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Numerous studies have been done researching the impact of stress on birthing women and how it can affect labor and the newborn. Statistics continue to confirm the relationship of cortisol and adrenaline with an increase in postpartum hemorrhage, fetal distress in labor, and the need for post-birth resuscitative measures. This is not that kind of article.
Read more…. Weaving the Sacred into Clinical Practice in the Wake of a Global Pandemic
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I am beginning to feel a little like Forrest Gump when he said, “My mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.” I would change it to “Birth is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get!”
Read more…. Expecting the Unexpected
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I wish I could show you the VHS (a type of videotape) I have from back in the day when there were no cell phones with which to film births. It is of the birth of Gregory, an almost-10 lb first baby born to a couple in my area. The birth was lovely.
Read more…. The Bottom Line
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Every midwife knows what it feels like to return home after a long, challenging birth. The moment your home comes into view, the soft creak of the porch steps, the hushed house, the deep sigh as you finally sink into bed. I am experiencing that right now, as I return to my much beloved midwifery practice after 20 years away.
Read more…. Coming Full Circle: My Return to Midwifery
“The Birth of St. John the Baptist” (c. 1655) by Bartolomé-Esteban Murillo
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Not long before the outbreak of the coronavirus and Governor Newsom’s order to Californians to shelter in place, I visited the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. It is a small museum with an extraordinary collection, which includes a seventeenth-century oil painting by Bartolomé-Esteban Murillo, entitled “The Birth of St. John the Baptist” (ca. 1655). The canvas, strikingly large at more than four foot by six foot (146.7 x 188.3 cm), caught my attention as a midwife.
Read more…. “The Birth of St. John the Baptist”
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Like a number of midwives I know, as I have gotten older I’ve gone from attending births to attending the dying in some way, such as working with hospice, attending the dying as a doula, or helping families reclaim natural after-death care and holding vigils. The similarities between this sacred work at both ends of life are obvious, and both have traditionally been the realm of the sage femme/wise woman/midwife. The first time I provided natural after-death care was both a revelation and a revolution for me—one that seemed to bring my midwifery work full circle.
Read more…. Natural After-Death Care: Completing the Circle of Midwifery
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Wisdom of the Midwives: Tear Prevention – Issue 138
Read more…. Wisdom of the Midwives: Tear Prevention
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Midwifery Today Media Reviews, Issue 138. Birthing Models on the Human Rights Frontier: Speaking Truth to Power and Reclaiming Childbirth as a Rite of Passage Read more…. Media Reviews – Issue 138
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Jan tells us about the conferences—US and international—being planned now that the pandemic has settled down. Read more…. It’s Conference Planning Time Again!