Whether naturopathy, herbalism, homeopathy, counseling, or energy work—all are tools for to help birthworkers ease grief and birth trauma in their clients.
With mass incarceration in the US, we now have more women of childbearing age in prison than ever before. Lieser discusses the shortcomings of giving birth behind bars, and how doulas can help support these women to have a better birth.
Reflections of a day in the life of a midwife in Jerusalem.
With parenting in Sweden being more inclusive of fathers, this timely piece reports on a study of characteristics of fathers who had previously been sexually abused.
Women can suffer from postpartum depression for a variety of reasons. Using real stories and common sense, Wainer helps us get to the root of some of the causes and how birthworkers can help them.
Midwives can not only help to prevent birth trauma, but can provide therapeutic healing. Learn about how you can be a valuable support person.
Working with trauma is not easy. The author discusses how to identify trauma in clients and to work with them to heal their trauma and ours.
My first pregnancy was low risk. I planned a homebirth with a skilled midwife. As a labor and delivery nurse, I knew full well all my options. My husband and I felt that having the baby at home was the best choice for us. Labor started at exactly 40 weeks. I was fully dilated and effaced for well over 24 hours, but my sweet baby was persistently occiput posterior (OP) and not descending. Despite our best efforts, and tricks of the trade, he would not rotate/descend into my pelvis as he should have. We decided together, as a team, that transfer to the hospital was our only option as labor reached the 48 hour mark. Once I arrived at the hospital, an obstetrician I’ve worked with and trust implicitly tried to manually rotate my baby, to no avail. He was wedged firmly in my pelvis, still OP and asynclitic. So, off for a non-emergent but necessary cesarean we went. In the days, weeks, and months that followed, I was haunted. I felt such a deep, powerful, and magnetic love for my son, but a stabbing hole in my soul. I felt robbed and eventually angry, as I attempted to process
Some women may have deep trauma that requires accommodations within the hospital system to ensure that her care does not trigger the prior trauma. This article discusses how a hospital in Israel handled such a situation for a cesarean and provides a template for doing so.