Human Rights in Childbirth: A Basket of Stories

Mothers worldwide are crying out for respectful, gentle maternal health services. The nightmare of “prenatal scare” instead of prenatal care has mothers-to-be crying after visits with the Ob/Gyn. Clearly, it is time for an awakening in birth. This is what so many of us birthkeepers are holding in our hearts. We devote our days and nights to supporting individual women to have choices in childbirth, while working on the broader, global front of human rights in childbirth. To access this post, you must purchase: Midwifery Today Website Membership – 12 months, Midwifery Today 1-year Subscription and Website Membership or Midwifery Today Website Membership – 6 months If you are already a member login here. Read more…

The Fourth Stage: Sharing the Asian Way

The fourth stage of labor, the time after the baby has been born (second stage) and after the placenta is safely delivered (third stage) has been defined medically as one to two hours postpartum. Culturally, I define it as the first 42 days following childbirth. I believe the fourth stage never really ends, as a postpartum woman is forever transformed by the significant rite of passage of childbirth. Read more…

The Necessary Question of Infants’ Human Rights at Birth: Are There Vampires in the Birth Rooms?

A great discussion surrounding the use of infants’ cord blood. Midwife Robin Lim primarily works in Indonesia where many women suffer from postpartum hemorrhage. As a preventive measure, she teaches people to wait an extended amount of time before severing the umbilical cord. To access this post, you must purchase: Midwifery Today Website Membership – 12 months, Midwifery Today 1-year Subscription and Website Membership or Midwifery Today Website Membership – 6 months If you are already a member login here. Read more…

When Pregnancy Goes South: Keeping Birth Gentle

Mothers, father, grandparents, midwives, nurses, doulas, doctors and concerned citizens are calling out for human rights in childbirth. Yet, this worldwide push is relatively small when we consider how many women, newborn babies and families are affected by human rights infractions in childbirth. The bullying of mothers and their families, just when they should be enjoying the miracle of birth, is all too often, all over this world, accepted as the norm, as though women should suffer in childbirth. I cannot imagine that our divine Creator meant for women to suffer. To access this post, you must purchase: Midwifery Today Website Membership – 12 months, Midwifery Today 1-year Subscription and Website Membership or Midwifery Today Website Membership – 6 months If you are already a member login here. Read more…

Motherbaby Placenta: State of Emergency

A very emotional and powerful story about the recent Typhoon that ravaged the Philippines and how Robin Lim and her team helped mothers and families in the aftermath. Read more…

Postpartum Hemorrhage in Bali: A Day at Bumi Sehat

Sita came to Bumi Sehat to have a gentle childbirth. Because she was a brand new doctor, her colleagues had spent nine months trying to convince her to “just have a cesarean.” She told me that most of the doctors she knows no longer believe in the natural process of childbearing. Babies have become like a commodity, something of great value, which must be “delivered” in perfect condition. To access this post, you must purchase: Midwifery Today Website Membership – 12 months, Midwifery Today 1-year Subscription and Website Membership or Midwifery Today Website Membership – 6 months If you are already a member login here. Read more…

Postpartum: Rebirth of the Woman

All women who have made the journey into motherhood know that feeling of being forever changed. After becoming a mother, my emotions reached new depths, my heart was more open. I even felt my intellect had expanded. Research has shown us that there is a biochemical explanation for these changes. Read more…

Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Pregnancy

In this millennium we are developing a world community devoted to higher awareness and optimal health. Read more…