E-books from Midwifery Today
Collections of articles from Midwifery Today magazine

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The First Stage of Labor

  • Chapter 1: “First Stage: Preparing the Fetus Ejection Reflex” by Michel Odent
  • Chapter 2: “Managing First Stage Problems” by John Stevenson
  • Chapter 3: “Before the First Wave: Midwife Carol Gautschi Shares Her Views on First Stage” by Kelly Moyer
  • Chapter 4: “The Dynamic First Stage of Labor” by Marion Toepke McLean, Jill Cohen and Kimberley Mangu
  • Chapter 5: “The Times and Tools of Induction” by Sister MorningStar
  • Chapter 6: “Causing Labor to Unfold” by Alison Osborn
  • Chapter 7: “Laboring Women Are Not Marathon Runners” by Michel Odent
  • Chapter 8: “Nourishing the Mother” by Anne Frye
  • Chapter 9: “The Amniotomy Question: Examining the Pros and Cons of Rupturing Membranes” by Verna Oberg
  • Chapter 10: “Like Cures Like: Homeopathy for Labor and Birth” by Diane Gregg

Hemorrhage

  • Chapter 1: “Preventing Postpartum Haemorrhage” by Michel Odent
  • Chapter 2: “Postpartum Hemorrhage in Bali: A Day at Bumi Sehat” by Robin Lim
  • Chapter 3: “Hemorrhage!” by Susun Weed
  • Chapter 4: “Hemorrhage: Stay Close and Pay Attention to Your Mothers” by Judy Edmunds
  • Chapter 5: “Seven Hours Postpartum” by Jenna Hull
  • Chapter 6: “Hemorrhage during Pregnancy and Childbirth” by Marion Toepke McLean
  • Chapter 7: “Thinking Green” by Marlene Waechter
  • Chapter 8: “Hemorrhage in Childbearing” by Marion Toepke McLean
  • Chapter 9: “Putting an End to Women’s Global Slaughter: Bleeding to Death” by Michel Odent
  • Chapter 10: “Preventing Postpartum Hemorrhage by Respecting the Natural Process of Third Stage” by Beth Anne Moonstone
  • Chapter 11: “Lessons from Kitty Birth: Using Placenta to Control Hemorrhage” by Jan Tritten

Doulas

  • Chapter 1: “The Doula Phenomenon and Authentic Midwifery: Protection as a Keyword” by Michel Odent
  • Chapter 2: “Being the Quiet Midwife/Doula in the Corner” by Ana Paula Markel
  • Chapter 3: “Confessions of a 57-year-old Rookie Doula” by Helen Hill
  • Chapter 4: “A Birth Doula for Every Mother” by Allie Chee
  • Chapter 5: “DONA’s Youngest Certified Doula” by Mary Ann Lieser
  • Chapter 6: “The Midwife and the Doula: A Tale of Two Sisters” by Vicki Penwell
  • Chapter 7: “A Doula’s Bag-of-Tricks: What’s in It for You?” by Debra Pascali-Bonaro
  • Chapter 8: “Supporting Empowered Births” by Heathir Brown
  • Chapter 9: “A Week and a Question” by Heide Thorsen
  • Chapter 10: “Doulas in Europe” by Elena Piantino
  • Chapter 11: “A Buddy Near the Crib: Perinatal Coaching for Underprivileged Families” by Annemarie Hoogewys
  • Chapter 12: “Compassion and Empathy: A Doula’s Best Friends” by Kicki Hansard
  • Chapter 13: “Adapting Birth Services for Incarcerated Mothers” by Marianne Bullock and Vicki Elson
  • Chapter 14: “Accepting Love without Perfection: The Roles of Grandmothers and Postpartum Doulas” by Vicki York
  • Chapter 15: “Doula by Default” by Salem
  • Chapter 16: “Let Your Monkey Do It: A Doula’s Take on Homebirth” by Debra Flashenberg

Shoulder Dystocia

An important read for midwives, doulas, doctors and nurses about how to handle a shoulder dystocia. Filled with articles previously published in Midwifery Today magazine, this e-book contains top-notch information from the brightest minds in natural childbirth, including Ina May Gaskin, Gail Tully and Michel Odent.

