Finally, we are reaching a phase in the history of midwifery and obstetrical practices when an in-labor non-emergency cesarean appears in many cases as the best alternative to drugless childbirth. In such a context, we understand the need for a new generation of tests in order to decide early enough during labor that the vaginal route is acceptable, without waiting for the phase of real emergency …. Read More
“I would like to talk about fear and phobias, specifically the fear of sharks. Sharks scare me. As a child, they scared me so much that I developed a phobia of any body of water where I couldn’t see the bottom. I’m a grown man of over 30 now, but dark and foreboding waters still strike me motionless. It takes a good 15 minutes of pep talk to ready me for a swim in a pond.” Fathers is the theme of the current issue of Midwifery Today E-News. [ Sign Up for Free Newsletter ] Read More
Excerpt: There was once a time, not so very long ago, when everyone knew that death was a possible outcome of birth. Midwives and doctors were called to help because they were the ones with the knowledge and experience, but they were not blamed if death came knocking. There was sadness. There was grief. But it was integrated in the realm of their spiritual beliefs. Read More
Excerpt: I was a late acceptor of this delightful practice. When I was a homebirth midwife back in the 1970s early 80s, I wasn’t sure waterbirth was safe. I had questions, my main one being, Would the baby breathe before it emerged from the water? I had the opportunity to attend a huge conference in the 80s in London, England. This conference completely quelled all my fears about the safety of waterbirth. A physiologist who wasn’t actually a speaker explained the physiology eloquently. Read More
Midwife Sister MorningStar shares a handout-like article full of wise nutrition tips. “Eating healthy foods is one the greatest gifts we can give our unborn babies to insure their proper physical and mental development. Combined with fresh air, pure water, daily exercise, a gentle lifestyle and nurturing relationships, what we eat truly creates a body and baby who radiate health and happiness.” Read More
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I tend to avoid giving moms cold things to drink or eat after a bleed, preferring to change room temperature or to offer warmed foods and beverages. She has lost much heat as well as blood, and warmed liquids are digested far more rapidly and easily than our culturally preferred ice cold drinks. Ask what she'd prefer to have at this time, because she may have a specific craving for more salt or a more sweet-tasting fluid replacement.
— Lisa Goldstein in Midwifery Today Issue 48, E-News 2:8
Weekly Feature 2015.11.29 NEW!
We're used to thinking about how home-based and apprenticeship midwives need hospital-based midwives—to accept the transfers, to work with the women who 'risk out' of homebirth, to work with the women who have learned to fear birth. But hospital-based, medically entrenched midwives need the outsiders' view of the other midwives just as much or even more if they are to retain sight of midwifery as a goal.
— Barbara Katz Rothman, PhD, The Daughters of Time on the Paths to Midwifery