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Pass It On

When I entered the world of birth and midwifery in 1985, pregnant with my first child and determined to have a natural birth, there was no internet, no social media, and no famous overnight “influencers,” as we know them today.

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Marion’s Message: The Future of Midwifery

The good news is that midwives are receiving recognition for our work! The World Health Organization has proclaimed “The Decade of the Midwife” from 2021 to 2030. This will help midwives serve mothers and babies, to the best of our capabilities, to keep them safe in the passage of childbirth.

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Wisdom of the Midwives: The Future of Midwifery

Wisdom of the Midwives: The Future of Midwifery – Issue 139
How do you see the future of midwifery going forward? Do you feel fairly positive about it?

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Tricks of the Trade – Issue 139

Tricks of the Trade – Issue 139
Kitchen Remedies
Pregnancy Complications in Older Mothers
Assisting Anterior Rotation during Labor

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Enthusiastic About Birth

What is it about midwives and doulas that we just love birth, all kinds of birth? When we are around birth we are just over the moon and mostly ready to tell the story of that birth. Read more…. Enthusiastic About Birth

Narrative Medicine and the Renewal of Midwifery Practice in the Twenty-first Century

On Christmas Day a few years ago, I was having dinner with my family but I was on-call for an expectant mama—and I got the call letting me know her labor had started. I hopped in my car and drove northeast from the San Francisco Bay Area toward Sacramento, taking the appropriate exits from I-80 to the backroads that led to a nice suburban house where the kind-hearted couple were waiting for me to arrive.

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The Future of Midwifery Education

To have a meaningful discussion about the future of midwifery education, we must consider the question: what is a midwife? To understand what a midwife is we need to ask ourselves some other important questions. First, who created midwifery? Second, what do midwives do? And finally, the most important question of all: exactly who “owns” human reproduction? Only after we answer these important questions can we start to analyze and develop a plan to educate the midwives of the future and begin to truly address the huge crisis we have in maternal and child health care today.

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Media Reviews – Issue 139

Media Reviews – Issue 139
For Generations: A Midwife’s Tale of Hope and Help for Drug Addicted Pregnant Women and Their Families, by Mary Earhart

Birthing Outside the System: The Canary in the Coal Mine, by Hannah Dahlen, Bashi Kumar-Hazard, and Virginia Schmied Read more…. Media Reviews – Issue 139

Photo Album – Issue 139

Photo Album – Issue 139

Baby’s Name: Remi Alex Shea
Parents: Winnie and Cody
Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada • January 2021 • 2:05 am

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The Village Midwife Yesterday—Today—Tomorrow

The Village Midwife is not lost. Her blood runs thick in our veins. Our great-great-grandmothers knew her ways. Many of them were her.

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Future-Thinking Midwifery Education: Birthing the Midwives We Need

The most exciting thing to me about the future of midwifery is the non-traditional nature of midwifery education in America and the potential it has to become a model for the world. Student midwives can train by apprenticeship at the same time they also earn college degrees in midwifery, without ever leaving their home community. This is a game-changer.

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