  • Chapter 1: “Shoulder Dystocia: The Basics” by Gail Tully
  • Chapter 2: “Preventing Shoulder Dystocia” by Michel Odent
  • Chapter 3: “Shoulder Dystocia: The Perils and Possibilities” by Sister MorningStar
  • Chapter 4: “Management of True Shoulder Dystocia at Attended Homebirth” by Judy Slome Cohain
  • Chapter 5: “How Being a Homebirth Midwife Enabled Me to Learn about Shoulder Dystocia” by Ina May Gaskin
  • Chapter 6: “Once a Shoulder Dystocia…” by Marion Toepke McLean
  • Chapter 7: “Capable Hands and Calm Eyes: My 60 Seconds of Shoulder Dystocia” by Mary Ann Lieser
  • Chapter 8: “FlipFLOP: Four Steps to Remember” by Gail Tully
  • Chapter 9: “Managing Shoulder Dystocia” by Marion Toepke McLean
  • Chapter 10: “Shoulder Dystocia: A Heart-stopping Moment” by Brenda Matea
  • Chapter 11: “Waiting for Shoulders” by Gail Hart
  • Chapter 12: “Arm Behind the Back: A Shoulder Dystocia Complication” by Gail Tully

Second Stage: The Pushing Phase of Labor

  • Chapter 1: “Understanding Stages of Labour after the Paradigm Shift” by Michel Odent
  • Chapter 2: “An Overview of Upright Positions during Second Stage Labor” by Jeri Layer
  • Chapter 3: “Second Stage Evolution” by Elizabeth Allemann
  • Chapter 4: “Why Wait until Second Stage?” by Carol Gray
  • Chapter 5: “Allowing Birth to Be Birth” by Kristi Zittle
  • Chapter 6: “Getting Pushy” by Alison Bastien
  • Chapter 7: “Midwifing Second Stage” by Sister MorningStar
  • Chapter 8: “Redefining Normal” by Elizabeth Perry
  • Chapter 9: “Supporting Motherbaby in Second Stage Waterbirth” by Cornelia Enning
  • Chapter 10: “Getting to Second Stage” by Carol Gautschi

Birth Stories

  • Chapter 1: “Homebirth through a Mother’s Eyes” by Mary Kury
  • Chapter 2: “Enoch’s Home Waterbirth after Four C-sections” by April Bailey
  • Chapter 3: “Father’s Experience of Birth” by Ervin Beachy
  • Chapter 4: “A Midwife’s Gift: Olivia’s Birth Story” by Laura Thompson Shive
  • Chapter 5: “Selah’s Beginnings” by Ian Penwell
  • Chapter 6: “Caleb’s Birth” by Nikki Dauphin
  • Chapter 7: “Husband-Assisted Homebirth” by John Paul
  • Chapter 8: “There and VBAC Again” by Kelcey Boyce
  • Chapter 9: “The Waterbirth of Maggie Cate” by Traci Coburn
  • Chapter 10: “Footling Breech: A Midwife’s Own Birth Story” by Veronica Wagner
  • Chapter 11: “Late in the Game” by Kelly Martin
  • Chapter 12: “Six Days, Two Healthy Babies, One Extraordinary Birth” by Lana Shlafer
  • Chapter 13: “Touched a Nerve” by Linda Magid
  • Chapter 14: “’Home Away from Home’ Birth” by Krista Cornish Scott
  • Chapter 15: “From Fear to Peace: Jeremy’s Birth Story” by Sarah David
  • Chapter 16: “The System That Worked” by Jenna Hull
  • Chapter 17: “The Perfect Mantra” by Kristin Love Nemzer
  • Chapter 18: “Pascual’s Beautiful Home Waterbirth in Malaysia” by Vanessa Beyer
  • Chapter 19: “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” by Michelle Vlad
  • Chapter 20: “Faith’s Birth: An Amazing Blessing” by Christa Bartley
  • Chapter 21: “The Power of Story” by Sister MorningStar

