E-books from Midwifery Today

Collections of articles from Midwifery Today magazine
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Posterior

Posterior is a collection of articles previously published by Midwifery Today magazine. This e-book is full of helpful information from midwives and moms regarding occiput posterior position, what to expect, and how to handle it. This is a great addition to the library of any birth professional.

Posterior

  • Chapter 1: “The Emotional Impact of the Posterior Position” by Melissa Ellis
  • Chapter 2: “Posterior Questions and Answers” by Diane Goslin
  • Chapter 3: “Posterior Perspective” by Gail Tully
  • Chapter 4: “Posterior Births and Babies” by Mary Cooper
  • Chapter 5: “Posterior Arrest” by Elizabeth Davis
  • Chapter 6: “Is Posterior Position Really a Problem?” by Wintergreen
  • Chapter 7: “Homeopathic Tools for Occiput Posterior Position” by Piper Martin
  • Chapter 8: “Three Births in Posterior Position” by Marion Toepke McLean
  • Chapter 9: “They Do Come Out” by Kari Benson
  • Chapter 10: “Posterior Labor: A Pain in the Back” by Valerie El Halta
  • Chapter 11: “Posterior—No More!” by Judy Kay Jones
  • Chapter 12: “Wisdom of the Midwives: On Posterior”

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Twins

All about twin birth! This ebook is filled with articles previously published in Midwifery Today magazine. Includes education articles as well as twin birth stories. A perfect gift for the twinning mother or for any birth worker wanting to learn more.

Twins

  • Chapter 1: “The Wonderful World of Twin Birth” by Diane Goslin
  • Chapter 2: “Coming to Twins” by Cynthia Caillagh
  • Chapter 3: “Twin Birth in Rural Nevada” by Margie Dacko
  • Chapter 4: “Precipitous Twin Homebirth” by Veronica Lacquement
  • Chapter 5: “Jade and Cole” by Steph Landis Bernholz
  • Chapter 6: “Why All the Fuss about Twins?” by Michel Odent
  • Chapter 7: “Six Days, Two Healthy Babies, One Extraordinary Birth” by Lana Shlafer
  • Chapter 8: “Twins: A Very Special Occurrence” by Valerie El Halta
  • Chapter 9: “Temperance and Genevieve” by Lauren Mingus
  • Chapter 10: “Helping a Mother with Twins: Choose Your Words Wisely!” by Mary Cooper

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The First Stage of Labor

The First Stage of Labor is a collection of articles previously published by Midwifery Today magazine. This e-book is full of helpful information regarding amniotomy, labor tips, induction, etc. This is a great addition to the library of any birth professional.

The First Stage of Labor

  • Chapter 1: “First Stage: Preparing the Fetus Ejection Reflex” by Michel Odent
  • Chapter 2: “Managing First Stage Problems” by John Stevenson
  • Chapter 3: “Before the First Wave: Midwife Carol Gautschi Shares Her Views on First Stage” by Kelly Moyer
  • Chapter 4: “The Dynamic First Stage of Labor” by Marion Toepke McLean, Jill Cohen and Kimberley Mangu
  • Chapter 5: “The Times and Tools of Induction” by Sister MorningStar
  • Chapter 6: “Causing Labor to Unfold” by Alison Osborn
  • Chapter 7: “Laboring Women Are Not Marathon Runners” by Michel Odent
  • Chapter 8: “Nourishing the Mother” by Anne Frye
  • Chapter 9: “The Amniotomy Question: Examining the Pros and Cons of Rupturing Membranes” by Verna Oberg
  • Chapter 10: “Like Cures Like: Homeopathy for Labor and Birth” by Diane Gregg

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Hemorrhage

Hemorrhage is a collection of articles previously published in Midwifery Today magazine. This volume covers ways to handle postpartum hemorrhage, such as using the placenta to stop a bleed, as well as ways to prevent hemorrhage from occurring. Filled with information from the brightest minds in natural childbirth, such as Michel Odent, Jan Tritten and Robin Lim, this e-book is a must-read.

