Tricks of the Trade – Issue 136
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Tricks of the Trade – Issue 136
It was a normal birth in a large room in a small house in a city neighborhood. The modern hospital where I had midwifery privileges was just blocks away. I could transfer care easily and quickly if needed.
In March of 2020, as the brutality of two pandemics, Covid-19 and police violence, were devastating Black communities across America, I thought about how midwifery models of care offer deep mother wit and wisdom to answer the problems facing society. Read more…. Reclaiming Tradition: Legacy Power Voice
Acupuncture is a safe, effective, drug-free treatment for common ailments that can arise in pregnancy such as preeclampsia, breech position, and post-term baby. It has been used for centuries to support a healthy pregnancy and is beneficial throughout the trimesters. Current research shows that pregnancy acupuncture has little to no adverse effects; It is an effective and complementary modality that should be taken advantage of to ensure a healthy pregnancy and baby.
Photo Album — Issue 136
Delphi’s birth was wonderful!
Delphine and her husband Éric are originally from France. They used to live in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, with their two children, Samuel and Thaïs. We met because of our connection with the dolphins and the sea—first through the Internet and then through letters we sent to each other via midwife friends.
Voice of the Womb: A Woman’s Inner Strength – Poetry – Issue 136
The power and superiority of homebirth is not in statistics, politics, academia, wimyn’s empowerment, or even the realms of species preservation. The power of homebirth is that it belongs to the Village.
I was turning heads.
Here I am in the center of the ultra-orthodox, Satmar Hasidic Jewish community in Williamsburg, New York, jumping out of a bright red jeep with a brown leather birth stool peeking out of my canvas sack. Next to me, Kristen is carrying a bulging briefcase on her back. We walk with purpose, the two of us.
Many homebirth midwives found that their telephones were ringing more often than usual sometime during the spring of this year. Couples who had planned to have their babies in the hospital were re-thinking that decision due to the Covid-19 virus. We began hearing certain themes: “I don’t want to go into a place where all the sick people are going.” “I don’t want to be separated from my husband/partner.” “My labor assistant (notice that I did not use the word doula, as my Greek friends tell me that the word is derogatory) can’t be with me; she would have to drop me off at the door at just the time when I would most likely need her the most.” “I am scared to be among people who have been exposed to so many others who may have been, or may become, ill.”
If you are a breastfeeding mother, an ample supply of nutritious breast milk is a top priority. I wouldn’t be surprised if you already have boxes of herbal lactation teas stockpiled in your kitchen pantry, queued for your ritual teatime. While boxed lactation teas are a great start, you can build up a higher quality supply with this delicious dairy-free milk tonic recipe.
I recently gave birth to my second son. During my maternity care I came to realise that a particular set of needs had been invisible to me and were even more invisible to the people supporting me.