|January 20, 2016|
Volume 18, Issue 2
|Midwifery Today E-News|
|Subscribe • Print Page|
Search Archive • Index
In This Week’s Issue
Get one for yourself or for a friend. This is just one of the great deals on our Online Holiday Coupon Page. Be sure to take advantage of the savings before they expire at the end of January. To order
What is the microbiome and what does it mean for your baby?
During and immediately after birth, specific species of good bacteria from the mother are transferred to the baby via the birth canal, immediate skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding. This process kick-starts the baby’s immune system and helps to protect the infant from disease for its entire lifetime. But when interventions occur this microbial transfer is interfered with or bypassed completely. The latest scientific research is now starting to indicate that if the baby is not properly seeded with the mother’s own bacteria at birth, the baby’s microbiome is left “incomplete.” Watch Micro-Birth to learn more about these microscopic events and what they mean. To order
This issue of Midwifery Today E-News is brought to you by:
Look below for more info.
Quote of the Week
He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything.
— Arabian Proverb
The Art of Midwifery
It is clear today that to be born is to enter the world of microbes and that, from a bacteriological point of view, a newborn baby ideally needs to be urgently in contact with only one person: her mother. It is also clear that the human mammal has been programmed to enter the world via the bacteriologically rich perineal zone; this is a sort of guarantee that the newborn baby, particularly her digestive tract and her skin, will be immediately contaminated by a great variety of friendly germs carried by her mother.
Midwifery Today Conferences
Take a full-day class on midwifery issues and skills
Your teachers will be Gail Hart (pictured), Fernando Molina, Carol Gautschi, Sister MorningStar and Eneyda Spradlin-Ramos. Topics covered include fact and fiction in midwifery and obstetrics, pelvimetry, village prenatals and complications of birth.
Join Suzanne Thomson and Carol Gautschi as they share their knowledge of breech birth
The class will start with a discussion of how to turn a breech baby and what to do if the baby won’t turn. Palpation skills, estimating fetal weight, amniotic fluid, and how to communicate with the baby will also be covered. Frank, footling and complete breech will be discussed, as well as cord prolapse, fetal heart tones, intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) and other complications of breech presentation.
Do you like what you’re reading?
You’ll get even more content when you subscribe to our quarterly print magazine, Midwifery Today. Subscribe here.
Microbiome Hope for the New Year!
I guess I am a bit of an optimist. I keep innocently thinking about how easy it would be for birth practices to change if only the medical establishment knew of this or that, like the benefits to the baby of leaving the cord intact. I just keep figuring that someday these things will get through to people and all will be well for motherbaby.
The new and evolving science of the microbiome is my newest hope that will help change birth practices. In some places, it already has. It is becoming common in many places to leave baby skin to skin with mom. Our local hospital is an example of this. (Now they just need to lower the induction and cesarean rate!) Natural birth is looking more and more important and homebirth is looking even better for the healthiest possible microbiome. Let’s all spread the news of how important this is to the health of the individual and to the health of our society. Home is where the heart is, and it is also where the best microbiome is!
Toward better birth!
— 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.
Midwifery Today Mini-Conference Retreat on February 29, 2016
Leap into spring with the Midwifery Today Mini-Conference Retreat on Leap Day at McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale, Oregon (15 minutes from the Portland airport). All birth practitioners are invited to come renew, retreat and rejuvenate and eat together with your peers for an amazing time where you can also garner CEUs. Rediscover your joy in midwifery!
Registration is easy and available now with our online form. Come learn about these topics: Birth and the Human Future, Prematurity, Hemorrhage, Massage for Labor and Birth, Craniosacral Therapy, and more. Spending a night or two is the best option, plus you can hang out with Gail Hart, Eneyda Spradlin-Ramos, Marion Toepke McLean, Fernando Molina, Carol Gray, Hermine Hayes-Klein and me as we get ready for this amazing event and do our Tricks of the Trade in the gorgeous soaking pools at McMenamins (weather permitting, of course—it is Oregon!).
The registration price for the day is $95 before February 10 and $110 after. Student price is $75 by February 10 and $85 after. (You must provide proof of student status.) The price includes lunch. You need to pre-register by February 24 to be assured of lunch, but walk-ins are always welcome.
— Jan Tritten
Keep up to date with conference news on Facebook:
Homebirth and the Microbiome
I have valued homebirth ever since my doctor talked me into having one! I had two homebirths and they were the most empowering events I have ever experienced. After a horrendous hospital birth with my first child, these births were especially amazing. For the past 38 years I have dedicated my life to optimal birth whether at home, in a birth center or in hospital. But now I am learning that homebirth is even more important than I ever thought it was. New microbiome research is teaching us that how and where we are born is crucial and even life-altering. Our birth literally sets the foundation for our health and well-being or lack of it.
The microbiome information coupled with hospital dangers, such as MRSA and other pathogens, makes homebirth an even more compelling choice. I watched a program on Frontline that described a pathogen much worse than MRSA. Hospitals can completely keep the presence of this pathogen a secret…and most often they do. At the conclusion of the program, I wondered why anyone would choose the hospital for birth unless it was needed in a lifesaving situation. These types of emergency situations are why hospitals are necessary and they are very good at handling such situations, but they aren’t very good with keeping birth normal. Marsden Wagner compared going to the hospital for birth to hiring a pediatrician for babysitting services.
