October 14, 2015
Volume 17, Issue 21
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Quote of the Week

I believe in love at first sight because I’ve been loving my mother since I opened my eyes.


The Art of Midwifery

Women and their bodies are amazing. The power within nature for right timing in birth is extraordinary, but it takes keen observation and patience to see and learn what nature can do and would do when that intelligence is respected and supported.

Sister MorningStar
Excerpted from “The Times and Tools of Induction,” Midwifery Today, Issue 107
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Learn about breech birth at our Germany conference

Germany conferenceAttend this full-day class with Cornelia Enning, Angelina Martinez Miranda, Ina Rieder and Gail Tully. You will learn about the most current breech research, see demonstrations of basic breech skills and increase your knowledge of breech complications. Sessions include Breech Birth Research, Turning Breech Babies, Alternative Methods for Breech and Breech Birth in Water.

Pre-registration is closed, but you may register at the door.

Tine Greve and Gail Hart discuss Clinical Issues in Birth Care

In the morning, you will learn about different reasons for prolonged labor, how to detect the pathological labor from the simple prolonged labor, and how to overcome difficulties and correct problems when possible or facilitate transfer when needed. The afternoon session covers normal and complicated second stage issues. The teachers will review second stage research from a midwifery point of view, focusing on how maternal positions and associated birth environments affect childbirth outcomes. This full-day class is part of our conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, April 2016.

Learn more about the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, conference.

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Editor’s Corner


Filipp Perkhov and Katerina Perkhova, my sister Lora LaPorte and I are finally realizing our dream to have an online TV channel called iBirthToday with the tag line, “Living on Purpose.” This is a place where you can find great videos of birth information and so much more. We have something for anyone who is interested in conscious living. There will be everything from pre-conception to helping with aging parents or friends. We even have a gardening section, which is an area I am really looking forward to because gardening is my favorite subject besides birth and kitties. You will find ideas about home businesses, nutrition, animal and human birth, homeschooling and people’s life calling.

We plan to introduce you to ordinary people doing extraordinary things with interviews and footage of what they are doing! One series I have done is to ask many midwives about their calling. There are some amazing stories here. I truly enjoy hearing the story of how a midwife, doula, permaculture aficionado or small business owner was called to what they do. Each interviewee shares a tip for others hoping to do similar things. Those answers contain beautiful advice.

Please come visit us at iBirthToday.com or like us on Facebook.

— 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

Germany Conference

We are getting ready to go to Germany for our conference there. One of the very exciting teachers we have among our roster of great teachers is Robin Lim. I got to see Robin teach at a homebirth conference I was speaking at in Spain. She is a very powerful and warm teacher. She is also a humanitarian, helping reestablish midwifery after disasters. We are very pleased to have her joining us.

The conference we are doing after Germany will be in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, next April 6–10, 2016. Besides the other many wonderful teachers, Michel Odent will be joining us. His doctor told him to rest for six months, so he had to pass on Germany after having a fall. I have been in contact with him, and he is much better, so we are looking forward to seeing our dear friend and wonderful teacher in Harrisburg. Hope to see you at a conference soon.

— Jan Tritten

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Straight from the Heart Mothering

I wish I was sitting with you now, at your kitchen table. I would listen to your birth story. I would rub your strong shoulders and ask to hold your baby. I wish this because I admire your courage. Thank you for bringing a new baby Earth-side. You are a heroine. Some Native American tribes believe that the mother must journey to the land of the souls to bring back a child for her people. This is labor. Your own re-birth and the birth of this baby is the most significant journey, both spiritual and physical, that a human being can make. You return a mother, having completed the world’s most dangerous and blessed life event. If you do not believe that childbirth, in all its manifestations, is a heroic undertaking, consider the statistics: every day on planet Earth approximately 1370 women die due to complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Today as you read this, let me celebrate your bravery. Whatever the details of your birth story, you faced your individual childbirth challenges and worked to give this world a newborn person.

Perhaps your birth did not go as planned. Many do not, and so you will cry and with the help of friends, family and the Good Lord, you must heal. Please do not diminish the wonder of the job you have done only because it was not perfect in our limited human opinion.

While we are of flesh and bone we cannot hope to fully know what “perfect” is. Our best made plans will be broken a million times in the years of parenting ahead. As mothers we must learn to be flexible, for the rigid tree breaks in the windstorms of life. In birth we are utterly taken apart. In this way God guarantees that we emerge anew. This is how Mother Nature builds a new mother, by first burning down our preexisting lives. The survival of this precious being you hold close today depends upon your undoing.

Robin Lim
Excerpted from “Straight from the Heart Mothering,” Midwifery Today, Issue 49
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    Excerpt: “There was once a time, not so very long ago, when everyone knew that death was a possible outcome of birth. Midwives and doctors were called to help because they were the ones with the knowledge and experience, but they were not blamed if death came knocking. There was sadness. There was grief. But it was integrated in the realm of their spiritual beliefs.”

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Birth Q&A

Q: What do you love about being a mother?

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A: I have just spent the day nursing my baby in bed. She is our last of five. Although I don’t like to see them sick, nursing a baby and helping them sleep is something I love!

— Natalie Arsenault

A: Knowing that my children are gentle and generous and have made the world a happier place. That is also the reason I love being an aunt (since 1977) and a great aunt (since 1994).

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A: The infinite laughs and smiles!

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A: I love seeing my son discover the world. It’s beautiful to see life through his eyes, and it reminds me to nurture my inner child as well.

— Carina O’Toole

A: I love the love. It is the most compelling, all encompassing, fulfilling, fantastic, dangerous feeling in the world.

— Irene Walton

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