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In 1986, Midwifery Today began as a magazine for midwives, with a goal of helping birth practitioners and parents be the best they can be. In 1992, we began to offer international and domestic conferences. Five years later, we expanded our educational reach through this website. We now offer memberships, providing access to hundreds of articles related to midwifery, and publish books and e-books, as well as audios and videos of past conference classes. All Toward Better Birth.

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Navigating a Broken System: Addressing Racial Disparities in Birth Outcomes by Mary Ann Lieser The maternal/child health system is broken, but doulas around the country are developing programs to change that. Learn about some of them in this timely article. Read more…. Navigating a Broken System: Addressing Racial Disparities in Birth Outcomes

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

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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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

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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

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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

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“Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity. Racism can, will, and must be defeated.”

Kofi Annan

Recent Articles

Honoring Birth and Babies by Jo Anne Lindberg My birth journey started during my childbearing years. My first child, a daughter, was a full-term stillbirth. Nothing could have prepared me for that experience. It was also my first up-close-and-personal experience with death. To say it changed me in many fundamental ways would be an understatement. I waited the suggested one year and got pregnant immediately.
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Posterior Babies

How Being a Homebirth Midwife Enabled Me to Learn about Shoulder Dystocia by Ina May Gaskin 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.
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Hemorrhage

Coming to Twins by Cynthia Caillagh Forty-four years ago my calling to midwifery was initiated through women who had been abused, the extent of which created a need for individual birth plans. As a traditional homebirth midwife by training and practice, I have gone on to serve every type of community, focusing primarily on college-educated, back-to-the-land families, as well as Plain and farming communities. While the childbearing landscape has changed over the 3400 births I have witnessed, my devotion to individualized care has never faltered.
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Tricks of the Trade

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

Tricks of the Trade

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

Tricks of the Trade

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

Tricks of the Trade

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

Tricks of the Trade

Midwifery Today Issue 72

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

Anne and Ray Ortlund

Tricks of the Trade

Midwifery Today Issue 73

Throw out the rule book.

Barbara Harper

Trauma

After Action Review: A Guide for Midwifery Students and Preceptors by Vicki Penwell International midwife Vicki Penwell teaches a structured approach for reflecting on the work of a group and identifying strengths and weaknesses and areas for improvement.
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