Another important factor in the choice of out-of-homebirth is the amount of interventions that occur in hospital birth. It is nearly impossible to get an undisturbed birth in hospital. Twins and breeches generally do not have a chance of normalcy and are mostly delivered via cesarean, often to avoid liability or for convenience. I hear from women all the time who were induced before their due date and then ended up with a cesarean. Why induce in the first place? Often the reason is not medical but is instead for convenience. [Awareness of] human rights in childbirth is becoming more and more critical. Whose baby is this anyway? Whose birth is this? Who must live with the consequences created by others?
Q: Midwives and doulas, what do you want mothers to know about the microbiome? Do you think this knowledge is something that can change birth practices in the hospital?
— Midwifery Today
A: I want moms to know that the microbiome is everything. From conception (the mother’s microbiome matters) to 12–24 months the infant’s microbiome is being established.
— Lindsey Mathews
A: The microbiome is the foundation of a healthy functioning digestive and immune system. It is essential for good health. In an ideal world, it starts preconception. I spent years healing my gut and improving my own microbiome before conceiving my daughter. It was so important to me to give her the strongest start in this area. It starts way before birth.
— Crystal Di Domizio
A: Even back when I was an LLL Leader in the 70s and 80s we were told to tell women to put nothing into their baby’s mouth but the breast and breast milk for at least 3–6 months in order to keep the delicate intestinal balance exactly how it’s supposed to be. We didn’t know the word microbiome, we just knew that it was important for health to not introduce foods, herbs, medicines, gripe water, etc., into a baby’s digestive tract.
— Margie Dacko
A: Humans need to understand that birth is a complex biological process. You need to respect it.
— Deb Puterbaugh
A: As a biologist, I believe the knowledge of the microbiome is extremely important not only for medical personnel but above all for the new parents. The microbiome influences our health, thus the parents should be informed about it to be able to make the best possible informed decisions for their babies.
— Spela P. Peternel
A: It’s the reason homebirth is best.
— Gail Tully
A: I think that if parents, care providers and hospitals knew about the importance of the microbiome, practices such as antibiotics during labor, medically unnecessary cesareans, and supplementing with anything other than breast milk in the first six months would be taken far more seriously.
— Crystal Di Domizio
Manage Your E-News Subscription
Just go here and fill out the form:
Change your e-mail address
If you are a current subscriber and you want to change the e-mail address to which the newsletter is delivered, please click the “update subscription preferences” link at the bottom of any mailed issue and then make your changes.
If you are a current subscriber and want to stop receiving the newsletter, please click the “unsubscribe from this list” link at the bottom of any mailed issue and then make your changes.
If you have difficulty, please send a complete description of the problem, including any error messages, to email@example.com.
Learn your subscription status
If you are not receiving your issues, but have subscribed, contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the address you used to subscribe and we will look into it for you.
Learn even more about birth.
Midwifery Today Magazine—mention code 940 when you subscribe.
E-mail email@example.com or call 800-743-0974 to learn how to order.
Subscribe to the Web Updates RSS feed to stay on top of what’s new or highlighted on the Midwifery Today website. Be alerted when conference programs go online, new articles are posted and more.
How to order our products mentioned in this issue:
Secure online shopping
We accept Visa and MasterCard at the Midwifery Today Storefront.
Order by postal mail
We accept Visa; MasterCard; and check or money order in U.S. funds.
Midwifery Today, Inc.
Order by phone or fax
We accept Visa and MasterCard.
Phone (U.S. and Canada; orders only): 800-743-0974
Phone (worldwide): +1-541-344-7438
E-News subscription questions or problems
Editorial submissions, questions or comments for E-News
Editorial for print magazine
For all other matters
All questions and comments submitted to Midwifery Today E-News become the property of Midwifery Today, Inc. They may be used either in full or as an excerpt, and will be archived on the Midwifery Today website.
Midwifery Today E-News is published electronically every other Wednesday. We invite your questions, comments and submissions. We’d love to hear from you. Write to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send submissions in the body of your message and not as attachments.
This publication is presented by Midwifery Today, Inc., for the sole purpose of disseminating general health information for public benefit. The information contained in or provided through this publication is intended for general consumer understanding and education only and is not intended to be, and is not provided as, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Midwifery Today, Inc., does not assume liability for the use of this information in any jurisdiction or for the contents of any external Internet sites referenced, nor does it endorse any commercial product or service mentioned or advertised in this publication. Always seek the advice of your midwife, physician, nurse or other qualified health care provider before you undergo any treatment or for answers to any questions you may have regarding any medical condition.
The content of E-News is copyrighted by Midwifery Today, Inc., and, occasionally, other rights holders. You may forward E-News by e-mail an unlimited number of times, provided you do not alter the content in any way and that you include all applicable notices and disclaimers. You may print a single copy of each issue of E-News for your own personal, noncommercial use only, provided you include all applicable notices and disclaimers. Any other use of the content is strictly prohibited without the prior written permission of Midwifery Today, Inc., and any other applicable rights holders.
© 2016 Midwifery Today, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Midwifery Today: Each One Teach One!