Midwifery Today, Issue 107, Autumn 2013

Theme: Induction

With the ever-increasing rates of interventions and managed birth, Midwifery Today’s issue on Induction is an important one. As always, the issue features articles from the brightest minds in the natural childbirth world, as well as passionate mothers, midwifery students and doulas trying to make the world a safer place for birth. Ina May Gaskin has written a powerful and emotional article on Cytotec (misoprostol), detailing the dangers and the problems with the use of this drug around the time of birth. Michel Odent includes his thoughts about the huge ramifications induction puts on the future of our species. You will also delight to read the success story of a mother who gave birth at home after not just one, but five cesareans. Enjoy!

Cover photo by Greg Beyer

Cytotec and the FDA

This is a powerful and emotional article against Cytotec and its use in pregnant women written by one of the most inspiring women in natural childbirth, Ina May Gaskin.

The Portable Office: A Peek into a Midwife’s Homebirth Bag

A practical article on the basics for a homebirth midwife’s birth bag.

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Midwifery Today, Issue 067, Autumn 2003

Theme: Fear in Midwifery and Birth

Articles in this issue of Midwifery Today include:

  • Fear, Society and Birth
  • Connecting to Birth
  • Fear of Death During Labor
  • The Role of Fear in the U.S. Birthing Process
  • Cruelty in the Maternity Wards Revisited
  • Cytotec Induction and Off-Label Use
  • Lotus Birth: A Ritual for our Times
  • Preventing Complications with Nutrition

The Power of Placenta for Hemorrhage Control

It’s always important to be reminded of the basics, such as using the placenta to stop a hemorrhage. Hollie S. Moyer does a fine job of doing just that in this article.

30 Years and Still Going Strong

Midwifery Today’s editor-in-chief celebrates MT’s 30-year anniversary by honoring 13 of the magazine’s most loyal contributors and gentle birth advocates.

Micromanaging the Microbiota

Sometimes it is easier to trust the innate intelligence in natural processes when science discovers or confirms through scientific studies the validity of something that is believed to be true, like upright positioning for birth, or something previously unknown, like the benefits of the human microbiota. Most recent is a growing respect of the microbiota at birth and its effect on long-term health.

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Midwifery Today, Issue 049, Spring 1999

Theme: Bridging the Gap

Get in on the discussion about midwifery in the United States. Where is it going? Is everyone in this together or are different kinds of midwives becoming alienated from one another? How do we achieve balance so more women who might choose midwife-attended birth are better served? Issue 49 addresses numerous concerns from all corners of midwifery and offers some viable suggestions for bringing everyone together in the center. As well, a thorough look at the use of misoprostol (Cytotec) gives readers some very compelling things to think about.

The Mythical Expiration Date

A doula shares her frustration with having to navigate natural childbirth in a sea of time limits and interventions.

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