Lovely Labor

Every woman is different and every labor is different. In this editorial, Jan shares some of the ways labor can be experienced by different women. Read more…

What Do Doulas Really Do?

Doula Penny Simkin discusses the positive impact that doulas have on birth outcomes. They provide a unique form of labor support that is different from that of other caregivers involved in the birth process–but complements the roles of others. Simkins describes why this is so. Read more…

Doulas: A Global Phenomenon

In order to feel protected during this time of neocortical inhibition, some modern women naturally prefer to rely on a doula. Read more…

An Interview with Ray McAllister: A Blind Doula

An interview with a unique birth doula—a blind man who came to the work from massage therapy. Read more…

Peripartum Cardiomyopathy: Snatched from the Hands of Death

Complications can sometimes mar what seems to be a birth gone well. Learn about the sign of peripartum cardiomyopathy and its risk to moms. Read more…

Prenatal Care

Continuity of carer is key to a normal, physiological, and empowered birth. Midwifery is about relationship which develops in the course of prenatal care. Read more…

Cultural Differences in Waterbirth Practices

Many US practitioners are unaware that we do waterbirth differently than our European colleagues who developed it. Many of these European doctors and midwives are upset at that difference and would like US midwives to change the way we do waterbirths. There are two crucial differences in the way waterbirth is taught on the two continents. Read more…

Postpartum Baths for Pain Control: Not Science and Not Midwifery

Slome Cohain responds to a study published in the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health that advocated taking mothers from their babies one hour after birth for a hot bath to relieve pain. Read more…