Theme: The Business of Midwifery
Midwifery, although it comes from the heart, is also a business. This issue of Midwifery Today addresses many ways to professionalize your practice, from writing articles to using the media, improving billing to branching out to related areas. Also included are articles on international programs to bring improved midwifery services to developing countries, medical issues, inspiring homebirths and alternative treatment methods.
Articles in this issue include:
Midwifery Model of Care—Phase II: Newborn Care, by Alyssa Martin. Continuing the ongoing discussion about how midwifery should look in the 21st century, Alyssa Martin shares her thoughts on knowing when to intervene in newborn care immediately after birth.
Shari Daniels: Maverick Midwife Blazes Trails and Births Babies on TV, by Daphne Singingtree.
Finally, a television show that shows that birth can be normal! Read all about Shari Daniels, the force behind this new show.
C-sections, Breastfeeding and Bugs for Your Baby: What the Doctor Probably Won't Tell You, by Jeff D. Leach. Learn about how natural bacteria we all carry have helped people remain healthy since the beginning of time.
Profits and Rewards—Why Don't Midwives Earn High Salaries, by Michele Klein. This article discusses how midwives caring natures have conflicted with making money.
Is My Baby Yellow and My Jaundice Dictionary, by Judy Slome Cohain. A pair of articles defining and discussing hyperbilirubinemia, or jaundice, in newborns and recent guidelines by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Midwifery and Malpractice, by Barbara Bridgman Perkins. A discussion of past and present malpractice crises in the US and how midwives are affected.
Hands-Off care and Birth as an Out-of-Body Experience, by Alison Bastien. Are women losing touch with their bodies as a result of ultrasounds and other technology? Regular contributor Alison Bastien shares her experiences and solution.
Probiotics: A Better Way to Treat Infections during Pregnancy, by Genevieve Lewis. Using a real-life example and sharing a recipe for kefir, this midwife shares the facts on probiotics.
GBS in a Homebirth Setting, by Renee Meuse Bishara. Group B streptococcus is a common bacterium that can adversely affect vaginally-delivered babies, if not detected and treated. This article covers the various protocols that midwives may use to deal with it.
Voluntary Licensure, by Carol Gray. One womans opinion on mandatory licensing of midwives.
Supporting Mothers in Long-term Breastfeeding, by Janell E. Robisch. This author shares her philosophy and the results of a survey on breastfeeding and lists a variety of resources that can help moms who want to breastfeed for the long term.
Hope in Uganda, by Carrie Sparrevohn. The Sally Stockley Maternity Project and its work in Uganda is the subject of this article. The author, a volunteer midwife, shares with us the conditions of life there and what we can do to help improve it.
Stories from Senegal, by Patricia Ross, M. Christie McManus and Sudy Storm. These three authors recount their experiences during a trip to Senegal to volunteer in the maternity clinic.
Let's Fika First! A Look at Swedish Midwifery from a Cultural Perspective, by Jo Beth Cairns. This article addresses the cultural aspects of midwifery in modern Sweden, as well as providing insight to midwives contemplating working there.