Joan Moon and I had a lovely interview. We stressed the importance of women understanding how menstruation affects every aspect of their lives. The audio is archived here as well as on the The Liberty Beacon Radio Network. Please check out Joan’s informative web site Women’s Health Dynamics.
Joan Moon, Ed.D., M.S.N., C.N.M.
A Nurse Midwife’s Approach to Women’s Health
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Joan Moon, Ed.D., M.S.N., C.N.M., has a vast amount of knowledge and experience acquired throughout her career. She spent years as a labor and delivery nurse, lactation consultant, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Certified Nurse-Midwife, and a university faculty member. Throughout the years she discovered her innate desire to follow her passion of providing education on women’s health issues. As a natural born storyteller, Dr. Moon has turned this passion into one of the first comprehensive global Institutes, or gathering places, for women to come and learn by sharing stories and experiences while gaining knowledge from the literature with input from researchers and practitioners related to themes of women’s health and life experiences.
“A degree in every decade,” laughs Dr. Moon, “that’s my motto.” She’s kept true to this motto for the past 40 years, beginning with a BSN in her 30s, MSN in her 40s, CNM (Certified Nurse-Midwife) in her 50s, and EdD in her 60s. Life-changing events have dotted her professional achievements as well, including a diagnosis of Stage-IV lymphoma that she has since overcome. “What I have learned from that experience is that life is even better, even sweeter if you are able to embrace it with renewed health and strength,” says Dr. Moon.
Dr. Moon is a born educator. She developed a computer-based, interactive module “A Woman’s World: Discovering the Dynamic Menstrual Cycle” which has been presented nationally and internationally. The module has also been embraced by healthcare providers, parents, and educators all over the world. Her current work for Women’s Health Dynamics Institute exponentially expands this previous project by enhancing the quality of educational materials, adding an extensive gathering place for women and professionals to witness their lives by sharing compelling experiences, and providing resources to help women everywhere properly understand their bodies at every stage of life.
Here is Joan’s story:
In 1963, as a19 year-old newlywed, I wondered about birth control. A physician for whom I worked told me about hormonal contraception. It seemed very foreign but he went on to say that it had been tested for 25-years and was the safest medication on the market. Shortly after, one of my friends from high school died from a stroke after being placed on oral contraceptive hormones. Subsequently researchers discovered the estrogen in “the pill” was at too high a level. Needless to say, I chose not to use that method of birth control. Times have changed and hormonal contraception, although not perfect, is available to meet the lifestyle and choices of women in a more safe way.
Because I was not using hormones, I noticed changes throughout my cycle – in my cervical mucus, tender breasts, variations in mood etc. but did not know their meaning. Many years later, while studying to become a Certified Nurse-Midwife, I learned about the dynamic menstrual cycle, its impact on reproduction, and the changes that occur throughout a woman’s reproductive life. I loved knowing that I had been aware of my cycle and could now put knowledge to those experiences. As a healthcare practitioner, I cared for women using hormones, either for birth control or perimenopausal symptoms, and realized that often some women had little knowledge about how the hormones impacted their cycles. As a professor of women’s health nursing, I further realized the lack of knowledge that existed among students, many of whom had been using hormones for years to prevent pregnancy or alleviate symptoms related to their cycle, and how challenging learning about the menstrual cycle was from a one-dimensional page in a textbook.
While on the faculty at the Medical College of Ohio, in collaboration with Carlos Baptista, M.D. and The Center for Creative Instruction, I developed a computer-based, multimedia educational module on the menstrual cycle to support student learning and facilitate women’s healthcare decision-making. The module is used by women, schools of nursing, allied health, home schooling, traditional classrooms, human biology courses etc. etc.
Having had a website for several years, I decided I wanted to do something more for women. I am a story teller, and I love hearing women’s stories…there is nothing on the Internet like what I am doing at this time which is gathering stories about women witnessing their lives, drawing themes from those stories, bringing in literature on the theme, and interviewing the authors of the stories and/or people practicing or researching in the area. Women will have access to best practice websites and what is going on in the news about women’s health. They will learn what to expect at their stage in life and share with each other in the women’s forum. Educators can find this site a rich source for case studies and up-to-date evidence-based practice information to enhance their educational endeavors.
Please visit Women’s Health Dynamics