Breech Birth

  • Chapter 1: “The Safest Kind of Breech” by Marion Toepke McLean
  • Chapter 2: “A Happy Collaboration” by Joni Nichols
  • Chapter 3: “Bruno’s Birth Story” by Ada da Silva
  • Chapter 4: “Midwifery Model of Care: On Breech Birth” by Carol Gautschi
  • Chapter 5: “Pushing of Breech” by Elizabeth Smith
  • Chapter 6: “Thoughts on Breech Birth” by Gloria Lemay
  • Chapter 7: “A Not-So-Lost Art” by Danniele Carlisle
  • Chapter 8: “Instinctual Breech Birth” by Sister MorningStar
  • Chapter 9: “Breech Birth from a Primal Health Research Perspective” by Michel Odent
  • Chapter 10: “Miracle Birth” by Marlene Waechter
  • Chapter 11: “Human Rights for Breech Mamas” by Marion Toepke McLean
  • Chapter 12: “Effective Alternative Treatments for Breech Presentation” by Julie Brill
  • Chapter 13: “Beautiful Breech Homebirth” by Anonymous in Albuquerque
  • Chapter 14: “A Difficult Breech Birth” by Marion Toepke McLean
  • Chapter 15: “Three Surprise Breeches” by Ina May Gaskin

The Third Stage of Labor

  • Chapter 1: “Placenta Accreta” by Marion Toepke McLean
  • Chapter 2: “The Care and Keeping of Placentas” by Jodi Selander
  • Chapter 3: “Cord Burning” by Kelly Dunn
  • Chapter 4: “Placenta Medicine: My Story” by Tiffany Rosenbrock
  • Chapter 5: “On Meconium at Home and Delayed Cord-cutting” by Naolí Vinaver
  • Chapter 6: “Placenta Rituals and Folklore from Around the World” by Sarah J. Buckley
  • Chapter 7: “Placentophagia: Stir-fry, Smoothie or Raw?” by Wendy Lubell-Snyder, with Tammi McKinley
  • Chapter 8: “Third Stage of Labor: Hands Off and Have Patience” by Christy Fiscer
  • Chapter 9: “The Bridge of Life: Options for Placentas” by Kelly Graff
  • Chapter 10: “The Color of Goldenrod” by Janice Marsh-Prelesnik
  • Chapter 11: “The Problem Is Induction, Not Meconium” by Gail Hart
  • Chapter 12: “Tsunami Midwives: Learning to Burn the Umbilical Cord” by Robin Lim, Harvest Rowena Alcock and Kelly Dunn
  • Chapter 13: “Velamentous Birth Story” by Jana Voelke Studelska
  • Chapter 14: “Knitted Noggins: Rethinking the Newborn Cap” by Nicole Deelah
  • Chapter 15: “A Natural Approach to the Third Stage of Labour: A Look at Early Cord Clamping, Cord Blood Harvesting and other Medical Interference” by Sarah J. Buckley

Breastfeeding

  • Chapter 1: “The Role of the Shy Hormone in Breastfeeding” by Michel Odent
  • Chapter 2: “Biological Nurturing: The Laid-back Breastfeeding Revolution” by Suzanne Colson
  • Chapter 3: “Candida versus Breastfeeding: Which Is Winning?” by PJ Jacobsen
  • Chapter 4: “Daniel: A Breastfeeding Challenge Overcome” by Joni Nichols
  • Chapter 5: “HIV and Breastfeeding: What We Do and Do Not Know in 2005” by Nancy Miller
  • Chapter 6: “Milk Supply: You Have Enough” by Lina Duncan
  • Chapter 7: “Breastfeeding Duration and Mother-to-Mother Support” by Nancy Mohrbacher and Sharon Knorr
  • Chapter 8: “Midwives: Guardians of Nature’s Design” by Kimberly Durdin
  • Chapter 9: “Reclaiming the Art of Breastfeeding” by Indira Lopez Bassols
  • Chapter 10: “Supporting Mothers in Long-term Breastfeeding” by Janell E. Robisch
  • Chapter 11: “Breastfeeding Milla” by Angela Worthington
  • Chapter 12: “Breastfeeding and Newborn Survival” by Amanda Penwell
  • Chapter 13: “The Four Pillars of Safe Breast Milk Sharing” by Shell Walker and Maria Armstrong
  • Chapter 14: “A Mom’s Breastfeeding Adventure” by Alicia Kaye
  • Chapter 15: “My Nursing Journey” by Janelle Rice