Hemorrhage

  • Chapter 1: “Preventing Postpartum Haemorrhage” by Michel Odent
  • Chapter 2: “Postpartum Hemorrhage in Bali: A Day at Bumi Sehat” by Robin Lim
  • Chapter 3: “Hemorrhage!” by Susun Weed
  • Chapter 4: “Hemorrhage: Stay Close and Pay Attention to Your Mothers” by Judy Edmunds
  • Chapter 5: “Seven Hours Postpartum” by Jenna Hull
  • Chapter 6: “Hemorrhage during Pregnancy and Childbirth” by Marion Toepke McLean
  • Chapter 7: “Thinking Green” by Marlene Waechter
  • Chapter 8: “Hemorrhage in Childbearing” by Marion Toepke McLean
  • Chapter 9: “Putting an End to Women’s Global Slaughter: Bleeding to Death” by Michel Odent
  • Chapter 10: “Preventing Postpartum Hemorrhage by Respecting the Natural Process of Third Stage” by Beth Anne Moonstone
  • Chapter 11: “Lessons from Kitty Birth: Using Placenta to Control Hemorrhage” by Jan Tritten

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Doulas

Featuring articles previously published in Midwifery Today magazine, this e-book focuses on doulas. With recent research showing that a doula’s presence at a birth significantly improves outcomes, this e-book is timely and relevant for today’s birth workers and expectant parents.

Doulas Ebook

  • Chapter 1: “The Doula Phenomenon and Authentic Midwifery: Protection as a Keyword” by Michel Odent
  • Chapter 2: “Being the Quiet Midwife/Doula in the Corner” by Ana Paula Markel
  • Chapter 3: “Confessions of a 57-year-old Rookie Doula” by Helen Hill
  • Chapter 4: “A Birth Doula for Every Mother” by Allie Chee
  • Chapter 5: “DONA’s Youngest Certified Doula” by Mary Ann Lieser
  • Chapter 6: “The Midwife and the Doula: A Tale of Two Sisters” by Vicki Penwell
  • Chapter 7: “A Doula’s Bag-of-Tricks: What’s in It for You?” by Debra Pascali-Bonaro
  • Chapter 8: “Supporting Empowered Births” by Heathir Brown
  • Chapter 9: “A Week and a Question” by Heide Thorsen
  • Chapter 10: “Doulas in Europe” by Elena Piantino
  • Chapter 11: “A Buddy Near the Crib: Perinatal Coaching for Underprivileged Families” by Annemarie Hoogewys
  • Chapter 12: “Compassion and Empathy: A Doula’s Best Friends” by Kicki Hansard
  • Chapter 13: “Adapting Birth Services for Incarcerated Mothers” by Marianne Bullock and Vicki Elson
  • Chapter 14: “Accepting Love without Perfection: The Roles of Grandmothers and Postpartum Doulas” by Vicki York
  • Chapter 15: “Doula by Default” by Salem
  • Chapter 16: “Let Your Monkey Do It: A Doula’s Take on Homebirth” by Debra Flashenberg

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Shoulder Dystocia

An important read for midwives, doulas, doctors, and nurses about how to handle a shoulder dystocia. Filled with articles previously published in Midwifery Today magazine, this e-book contains top-notch information from the brightest minds in natural childbirth, including Ina May Gaskin, Gail Tully and Michel Odent.

Shoulder Dystocia

  • Chapter 1: “Shoulder Dystocia: The Basics” by Gail Tully
  • Chapter 2: “Preventing Shoulder Dystocia” by Michel Odent
  • Chapter 3: “Shoulder Dystocia: The Perils and Possibilities” by Sister MorningStar
  • Chapter 4: “Management of True Shoulder Dystocia at Attended Homebirth” by Judy Slome Cohain
  • Chapter 5: “How Being a Homebirth Midwife Enabled Me to Learn about Shoulder Dystocia” by Ina May Gaskin
  • Chapter 6: “Once a Shoulder Dystocia…” by Marion Toepke McLean
  • Chapter 7: “Capable Hands and Calm Eyes: My 60 Seconds of Shoulder Dystocia” by Mary Ann Lieser
  • Chapter 8: “FlipFLOP: Four Steps to Remember” by Gail Tully
  • Chapter 9: “Managing Shoulder Dystocia” by Marion Toepke McLean
  • Chapter 10: “Shoulder Dystocia: A Heart-stopping Moment” by Brenda Matea
  • Chapter 11: “Waiting for Shoulders” by Gail Hart
  • Chapter 12: “Arm Behind the Back: A Shoulder Dystocia Complication” by Gail Tully

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Second Stage: The Pushing Phase of Labor

A collection of articles from Midwifery Today magazine on the second stage of labor. Contributors include Michel Odent, Carol Gautschi and Cornelia Enning.

