Midwifery Today Takes COVID-19 Seriously
What we are doing:
We are publishing our online magazine as planned. We usually post at least one article every week. Quarterly, we will put them all together, along with the usual columns and departments that we had in the print magazine, as well as a cover. You can also read Sister MorningStar’s words of inspiration each day on our website. These are available to everyone, not just members, and are very encouraging in these tough times.
We are working from our homes so we can stay healthy. We had closed the physical office in January 2020 but were meeting at each other’s houses and in restaurants until this crisis broke out. We will resume when it is safe, but be assured that we are still committed to providing essential information on birth.
We are postponing our conferences until it is safe to hold them. Our intention is to keep the same programs and venues, although the dates will change. Information on these programs is on our website, so you can see what we have in store for you once this pandemic has abated.
Please stay safe and keep the faith as we ride out this difficult situation.
Toward Better Birth
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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…in feeding babies, two substantial mammary glands are more useful than the two hemispheres of a professor’s brain.
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.
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.
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.
Tricks of the Trade
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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.
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Throw out the rule book.
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The greatest use of a life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
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Women’s bodies have their own wisdom, and a system of birth refined over 100,000 generations is not so easily overpowered.