Empowered, knowledgeable, and engaging.

The EngagED Midwife Podcast hopes to engage practicing midwives to enhance their robust knowledge base and elevate their clinical practice.

Cara Busenhart and Missi Stec provide insightful, relevant conversations on midwifery topics that enhance student knowledge and improve confidence for certification while also serving as a review on current topics for the practicing midwife. Tune in for upcoming episodes on substance abuse in pregnancy, caring for the gut, and what is like to be partnered with a midwife.

Gettin’ Tricky With It

In this episode, Cara and Missi give you all of the tricks that you might not read about in all of those textbooks.  Fun antidotes from nurses, tips from preceptors, and intuition gained from years of practice are all highlighted in this not-so-evidence-based episode.

What’s Blood Got To Do With It

In this episode, Cara and Missi take a deep dive into anemia.  Join the girls for a conversation around diagnosis, treatment, and education geared toward patients with anemia.

Finding the Right Fit: Prenatal Genetic Testing

In this episode, Cara and Missi discuss preconception and prenatal genetic testing.  Find out the differences between screening and diagnosis and the appropriate tests for each trimester in this information packed session.

When Grief Becomes Purpose

In this episode, Cara and Missi dive into the topic of perinatal loss and support. They are  joined by Stacey Gripshover who is a board certified Pysch- Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Through perinatal loss, Stacey, along with her husband Leo, honor their baby Blue by relentlessly pursuing other grieving families in hopes of helping them navigate their grief journey. You won’t want to miss the story of her journey to the goal of providing maternal mental health to women in need.

There’s No Place Like Home

In this episode, Cara and Missi are joined by Belinda Lashea, CNM, MSN and Erin Meyers in an exploration of community birth.  Belinda and Erin explain why out of hospital birth is so empowering and how midwives are seen in the community.  You won’t want to miss this discussion on midwives in the community and the impact they make.

Psychological Adaptation to Pregnancy

In this episode, Cara and Missi explore the important psychologic tasks of pregnancy.  Midwives can provide the best support both physiologically and psychologically during pregnancy.  This episodes works through t the major tasks in each trimesters and how midwives can provide support to their patients.

Why Am I So Sad?

In this episode, Cara and Missi review the screening, diagnosis, and treatment for depression in women across the lifespan.  Here you will find a review of recommendations, screening tools, and pharmacology that can help you be a light to the people that need you most.

Phone a Friend

In this episode, Cara and Missi talk about mentoring and what it has meant in their careers. The girls give shout outs to important people that have shaped their professional lives and explain formal versus informal mentoring. You don’t want to miss this episode on when to phone a friend.

The Skinny on Obesity in Pregnancy

In this episode, Cara and Missi review the AGOG practice bulletin and recommendations for overweight and obese patients in the antepartum period. We understand that this is a sensitive topic to consider with patients and this episode is meant to serve as a way to start this conversation.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

In this episode, Cara and Missi give you all of the details of their holiday wish list including gifts for students, preceptors, midwives, and all those birth workers we love so much.  You won’t want to miss this one.

Update on STI and STD Treatment

In this episode, Cara and Missi are again joined by Amy for a conversation around the new CDC guidelines for the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases and infections.  This quick chat focuses on the main treatment changes that were highlighted in the July 2021 update.  Don’t forget to bookmark the webpage and delete that app!

To Bleed or Not to Bleed

In this Episode, Cara and Missi get real about the postpartum period.  Everything from breastfeeding, bleeding, and contraception, tune in to hear their advice for patient teaching, anticipatory guidance and what to expect in the postpartum period.

So You Had a Baby

In this Episode, Cara and Missi get real about the postpartum period.  Everything from breastfeeding, bleeding, and contraception, tune in to hear their advice for patient teaching, anticipatory guidance and what to expect in the postpartum period.

Get a Job

In this episode, Cara and Missi are joined by Amy Palmer to talk all of the details on getting that first job.  Everything from malpractice, to salary, to asking the right questions, students and new midwives won’t want to miss this midwives tell all episode.

Stop the Bleed

In this episode, Cara and Missi review the new guidelines for postpartum hemorrhage identification, prevention, and management.  Citing the ACOG practice bulletin, the World Health Organization, and the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health, this discussion will bring students and midwives up to date on what is new for clinical practice.

