Submission Guidelines

Publications for birth practitioners, childbirth educators and parents-to-be.

General Guidelines

Midwifery Today is a quarterly publication for birth practitioners. We emphasize natural childbirth, breastfeeding, networking, and education. Our aim is to foster communication between practitioners and families and to promote responsible midwifery and childbirth education around the world.

We seek a balance of scientific/technical material and “softer” personal and/or philosophical articles, including birth-related art, poetry, and humor. We consider submissions on all aspects of pregnancy and childbirth. The professional and business aspects of midwifery and childbirth education are also of interest to our readers.

Concise material that clearly expresses your knowledge, experience, feelings, or findings will receive consideration. We encourage you to review a copy of Midwifery Today prior to submitting. If you are submitting an instructive article aimed at midwifery procedure or practice, please be accurate and factual. Identify and credit your sources of information. Please see our online MT Editorial Style Sheet (PDF) and sample references for reference format and general style guidelines. Proofread your work and be sure it follows our style guidelines. We reserve the right to edit for clarity, content, and length. We like to work closely with our contributors and, whenever possible, give contributors the opportunity to review all edits.

E-mail your article to mgeditor@midwiferytoday.com (See Article E-Mail Guidelines.) Please include your article in the body of the e-mail or attach as a word document. Include your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address on the first page. Please include a biographical sketch of no more than 40 words. If you wish to withhold your name, please indicate whether you prefer an anonymous citing, your initials, or a pseudonym. We welcome photos with your submission. Please see our photo guidelines for acceptable formats.

Please Note:

  • We will not consider previously published articles.
  • We reserve the right to edit for clarity, content, and length. When possible, we give contributors the opportunity to review all edits prior to publication.
  • We cannot guarantee return of material submitted. Submit high quality copies of your work; retain a copy of your article, photography, or artwork.
  • Midwifery Today is a nonpaying market. Contributors receive two copies, and authors of full-length feature articles receive a complimentary one-year subscription to the publication in which the article appears.
  • A mailing address and biographical sketch should accompany all submissions.

All writers whose articles are accepted for publication will be required to sign and return an exclusive Copyright Transfer Agreement prior to publication of the work. Click here to view a copy of the agreement.

Editorial

Midwifery Today Features and Columns

Full Length Articles: We are interested in all pregnancy, birth, and postpartum subjects directed toward midwives, doulas, childbirth educators, or their clients. We accept technical, objective (journalistic reporting), as well as instructive, personal experience articles. References are encouraged, where appropriate, and suitable photographs, charts, diagrams, and other graphics may clarify or enhance your article. Please do not feel constrained by quarterly themes.

Midwifery Today Editorial Themes

Issue #
Theme
Author Deadline
Print Date
Mailed
124
Prenatal Care
Sep. 1, 2017
Nov. 15, 2017
Dec. 10
125
Doulas
Dec. 1, 2017
Feb 15, 2018
Mar 10
126
Labor
Mar 1, 2018
May 15, 2018
Jun 10
127
Business of Birth
Jun 1, 2018
Aug 15, 2018
Sep 10
128
Labor Complications
Sep 1, 2018
Nov 15, 2018
Dec 10

Midwifery Today features the following topics in its publications:

  • Clinical articles on midwifery techniques and practices.
  • Stories with a geographic focus that cover pregnancy and birth in a specific area.
  • Birth stories by practitioners that share insights or information learned.
  • Birth stories by mothers or other family members, with the intent of helping birth practitioners gain knowledge and understanding. These should be powerful, poignant, challenging, entertaining, and educational.
  • Recipes for tinctures, hot packs, herbal treatments, salves, teas, and nutrition-packed recipes for pregnancy and labor.
  • Remedies: Choose a favorite herb, aroma, or homeopathic that you use for pregnancy, birth, postpartum, or lactation and describe its preparation and use. Or choose a topic or condition and describe a variety of remedies. In either case, be specific about preparation and dosage.
  • Business information, systems and suggestions to help midwives, doulas, and childbirth educators improve their practices.
  • Autobiographical or biographical portraits of practitioners: how and why did you or someone else enter the birthing field; your training, practice(s), goals, family, non-birthing interests, and insights.
  • News, litigation, information, advice, pending legislation and insurance issues concerning the practice of midwifery in your area. Opinion pieces.
  • Pregnancy, birth, and midwifery poetry.
  • Midwifery from around the world. Send us articles that discuss pregnancy, birth and postpartum subjects, customs, traditions, remedies, cultural roles, legal issues, challenges, or triumphs from a global perspective. Describe the status of birth and midwifery in your country. Submission of photos is strongly encouraged.