Second Stage: The Pushing Phase of Labor

  • Chapter 1: “Understanding Stages of Labour after the Paradigm Shift” by Michel Odent
  • Chapter 2: “An Overview of Upright Positions during Second Stage Labor” by Jeri Layer
  • Chapter 3: “Second Stage Evolution” by Elizabeth Allemann
  • Chapter 4: “Why Wait until Second Stage?” by Carol Gray
  • Chapter 5: “Allowing Birth to Be Birth” by Kristi Zittle
  • Chapter 6: “Getting Pushy” by Alison Bastien
  • Chapter 7: “Midwifing Second Stage” by Sister MorningStar
  • Chapter 8: “Redefining Normal” by Elizabeth Perry
  • Chapter 9: “Supporting Motherbaby in Second Stage Waterbirth” by Cornelia Enning
  • Chapter 10: “Getting to Second Stage” by Carol Gautschi

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Birth Stories

This e-book is comprised of birth stories that were previously published as articles in Midwifery Today magazine. This volume covers homebirth, hospital birth, twin birth, breech birth, VBACs, and waterbirth. Birth Stories is full of personal accounts written by mothers, fathers, and midwives, and is sure to be a treasured read, especially for the expectant parent.

Birth Stories

  • Chapter 1: “Homebirth through a Mother’s Eyes” by Mary Kury
  • Chapter 2: “Enoch’s Home Waterbirth after Four C-sections” by April Bailey
  • Chapter 3: “Father’s Experience of Birth” by Ervin Beachy
  • Chapter 4: “A Midwife’s Gift: Olivia’s Birth Story” by Laura Thompson Shive
  • Chapter 5: “Selah’s Beginnings” by Ian Penwell
  • Chapter 6: “Caleb’s Birth” by Nikki Dauphin
  • Chapter 7: “Husband-Assisted Homebirth” by John Paul
  • Chapter 8: “There and VBAC Again” by Kelcey Boyce
  • Chapter 9: “The Waterbirth of Maggie Cate” by Traci Coburn
  • Chapter 10: “Footling Breech: A Midwife’s Own Birth Story” by Veronica Wagner
  • Chapter 11: “Late in the Game” by Kelly Martin
  • Chapter 12: “Six Days, Two Healthy Babies, One Extraordinary Birth” by Lana Shlafer
  • Chapter 13: “Touched a Nerve” by Linda Magid
  • Chapter 14: “’Home Away from Home’ Birth” by Krista Cornish Scott
  • Chapter 15: “From Fear to Peace: Jeremy’s Birth Story” by Sarah David
  • Chapter 16: “The System That Worked” by Jenna Hull
  • Chapter 17: “The Perfect Mantra” by Kristin Love Nemzer
  • Chapter 18: “Pascual’s Beautiful Home Waterbirth in Malaysia” by Vanessa Beyer
  • Chapter 19: “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” by Michelle Vlad
  • Chapter 20: “Faith’s Birth: An Amazing Blessing” by Christa Bartley
  • Chapter 21: “The Power of Story” by Sister MorningStar

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Breech Birth

A comprehensive grouping of articles on the subject of breech birth. Some of the greatest minds in the natural childbirth world have articles featured in this little volume of necessary breech birth information. Authors featured include Michel Odent, Ina May Gaskin, and Gloria Lemay. A must-read for any midwife, obstetrician, or student of natural childbirth.
Breech Birth