What to Expect When You’re Expecting

In this episode, Cara and Missi run through a list of common discomforts of pregnancy with a mind toward midwifery management.  Curious about what to take for heartburn or how to help patients deal with hemorrhoids?  This episode is for you.

Coming Soon from DeliverED

We have updates on all things Exam Prep.  Cara and Missi will talk about new products and opportunities, as well as, some exciting opportunities for Spring 2022.

My Mom is a Midwife

Meet the Busenhart and Stec children.  Cara and Missi’s kids dish about what it’s like for their mom to be a midwife.  Join us for this fun, sweet, and insightful conversation with Rory, Brooks, Max, and Julia as they talk about life with their moms.

Once a C Section Not Always a C Section

In this episode, Cara and Missi breakdown all thing TOLAC and VBAC.  Discussing indications, calculators, and protocols, you won’t want to miss this conversation about how midwives can be instrumental in helping women have successful vaginal deliveries.

Making Friends with the Gut

In this episode, Cara and Missi are joined by certified nurse-midwife Amanda Treon to discuss the link between the gut and inflammation.  Amanda will build on the current research and science to give us tangible ways to help clients struggling with overall wellness.

Married to a Midwife

In this episode, Cara and Missi host Missy and Sarah Furlette-Koski and invite their own partners to join in on a conversation about what it’s like to be married to a midwife.  You won’t want to miss this candid talk about partnering with a midwife and how to make it work.

H-I-J-K-L-M-N-O PCOS

In this episode, Cara and Missi will discuss PCOS- everything from presentation to diagnosis to treatment. Join us to brush up on your knowledge of how to best help our patients manage this multi-factorial diagnosis.

That’s Not Your Story

In this episode, Cara and Missi are joined by their midwife colleague, Mandy, to discuss substance abuse in pregnancy.  This thoughtful and insightful conversation will provide listeners with practical tips on the care of women with abuse disorders.

When to Screen and When to Not

In this episode, Cara and Missi will review helpful tools for screening assessments and tests in primary care.  Utilizing the United State Preventative Service Taskforce (USPSTF) guidelines, they will walk the student and practicing midwife through the recommendations of when to screen and when to not.

When Making a Baby Feels Like Work

In this episode, Cara and Missi get real about infertility.  Describing the history, workup and basic management, they will help provide a foundation of how to care for families experiencing difficulty achieving pregnancy.  Additionally, Missi will share her insights regarding her personal journey with infertility and importance of her care team.

The Doctor is IN!

In this episode, Cara and Missi will give their thoughts on terminal degrees in nursing.  The discussion will focus on the DNP and the PhD and why those degrees are a good fit for clinicians.  A lighthearted conversation that you won’t want to miss about why a doctoral degree can be relevant in advanced practice.

Tachypnea, Tachycardia and Fever….OH MY!

In this episode, Cara and Missi breakdown common symptom clusters that can be prevalent in the care of the newborn.  These deviations from normal should be understood by midwives in order to effectively stabilize newborns and employ consultation, collaboration and referral.

There’s An App For That

In this episode, Cara and Missi give you all the tips and tricks for apps in clinical practice. The Mobile Application Rating Scale (MARS) is broken down for clinicians and students while sharing all their favorite apps.

The Problem with Hypertension

In this episode, Cara and Missi discuss the hallmarks of hypertension in pregnancy including important diagnostic features, testing and midwifery management.

Shine Your Light with Dr. Heather Hines

In this episode, Cara and Missi are joined by their friend and colleague, Dr. Heather Hines for a frank discussion on mindfulness, feeding your midwifery spirit and maintaining mental wellbeing.

Every 28 Days, Just Like a Period

In this episode, Cara and Missi get down to basics and review the menstrual cycle from the HPOA axis all the way to menstrual disorders. Join in this refreshing review of the role the female body plays in reproduction.

Test Taking Strategies

In this episode, Cara and Missi will dish about all things test taking. From what to expect to how to prepare, this episode will help student to focus on what is important when taking their Midwifery certification exam.

An Introduction

In this episode, Missi and Cara will talk about how they conceptualized their company, DeliverED, and how the company has come to be a great solution for certification exam preparation.