Prematurity—The beautiful Autumn issue of Midwifery Today magazine is back from the printer!

MAGAZINE  2014.9.18  NEW!
Learn about prematurity—its causes, ways to prevent it and how best to handle it. The best of the best have shared their birth wisdom with us in this issue. Michel Odent, obstetrician and midwife supporter, has included an article on prematurity he previously wrote in French and is now translated into English. Herbalist Susun S. Weed shares some of her knowledge on herbs, and midwives Diane Goslin, Sister MorningStar and Marlene Waechter draw from their decades of experience to help educate us on this important topic. Also, we are sad to say we recently lost two heroes in the natural birth world: Stephen Gaskin and Sharon Evans. You will read tributes to each of these people, who are much loved and incredibly missed. LEARN MORE…

The Art and Soul of Midwifery: Creativity in Practice, Education and Research

REVIEW  2014.7.11
Review by Sarah Harwell. “Editor Lorna Davies has put together a diverse collection of writings that thoughtfully explore the intersections of art, creativity and midwifery. Birth art, craft, theater, dance and poetry are some of the art forms explored in-depth.” READ MORE…

Learn about the Anthropology of Reproduction with Robbie Davis-Floyd

CONFERENCE  2014.9.18  NEW!
Attend this all-day workshop to get an overview of the exciting sub-discipline of the anthropology of reproduction from its early beginnings to its latest findings. The class will concentrate on anthropological studies in four major areas: childbirth, midwifery, the new reproductive technologies, and the politics of reproduction. Robbie’s goal is to provide a stimulating overview of these anthropological sub-disciplines for midwives and others who want to know what the social scientists are up to, and to accompany that overview with an extensive annotated bibliography that will provide a helpful template for further exploration and research. Part of our conference in Byron Bay, Australia this November. LEARN MORE…

Catharina Schrader: A Midwife of 18th-Century Friesland

ARTICLE  2014.8.24
“Her path to professional midwifery was not an easy one. When she was 38 years old and the mother of six young children, her first husband died. To support her family, she began to work as a midwife. As she indicates, this was partially because both the doctors and townspeople were urgently pressing her to help them. As the wife of a surgeon, she had apparently assisted at difficult births and complicated situations did not prevent her from acting quickly in emergencies to save the lives of mother and baby whenever possible.” READ MORE…

How does our way of birth affect future generations?

ARTICLE  2014.7.18
Midwife Marion Toepke McLean discusses this interesting topic. “Lack of a healthy immune system may produce inflammation-based chronic diseases, as well as allergies and auto-immune disorders. Cesarean babies and babies who lack early contact with their mothers have been noted to have an increased incidence of these conditions….” Read this article from Midwifery Today Issue 110. READ MORE…

The Doula Business Guide; Creating a Successful MotherBaby Business

REVIEW  2014.6.30
Review by Toni Rakestraw. “The Doula Business Guide is a step-by-step guide to setting up your doula business. From writing your business plan to tax issues, this book will be a great asset to doulas everywhere who need to know more about the business side of things.” READ MORE…

Homebirth and the Microbiome

ARTICLE  2014.6.13
“I have valued homebirth ever since my doctor talked me into having one! I had two homebirths and they were the most empowering events I have ever experienced. After a horrendous hospital birth with my first child, these births were especially amazing.” Read this editorial by Jan Tritten from Midwifery Today Issue 110. READ MORE…

Bask in the beauty of six good births

FEATURED PRODUCT  2014.9.18  NEW!
Five Countries, Six Births, Seven Babies showcases homebirths in Guatemala, Costa Rica, France, the USA and Bermuda. Filmed between 1994 and 2010, this DVD’s powerful images of mothers and babies can inspire a woman to learn to embrace birth as a joyful experience. It definitely belongs on any birth professional’s media shelf. VIEW PRODUCT…

Learn about midwifery education!

MIDWIFERY EDUCATION  2014.9.18  NEW!
Are you an aspiring midwife who’s looking for the right school? Are you a practicing midwife who would like to learn more? Visit our Education Opportunities page to discover ways to start or continue your education. LEARN MORE…

Trick of the Trade

WEEKLY FEATURE  2014.9.21  NEW!
Rice socks that can be heated to make hot packs are quite heavy if they are large enough to retain heat well. I use old-fashioned oats in mine, filled quite full. Sometimes I add herbs, but usually I don't. It smells clean and sweet when heated, retains the heat well, and weighs considerably less. I also sew small loops of elastic at the ends so the mom can either hold it in place if she wants, or monitor belts can be used. For even more heat retention, I make a flannel sheath that Velcros at one end, and the elastic loops slip through.
— Pam Martin, E-News 1:53

Quotable Quote

WEEKLY FEATURE  2014.9.21  NEW!
I honour the process of birth as natural and instinctual, relying on the 'forces of nature' and the use of practical, nonintervening skills to facilitate this passage.
— Diane Smith, midwife