It Takes a Team – A Sunrise Homebirth

Our doula arrived first, perfectly placing herself in the moment by calmly yet excitedly connecting with both my husband and me. Our midwife and her assistant joined us soon after—entering like birth angels—and by candlelight they quietly set up everything they needed and checked in with me. Read more

The Midwife and the Doula: A Tale of Two Sisters

For 12 months and more than 100 births, this midwife and doula sister-team have worked together at births. But it was not the first time we attended births together, and it was not the first time we raced to beat each other out the door when a labor call came. Read more

Doulas and Midwives – Transforming the Landscape, Together

Despite spending $111 billion annually on maternity care, the United States is plagued by poor maternal and infant health outcomes, ranking thirty-third on the 2015 Mother’s Index—a global measure that evaluates the well-being of mothers and children by nation (Save the Children 2015). Read more

There’s No Place like Home

Our developing insights into the microbiome have the potential to change everything regarding homebirth for moms—if we can get the word out about its importance to a healthy life. We will need to work on this from all spheres of influence. Read more

Midwifery Education for Autonomous Practice: The Time Is Now!

One of the easiest ways for a student to frame this question is to ask, “What kind of midwife would I want at my birth?” And then, “Is my educational program preparing me to be this kind of midwife?” Read more

Choosing Freedom Means Taking Responsibility

Birth in the Netherlands—the wealthy country long famous for its high homebirth rate—is going through rapid changes that aren’t so different from those in other countries with plenty of hospitals and technology. Read more