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. Read more
Without adequate testing of Cytotec (misoprostol) for labor induction, obstetricians simply began to use it on their birthing women. They were taking advantage of a huge loophole in our drug regulatory system. Read more
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!
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
Theme: Cesarean Prevention/VBAC
“A VBAC Primer: Technical Issues for Midwives” by Heidi Rinehart, MD, gives the basics of C-sections and VBACs, including types of incisions, types of closures, risks and contraindications for VBAC. It also includes a sample informed consent form and a list of references. In “Choosing Cesarean Section” Marsden Wagner, MD tells us that the risk/benefit factors of C-sections depend on the reason for doing them: “Where the baby is not in trouble, the risks to the baby still exist, meaning that the woman who chooses CS puts her baby in unnecessary danger.” And that’s just the beginning! Midwifery Today Issue 57 has more articles on this important topic.
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 world lost a treasure earlier this year, but his passion and kindness will forever remain in our hearts. This tribute contains memories, stories and thoughts about Marsden from some of his midwife friends. Read more
I went to a totally beautiful and undisturbed birth today. Five of them, actually! The mother had the most natural births as we looked on, not disturbing her but just being “with woman.” With woman—with kitty. Read more
…why not allow women the option to choose [caesarean section]? Unfortunately, the option to choose (or demand) is not that simple. CS, even when elective, carries serious risks for mother and baby. Read more