|January 4, 2017|
Volume 19, Issue 1
|Midwifery Today E-News|
“Happy New Year/Homebirth”
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The Art of Midwifery
Back in 1970, if you wanted to be a midwife, there were very few options for training. There were two nurse-midwifery education programs then, but since I didn’t live in New York City or Jackson, Mississippi, I had no way of knowing about them. I just knew that I wanted to be a midwife. I was lucky to have the opportunity to witness the most gorgeous birth anyone could possibly have, and that birth launched my quest to become a midwife. Those who have read Spiritual Midwifery already know that my initial training came from a short seminar from a kind obstetrician whom I met on the caravan I traveled with at the time. That quick course in emergency birth assistance was later supplemented by the relationship that I developed with Dr. John O. Williams, Jr., a local family practice doctor who lived near the place where my friends and I finally settled and where we started the community that we still call The Farm. Sixteen years of being the main access to medical care for the local Amish community had taught Dr. Williams that homebirth was nothing to be afraid of, as long as you were alert to early signs of complication.
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Happy New Year and New Birth
Midwifery Today offers you a warm welcome to the New Year. May 2017 be the pivotal year for changing birth practices! Let us all work to make it so. We each have a sweet little sphere of influence, and so if we use it judiciously and seek to expand it just a little bit, we will rock the world. We can reach critical mass where one person tells another how great, important and powerful birth is or can be, and we can change the world one birth, one person at a time.
I know I say over and over that my hope lies in the importance of the babies getting seeded with the mother’s microbiome as one of our most important change agent pieces of information. But I say this because I believe it is our newest and greatest hope. My other hope is in you—the wonderful people who care so much about birth and will work to make the changes so that every woman, along with her baby, has the greatest chance at an amazing birth experience. Let’s tell everyone we meet this year how important this is. I just learned the term elevator pitch. That is where you have 30 seconds to give someone you meet your message. Let’s use that idea to spread the word! Birthing in love changes the world!
— 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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Many of you can’t come to our conferences, which include essential information for becoming a midwife, so we plan to offer online classes to help you with your destiny to become a midwife as well as to help you keep up with your education and CEUs. Our next conference is in Eugene, Oregon, and will offer many classes for beginning and seasoned midwives. Theme is “The Heart and Science of Birth.” Learn more on our website.
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Fourth Baby Birth Story: Gia Rose
After having three healthy baby girls, my husband and I felt that our family was complete. Due to a mixture of procrastination and passion, we found out that, nope! We were, in fact, not done having children.
Positive pregnancy test in hand, shocked and tearful, we came to grips with the fact that we would be heading into one more pregnancy and childbirth, but this time, without any pregnancy insurance coverage. Our shock and dismay switched into mild embarrassment. We endured all of the “You do know how this happens, right?” jokes from friends. We read the concern on family faces. Our already tight finances would be squeezed even tighter.
Acceptance, excitement and joy soon followed. I loved being pregnant. We would be a large family. We’d need a bigger car, and our children would grow up in a household of sharing, tight quarters, noise and love.
Homebirth had never entered my mind as an option. After my firstborn’s delivery, my uterus wouldn’t contract on its own, and the hemorrhaging got scary. I passed out twice just getting out of my hospital bed. They gave me Pitocin, which did the trick. This experience had convinced me that I would have been one of those mothers out on the prairie who would have bled to death after childbirth.
My idea of a homebirth was stereotypical. I pictured a hairy-legged woman bearing hot towels and a stick (to put in my mouth). The afterbirth would make a mess of the mattress, etc. None of this sounded appealing.
With just three weeks left in my fourth pregnancy, we were prepared to be saddled with $8K to $10K in hospital debt.
I’m always obsessed with watching birth stories while pregnant, and when the documentary The Business of Being Born came out on Netflix, my husband and I watched it. I saw midwives in this film who were quite normal. They were equipped with medical bags (Pitocin included). No sticks in mouths.
I was educated on the reason why hospital births often go the way they do. I saw why the typical legs-in-the-air pushing position was not necessarily natural or ideal. The homebirths I watched on film were beautiful, not just messy. Then came the realization that perhaps we could have a beautiful experience and save some money as well, if we chose a homebirth.
I had delivered all three of my girls naturally in the hospital, two with the assistance of midwives. It seemed to make sense that we consider the option of a homebirth. I phoned my nurse-midwife, whom I really love and trust, and asked, “So, would it be possible for you to deliver my baby at home?”
“No,” she said. “But you should talk to my best friend and next-door neighbor. She is a wonderful homebirth midwife.”
And so it was that just three weeks before my due date, we dove into the natural world of homebirth midwifery. I hadn’t had an ultrasound at all with this pregnancy, and there was so much about those three weeks of appointments that were new and different.
Read this article excerpt from Midwifery Today magazine, now on our website:
Q: Why did you choose a homebirth?
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A: I envisioned a waterbirth, and I wanted a midwife-attended homebirth because I wanted to create a soft calming environment where I could go deep in a spiritual experience, chanting, praying and otherwise being my weird self. I tend to be a bit shy and sensitive to bright fluorescent lights, so avoiding the hospital environment, and the possible interventions, was important for my understanding of a peaceful birth.
— Colleen Morrissey
A: After a difficult first hospital birth, we moved abroad when pregnant with the second. I had already considered a homebirth, but a visit around the hospital maternity ward cemented my decision. Somehow (Jan Tritten helped!), I found three amazing English-speaking midwives who I adore and trusted more than the hospital. It was an easy decision (and an easy labor!).
— Natalie Barr
A: I didn’t. It chose me. I was fairly opinionated against homebirth until I had an accidental homebirth. Then I had another one on purpose, and now I am a homebirth midwife myself.
— Amy Ihrig
A: For my first, I really just wanted to allow my body to work how it was designed to work without any people or rules getting in the way. That remains my main motivating factor. However, the gut health of baby is now a significant consideration, as homebirth is superior to a hospital birth in regards to passing on beneficial bacteria from mom, and a healthy gut translates to better overall health for life!
— Becky Hartman Preston
A: I felt the time after birth with my daughter and husband were so important, so I did not want to be in a hospital setting for this sacred time.
— Melissa Moulder Dowd
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