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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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Digital art painting of mother and baby in pool Homebirth: Living a Life-transforming Experience beyond Fear by Fernando Molina Fear during labor and birth at home must be addressed with a different scope than what the literature reviews tell us. Let’s go beyond what mind-body medicine has taught us. Now is time for the soul-heart-mind-body connection and the well-known generational transmission of stress response with which, according to midwife Anita Rojas, we now can change the message by transforming the energy of our “mamas” during prenatals or labor.
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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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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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…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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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
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Recent Articles

PostPartum Care in the Context of a Developing Country by Vicki Penwell In past articles I wrote in this series, I mentioned that while visiting Thailand years ago, I found that they have a charming expression that translates in English to “same same but different” (vendors in the market will say this to you repeatedly as they show you different products in the same basic grouping).
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Comment Jerez Les Hémorragies by Francoise Souverville
A Unique Midwifery Pathway by Lisa Goldstein
Uniqueness by Sister MorningStar

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Posterior Babies

Opening the Pelvic Brim with Walcher’s Position by Gail Tully This past year, two labors I attended benefited (meaning we avoided a cesarean each time) from a technique shared over a hundred years ago by Dr. Walcher. The first of these mothers labored for her third homebirth after four previous cesareans. She’d had a hard time getting her first baby into her pelvis (lying in bed) and was given a c-section at 3 cm and then she had three more cesareans in following years. Umm hmm. So, I was honored to help at her first homebirth, her fifth child. He also took a long time to engage. Beginning posterior, a variety of positions eventually got him through. Her second homebirth occurred after a long latent phase but before her midwife arrived.
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Back Labor by Elaine Stillerman

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Hemorrhage

Waterbirth at Mountain Midwifery Center by Aubre Tompkins Midwife Aubre Tompkins shares her experience with waterbirth at her birth center in Colorado.
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Culture within Culture by Sister MorningStar
Essential Midwifery Skills by Marion Toepke McLean
Hemorrhage in Childbearing by Marion Toepke McLean
When Grandma Is a Midwife by Marlene Waechter

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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 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 73

Throw out the rule book.

Barbara Harper

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 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

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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

How Childbirth-related Stress May Be Contributing to Increased Postpartum Mood Disorders in New Mothers: Suggestions for Midwives by Jennifer Summerfeldt This article provides some guidelines in being aware of and avoiding factors that can lead to postpartum mood disorders.
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