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You may take a registration discount when you register by Feb. 15 for our conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, April 6–10. Acquire ACNM and MEAC CEUs while you learn from Michel Odent, Sister MorningStar, Barbara Harper, Janice Marsh-Prelesnik, Debra Pascali-Bonaro and more fabulous teachers. Learn More

Babysafe Mode—Getting Smarter about Smart Technology and Pregnancy

Article 2016.2.1 NEW!

Learning about the BabySafe Project has made me realize how ill-informed I’ve been about smart technology. I now take the extra moment to toggle my smart phone and devices between wi-fi (for when I need to be connected) and airplane mode (for when I don’t). I’m discovering that I need to be connected much less than I had thought… Read More

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Join us at the Midwifery Today Mini-Conference Retreat on Leap Day at McMenamins Edgefield, an amazing historic retreat center 15 minutes from the Portland, Oregon, airport. All birth practitioners are invited to come renew, retreat and rejuvenate and eat together with your peers for an amazing time where you can also garner CEUs. Rediscover your joy in midwifery. Everyone is welcome! Part of our mini-conference retreat in Troutdale (Portland), Oregon. Learn More

First, Do No Harm to Newborns

Article 2015.12.15

“Babies should be treated with the utmost respect, dignity and love. Their first birth minutes are their welcome to the planet. This is where they will first learn what being on earth is all about. They are most often, hopefully, in a gentle birth whether at home or in hospital, welcomed in tenderness.” Read More

Mother Health International’s Mission and Model

Article 2015.11.12

Mother Health has a Mobile Midwives program that sends midwives into rural villages each week to care for women who are unable to travel to the clinic. Reaching out to women in this way has facilitated a decrease in maternal and neonatal mortality in the area. Read More

Michel OdentThe Birthing Pool Test

Article 2015.11.2

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

Sharks and VBACs: The Fears of a Father

E-News 2015.10.27

“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

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Trick of the Trade

Weekly Feature 2016.2.7 NEW!

If the mother's cervix is tilted way toward the back, if she has a very large baby carried high, if she begins pushing too soon, or if she has no stretch marks, you are more likely to see an edematous cervix. (If the mom has no stretch marks, it means her skin is quite stretchy and so is her cervix. It stretches right down with the baby's head as it moves down instead of pulling up over it.)

The best thing I have found is to put evening primrose oil directly on the edematous area. After it has been applied, give the mother a break for at least 15-20 minutes. Be sure she does not push with her contractions. The evening primrose oil will shrink the swollen tissue very well. Occasionally you may still need to push the lip up over the baby's head once the swelling has decreased.

— Judy Jones, CPM, E-News 2:20

Quotable Quote

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I view my work as a midwife not only as a passionate effort to offer my best possible service to women who need midwifery care, but as an opportunity to learn from each of these women about the immensity of birth.

— Naoli Vinaver