Media Reviews: Each issue features reviews of books, video, and other media. If you submit a review, include the following information: author(s)/editor(s), name of product, cost, pages/length, format, publisher/producer name, address, phone. Limit reviews to 600 words. The item should be relevant to birth practitioners or parents. Explain why it is or isn’t helpful and give readers a feel for what the product is like. What topics are covered? Are they covered clearly and thoroughly? Are references included? If it is a book, does it include photos or illustrations?

Networking: Air formal and informal comments and opinions, share news, ask questions, critique articles in past issues and give technical advice or spiritual support. Two to five paragraphs in letter form.

Tricks of the Trade: Share practical wisdom and helpful hints from your practice. Information you won’t find in a textbook.

Midwifery Today E-News

A free biweekly online publication for all childbirth practitioners and interested parents. Our intention is to reach beyond our print capabilities as well as to expand our already existing Internet capabilities by offering a quick and timely way to inform, network, and support those who work with women during their childbearing years. E-News features convenient links to other appropriate and helpful sites, and an eventual link to the Midwifery Today articles database. It is also a springboard to other Midwifery Today Internet projects. Subscribing is easy; go here.

E-News invites you to submit material you would like to share with our subscribers. Please note the following guidelines:

  1. All material must be e-mailed. Please send to this address:
    mtensubmit@midwiferytoday.com.
  2. Your e-mailed submission must be received in the form of a standard e-mail message, not an attachment. Include your full name and city/state or country.
  3. We do not accept graphics at this time. Photography and art are always considered for our print publication, however.
  4. Please limit yourself to one to seven paragraphs. We strive for brevity so busy birth practitioners can receive information that is useful yet quickly read. Longer submissions will be considered for Midwifery Today.

Please consider the following topics for submissions: techniques that have worked for you; news items (please em your sources); and favorite herbal remedies or related therapies, such as aromatherapy or homeopathy. Also, ask questions, make comments, sound off, or otherwise respond to material in past issues of E-News.

Article E-Mail Guidelines

Save your article in one of the following formats:

  • .rtf (Rich Text Format)
  • .doc (Microsoft Word)
  • .txt (Plain Text)

Send only one attachment per e-mail. E-mail your document to BOTH of the following addresses (using the “cc” function):
jan@midwiferytoday.com
mgeditor@midwiferytoday.com

Photography and Artwork

Overall Guidelines

Please provide images that are 300 dpi or higher in resolution for their print size. Examples: For the proper resolution of a cover image, a photo must be 300 dpi minimum at 9″ wide by 11.25″ tall; for a full-bleed image, a photo must be 300 dpi minimum at 17.25″ wide by 11.25″ tall; and for images inside the magazine, photos should be 300 dpi minimum at 8″ wide by 10″ tall (portrait or landscape orientation).

Acceptable image formats: TIFF, JPEG, and PSD.

We generally pay $15 per inside shot, $25 for full bleed, $25 for Photo Album, and $50 for Midwifery Today cover. You will also receive one copy of the magazine. However, there is no compensation for photos submitted with articles.

We like pictures of mothers and babies together, babies alone, siblings with babies, etc. Photos that involve midwives, doulas, midwifery students,and specific procedures/positions/equipment are also helpful.

Photo Submission Guidelines

In general, please do not email photographs or artwork. However, if necessary, send only one attachment per e-mail to layout@midwiferytoday.com. To send multiple images, we prefer using DroxBox or a similar online file-sharing service. Please e-mail layout@midwiferytoday.com for instructions.

***Do not send photos to jan@midwiferytoday.com.***

Mission Statement

Through networking and education, Midwifery Today’s mission is to return midwifery care to its rightful position in the family; to make midwifery care the norm throughout the world; and to redefine midwifery as a vital partnership with women.

For more information about Midwifery Today, Inc., please click here.