What If, What For and What Now? Human Rights and Cultural Rights in Childbirth

Article 2016.11.15

We have grown a world where mutual recognition of respect and autonomy is not enough. Human rights must become legal rights in our complex global social structures. Education about human rights becomes equally important. [Photo by Monet Moutrie] Read More

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Conference 2016.11.17

Register by Friday, December 2, and get the best price on conference fees for our conference in Eugene, Oregon, next April! You will have the opportunity to learn practical skills and discover important new information, including information about the Microbiome. And, as always, our hope is that you return to your practice refreshed, renewed and ready to help moms and babies. Learn More

Ethics in Birth Care

E-News 2016.11.3

“We now know so much more about overall health and the seeding of a healthy microbiome at birth that it would be unethical not to have the mother and baby skin-to-skin and undisturbed unless there is a life-threatening emergency.” Ethics in Midwifery is the theme of the current issue of Midwifery Today E-News. Sign Up for Free Newsletter ] Read More

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The Right to Challenge Tradition and Cultural Conditioning

Article 2016.11.2

…we have reached the limits of the domination of Nature, since on a planetary scale, the number of women who give birth to babies and placentas thanks to the release of a “cocktail of love hormones” is becoming insignificant. What is more, immediately after birth, the immune system of most human beings does not start its education among a great diversity of familiar microbes. [Photo by XXX] Read More

Birth Is a Human Rights Issue

Article 2016.10.19

cbabreas (3K)It is important to realize that the health of the mother and baby are deeply dependent on what happens in pregnancy, birth and in the hours and months after birth. These are life-altering days often referred to as the childbearing year. [Photo by Caroline E. Brown] Read More

Changing the Language of Childbirth

Article 2016.8.9

The words we use express our subconscious beliefs. We can perpetuate society’s paradigms by using its language, or we can choose our words to create the change we want to see. Read More

Hands On, Hands Off: Midwifing the Inner Life of Women

Article 2016.7.27

Read this excerpt of an article by Sister MorningStar from the current issue of Midwifery Today now online: “‘Do you have any other questions or comments?’ I asked. Silje floated in her boat on the southern shore of Norway, and I paused in admiration from my cozy rural library in Missouri. I was a Skype midwife to this gorgeous woman with her rosy cheeks and new mother enthusiasm. Silje easily moved in and out of yoga poses while showing me her growing baby. Her Cocker Spaniel companion nestled in to watch us.” Read More

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EmerGently Brochure Available—Birth Is Normal!

News 2016.5.30

This pamphlet was designed by the Global Midwifery Council to address the crisis in childbirth worldwide. Simple graphics depict the most essential guidelines for a normal, healthy birth. Communicating directly without even the need for language, it is designed to assist safe birth in the deepest reaches of the planet. Available as a free download or durable glossy brochures to put in clinics, shelters, fire and police stations, libraries, schools and hospitals.

Trick of the Trade

Weekly Feature 2016.11.27 NEW!

To slow down or halt preterm labor, I use several different methods, depending on the woman. I have had good luck with all of these: Benadryl, cell salt (magnesium phosphate), Rescue Remedy, valerian, vodka, checking for urinary infection (get it treated), and a moist heating pad on mom's lower abdomen, right above her pubic hair. If baby is breech or in another malposition that is stimulating the cervix, I give pulsatilla to get the baby moved. I also use bed rest with baby's head off the cervix. Calcium with magnesium also may work. Humor and prayer can work well too.

— S.H., E-News 1:32

Quotable Quote

Weekly Feature 2016.11.27 NEW!

We must commit to keeping human beings around birthing women and to giving them touch, love, food, and prayer before trying more complex techniques.

— Clarebeth Kassel