Waterbirth

  • Chapter 1: “What I learned from the First Hospital Birthing Pool” by Michel Odent
  • Chapter 2: “A Lovely Way to Enter the World” by Judy Edmunds
  • Chapter 3: “Henry’s Waterbirth” by Christine Gibson
  • Chapter 4: “Aquadurals and Douladurals Replace the Epidural” by Judith Elaine Halek
  • Chapter 5: “Journey to the Water” by Kristi Zittle
  • Chapter 6: “Waterbirth Makes the Midwife’s Job Easier” by Samantha McCormick
  • Chapter 7: “A Landmark in the History of Birthing Pools” by Michel Odent
  • Chapter 8: “Benjamin’s Waterbirth” by Rhonda Shaw
  • Chapter 9: “Waterbirth-A Safe and Natural Delivery Method: Experience after 1355 Waterbirths in Italy” by Albin Thöni and Ludwig Moroder
  • Chapter 10: “My Waterbirth” by Simone Snyder
  • Chapter 11: “Waterbirth: Contemporary Application for Historic Concepts” by Cornelia Enning
  • Chapter 12: “How to Make a Portable Waterbirth Tub” by Melanie Moore
  • Chapter 13: “Waterbirth with a Blind Mother” by Cornelia Enning
  • Chapter 14: “Waterbirth and GBS” by Judy Slome Cohain
  • Chapter 15: “Waterbirths in the United Kingdom” by Dianne Garland
  • Chapter 16: “Waterbirth Basics: From Newborn Breathing to Hospital Protocols” by Barbara Harper

Birth Wisdom from Michel Odent

  • Chapter 1: “When Love Hormones Become Useless”
  • Chapter 2: “Should Midwives Reinvent the Amnioscope?”
  • Chapter 3: “Occiput Posterior Position Should Be Exceptionally Rare at Birth”
  • Chapter 4: “Primal Health: History of a Concept”
  • Chapter 5: “The Role of the Shy Hormone in Breastfeeding”
  • Chapter 6: “Dispelling Disempowering Birth Vocabulary”
  • Chapter 7: “A Landmark in the History of Birthing Pools”
  • Chapter 8: “The Function of Joy in Pregnancy”
  • Chapter 9: “What Really Matters Is Our Primal Health”
  • Chapter 10: “Understanding Stages of Labour after the Paradigm Shift”
  • Chapter 11: “The Future of Obstetric Technology”
  • Chapter 12: “If I Were the Baby: Questioning the Widespread Use of Synthetic Oxytocin”
  • Chapter 13: “Breech Birth from a Primal Health Research Perspective”
  • Chapter 14: “Preventing Shoulder Dystocia”
  • Chapter 15: “Childbirth from a Bacteriological Perspective”
  • Chapter 16: “Eat Sardines, Be Happy…and Sing!”
  • Chapter 17: “How Aphrodite, Buddha and Jesus Developed Their Capacity to Love”
  • Chapter 18: “Champagne and the Fetus Ejection Reflex”
  • Chapter 19: “The First Hour Following Birth: Don’t Wake the Mother!”
  • Chapter 20: “Knitting Midwives for Drugless Childbirth”
  • Chapter 21: “Preparing the Nest”
  • Chapter 22: “Routine versus Selective Strategies in Postmaturity”
  • Chapter 23: “Putting an End to Women’s Global Slaughter: Bleeding to Death”
  • Chapter 24: “Doula Phenomenon and Authentic Midwifery: Protection as a Keyword”