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Midwifery Today began as a magazine for midwives in 1986. In 1992 we held the first of 80 conferences in our hometown of Eugene, Oregon. In 1997, we expanded our educational reach through this website, with hundreds of free articles—successfully meeting our goal of helping all birth practitioners and parents to be the best they can be. We now offer memberships, providing access to hundreds more articles, many of which are clinical. We also have published numerous books and e-books, as well as audios of past conference classes, and videos, as well. All Toward Better Birth.

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Recent Articles

Interview with Anita Rojas at the 2019 Eugene Conference by Jan Tritten This video is about the fascinating life of Anita Rojas. She is from Mexico and lived on a remote mountaintop village without a grocery store or drug store. The countryside provided the villagers with both food and medicinal herbs. Her grandmother taught her about birth and herbs. Come watch, listen, and fall in love with her, as we have!
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The Bottom Line on Breech: Home, Hospital, and Birth Center Outcomes and Suggestions for Birth Attendants by Rixa Freeze The definitive paper on the safety and outcomes for breech birth at home and in birth centers, with helpful suggestions for midwives.
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Quotes

…in feeding babies, two substantial mammary glands are more useful than the two hemispheres of a professor’s brain.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Trauma always leaves a scar. It follows us home. It changes our lives. Trauma messes everybody up. But maybe that’s the point. All the pain and the fear and the crap. Maybe going through all that is what keeps us moving forward. It’s what pushes us. Maybe we have to get a little messed up, before we can step up.

Grey’s Anatomy

It was a natural consequence that all obstetric procedures had their indication widened as their relative safety became established. But that any operation, because asepsis makes it reasonably safe and anesthesia keeps the patient quiet during its performance, should be so inordinately broadened in its scope that the suspicion is evidence that it is being done for the convenience and conservation of time of the operator, is a travesty on scientific endeavor.

H. Schwarz, MD. 1919

Be bold. Be proud. Persist in spreading the word that midwives are not only experts in normal birth, but also expert at keeping birth normal.

Judy Edmunds, CPM

Posterior Babies

Providing Effective Prenatal Care: Focus on the Vision by Judy Edmunds Conceptualizing the ideal outcome is an essential first step in providing effective prenatal care, as it helps determine which subsequent actions will support (or detract from) the realization of your aspirations. [Then] Working backward..., form intermediate goals and step-by-step plans to reach them. Read more…. Providing Effective Prenatal Care: Focus on the Vision
Shoulder Dystocia, Conversations from Facebook by Editorial How do you prevent shoulder dystocia (SD)? Can you prevent it?
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Hemorrhage

Labor: Short and Long; Physical and Mental by Marlene Waechter This great article illustrates, through discussion of actual cases, the many variations that labor may take and how diet, fear, and even religious beliefs may affect it.  Read more…. Labor: Short and Long; Physical and Mental
An Update on the Netherlands by Robbie Davis-Floyd, Marjolein Faber and Raymond DeVries
Hospital Transfers by Editorial
Three Keys to Avoiding Postpartum Hemorrhage by Margarett Scott The first key to preventing postpartum hemorrhage is good prenatal nutrition and supplements as needed. Read Margarett Scott’s article to learn more.  Read more…. Three Keys to Avoiding Postpartum Hemorrhage

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Tricks of the Trade

Midwifery Today Issue 73

Throw out the rule book.

Barbara Harper

Midwifery Today Issue 72

The greatest use of a life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.

Anne and Ray Ortlund

Midwifery Today Issue 91

Women’s bodies have their own wisdom, and a system of birth refined over 100,000 generations is not so easily overpowered.

Sarah Buckley

Midwifery Today Issue 85

It was a natural consequence that all obstetric procedures had their indication widened as their relative safety became established. But that any operation, because asepsis makes it reasonably safe and anesthesia keeps the patient quiet during its performance, should be so inordinately broadened in its scope that the suspicion is evidence that it is being done for the convenience and conservation of time of the operator, is a travesty on scientific endeavor.

H. Schwarz, MD. 1919

Midwifery Today Issue 88

…in feeding babies, two substantial mammary glands are more useful than the two hemispheres of a professor’s brain.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Midwifery Today Issue 71
An Impulse to Soar: Quotations by Women on Leadership, compiled by Rosalie Maggio

Leaders have a passion and they have a picture or vision at some distance from the current reality. They use their passion to move them toward that vision, whether it’s something for their company, for themselves or for their cause.

Sandy Linver

Trauma

Connection and Empathy by Antonella Sansone It is now known that fear and anxiety enhance levels of adrenaline, which inhibits the release of oxytocin, making labor and birth longer and more difficult. Read more…. Connection and Empathy

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