June 10, 2015
Volume 17, Issue 12
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Germany conferenceMeet Robin Lim at our Germany conference!

Robin is a mother, grandmother, author, poet, midwife and educator who lives in Bali with her husband and children. She is a founder and executive director for Yayasan Bumi Sehat Birth Center in Bali and splits her time between the birth center and the Tsunami Relief Clinic in Aceh, Sumatra. She will be teaching or co-teaching several classes, including Human Rights Issue: Premature Cord Cutting, Solving Common Complications and Pillars of Midwifery: Insight, Information and Intuition.

Learn more about the Bad Wildbad, Germany, conference.

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Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.

Henry David Thoreau

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The Art of Midwifery

Suffering in childbirth need not be the norm, for without drugs and without medical interventions imposing iatrogenic risks, healthy, well-supported women, carrying healthy babies, may make the passage of childbirth with dignity, surrounded by people of their choice, with joy, grace and even pleasure.

Robin Lim
Excerpted from “When Pregnancy Goes South: Keeping Birth Gentle,” Midwifery Today, Issue 113
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Editor’s Corner

Introducing iBirthToday: Living on Purpose

iBirthToday.com is the joint creation of HomeChild Magazine from Russia and Midwifery Today magazine from the US. iBirthToday is a new Internet channel for mothers, midwives, childbirth practitioners, families and all people interested in natural birth, great parenting and healthy lifestyles. But, iBirthToday is more than just programming for parents and midwives!

Every human has come to earth through birth, so birth is the one life event we all share. To live life, you must have been birthed. In order to be birthed in the best way possible, we need parental love, connection and bonding with family, and a strong microbiome for the best health and protection from illness. We want every person to have the most optimal birth and life possible!

iBirthToday combines the best new ways of thinking with the old ways, which have nurtured humans for centuries. It is based on the love and respect we have for each other and for the earth we live on.

Love and respect are needed in pregnancy, birth, parenting and, indeed, in all of life. iBirthToday is for and about you, whatever your beliefs about life are. We want to help you to be the best you can be. iBirthToday is about hope, spirit, kindness, LOVE, and about helping each other as well as being helped.

iBirthToday.com will go live June 10, 2015 (if no glitches hold up our release date), to coincide with the beginning of the St. Petersburg, Russia, HomeChild/Midwifery Today conference. May it be a tool that inspires and reminds all of us to live on purpose.

— Jan Tritten, mother of Midwifery Today

Jan Tritten is the founder, editor-in-chief and mother of Midwifery Today magazine. She became a midwife in 1977 after the amazing homebirth of her second daughter. Her mission is to make loving midwifery care the norm for birthing women and their babies throughout the world. Meet Jan at our conferences around the world, or join her online, as she works to transform birth practices around the world.

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Conference Chatter

GOLDSTEIN78_P3301844 (2K)Join Lisa Goldstein at our conference in Germany this fall! Lisa has been attending homebirths since 1958 and was the only legal non-nurse midwife in North Carolina for many years. She later completed her CNM degree and still attends births. She has incorporated her vast knowledge of herbs and homeopathy into her midwifery practice and will share that vast knowledge with conference attendees.

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Positive Birth Change in Cameroon

Positive birth change is happening in Cameroon. The country’s high mortality rate for mothers and babies has been a problem, but it is being fought from every angle. The midwife association in Cameroon, known as ASFAC, is doing many things, including organizing conferences and seminars to train midwives on new techniques of handling birth. These trainings are being done in urban and rural areas, including in hospitals, health centers, health posts and aid posts. Traditional midwives are being encouraged to give traditional drugs to women having difficulties in labor.

There is an intensive campaign in Cameroon for focused antenatal care in order to identify complications. Health care providers are focusing on assessment and on actions needed to provide care for each woman’s individual situation. However, many women who have risk factors will not develop complications, while women without a risk factor may. Using a risk-based approach with more frequent visits, therefore, does not necessarily improve pregnancy outcomes. Furthermore, when antenatal care is planned using a risk-based approach, scarce health care resources may be devoted to unnecessary care for high-risk women who may never develop complications, and low-risk women may not receive essential care or may be unprepared to recognize or respond to signs of complications.

To prevent mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV, the PMTCT program is being implemented when a mother is diagnosed with HIV. With the program, the mother is quickly placed on treatment. The child is also placed on treatment as soon as it is born. Tests are then conducted on the child to be sure of no cross-infection. Healthier children are needed in Cameroon and around the world, for they are the future generation.

In Cameroon, we consider it vital that a child’s first 1000 days are healthy for proper development. The 1000-day period starts with conception and continues until the child’s second birthday. Good nutrition during this time is critical to the future health, well-being and success of the child. Pregnancy and infancy are the most important periods for brain development.

Millions of mothers in poor countries struggle to give their children a healthy start in life. With compromised health, inadequate resources and support, these mothers often fail to gain sufficient weight during pregnancy and are susceptible to a host of complications that put themselves and their babies at risk.

Patang Florence Ngu
Excerpted from “Positive Birth Changes in Cameroon,” Midwifery Today, Issue 113
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Country Contact Question of the Quarter

Editor’s Note: Midwifery Today is interested in promoting international networking among childbirth practitioners. Our goal is to strengthen the international community by establishing a country contact in every country of the world. If you would like to become a country contact, please e-mail Jan Tritten. Learn more about Country Contacts.

For this international edition of E-News, we asked Midwifery Today’s country contacts the following question:

What are the most important issues facing midwives in your country today?


The ambassador of Sweden to Uganda, his Excellency Urban Andersson, launched “The Midwives4All Campaign in Uganda” on April 8, 2015. The campaign is in recognition of the fundamental role of midwives in maternal and newborn health.

The overall goal of this campaign is to influence policy makers, mobilize communities and attract young people to the midwifery profession. The embassy of Sweden intends to use Midwives4All to discuss the role of midwives and how different stakeholders can contribute to realizing the Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 in Uganda.

Midwives are recognized as extraordinary professionals in Uganda. The Swedish government is redoubling its efforts to push for the Millennium Development Goals that have been globally recognized as not progressing in accordance with targets set in many countries, as expressed by the ambassador of Sweden here in Uganda. This is another step forward.

— Kezaabu Edwidge

United Arab Emirates

The recent midwifery issue in my country is to develop physiologic birth and VBAC. We are going to update our midwifery accreditation. We also plan to develop a breastfeeding consultation course.

Our midwives are attending many post-graduation courses in waterbirth and pregnancy exercises. We have launched midwifery consulting centers that are under licensed, registered midwives’ supervision and management.

I have been on many national TV shows and waterbirth TV programs; I was on an Iranian waterbirth documentary that gained national attention for physiologic births.

— Leila Mostofi


These are the important issues in Romania right now:

  1. The rehabilitation of the Romanian Midwives Association in order to lobby with the Order of Nurses and Midwives and the Ministry of Health for midwives’ rights concerning legal independent practice procedures.
  2. Decreasing the rate of maternal and fetal mortality at birth (Romania has one of the highest rates in Europe).
  3. The humanization of natural birth procedures in the governmental hospitals in Romania.
  4. Decreasing the cesarean rate through educational programs for pregnant women and future parents.

— Vania Limban

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