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The Bottom Line

I wish I could show you the VHS (a type of videotape) I have from back in the day when there were no cell phones with which to film births. It is of the birth of Gregory, an almost-10 lb first baby born to a couple in my area. The birth was lovely.

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Coming Full Circle: My Return to Midwifery

Every midwife knows what it feels like to return home after a long, challenging birth. The moment your home comes into view, the soft creak of the porch steps, the hushed house, the deep sigh as you finally sink into bed. I am experiencing that right now, as I return to my much beloved midwifery practice after 20 years away.

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“The Birth of St. John the Baptist”

Not long before the outbreak of the coronavirus and Governor Newsom’s order to Californians to shelter in place, I visited the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. It is a small museum with an extraordinary collection, which includes a seventeenth-century oil painting by Bartolomé-Esteban Murillo, entitled “The Birth of St. John the Baptist” (ca. 1655). The canvas, strikingly large at more than four foot by six foot (146.7 x 188.3 cm), caught my attention as a midwife.

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Natural After-Death Care: Completing the Circle of Midwifery

Like a number of midwives I know, as I have gotten older I’ve gone from attending births to attending the dying in some way, such as working with hospice, attending the dying as a doula, or helping families reclaim natural after-death care and holding vigils. The similarities between this sacred work at both ends of life are obvious, and both have traditionally been the realm of the sage femme/wise woman/midwife. The first time I provided natural after-death care was both a revelation and a revolution for me—one that seemed to bring my midwifery work full circle.

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Wisdom of the Midwives: Tear Prevention

Wisdom of the Midwives: Tear Prevention – Issue 138

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Tricks of the Trade – Issue 138

Tricks of the Trade Issue 138

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Marion’s Message: Tear Prevention from a Retired Midwife

I graduated from Frontier Nursing School of Midwifery (1) in 1974. At the time episiotomy was widely taught and practiced in obstetrics as the healthiest delivery practice for mom and baby. But we were a midwifery school. We learned to do episiotomies only if it seemed necessary.

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Media Reviews – Issue 138

Midwifery Today Media Reviews, Issue 138. Birthing Models on the Human Rights Frontier: Speaking Truth to Power and Reclaiming Childbirth as a Rite of Passage Read more…. Media Reviews – Issue 138

It’s Conference Planning Time Again!

Jan tells us about the conferences—US and international—being planned now that the pandemic has settled down. Read more…. It’s Conference Planning Time Again!

Anti-D: Reflecting on a Journey

Some 25 years ago, two pregnant women asked me the same question within weeks of each other. This is perhaps not that remarkable a statement from a midwife. We do, after all, answer questions and offer information for a living.

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Photo Album – Issue 138

Photo Album – Issue 138

Photographer and videographer: Eva Diana Iguaran—evadiana.com

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