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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.

You can still order products. This is a good time to further your education while staying at home and safe. We have hundreds of articles to read, in addition to books that can be simply downloaded.

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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The Homebirth Choice by Jill Cohen The authors discuss the why's and how's of homebirth, including a brief history of midwifery, considerations to weigh in deciding on types of midwives and tips on how to choose a midwife. ...Anyone considering the profession of midwifery will also find this useful as a general overview of what a midwife does. Read more…. The Homebirth Choice

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The Great Sacred Sisterhood by Sister MorningStar I built a fire from my more than half-century of professional certificates, handouts, conference lectures, pictures, articles, manuscripts, and journals, and made my prayers. Read more…. The Great Sacred Sisterhood
The Benefits of Waiting by Sara Wickham and Nadine Edwards
Beloved and Cherished Sisterhood of My Belonging by Sister MorningStar
Midwives and Covid-19 by Maryl Smith

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Quotes

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

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

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

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

Posterior Babies

Back Labor by Elaine Stillerman One of three articles in this issue by Elaine Stillerman, this piece describes in detail different massage techniques and body positions to help a birthing mother make her way through the difficulties of back labor.
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Hemorrhage

Study Shows Mothers’ Lives Saved by Marion Toepke McLean More than 20 years of efforts by maternal child health care workers has paid off with the news that pregnancy- and childbirth-related deaths worldwide have decreased substantially since the Safe Motherhood Initiative began more than 20 years ago. This information comes from an in-depth study led by researchers from the University of Washington in Seattle and published in The Lancet (1) earlier this year. Generous funding by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation allowed them to search out and include in their analysis data that had not been used in previous maternal mortality estimates, achieving more complete and accurate results.
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ICM and Hemorrhage by Jan Tritten
Stop Cutting by Jane Beal
Family Planning and Safe Motherhood by Marion Toepke McLean

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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

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 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 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

Trauma

First Hours after Birth: Family Integration and Mutual Regulation by Penny Simkin We’ve also all heard expressions of exhaustion and relief from the mother and seen a temporary lack of interest in her baby. The exclamations might sound more like these: “It’s over! I can’t believe it’s over!” “Can I just lie here for a minute?” “I can’t hold the baby right now. You take it.” ”Please just leave me alone right now.” “I’m so glad it’s over.” “We’re never doing this again!” Sometimes it takes a while before the mother can turn her attention from the intensity of the birth to her baby.
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