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  • Editorial: Here We Go Again - by Jan Tritten
    Another attack on homebirth and traditional midwifery comes, once again, from a very persuasive source - The Lancet medical journal. Within what seems like a good idea upon cursory review - establishing midwife-run birth centers around the world - comes another imperialistic onslaught...
  • Editorial: Kitty Breastfeeding - by Jan Tritten
    Why don’t cats have breastfeeding problems? If we answer this we might have an answer to human breastfeeding problems. When Momma Cat had her babies—see last issue’s editorial—they began breastfeeding even before the other babies were born.
  • Editorial: From Russia with Love - by Jan Tritten
    editorial, Jan Tritten, father, mother, birth, parents, homebirth, midwife, Midwifery Today Magazine. From Russia with Love by Jan Tritten. 2010 Midwifery Today, Inc. All rights reserved.. Editor’s Note: This editorial originally appeared in. Midwifery Today, Issue 95. Autumn 2010..
  • Editorial: Healing in Mexico - by Jan Tritten
    We began the Oaxaca, Mexico, conference with an exercise in global healing. Marina Alzugaray and Yeshi Sherover Neumann created the idea of splitting our group of about 275 people into "conquered" and "conquerors."
  • Editorial: Education Priority Check - by Jan Tritten
    Your love of women, babies, families and each other needs to be your focus. You are answering a calling, one of service, not one that is self-serving.
  • Editorial: Birth Is a Human Rights Issue: A Movement - by Jan Tritten
    Editor in chief Jan Tritten comments on the recent witch-hunt in Europe and on the state of motherbaby rights around the world, calling all natural birth practitioners and supporters to protect birth as an inalienable human right.
  • Editorial: To Learn to Grow - by Jan Tritten
    Feeding the heart of midwifery through support, good counsel, and continuing education has always been the end goal of our efforts at Midwifery Today.
  • Editorial: Take Birth Back - by Jan Tritten
    The colonizing countries dominated birth with destructive medicalization at a time when Western powers were decimating cultures. Medicalization rode on the wave of imperialism. This force is still going today and is an effective tool used against normal, instinctive birth.
  • Editorial: Routine Active Management of the Third Stage - by Jan Tritten
    Midwifery Today mother Jan Tritten shares her thoughts on the third stage and how it isn’t such a good idea for this part of birth to be routinely managed.
  • Editorial: Thoughts about Breech Birth - by Jan Tritten
    [We are] concerned with the need for midwives to reclaim breech, twin and VBAC births. It is important that midwives gain the skills, experience and knowledge necessary to safely assist these births. Most doctors have lost knowledge of vaginal breech birth by allowing their few skills to get rusty ...
  • Editorial: First Do No Harm - by Jan Tritten
    Unfortunately, a new wave of technology and drugs has followed, and in our culture the use of drugs and high-tech procedures is considered innocent until proven guilty.
  • Editorial: Technology: Stemming the Tide - by Jan Tritten
    Technology can make take away the beauty of birth, when used unnecessarily. Editor Jan Tritten argues that midwives are in a position to change the tide of unnecessary technology, using the evidence that is accruing.
  • Editorial: Babies Have Rights, Too - by Jan Tritten
    Editor-in-Chief Jan Tritten shares her thoughts on making the rights of the baby a part of the “Birth Is a Human Right” initiative.
  • Editorial: Our Decade of CHANGE - by Jan Tritten
    Another hopeful sign is that we are closer to reaching critical mass. When 15 percent of the people know the truth about birth and will tell their friends, then the whole world will know. How can we not have a violent society when the violence begins at birth?
  • Editorial: Umbilical Cord Mementos - by Jan Tritten
    Editor-in-Chief, Jan Tritten, invited her cousin to give a tutorial on creating an umbilical cord memento.
  • Editorial: Love that Protects - by Jan Tritten
    As childbirth attendants, we must vigorously protect the birthing woman and her baby against wrong information, overly interventive technology, a convoluted system of law and medical ignorance that fuel interventive technology, and individuals who do not have her best interests at heart.
  • Editorial: Homebirth and the Microbiome - by Jan Tritten
    ...now I am learning that homebirth is even more important than I ever thought it was. New microbiome research is teaching us that how and where we are born is crucial and even life-altering. Our birth literally sets the foundation for our health and well-being or lack of it.
  • Editorial: Traditional Midwifery - by Jan Tritten
    We are losing the knowledge and wisdom of traditional midwifery as fast as we are losing the rainforest. Just as we are discovering this incredible knowledge base, it is disappearing.
  • Editorial: Enlisting Change Around the World - by Jan Tritten
    Since founding Midwifery Today magazine in 1986, I have had an interest in international midwifery. I have always had the feeling that the keys to helping and understanding the birth process would be found all over this marvelous globe with its many cultures.
  • Editorial: A Trip to the Tropics - by Jan Tritten
    Marina Alzugaray and I went to the Bahamas on our way to the Trinidad International Confederation of Midwives conference to check into doing a Midwifery Today international conference there in September 2005.
  • Editorial: First, Do No Harm - by Jan Tritten
    Editor-in-Chief Jan Tritten shares her thoughts on hemorrhage. “The most important thing I can say about hemorrhage is, ‘Don’t cause one.’”
  • Editorial: Bahamas / Success on Many Levels - by Jan Tritten
    As Marina Alzugaray explains in Reclaiming a Cuban Heritage, the Bahamian midwives really know how to make others feel welcome to their country. They were so open and ready for us to be there with them at the Midwifery Today Bahamas conference in September; they made us feel a part of them.
  • Editorial: How Do You Feel About Giving Up Your Freedom? - by Jan Tritten
    I was shocked at this quote by Beverly Beech in the British Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services...
  • Editorial: Birth Change - by Jan Tritten
    One of my most important roles in my midwifery life is that of encourager. My desire is that you carry out the dreams given to you - and I know you have them. I delight in telling about people carrying out their dreams as a way, hopefully, to inspire you.
  • Editorial: Lessons from Kitty Birth: Using Placenta to Control Hemorrhage - by Jan Tritten
    I went to a totally beautiful and undisturbed birth today. Five of them, actually! The mother had the most natural births as we looked on, not disturbing her but just being “with woman.” With woman—with kitty.