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Bridget “Biddy” Mason: A Black Pioneer Midwife of Nineteenth-century Los Angeles

A midwife, a cattle-herder, a cross-country pioneer, a slave set free, a landowner in Los Angeles, a founder of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Los Angeles, and a wealthy woman and socially prominent philanthropist: Bridget “Biddy” Mason was all of these and much more.

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Dealing with Differences in Autism

I am autistic. In previous articles I have written about how masking my autism made it difficult for my midwives to give me the care I needed and about the adjustments my local midwife team made for me when we finally realised how significant my being autistic was to my access to health care. In this article I talk about my experiences after birth.

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Wisdom of the Midwives: Shoulder Dystocia

Wisdom of the Midwives: Shoulder Dystocia – Issue 137

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Tricks of the Trade – Issue 137

Tricks of the Trade – Issue 137

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Media Reviews – Issue 137

The Pull of the Stars, Emma Donoghue. 2020. (Lebanon, Indiana: Little, Brown and Co., $28, 304 pages, hardcover.) A friend recommended that I read this book, and in return I recommend that you do the same. The book is set in Dublin in 1918 during the “flu” pandemic that swept through the country. True life,… Read more…. Media Reviews – Issue 137

Marion’s Message: Shoulder Dystocia: Midwifery Care

Shoulder dystocia (SD) is a complication that is rare, hard to predict, and potentially fatal to the birthing baby. Baby and mother can sustain lasting damage. No wonder it is commonly feared by birth practitioners.

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From the Editor: Complications and Fear

A midwife is responsible for knowing and recalling all she is able about any complication that may arise. We have lives in our hands, so we want to know as many techniques for any given situation as we can. Most do not happen very frequently. Shoulder dystocia is one of our big ones; learning all we can and reviewing our knowledge base often is very important. Read more…. From the Editor: Complications and Fear

Photo Album – Issue 137

Photo Album — Issue 137

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Resolving Shoulder Dystocia with the Gaskin Maneuver or McRoberts Maneuver

Looking out of the door of my hut in Acholiland, northern Uganda, I could see a tree spreading its branches out underneath a cloudy sky. The red earth was wet, everything was green and growing, and cheeping chicks were trailing around after mother hens as roosters crowed. It was the rainy season.

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PostPartum Care in the Context of a Developing Country

In past articles I wrote in this series, I mentioned that while visiting Thailand years ago, I found that they have a charming expression that translates in English to “same same but different” (vendors in the market will say this to you repeatedly as they show you different products in the same basic grouping).

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Comment Jerez Les Hémorragies

Tout d’abord c’est la sagefemme qui suis les couples enceintes, enseignant la propre nourriture et exercice pour prévenir une hémorragie. Mais de fois ça arrive qu’ont ce rencontre les dernières semaines avant l’accouchement. Comme je ne refuse jamais une femme qui veut vraiment accoucher dans l’eau et personne d’autre veut l’assister, j’ai quelque fois vue des hémorragies.

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