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A Simple Birth

She pulled up in the dark driveway, headlights briefly illuminating the gray paneling on the side of the house. She carefully made her way across the toy-strewn yard and approached the front door, laden with her heavy birth bags. The door opened quietly enough and she slipped off her shoes as she entered.

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Birth in France: The Maisons de Naissance Experimental Project and the Horizon of Homebirth

The “alternative” movement around birthing options is beginning to blossom in France—more rapidly in the last few years. Although birth centers were nonexistent before, a few mothers seeking natural births have managed to have them at home with sage femmes (literally, wise women) who support non-medicalized births. However, this option is being threatened as fewer sage femmes are willing to attend homebirths due to the obstacles found in their practice. Only recently have birth centers or birth homes become a new option for mothers. This is a good alternative for women who can’t find an active homebirth midwife in their area, or who don’t want to birth at home or in a highly medicalized environment—which is the case for the great majority of hospitals in France. In 2016, nine maisons de naissance received a green light to function on an “experimental title.” At the same time, the unavailability of homebirth midwives has propelled some couples to plan unassisted births.

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The Journey of International Midwifery

Midwifery Today has been trying to influence birth for the better throughout the world since our first issue came out in 1987. It took us a long time from idea to publication: to get the first one done, we started a full year before. We had a column called Working Abroad in the first issue and then began to receive contributions from other countries. Henny Ligtermoet, from Australia, wrote “My Mother was an Elderly Primagravida.” She talked about how if she were born today (then 1987) the OB would put fear in her mother, but since she was born at home in 1921 that did not happen. International issues and ideas have been a great journey and I have enjoyed it immensely!  Read more…. The Journey of International Midwifery

Integrating Maternity Care in China

The Modern Maternity Service System (MMSS) provides classroom training and face-to-face training in many hospitals across China. We have made many wonderful changes toward delivering respectful woman-, baby-, and family-centered care that supports the normal physiology of childbirth.

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A Midwife and Her Wheels

If you say “Just take an Uber!” or “Call Lyft,” to most people in this country, they not only know what you are talking about, but how to do it. Me? I haven’t a clue. I haven’t taken public transportation—not a taxi, not a bus, not the “T” (I live in Boston)—in 30 years.

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Wisdom of the Midwives: Hemorrhages

Wisdom of the Midwives – Conversations from Facebook Issue 132

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Photo Album – Issue 132

Photo Album – Issue 132 – Sara Assis Albuquerque – Photography by Elis Freitas

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Media Reviews – Issue 132

Media Reviews – Issue 132 – The Women Who Caught the Babies: A Story of African American Midwives, What God Is Honored Here? Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss by and for Native Women and Women of Color, Safe Infant Sleep: Expert Answers to Your Cosleeping Questions, and Heart & Hands: A Midwife’s Guide to Pregnancy and Birth, 5th Edition

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Clinical Research and the Shortage of Midwives in Northeastern Nigerian Primary Health Care Centres

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in Midwifery Today, Issue 132, Winter 2019.Join Midwifery Today Website Membership A major global health challenge is the reduction of maternal and newborn deaths. In Nigeria, women of childbearing age face immeasurable hardship, violence, and the prospect of death. This is a huge challenge, with conflict raging across the… Read more…. Clinical Research and the Shortage of Midwives in Northeastern Nigerian Primary Health Care Centres

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Mercy In Action’s Diploma in International Midwifery and Maternal/Child Health

Each year hundreds of midwives go overseas or cross borders to attempt to improve the dire crisis of maternity care in developing countries, disaster and war zones, and refugee camps. Some of these efforts have better outcomes than others and foreign aid is often seen by the local people as a mix of help, potential harm, and cultural misunderstandings. One of the biggest concerns we hear is that the well-meaning people who volunteer are not prepared or educated on what local people feel they need and do not take the time to learn about their unique burdens.

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All She Wanted Was Her Socks: Bolivia’s First Doula

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in Midwifery Today, Issue 132, Winter 2019.Join Midwifery Today Website Membership The United States’ use of doulas during childbirth is on the rise. A 2012 survey conducted by Evidence Based Births indicated that 6% of the births in the US are conducted with the assistance of a doula, up… Read more…. All She Wanted Was Her Socks: Bolivia’s First Doula

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Recovering from a Shocking Hemorrhage

We had an experience long ago that drove home how mamas truly need recovery help between the immediate stopping of bleeding and eating iron-rich foods for the next month. This story has a good ending and we learned from it, so no need to get triggered, okay?

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