Midwifery Today Issue Number 119 (Autumn 2016 ) Birth Is a Human Rights Issue|
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Theme: Birth Is a Human Rights Issue
A goal of Midwifery Today is for birth to be safe and compassionate for every motherbaby, everywhere. We hold conferences and publish articles in order to teach the world about childbirth that is physiologic, safe and honoring to both the mother and the baby in all aspects, including emotional, physical and spiritual. In this issue, we are pleased to offer compelling and thought-provoking articles surrounding our theme of “Birth Is a Human Rights Issue.”
- “The Right to Challenge Tradition and Cultural Conditioning” by Michel Odent. Natural childbirth advocate and obstetrician Michel Odent discusses cultural interferences in childbirth and the repercussions these have had on human development.
- “Raspberry Leaf: Wonderful or Wacky?” by Susun S. Weed. A helpful article by herbalist Susun S. Weed on the benefits of raspberry leaf, particularly in tea form, during pregnancy.
- “What If, What For and What Now? Human Rights and Cultural Rights in Childbirth” by Sister MorningStar. “One of the most tragic destructions of indigenous sacred female knowledge is the false superiority and medicalization of childbirth by professionals among native peoples.”
- “The Lost Arts of Midwifery: Core Skills to Be Reclaimed” by Elizabeth Davis. Midwife teacher Elizabeth Davis discusses holistic care, touching on her views of the importance of skills that may be on the decline within midwifery, specifically pelvimetry.
- “Human Rights in Obstetrics” by Beverley Beech. Midwife Beverly Beech discusses the importance of human rights in maternity care.
- “Fetal Metabolic Programming for Life: How a Midwife’s Nutritional Counseling Can Make a Life-long Difference” by Pam England
- “How a Checklist Promotes Human Rights in Childbirth: the International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative” by Vicki Penwell. Midwife Viki Penwell shares a simple and practical tool to get better outcomes in childbirth.
- “Equality for Midwives” by Hermine Hayes-Klein and Bashi Kumar-Hazard. “The picture of partnership and integration between medicine and midwifery is, however, a patchwork across Europe, across the United States, and around the world, in both law and practice.”
- “Birth Is a Human Rights Issue” by Jan Tritten. An appropriate article for the theme of our magazine! Midwifery Today’s mother, Jan Tritten, shares her thoughts surrounding this important topic.
- “How Our Grandmother’s Lives Affect Our Own” by Marion Toepke McLean. “The field of epigenetics shows us that our chromosomes and their expression in our lives are affected by processes that are triggered by our experiences.”
- “Human Rights in Childbirth: A Basket of Stories” by Ibu Robin Lim. International midwife Robin Lim shares different stories to prove her point about the importance of human rights in childbirth around the globe.
- “The Breast Crawl” by Leilani Rogers. A photographer captures one of wonders of newborn intuition: finding the mother’s breast.
- “A Hard Day’s Night: Midwives and Sleep Deprivation” by Bonnie U. Gruenberg. Author Bonnie U. Gruenberg touches on a subject many birthworkers are unfortunately all too familiar with: sleep deprivation.
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