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Time to Push! Who Says So?

With birth stories to illustrate her points, Sister MorningStar discusses variations in pushing times and why we need to stop trying to manage birth.

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Photo Album: Issue 131

Carrington’s birth was epic. At 8:12 am, at 39 weeks, things started slowly. We called our doula at 3:30 pm as contractions grew. Around 6 pm, they were four minutes apart, so we headed to our homebirthing place. Once there, my support crew grew: my husband, parents, doula, photographer, and midwives. After an intense night of hard labor I saw the sun. It had already felt like an eternity.

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The Disappearing Second Stage

The author shares her experience after thousands of birth that labor is a continuum rather than being divided into stages. If left undisturbed, women will not even experience a “second stage.”

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The Bottom Line on Breech: Home, Hospital, and Birth Center Outcomes and Suggestions for Birth Attendants

The definitive paper on the safety and outcomes for breech birth at home and in birth centers, with helpful suggestions for midwives.

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The Future of Hypno-suggestive Methods in Childbirth

A short course in hypno-suggestive birth methods as well as predictions for the future.

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A Long Second Stage Birth

A story of serving through various births for the same, with a variety of outcomes.

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Salt: A Simple Treatment for Umbilical Granulomas

This helpful article explains how a simple household ingredient can be used for a non traumatic treatment for a common problem.

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The Portable Office: The Introductory Consultation Visit

Learn what to cover in an initial free consultation visit for first-time homebirth clients.

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Second Stage of Labor: Does Pushing Too Long Cause Infant Problems?

This article covers whether there are adverse effects related to the duration of pushing and how pushing should actually be defined.

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Zebel and Salome, the Virgin Mary’s Midwives: Doubt, Faith, and the Miraculous in a Medieval Legend

Drawing from extra-Biblical texts, Jane Beal writes about the Virgin Mary’s midwives and other details regarding the birth of Jesus.

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