Human Rights in Childbirth: Africa Summit to Convene in Johannesburg this July

News 2015.1.1

HRiC and South African partner, the Zulu Birth Project, are hosting the first HRiC: Africa Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 30–31, 2015. This event will convene midwives, doctors and nurses with maternal health specialists, human rights advocates, mothers and community organizers to advance respectful, non-violent, culturally competent maternity care that gives every mother and baby the best chance to survive and thrive. HRiC will provide online access to the recording of the event so the global community can join these important discussions. Locations all over the globe will be sharing their events and feedback to raise their voices along with ours as we join in solidarity with Africa to support the rights of mothers, infants and their caregivers. Go here to register, to donate, or for more information.

Posterior Questions and Answers

Article 2015.7.13

’Why Can It Be a Problem? It can be considered a problem to labor with a posterior baby, but it isn’t always! I have had moms without complaint give birth to a posterior baby and be surprised when baby came out looking up at them! However, mom may complain of more back pain, and labor may take a bit or a lot longer (but how do we really know?).” Read More

There’s No Place Like Home

Editorial 2015.6.17

’The thing is, we midwives, doulas and other informed birth practitioners have always known that homebirth is safer. … We know when and how to stand aside and be watchful as the beauty and uniqueness of each motherbaby unfolds their birth journey—unfolding from one being into two. We are also ever ready for emergencies during the birth, and we are vigilant during prenatals to suggest and educate in order to prevent certain emergencies from happening.” Read More

Birth and the Human Future Conference to Convene Friday, July 31, 2015, in Eugene, Oregon

News 2015.7.13

How we are born influences our health, our lives, and the future of our families and our cultures. Research is now showing us how the microbiome, natural birth, and the bonding process influence the development of the brain and the immune system. Come join us in Eugene, Oregon, on Friday, July 31, to learn from some fantastic speakers, and to learn and share with birth professionals and parents. Go here to learn more.

The Revolution So Far

Article 2015.6.8

Diana Paul gets readers up to date on the Birth Revolution. ’The Birth Revolution is like the slow food movement—it takes time to cook, it tastes best in community and a small taste leaves you wanting more.” Read More

After the Disaster: What Comes Next in the Philippines

Article 2015.6.1

Midwife Vicki Penwell shares the experience she and other helpers from Mercy In Action had in their successful attempts to provide midwifery care to those affected by Hurricane Yolanda. Read More

Crossing Borders with Andrea

Article 2015.4.29

“Andrea called me at my home in the US, and we discussed her experiences, her past, her feelings, the doctor’s actions and statements, Andrea’s desires, needs, people resources and her instinctual knowing. Andrea’s expected due date was November 24 and it was November 29 when she called me again. She spoke of her confusion with the medical way with birth and her own instinct that it should be a natural straightforward event. Fear dominated the birth stories that circled around her. ‘Every time I interact with the medical people, I become filled with fear. Otherwise, I feel calm.’ Andrea decided to keep waiting.” Read More

Collaboration Is KEY

Article 2015.4.29

Despite our best efforts as midwives, providing high quality prenatal care, educating and empowering our clients and being ever vigilant in knowing normal and when to intervene, we will always have women who require the care of physicians and hospitals. The ability to facilitate that transfer of care in a timely, professional and compassionate manner should be the standard of care, not the exception. Read More

See How Birth Should Be

Featured Product 2015.7.13

This 4-disc DVD set from La Primavera Maternidad Clinica gives you over 7 hours of birth footage. Jan Tritten says: “The births shown in this DVD set are the most beautiful births I have ever seen on film. They are so gentle and work so well with nature, they show how birth should be conducted in a very gentle, hands-off kind of way.” The set is in Spanish only, but our shared humanity makes them completely relatable. View Product

Trick of the Trade

Weekly Feature 2015.7.26 NEW!

Sterilizing Instruments:

I wrap my clean instruments in a sterilizing pouch (purchased at a medical supply store, where they cost $10.00 for 100). I then place them in a pressure cooker at 15 lbs/mm of pressure for 20 minutes. I then "dry" them in an oven at 150 degrees for 15 minutes. It takes a lot of time, but I cannot afford to have to sterilize my instruments at the home, because it's not unusual for me to walk in the door and find my patient already pushing. I need them to be ready to go.

— Joyce, Midwifery Today Issue 72

Quotable Quote

Weekly Feature 2015.7.26 NEW!

Only by giving each baby a gentle, natural birth will we have children who act out of inner peace and interact with others in a balanced, harmonious way. As these children grow up and those of us with wounded patterns heal, we will have jointly created a new society.

— Sunni Karll