  • Chapter 1: “The Safest Kind of Breech” by Marion Toepke McLean
  • Chapter 2: “A Happy Collaboration” by Joni Nichols
  • Chapter 3: “Bruno’s Birth Story” by Ada da Silva
  • Chapter 4: “Midwifery Model of Care: On Breech Birth” by Carol Gautschi
  • Chapter 5: “Pushing of Breech” by Elizabeth Smith
  • Chapter 6: “Thoughts on Breech Birth” by Gloria Lemay
  • Chapter 7: “A Not-So-Lost Art” by Danniele Carlisle
  • Chapter 8: “Instinctual Breech Birth” by Sister MorningStar
  • Chapter 9: “Breech Birth from a Primal Health Research Perspective” by Michel Odent
  • Chapter 10: “Miracle Birth” by Marlene Waechter
  • Chapter 11: “Human Rights for Breech Mamas” by Marion Toepke McLean
  • Chapter 12: “Effective Alternative Treatments for Breech Presentation” by Julie Brill
  • Chapter 13: “Beautiful Breech Homebirth” by Anonymous in Albuquerque
  • Chapter 14: “A Difficult Breech Birth” by Marion Toepke McLean
  • Chapter 15: “Three Surprise Breeches” by Ina May Gaskin

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The Third Stage of Labor

The Third Stage of Labor is a comprehensive volume, including insights regarding the umbilical cord, the placenta and natural approaches to this phase of birth. Contributors include Sarah J. Buckley, Gail Hart, Naolí Vinaver, and Robin Lim.

The Third Stage of Labor

  • Chapter 1: “Placenta Accreta” by Marion Toepke McLean
  • Chapter 2: “The Care and Keeping of Placentas” by Jodi Selander
  • Chapter 3: “Cord Burning” by Kelly Dunn
  • Chapter 4: “Placenta Medicine: My Story” by Tiffany Rosenbrock
  • Chapter 5: “On Meconium at Home and Delayed Cord-cutting” by Naolí Vinaver
  • Chapter 6: “Placenta Rituals and Folklore from Around the World” by Sarah J. Buckley
  • Chapter 7: “Placentophagia: Stir-fry, Smoothie or Raw?” by Wendy Lubell-Snyder, with Tammi McKinley
  • Chapter 8: “Third Stage of Labor: Hands Off and Have Patience” by Christy Fiscer
  • Chapter 9: “The Bridge of Life: Options for Placentas” by Kelly Graff
  • Chapter 10: “The Color of Goldenrod” by Janice Marsh-Prelesnik
  • Chapter 11: “The Problem Is Induction, Not Meconium” by Gail Hart
  • Chapter 12: “Tsunami Midwives: Learning to Burn the Umbilical Cord” by Robin Lim, Harvest Rowena Alcock and Kelly Dunn
  • Chapter 13: “Velamentous Birth Story” by Jana Voelke Studelska
  • Chapter 14: “Knitted Noggins: Rethinking the Newborn Cap” by Nicole Deelah
  • Chapter 15: “A Natural Approach to the Third Stage of Labour: A Look at Early Cord Clamping, Cord Blood Harvesting and other Medical Interference” by Sarah J. Buckley

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Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is a collection of articles previously published in Midwifery Today magazine. This volume contains insights into breastfeeding duration, breast milk sharing, milk supply, and more, as well as personal accounts of breastfeeding adventures. Contributors include Michel Odent and Suzanne Colson.

Brest Feeding

  • Chapter 1: “The Role of the Shy Hormone in Breastfeeding” by Michel Odent
  • Chapter 2: “Biological Nurturing: The Laid-back Breastfeeding Revolution” by Suzanne Colson
  • Chapter 3: “Candida versus Breastfeeding: Which Is Winning?” by PJ Jacobsen
  • Chapter 4: “Daniel: A Breastfeeding Challenge Overcome” by Joni Nichols
  • Chapter 5: “HIV and Breastfeeding: What We Do and Do Not Know in 2005” by Nancy Miller
  • Chapter 6: “Milk Supply: You Have Enough” by Lina Duncan
  • Chapter 7: “Breastfeeding Duration and Mother-to-Mother Support” by Nancy Mohrbacher and Sharon Knorr
  • Chapter 8: “Midwives: Guardians of Nature’s Design” by Kimberly Durdin
  • Chapter 9: “Reclaiming the Art of Breastfeeding” by Indira Lopez Bassols
  • Chapter 10: “Supporting Mothers in Long-term Breastfeeding” by Janell E. Robisch
  • Chapter 11: “Breastfeeding Milla” by Angela Worthington
  • Chapter 12: “Breastfeeding and Newborn Survival” by Amanda Penwell
  • Chapter 13: “The Four Pillars of Safe Breast Milk Sharing” by Shell Walker and Maria Armstrong
  • Chapter 14: “A Mom’s Breastfeeding Adventure” by Alicia Kaye
  • Chapter 15: “My Nursing Journey” by Janelle Rice

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Waterbirth

A collection of articles previously published in Midwifery Today magazine. The topic of waterbirth is discussed by natural childbirth experts, such as Michel Odent, Barbara Harper, Cornelia Enning, and Judy Edmunds.

