A woman’s subjective experience of her pregnancy is important to the midwife. With so many negative birth stories and comments bombarding mothers today, the last thing a midwife wants is for the pregnant mother in her care to be stressed by negative talk during a prenatal.
Read more…. Posterior Perspective
An educational article that not only covers the signs of obstructed breech birth, but also teaches the skills that best deal with resolving the situation.
Read more…. Identifying and Resolving Obstructed Breech Birth: When to Touch and When to Be Hands-free
Gail Tully, known for her work with Spinning Babies’ workshops, teaches us lessons on breech via a twin birth story.
Read more…. First Twin: Breech
FlipFLOP is a memory tool listing four successful techniques to free a baby from shoulder dystocia, an emergency caused by one or both shoulders caught by the pelvis after the birth of baby’s head. Read more…. FlipFLOP: Four Steps to Remember
Gail Tully offers insight into shoulder dystocia complications by informing on how important it is to look for the placement of the arm.
Read more…. Arm Behind the Back: A Shoulder Dystocia Complication
This past year, two labors I attended benefited (meaning we avoided a cesarean each time) from a technique shared over a hundred years ago by Dr. Walcher. The first of these mothers labored for her third homebirth after four previous cesareans. She’d had a hard time getting her first baby into her pelvis (lying in bed) and was given a c-section at 3 cm and then she had three more cesareans in following years. Umm hmm. So, I was honored to help at her first homebirth, her fifth child. He also took a long time to engage. Beginning posterior, a variety of positions eventually got him through. Her second homebirth occurred after a long latent phase but before her midwife arrived.
Read more…. Opening the Pelvic Brim with Walcher’s Position
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Help new parents feel more comfortable with their growing baby and teach them about the importance of positioning at the same time with this helpful, instructional article about belly mapping.
Read more…. Belly Mapping: Put Positioning into Parents’ Hands
Even as midwives we can underestimate the long-term grace brought through the presence of a doula at a mother’s side. This is a curious blind spot in our maternity care. As a homebirth parent and midwife, I came to this realization slowly, even though I was a doula myself! Read more…. The Doula’s Contribution to Mamatoto