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This article addresses the 20-week ultrasound that is now standard for some pregnant women and a case in which not having one done saved the mother from a cesarean.
Read more…. Prenatal Ultrasound and Gastroschisis
…figures from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed what too many parents and educators already knew: The incidence of autism is high, making it an "urgent public health issue," according to [the] director of the CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. Read more…. Questions about Prenatal Ultrasound and the Alarming Increase in Autism
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Using stories from her practice, Margie Dacko reflects on the conundrum of truly knowing a due date.
Read more…. Postmaturity
Many women experience bleeding in the first trimester but do not miscarry, yet few studies have evaluated it. Slome Cohain parses the medical evidence, concluding that first trimester bleeding is usually of no consequence. Read more…. First Trimester Bleeding Is Common
Often a deviated uterus will lead to an automatic cesarean. Jessica Gray writes about how this difference in her physiology led to her happy breech births.
Read more…. Destined for Breech Babies
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Midwifery Today Issue 130
Cover photo by Jennifer Mason (jennifermasonphotography.com
Whether the trauma occurs in childhood, during pregnancy, or during birth, it can affect a woman during her childbearing year—and can affect partners, as well. This issue is full of articles that deal with preventing or healing trauma. Beth Barbeau shares a variety of tools, including naturopathic remedies, emotional and energetic support and herbal support among them. Gomer Ben Moshe tells of how a trauma survivor is supported in a c-section and Lori Barklage tells us how to recognize and heal trauma based on her RISE Up program, among others. We also include thought-provoking articles on “Revitalizing Midwifery” by Jasmine Krapf and “Birth Behind Bars” by Mary Ann Lieser, and much more!
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Have you dealt with a malpresentation? Can you tell us about it?
Read more…. Wisdom of the Midwives: Malpresentation
Sharing Midwifery Knowledge, Tricks of the Trade, Vol. IV
These are tried-and-true gems, learned through experience; real-world methods that can expand your personal bag of tricks, enhance your education and encourage a natural approach to safe childbearing.
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Guard Your Heart and Mind I have been saying that if we midwives would treat each other as well as we treat pregnant and birthing women we would move midwifery rapidly forward, at least in the United States. This is also true of midwifery students and aspiring midwives. They need to be treated with respect.
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I have been asked to write about the first stage of labor and I will, I promise. However, this topic cannot be discussed without also talking about related matters, so please bear with me as we travel in and out from 1 cm to the big 10 (or, in the case of a breech baby, 11!).
Read more…. Leaving the Farmhouse: Musings on the First Stage of Labor