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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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The Third Stage of Labor by Chinenye MaryRose Nneoma Okonkwo The third stage of labor is the period following expulsion of the baby (second stage) via the birth canal. It usually takes approximately 5–30 minutes until the placenta and membranes are expelled. After this, lochia and lactation commence.
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The Future of Lullabies by Michel Odent
Do We Need Midwives? by Michel Odent
Saving Women’s Lives in Uganda by Marion Toepke McLean

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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

…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

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

Tradition, Birth and the Kitchen to Cook It All In by Naolí Vinaver Food recipes, manner of speaking, expressions in dress, body care and rituals - whether religious or mundane - are all elements of culture that remain strongly-rooted and cherished by family and community. Read more…. Tradition, Birth and the Kitchen to Cook It All In

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Hemorrhage

Microbiome and Midwives: A Look at Culture by Vicki Penwell International midwife Vicki Penwell discusses the culture of homebirth in America to see what might be done to improve the life-long health of the baby.
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Tricks of the Trade

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

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 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

Trauma

Wisdom of the Midwives: Trauma by Editorial How Do You Work with Women Who Have Had Trauma in a Previous Birth or in Life? Conversations from Facebook
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