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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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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

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

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

Recent Articles

“Call the Midwife”: Jennifer Worth, a Twentieth Century British Midwife, and the Birth of Conchita Warren’s 24th Baby on TV vs. in Real Life by Jane Beal I started watching the BBC television series “Call the Midwife” after everyone and her mother had recommended it to me. In the first episode, set in 1957, Jenny Lee arrives at Nonnatus House, a nursing convent in London, as the new midwife on staff. I was intrigued.
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Posterior Babies

Hands on, Hands off: Midwifing the Inner Life of Women by Sister MorningStar In this article, midwife MorningStar does what she does best: speaks about the needs of a laboring woman.  Read more…. Hands on, Hands off: Midwifing the Inner Life of Women

Hemorrhage

The Fourth Stage: Sharing the Asian Way by Robin Lim The fourth stage of labor, the time after the baby has been born (second stage) and after the placenta is safely delivered (third stage) has been defined medically as one to two hours postpartum. Culturally, I define it as the first 42 days following childbirth. I believe the fourth stage never really ends, as a postpartum woman is forever transformed by the significant rite of passage of childbirth. Read more…. The Fourth Stage: Sharing the Asian Way

Tricks of the Trade

Midwifery Today Issue 73

Throw out the rule book.

Barbara Harper

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 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 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 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

Doula Care for Refugee Families by Barbara Lusher In the summer of 2015, Europe experienced one of the largest refugee crises in modern times. My native Austria had not seen such a high influx of scared and traumatized people since Hungarians fled their homes in 1956. The country was utterly unprepared. When Angela Merkel asked refugees to come to Germany, 90,000 people remained in Austria, a country of 8.7 million. This represented a 1% increase in the population of people with no way to support themselves and who were forced to rely on state aid.
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