Photo by Kelly Sikkema
“Hello, this is Joy Marker.” The young voice spoke over the phone.
“Yes, Ms. Marker, how can I help you? You’ve reached the afterhours nurse.” It was Sunday morning around 5:30 am.
Read more…. It Will Strengthen Him
Photo Album – Issue 140
Baby’s Name: Tekum Hatuey
Parents: Seymar and Francisco
Fort Pierce, Florida, USA • December 2018 • 8:12 am
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Photos provided by author
“The altars have images of all the Marys and one small icon of Jesus (with a cloth well covering his naked body) because I never know which Mary one of my mothers might need to pray to,” explained Doña Gloria as we enjoyed a tour of her new birthing room.
Read more…. Interventions as Intercessions
Photo by Marcelo Matarazzo
For compassionate, informed, powerful midwifery to continue evolving to its fullest potential in the twenty-first century, we need to expand our scope of guiding practices and principles beyond a single paradigm of any one system.
Read more…. Five Essential Guiding Lights for Birth: Illuminating the Future of Midwifery
Photo by Dakota Corbin
Midwives the world over provide women with health care antenatally, during birth, postpartum, and when breastfeeding and raising young children. They provide education in all of these fields, as well as in family spacing, and also provide care in women’s general health. Midwives in different countries will have different regulations and rules for what care they can give, but all assist women during these transitional times of their lives.
Read more…. Mother’s Voices: Midwifery Care Makes the Difference
Photo by Jonathan Borba
It is usual, in the framework of modern obstetrics, to shorten the duration of pregnancy through such interventions as labor induction or pre-labor cesarean. This is the reason why we’ll summarize the conclusions of recent studies. Their common point is to suggest that the importance of the short phase of “physiological birth preparation” is underestimated (Odent 2019).
Read more…. Interventions That Interfere with the Length of Pregnancy
Photo by Dakota Corbin
When I entered the world of birth and midwifery in 1985, pregnant with my first child and determined to have a natural birth, there was no internet, no social media, and no famous overnight “influencers,” as we know them today.
Read more…. Pass It On
Photo by Neal E. Johnson
Wisdom of the Midwives: The Future of Midwifery – Issue 139
How do you see the future of midwifery going forward? Do you feel fairly positive about it?
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Tricks of the Trade – Issue 139
Pregnancy Complications in Older Mothers
Assisting Anterior Rotation during Labor
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All four babies born and happily nursing.
What is it about midwives and doulas that we just love birth, all kinds of birth? When we are around birth we are just over the moon and mostly ready to tell the story of that birth. Read more…. Enthusiastic About Birth
On Christmas Day a few years ago, I was having dinner with my family but I was on-call for an expectant mama—and I got the call letting me know her labor had started. I hopped in my car and drove northeast from the San Francisco Bay Area toward Sacramento, taking the appropriate exits from I-80 to the backroads that led to a nice suburban house where the kind-hearted couple were waiting for me to arrive.
Read more…. Narrative Medicine and the Renewal of Midwifery Practice in the Twenty-first Century