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Beginning Midwifery (Audio 4-CD Set)


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Learn the foundations of beginning midwifery with this set of four audio CDs. Four inspiring and experienced midwives share their wisdom on a variety of topics, including prenatal care, nutrition, factors that affect labor, trauma, depression and sexual abuse. You’ll learn about woman-centered care, how a woman’s emotions can affect her birth and how to give your clients a head-to-toe physical. Also covered are intake forms, diet and the importance of drinking water.

This CD set provides you with vital information that will help you get a good start on your midwifery education. As you listen to these CDs you will discover some of the most important things to remember about working with women and how to do it with integrity and compassion.

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Presenter Bios

Elizabeth Davis

Elizabeth Davis, CPM, is a renowned expert on women’s issues. She has been a midwife, women’s health care specialist, educator and consultant since 1977. She is internationally active in women’s rights and lectures widely on midwifery, sexuality and women’s spirituality. She served as regional representative to the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) for five years and as president of the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC). She is co-founder of the National Midwifery Institute, Inc., a three-year, MEAC-accredited, apprenticeship-based midwifery program leading to licensure in California. She holds a degree in Holistic Maternity Care from Antioch University and is certified by the North American Registry of Midwives. She is the author of the classic Heart and Hands: A Midwife’s Guide to Pregnancy and Birth, in addition to several other books. Elizabeth lives in Sebastopol, California, and is the mother of three children. [ PHOTO BY JENNIFER ROSENBERG ]

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Patricia Edmonds

Patricia Edmonds received her initial training from Northwestern School of Practical Midwifery in Portland, Oregon, in 1977. She is one of the founding mothers of the Oregon Midwifery Council and has been the editor of Birthing for 15 years. Her two children were both born at home. Though Patricia attempted retirement, she now continues, with passion, to do birthwork as a midwife.

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Carol Gautschi

Carol Gautschi, CPM, LM, has attended homebirths since 1978 and has worked as a Traditional Holistic Midwife on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula since 1979. For her first 25 years Carol served as an unlicensed midwife. Her teaching style is unique because in addition to teaching the nuts and bolts of her subject, she emphasizes the unseen (or intuitive) realm of birth. She fosters the importance of the midwife relationship not just with the mom but the baby. Carol believes that the unseen world is more real than the seen, especially with regard to birth.

Carol trained in California with, among others, Dr. Nial Ettenhausen in the 1970s and early 1980s. She is co-founder of the Washington Alliance of Responsible Midwifery (WARM), and chairs Olympic Peninsula Birth Matters.

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Eneyda Spradlin-Ramos

Eneyda Spradlin-Ramos, BA in Human Resources, Licensed Massage Therapist, was born in Managua, Nicaragua. She became interested in birth when she was nine, after observing a midwife resolve a prolonged second stage by simply having the mother blow into a bottle three times. Eneyda has been involved in childbirth, breastfeeding and homeschooling since 1982 and has attended homebirths since 1990.


Shoulder Dystocia and Malpresentations (Audio 4-CD Set)


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Learn about shoulder dystocia from the combined wisdom and unique experiences of three experienced midwives. This audio CD set covers topics such as how to identify true vs. false shoulder dystocia, how nutrition can be one of the best methods of prevention and how to assist shoulder dystocia when it does happen during birth. It also presents information about malpresentations such as twin, breech and asynclitic births and brow, face and periatel presentations. Other topics covered include risk factors, creative ways to change pelvic dimensions, cephalopelvic disproportions and ethics.

The ability to meet shoulder dystocia with knowledge and confidence is a skill every midwife needs in her tool belt. Midwifery Today’s new audio set will introduce you to this skill.

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Presenter Bios

Mary L. Cooper

Mary L. Cooper has been a direct entry midwife since 1979 with 2200+ babies. Mary believes in all aspects of the birthing process, birthing women and the full circle of birth (which at times includes death). At workshops, Mary shares this “Sacred Ground” which includes: VBACs, Twins, Breeches, Uterine Death, Birth Anomalies and Healing Births. Mary shares what God, Birthing Women, Babies and life have shared with her. She has been and is now a “caretaker” for the elderly as their lives come to an end. Mary is thankful to all the wisdom shared with her from the women and babies whom she has helped.

Ina May Gaskin

Ina May Gaskin, CPM, is the founder and director of The Farm Midwifery Center in Tennessee (USA). She is the author of Spiritual Midwifery (1975) and Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth (2003). Ina May’s new book (2011) is called Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta. She was president of Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) from 1996 to 2002, and is a prominent national and international speaker. She has been a homebirth midwife since 1971. [ PHOTO BY ANDREA NOLL ]

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Gail Hart

Gail Hart graduated from a midwifery training program as a Certified Practical Midwife in 1977. She has held a variety of certifications over the years; she was a Certified Midwife through the Oregon Midwifery Council, and an LDEM in the state of Oregon. She is now "semi-retired," and no longer maintains her license, but still keeps active with a small community practice. Gail is strongly interested in ways to holistically incorporate evidence-based medical knowledge with traditional midwifery understanding.