Acquire CEUs at our California Retreat Sept. 9

Conference 2016.8.28 NEW!

Take a discount off the registration price by September 1. The price includes lunch! You need to pre-register by September 1 to be assured of lunch, but walk-ins are always welcome. This Mini-Conference Retreat will be held at the picturesque Mamalanda Permaculture Farm in Sebastopol, California, on Friday, Sept. 9. Excellent clinical information as well as heart-filling inspiration. Speakers: Elizabeth Davis, Gail Hart, Eneyda Spradlin-Ramos and Jan Tritten

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Changing the Language of Childbirth

Article 2016.8.9

The words we use express our subconscious beliefs. We can perpetuate society’s paradigms by using its language, or we can choose our words to create the change we want to see. Read More

global_freeuse_w122 (10K)Birth Is a Human Rights Issue

Conference 2016.8.28 NEW!

Join us in Strasbourg, France, this October as we highlight the human rights violations around the world. You need to feel safe in your practice. Women need to feel safe in the way births are done. In addition to exploring these issues, our conference will inspire, encourage and refresh you. You are the key to changing the future of birth. Learn more about the conference in Strasbourg, France.

Hands On, Hands Off: Midwifing the Inner Life of Women

Article 2016.7.27

Read this article excerpt from the current issue of Midwifery Today now online: “‘Do you have any other questions or comments?’ I asked. Silje floated in her boat on the southern shore of Norway, and I paused in admiration from my cozy rural library in Missouri. I was a Skype midwife to this gorgeous woman with her rosy cheeks and new mother enthusiasm. Silje easily moved in and out of yoga poses while showing me her growing baby. Her Cocker Spaniel companion nestled in to watch us.” Read More

Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Section

Article 2016.7.21

Read this article excerpt from the current issue of Midwifery Today now online: “Not long ago, when a woman conceived and had a healthy pregnancy, she took it for granted that she would give birth naturally, the way nature intended. However, we have come to such a tipping point now that when women give birth naturally at our birth center, relatives and friends are surprised that she had a normal delivery.” Read More

Core Midwifery Skills

Article 2016.7.9

Excerpt: Where do we learn the most about birth? I think we learn most from the mothers and babies on their journey. Can we separate core midwifery skills from the face-to-face meeting of the mothers and getting to know them and walking on their journey with them? Our core midwifery skills must attach directly to the kind of prenatal care we provide, our attention at births and our encouragement and care postpartum. There is no substitute for experience. Read More

Enjoy the birth stories of three couples

Featured Product 2016.7.27

Just $18, this 42-minute DVD will show you various ways of giving birth, including waterbirth and squatting. The couples also discuss why they decided that homebirth was the best option for them. The audio in Homebirth Stories is in Hebrew; the subtitles are in English. View Product

EmerGently Brochure Available—Birth Is Normal!

News 2016.5.30

This pamphlet was designed by the Global Midwifery Council to address the crisis in childbirth worldwide. Simple graphics depict the most essential guidelines for a normal, healthy birth. Communicating directly without even the need for language, it is designed to assist safe birth in the deepest reaches of the planet. Available as a free download or durable glossy brochures to put in clinics, shelters, fire and police stations, libraries, schools and hospitals.

Trick of the Trade

Weekly Feature 2016.8.28 NEW!

I am an aspiring midwifery student in Germany. The midwives and doctors here use tea tree oil on the suture wound. A few days after a woman has had an episiotomy or has torn, she is given a syringe with the needle still attached, filled with tea tree oil. She is then shown how to use a mirror to see her wound and to drop a few drops of this wonderfully cool oil directly on it. If she is not comfortable doing this, the postpartum midwife will apply the oil. Putting the oil in the syringe with a needle allows accurate application. This is standard practice here and from personal experience, I can attest that it really works well.

— Kiersten Figurski, E-News 1:44

Quotable Quote

Weekly Feature 2016.8.28 NEW!

My real work as a midwife has been to get out of the way and let women do their work.

— June Whitson, CNM