Harrisburg Conference Starts April 23!

CONFERENCE  2014.4.15  NEW!
Walk-in registrations will be accepted at our conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, April 23–27. Attend the full-day Beginning Midwifery class. Carol Gautschi, Sister MorningStar, Heidi Yanello and Eneyda Spradlin-Ramos will share their wisdom and love of midwifery in a way that will nurture your interest and make you feel welcomed to the world of birth. Topics covered include Prenatal Care for Well-being, Normal Labor Care, Anatomy of a Home Birth Bag and Emotional Issues in Pregnancy, Labor and Birth. This class will also help you decide if midwifery is the profession for you. LEARN MORE…

Waterbirth: ACOG on the Wrong Side, Again

E-NEWS  2014.4.15  NEW!
Read Jan Tritten’s editorial about ACOG’s stand on waterbirth. “ACOG always seems to come out on the wrong side. A committee decided that waterbirth needs further study. Hundreds of thousands of waterbirths provide a different side to the story. There was a conference on the safety of waterbirth nearly 25 years ago in London, England. The evidence presented convinced me of the safety of giving birth in water (which I was questioning at the time).” This is the International Edition of Midwifery Today E-News. SIGN UP FOR FREE NEWSLETTER ] READ MORE…

Orgasmic Birth

REVIEW  2014.4.1
Review by Jessica Atkins. “At last we have an approachable tool for couples, midwives, doulas, educators—anyone who works with pregnant and parenting families really—to facilitate the powerful connection that our human sexuality has to not only the conception act, but to nurturing healthy, physical, loving relationships. The authors also connect the physiological aspects of a healthy sex life with healthy pregnancy and childbirth.” READ MORE…

Australia Site of Fall Midwifery Today Conference

CONFERENCE  2014.4.11  NEW!
The picturesque beach town of Byron Bay will be the backdrop of the Midwifery Today conference in Australia, 4–9 November 2014. Planned teachers include Lesley Barclay, Sarah Buckley, Robbie Davis-Floyd, Tine Greve, Gail Hart, Sister MorningStar, Jodi Selander and Jan Tritten. Plan now to attend! LEARN MORE…

Collusion and Negligence in Hospitals

ARTICLE  2014.3.28
“One predominant problem with planned hospital birth stems from the requirement of collusion among hospital workers. … Each individual worker and patient enters with needs and hungers of their own. In order for the hospital to survive, the patient’s needs are sublimated to the needs of the staff and hospital. Ensuring the survival of the hospital takes precedence over the individual needs of a patient.” READ MORE…

The Turquoise Revolution

ARTICLE  2014.3.14
Diana Paul shares about the birth revolution movement that was begun at a recent Midwifery Today conference. “The Turquoise rEVOLution (also known as the Birth Revolution) was launched in March this year (2013) following the Human Rights in Childbirth Summit at the Midwifery Today conference.READ MORE…

Midwives and Uterine Rupture: What We Have to Offer

ARTICLE  2014.3.14
“True uterine rupture … has become quite rare. Today, however, ruptures almost exclusively occur in uteri that have been scarred by surgery, most often a previous cesarean, or that have been induced or augmented with synthetic hormones.” READ MORE…

Premature Ligation of the Umbilical Cord

ARTICLE  2014.3.4
“The placenta and cord are, in effect, organs of the newborn. The cord develops from the same tissue that makes up the fetal side of the placenta and this tissue is contiguous with the baby’s skin. Cord clamping is the first medical intervention experienced by most humans as part of the third stage of labor. Delay in clamping and cutting of the umbilical cord improves neonatal cardiopulmonary adaptation, increases blood pressure, improves oxygen transport and red blood cell flow, reduces the number of days on ventilation and oxygen with sick and premature infants and reduces the incidence of anemia.” READ MORE…

Amniotomy and Cord Prolapse Topic of New Cohain Article

ARTICLE  2014.2.21
Research shows that artificially rupturing the amniotic sac (amniotomy) can cause umbilical cord prolapse. Amniotomy became a routine part of obstetrical care with the introduction of active management, without evidence of benefit. In the 30 years since active management was introduced, the rate at which amniotomy causes umbilical cord prolapse has not been directly studied. READ MORE…

Save $5 on any one Motherbaby Press book

Check out our Spring into Savings page to find out how. Choose from The Power of Women, Brought to Earth by Birth, Survivor Moms or Placenta: The Gift of Life. LEARN MORE…

Birthsong Midwifery Workbook

A Workbook/Study Guide for All Midwives: Are you a student midwife attending school or on a self-study course? If you are, the Birthsong Midwifery Workbook is just what you need! Are you an experienced midwife preparing for an exam? Use this book as a refresher guide to help you study. The sixth edition has 13 chapters that cover the basics of normal birth and midwifery. VIEW PRODUCT…

Learn about midwifery education!

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

To treat hemorrhoids: Grate one medium potato; mix well with 2-3 teaspoons slippery elm powder. Form into small patty and place on disturbed area for ten to fifteen minutes, one to three times a day. This remedy also may be used on sore or cracked nipples.
— Mary Bove, ND, in The Birthkit Issue 20, E-News 1:49

Quotable Quote

The role for which mothers, fathers, free-spirited doctors, midwives, nurses, childbirth educators, and doulas have been chosen to take part, in some spiritual realm, shows that we are each anointed, all part of this world-changing, life-continuing experience named ‘birth.’
— Chellisa Brown