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Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project

ARTICLE  2015.2.16
Birth Photographer Leilani Rogers created the Breastfeeding Awareness Project, which involves breastfeeding photography in the hopes of making breastfeeding a normal part of life in our culture. “Having breastfed four children, some with more success and support than others, I know firsthand what an accomplishment breastfeeding can feel like. It’s no wonder that I’ve developed a passion for capturing those bonding moments for others” READ MORE…

The Power of Placenta for Hemorrhage Control

ARTICLE  2015.2.4
“The placenta has been a source of wonder throughout history. This truly amazing organ transfers nutrients and gases between mother and baby, producing and secreting the various hormones needed to sustain the pregnancy and allow the baby to flourish…” READ MORE…

Spend a Day with Michel Odent!

CONFERENCE  2015.2.16
Michel has been involved in childbirth for more than 60 years, has practiced on the European and African continents and has experience with both hospital births and homebirths. He has a unique knowledge of the medical and scientific literature and is raising questions about the future of our species in relation to the modes of birth. Now you have an opportunity to spend a day learning from this amazing man. This full-day class is part of our conference in Eugene, Oregon, next March. [ PHOTO BY PATTI RAMOS ] LEARN MORE…

Two of My Birth Stories

ARTICLE  2015.1.22
altcaptionAs my contractions grew closer and stronger, I had less and less to contribute to the table conversation. I sneaked off upstairs and began preparing our bedroom for our long awaited homebirth. I enjoyed many good moments of just breathing, relaxing and letting my body work to move my baby down. I was so grateful to be doing this work in the privacy of my own bedroom, surrounded by those who love me most. No uncomfortable drive to a hospital. No paperwork to sign. No admitting questions to answer. No nurses to subvert. No unnecessary routine interventions to decline. No risk of intruders. No fear. [ PHOTO BY GREGG GARNER ] READ MORE…

Midwifing a Movement

ARTICLE  2014.12.17
“One of my favorite things to do is walk in my garden. My husband and I grow a lot of our food, and I love walking through my beds, observing, planning and just being. Along with midwifery, gardening is a passion of mine. That is why I am so thankful I met Emilee Gettle, who, like me, runs a magazine. Emilee is a leader in the healthy food movement.” Read this editorial by Jan Tritten from Midwifery Today Issue 112. [ PHOTO BY BRIAN DUNNE / BAKER CREEK HEIRLOOM SEEDS ] READ MORE…

What is the microbiome and what does it mean for your baby?

During and immediately after birth, specific species of good bacteria from the mother are transferred to the baby via the birth canal, immediate skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding. This process kick-starts the baby’s immune system and helps to protect the infant from disease for its entire lifetime. But when interventions occur this microbial transfer is interfered with or bypassed completely. The latest scientific research is now starting to indicate that if the baby is not properly seeded with the mother’s own bacteria at birth, the baby’s microbiome is left “incomplete.” Watch Micro-Birth to learn more about these microscopic events and what they mean. VIEW PRODUCT…

Trick of the Trade

It is the baby who initiates labor. In private meditation or with someone helping you do guided visualization, go deep within and listen, asking your baby why s/he has not yet decided to go through the birth process. Unlimited answers are possible and might include: fear of the birth process (yours or the baby's); aversion to one or more participants or the location planned for the birth; your feelings of lack of readiness for parenthood. It may seem as if the answer is coming from your imagination, but your imagination is an important part of your mind. Then listen for any possible solutions that may be offered.
— Donna Worden-Wonder, E-News 1:49

Quotable Quote

Be bold. Be proud. Persist in spreading the word that midwives are not only experts in normal birth, but also expert at keeping birth normal.
— Judy Edmunds, CPM, MT Back Issues