee Connections with one to two guest speakers. This month, CCCN connected with Megan Bochum, LM, CPM, IBCLC, owner of Pacific Midwifery located in Arroyo Grande. Megan shared that she is currently certified in Perinatal Mental Health and in herbal education, working towards a functional medicine certificate. Learn more about Megan here.

This month CCCN highlighted midwifery care and bonding. Megan gave an informative presentation of her practice in midwifery care from adolescent care into postpartum. CCCN recently shared an IG post from the coffee connection with Megan here.

Here are a few highlights from our recent Coffee Connection with Megan Bochum, LM, CPM IBCLC, and how she describes her midwifery practice.

  • Care is collaborative, relationship-based, and multi-generational. Megan explains the view of the midwifery model of care "as a state of health. It's a physiologic event. It is not necessarily a medical event. And we are supportive of the whole unit." At her office, the family, support people, their parents, and children are all welcomed.

  • Midwifery care can be a safe place for Physical and Emotional health counseling for adolescents.

  • Currently, guidelines encourage educational visits focused on reproductive anatomy and physiology, contraception and STI protection, and nutritional and lifestyle guidance. Physical exams may be performed as needed. NO pelvic or speculum exams for people under 21 unless medically necessary or strong desire." (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecology, ACOG).

  • Midwives support and use community referrals as needed.

  • Practices Trauma-informed care, for example, by asking for permission before assessments or exams.

  • Nutrition is a meaningful discussion as it pertains to physical health and assesses intake through diet summaries. WIC is a great community resource for nutritional needs.

  • Midwifery students increase the quality of care through diverse values and cultural backgrounds that clients can relate to.

  • Encourage family/parent bonding with minimal to no interruptions. It is vital to keep the family together.

We would like to thank Megan Bochum for spending her morning with CCCN Members and discussing Midwifery care from adolescents through postpartum. We appreciate and respect her valuable expertise, care, and midwifery services she continues to provide to the Central Coast, CA.

Additional Resources Megan shared include:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist Committee Opinion 803, April 2020: Confidentiality in Adolescent Healthcare

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist Committee Opinion 811, October 2020:The Initial Health Reproductive Visit

*The following content is for informational purposes only. This does not substitute medical advice. Please seek medical diagnosis and treatment from a healthcare provider.

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