Waterbirth

  • Chapter 1: “What I learned from the First Hospital Birthing Pool” by Michel Odent
  • Chapter 2: “A Lovely Way to Enter the World” by Judy Edmunds
  • Chapter 3: “Henry’s Waterbirth” by Christine Gibson
  • Chapter 4: “Aquadurals and Douladurals Replace the Epidural” by Judith Elaine Halek
  • Chapter 5: “Journey to the Water” by Kristi Zittle
  • Chapter 6: “Waterbirth Makes the Midwife’s Job Easier” by Samantha McCormick
  • Chapter 7: “A Landmark in the History of Birthing Pools” by Michel Odent
  • Chapter 8: “Benjamin’s Waterbirth” by Rhonda Shaw
  • Chapter 9: “Waterbirth-A Safe and Natural Delivery Method: Experience after 1355 Waterbirths in Italy” by Albin Thöni and Ludwig Moroder
  • Chapter 10: “My Waterbirth” by Simone Snyder
  • Chapter 11: “Waterbirth: Contemporary Application for Historic Concepts” by Cornelia Enning
  • Chapter 12: “How to Make a Portable Waterbirth Tub” by Melanie Moore
  • Chapter 13: “Waterbirth with a Blind Mother” by Cornelia Enning
  • Chapter 14: “Waterbirth and GBS” by Judy Slome Cohain
  • Chapter 15: “Waterbirths in the United Kingdom” by Dianne Garland
  • Chapter 16: “Waterbirth Basics: From Newborn Breathing to Hospital Protocols” by Barbara Harper

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Birth Wisdom from Michel Odent

A collection of articles by Michel Odent previously published in Midwifery Today magazine. French obstetrician Odent has been a natural childbirth advocate for years–this ebook is full of his birth wisdom on a variety of topics including waterbirth, breech birth, doulas, and birth hormones.

Birth Wisdom from Michel Odent

  • Chapter 1: “When Love Hormones Become Useless”
  • Chapter 2: “Should Midwives Reinvent the Amnioscope?”
  • Chapter 3: “Occiput Posterior Position Should Be Exceptionally Rare at Birth”
  • Chapter 4: “Primal Health: History of a Concept”
  • Chapter 5: “The Role of the Shy Hormone in Breastfeeding”
  • Chapter 6: “Dispelling Disempowering Birth Vocabulary”
  • Chapter 7: “A Landmark in the History of Birthing Pools”
  • Chapter 8: “The Function of Joy in Pregnancy”
  • Chapter 9: “What Really Matters Is Our Primal Health”
  • Chapter 10: “Understanding Stages of Labour after the Paradigm Shift”
  • Chapter 11: “The Future of Obstetric Technology”
  • Chapter 12: “If I Were the Baby: Questioning the Widespread Use of Synthetic Oxytocin”
  • Chapter 13: “Breech Birth from a Primal Health Research Perspective”
  • Chapter 14: “Preventing Shoulder Dystocia”
  • Chapter 15: “Childbirth from a Bacteriological Perspective”
  • Chapter 16: “Eat Sardines, Be Happy…and Sing!”
  • Chapter 17: “How Aphrodite, Buddha and Jesus Developed Their Capacity to Love”
  • Chapter 18: “Champagne and the Fetus Ejection Reflex”
  • Chapter 19: “The First Hour Following Birth: Don’t Wake the Mother!”
  • Chapter 20: “Knitting Midwives for Drugless Childbirth”
  • Chapter 21: “Preparing the Nest”
  • Chapter 22: “Routine versus Selective Strategies in Postmaturity”
  • Chapter 23: “Putting an End to Women’s Global Slaughter: Bleeding to Death”
  • Chapter 24: “Doula Phenomenon and Authentic Midwifery: Protection as a Keyword”

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