September 14, 2016
Volume 18, Issue 19
Midwifery Today E-News
“Birth Is a Human Rights Issue”
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Quote of the Week

To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.

Nelson Mandela


The Art of Midwifery

The right to decline treatment, seek a second opinion, seek alternative therapies and change care providers is a human right available to all, including pregnant women. It is a bogus right if, when exercised, a woman is made to feel that she is stupid, irresponsible and dangerous to her own offspring. The use of threats, coercion, bullying, demeaning language and looks, withdrawal of care and downright meanness are used every day against the women who carry the future of their families and the future of our species inside their wombs under their heart near their instinctual nature. The right to humane treatment is more visibly applied to endangered species of zoo animals than to pregnant women.

Sister MorningStar
Excerpted from “The Voice of Reason,” Midwifery Today, Issue 110
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Strasbourg conference Attend a full-day class on birth complications with Tine Greve, Diane Goslin and Gail Hart

In the morning, the focus will be on shoulder dystocia. Our teachers will demonstrate effective treatments and look in-depth at more than 14 maneuvers. They will also discuss causes, incidence rates, prevention and solutions. The afternoon session will cover second stage issues such as prolonged rupture of membranes, failure to progress, abnormal labor patterns and non-medical intervention.

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Eugene conference Join us in Eugene, Oregon next April!

You will learn from teachers such as Elizabeth Davis (pictured), Robbie Davis-Floyd, Anne Frye and Carol Gautschi. Planned classes include Using Rebozo in Prenatal Care, Shoulder Dystocia, and Healing Trauma through Physiological Birth. Plan now to attend!

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Editor’s Corner

Social Networking

We at Midwifery Today are having so much fun with our Facebook page. Andee, our advertising director, and Oriona, our conference coordinator, are making our Midwifery Today Facebook page active and lively with videos and written posts. We are all having so much fun with this. Please join us. Today we had a post reach over 2,900,811 people and now we have 96,000+ followers. Please be one of them! Andee has over 200 posts ready to be put up, and they are full of inspiration. Don’t miss them. They are designed to lift your spirits and promote good, loving birthing, which is Midwifery Today’s main mission.

Andee and I have also been recording Tricks of the Trade videos most Thursdays, and they are kept on this same Facebook page under the videos heading. You can go see them there if you missed our live sessions. We have done Placenta, Membranes & Cord, Respect for the Newborn, Slow-starting Baby Technique and others. Please watch them! You can also message us with ideas and Tricks of your own.

— 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

Online Classes

Besides our regular important five-day conferences and our single-day retreats, Midwifery Today is working on offering online classes. We have done an interview with Gail Hart, and Fernando Molina did an excellent class on the microbiome. These are part of our free trial with Adobe Connect wherein we are trying to get all the bugs worked out as we work toward offering more classes to more students. Oriona, our conference coordinator, will send out e-mails letting you know when these will take place, and we let people know via Facebook. We appreciate your participation and patience during the trial period.

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The Necessary Question of Infants’ Human Rights at Birth: Are There Vampires in the Birth Rooms?

To parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, families, midwives, doulas, doctors, nurses, hospital administrators and legislators: We are birthkeepers. It is our responsibility to ask the next question concerning human rights in childbirth. As birthkeepers, it is we who are given the sacred responsibility to protect mothers and their incoming humans, the newborns, at birth and as they grow, for they are the future earthkeepers.

Are we allowing our health providers to rob our babies of their full potential of health, intelligence, immunity and longevity at birth?

According to the American Red Cross, blood donors must be in good health, at least 17 years old in most states and weigh at least 110 lbs (50 kg). In Germany, children under the age of 18 are not eligible to donate blood. Blood donations are generally no more than 500 ml, which is 1/10 of the average adult blood volume. Clearly, newborn babies do not fit these criteria for donating blood.

At the time of birth, up to one-third of each baby’s blood supply is traveling from the placenta via the umbilical cord to the baby. Calling this blood “cord blood” is doublespeak and creates intentionally ambiguous language that is meant to fool parents into misunderstanding. The fact is that the blood present in the umbilical cord at the time of birth is truly the baby’s blood.

All over the world, in nearly every single medical institution where babies are born, newborns (usually weighing only between 2 and 5 kilos or 4.4 to 11 lbs) are being denied up to one-third of their blood volume. This happens when the umbilical cord is immediately clamped and cut by the doctor or midwife moments after the baby is born. Parents are encouraged to donate their baby’s “cord blood,” which in actuality is the baby’s blood. Although it may be a generous gift for someone who needs a transfusion, this precious blood supply is meant for the baby and should not be given away or sold.

At the moment of birth, newborn infants have a blood volume of approximately 78 ml/kg, which means about 273 ml at an average weight of 3.5 kg. This is the diminished amount of blood that almost all newborns are left with when their umbilical cords are immediately clamped and cut.

Robin Lim
Excerpted from “The Necessary Question of Infants’ Human Rights at Birth: Are There Vampires in the Birth Rooms?” Midwifery Today, Issue 116
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