|December 3, 2014|
Volume 16, Issue 25
|Midwifery Today E-News|
“Special Holiday Issue”
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Improve your midwifery skills and knowledge
Attend the full-day Midwifery Skills class with Marion Toepke McLean (pictured), Patricia Edmonds, Gail Hart, Carol Gautschi, Elizabeth Davis and Sister MorningStar. Planned sessions include Prenatal Care to Prevent Birth Complications, Common Complications of Labor, The First Hour after Birth and Creating Postpartum Plans That Work. Suitable for both beginning and advanced midwives, this class is part of our conference in Eugene, Oregon, March 2015.
“Pillars of Midwifery: Insight, Information and Intuition”
Join us for our conference in Bad Wildbad, Germany in October 2015. You’ll be able to choose from a wide variety of classes including Hemorrhage, Spinning Babies, Breech, Mexican Techniques and Shoulder Dystocia. Planned teachers include Carol Gautschi, Gail Hart, Sister MorningStar, Gail Tully, Debra Pascali-Bonaro and Michel Odent.
A Christmas Birth Poem
’Twas the night of her due date
— Laurie Belch
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The Art of Midwifery
Whenever you touch a baby’s umbilical cord, the cord spasms and this will stop it from pulsing far sooner than it would if it had been left alone. I do everything I can not to touch the cord at any time. It makes me sad and uncomfortable when I hear many midwives say that they felt the cord and it stopped pulsing. Well, of course it did—they kept touching it to see if it had stopped pulsing!
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[Editor’s note: This issue’s guest editor is Nancy Halseide.]
What a year it has been! Midwifery Today has hosted conferences in Pennsylvania, the UK and Australia. Many contributors sent in educational articles that were published in Midwifery Today magazine about prematurity, twin births, the umbilical cord and preeclampsia. We had readers share with us their joys and heartaches and we were able to read dozens of positive birth stories. We are so thankful this holiday season for all of you who have been faithful readers of Midwifery Today and to all of you who are making the world a better place in which to be born. Thank you for your tireless efforts to help mothers, babies and families. From all of us at Midwifery Today, happy holidays!
— Nancy Halseide is the managing editor for Midwifery Today. She blogs at thebirtheducator.com.
The MT staff recently returned from Australia where they shared a lovely conference with many midwives and birth keepers from around the globe. It had been a dream for many years to host a conference in this part of the world, and we are so happy to have had this dream become a reality in 2014.
Here is what one attendee said of the conference:
“The conference had such a pleasant atmosphere with lovely people who have the same thoughts and ideas on wanting to keep midwifery a natural experience for women. There were lovely speakers with different experiences and awesome stories to share about birth in different cultures. I thoroughly enjoyed learning new techniques to assist women.”
We hope you will join us at a conference in the future.
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— Nancy Halseide is the managing editor for Midwifery Today. She blogs at thebirtheducator.com.
Timing Is Everything
The fast and fantastic birth of Sienna Grace Cavaretta made history, and not just as a vital statistic, but why? In our rapid and technically advanced world, the news cycles are filled with horrific events like bombings, senseless killings, financial worries and crazy politics. A happy story of birth in an unconventional manner delights us with our necessary hope for futures with happy endings.
As midwives we know, the delivery of a second baby is generally the gift for making it through a usually lengthy first birth. The rapid arrival of Sienna Grace was not unexpected since five short years before, big sister Sophia had delighted us with her arrival after a short and uncomplicated six hours. That birth was however, traditional, as she was born inside a hospital. The tales of birth on a full moon are bolstered by this sidewalk delivery that took place on May 21, 2013, at the threshold of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Her chosen name, Sienna Grace, almost implied that she would arrive in an earthy and celestial manner—full moon and all. But what really made this birth so newsworthy was the photographic product of a prepared and in-touch team. If not for the photographs, this would have been just another one of many fast birth stories only talked about by the few involved.
Ironically, proud parents Amy and Joe Cavaretta are both photojournalists who tell stories in a glimpse with a single image. Apparently, they are great at being the story as well. They are nature-lovers who have a powerful reserve. They grow vegetables in their yard, and love and confidence in their home. Their open, unabashed, raw vulnerability gave them the strength to accept rapid change in plans and the unfettered ability to openly deliver their second child into my bare hands. The strength exhibited by Amy ranked up there with a few rare birthing women I have known. She had no fear and it was obvious. Joe was also competent, supportive and joyous, as anyone who saw his post-delivery photo can see.
To credit myself with orchestrating the perfect ungloved, uncomplicated delivery would be like a beachfront resort taking credit for a beautiful sunset. The joyous calling of being a midwife put me in that honored position. Over 28 years of experience as a CNM has given me great trust in birth. The luxury of being able to have 10 months of unhurried visits adds to the confidence, because I have medical data coupled with actually knowing the abilities, expectations and personal desires of the families that I become a part of. I have full confidence and respect for a woman’s body and her natural ability to birth without complication, but appreciate modern hospitals like Boca Raton Regional Hospital, our chosen venue for Amy’s birth. I can say with great pride and certainty that a woman can experience a totally natural birth within a hospital, if that is her desire. It is essential to me to know that the skills of a backup physician and medical technology are available if [they are] needed. There is nothing more important than the lives of a mother and child. This is my manner of providing care—a planned and calculated outcome of a healthy birth, for as much as one can plan!
It is always a delight to celebrate a story of hope and joy. Because of the keen lens of one gifted photographer, the whole world was able to join in on celebrating the joyous birth of Sienna Grace Cavaretta.
[Note: To see the beautiful images of this birth taken by photographer Emily Robinson, order Midwifery Today, Issue 107, where this article was originally published.]
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