Australia Conference: Online Registration Deadline Extended

CONFERENCE  2014.10.21
We have extended the deadline for registering online for this great conference to November 2. Click here to register online. Plan now to attend! LEARN MORE…

Let Time Stand Still

E-NEWS  2014.10.31  NEW!
“I’ve heard it said about different momma animals that if you take their baby away immediately after birth and then try to reintroduce the newborn later, the momma animal will reject her newborn and refuse to care for it. The disruption in the bonding time results in disastrous outcomes.” The First Hour after Birth is the theme of the current issue of Midwifery Today E-News. Read responses about the most important thing for a midwife or doula to be doing in the first hour after birth. SIGN UP FOR FREE NEWSLETTER ] READ MORE…

What Is a Village Prenatal?

ARTICLE  2014.10.21
“About two years ago, my intentional community started what we call village prenatals. ‘Village’ because they involve many women…. The village prenatals have a sole purpose, which is to gather out of selfless service to support and encourage the instinctual life of pregnant women who are trying to birth in power against a modern current of fear and an environment of perpetual interventions.” Read this article from Issue 111 of Midwifery Today. READ MORE…

Save $5 on a Midwifery Today subscription

SPECIAL  2014.10.31  NEW!
Get one for yourself or for a friend. This is just one of the great deals on our Online Holiday Coupon Page. Be sure to take advantage of the savings during the Holiday shopping season. You’ll also find special offers from other merchants. LEARN MORE…

Prematurity Is Preventable

ARTICLE  2014.10.7
“As a midwife, I attended over 300 births and I only had one case of prematurity. That…one birth changed our practice and caused us to carefully tally protein and other nutrients. The birth that changed us was our one case of prematurity. We looked back on this mother’s diet sheet to see what the issue might have been and found the answers in her lack of nutrition.” Read this editorial by Jan Tritten from Midwifery Today Issue 111. READ 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…

Prepare your body for birth

Daily Essentials: Activities for pregnancy comfort and easier birth features activities to balance your pregnant body. This DVD starts with “Daily Activities,” a gentle 35-minute stretch that will help you move more freely. Once you are comfortable with these movements, turn to the easy “Blooma Style” daily yoga routine, which pulls the stretches together into 28 minutes of flowing movement. Produced by Sarah Longacre, international prenatal yoga instructor and birth doula, and Gail Tully, the Spinning Babies Lady, Daily Essentials is perfect for expectant mothers and a must for any birth professional’s library. VIEW PRODUCT…

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Trick of the Trade

WEEKLY FEATURE  2014.10.26  NEW!
If a woman is having a hard time during labor, acknowledge it; remind her to do only one contraction at a time. Describe a hard contraction as a 'good' one. When you make suggestions, tell her why the shower feels so good, why a walk will move things around, why a change of scene is good, why you're going to give her some privacy, why making deep sounds will open her up.
— Linda McHale, CPM & Barbara Noble Schelling, CPM in Midwifery Today Issue 45, E-News 2:1

Quotable Quote

WEEKLY FEATURE  2014.10.26  NEW!
A woman gives birth according to the way she is and how she feels about herself. Knowing herself and being supported by women who know her helps her go through her birth in a growing way and have more confidence about how she takes care of her children afterward.
— Leah Qinuajuak, Inuit midwife