Issue 115

Midwifery Today Issue 115, Autumn 2015 Theme: Waterbirth Based on the number of submissions we received, waterbirth is a topic many people love. We are pleased to share some wonderful information with you. Michel Odent, Sister MorningStar and Fernando Molina—all Midwifery Today conference teachers—share their waterbirth knowledge in this issue. We also are pleased to offer a placenta article, a powerful VBAC story and an update on birth in South Africa. Plus, this issue features many beautiful waterbirth photos from some of our favorite birth photographers from around the US. Cover photo by Leilani Rogers (photosbylei.com) Buy This Issue Departments Poetry From the Editor Marion’s Message Tricks of the Trade Media Reviews Discussions Classified Advertising Photo Album Features The Birthing Pool Test—Michel Odent Waterbirth Anecdotes from Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela (1996–2013)—Fernando Molina Water: The Elixir of Life—Carol Gautschi As Natural as Water: Waterbirth and Instinctual Birth—Sister MorningStar Fourth Baby Birth Story: Gia Rose—Sarah Sailer Waterbirth at Mountain Midwifery Center—Aubre Tompkins Seeds, Soil, Homebirth and Permaculture—Diana Paul What We Learned about Waterbirth from a Case of Legionella—Laurie Fremgen What a Difference a Little Water Makes—Mary Cooper Overcoming Birthing Failure: My Waterbirth Story—Kyana Miner The Changing Paradigm of Birth in South Africa—Robyn Sheldon

Issue 116

Midwifery Today Issue 116, Winter 2015 Theme: Newborns The theme of Newborns seems like the perfect way to end 2015 and begin 2016. As midwives, doulas, nurses and birthworkers, our goal is to support birth in the best way possible, with the end result being a healthy mother and a healthy baby. This issue of Midwifery Today magazine is dedicated to all newborns, and it is filled with great wisdom from experienced doctors, midwives and doulas, including Michel Odent, Gail Hart, Fernando Molina, Robin Lim and Mary Esther Malloy. May every human on Earth have the chance to be born with safety, gentleness and, when necessary, the best technology available. Cover photo by Monet Moutrie (monetnicole.com). Monet is a birth photographer in Denver, Colorado. She believes that birth is one of the most profound experiences in life, and she’s honored to help families preserve and remember their unique stories. Monet Nicole holds a master’s degree in creative writing, and her studies have greatly impacted the photography work she does today. When not capturing a birth, you might find Monet at her favorite coffee shop or on a long walk with her 2-year-old daughter, Lucy. Monet credits much of her success

Issue 1

Midwifery Today Issue 1, Winter 1987 Premier Issue As Brianna Skolnik was born, her mother, Barbara, reached down to receive her. The many hands in this picture seem an appropriate symbol of midwifery: mother, father, and midwife blending as one to welcome the baby. Photographer Deborah Wells shot the birth on 400 ASA, shutter speed 125, at noon under a skylight. Print issue out of stock. Columns Marion’s Message Midwives’ sexuality The Childbirth Educator Six steps to certification In My Opinion Midwives must be professional Departments From the Editor Letters Networking Tricks of the Trade Laughing Matters Staccato Briefs Timely, condensed technical information Media Reviews Test Yourself Working in a Large Practice Question of the Quarter Working Abroad Features Rhogam at 28 Weeks A comparison of risks and benefits: antenatal administration is not without controversy Cigarettes and Breastfeeding Startling effects on the nursing couple Reaching for Compromise Can birth practitioners from several professions get along People Meet the Practitioner Childhood wonder pays off Herstory Standing up for motherhood Super Midwife Hey, Mom! Art Poetry Birth Art Gallery Photo Album Information Journal and Abstracts Midwifery & the Law Malpractice & Midwifery News Calendar Your Practice The Formulary Practical recipes for remedies

Issue 99

Midwifery Today Issue 99, Autumn 2011 Theme: The Role of Story in Birth A good birth story has the power to inspire, educate and entertain. Yet, the role story plays in birth goes well beyond the telling of our personal tales. Stories and storytelling “are fundamental to the development and maintenance of a woman-centered body of knowledge.” This issue takes you inside the experiences of birthing mothers and dancing midwives, considers the impact of the negative birth story and offers tips for starting your own birth story circle. Clinical articles on intrauterine infections and shoulder dystocia, and a special series on midwifing stillbirths are also included. Michele Anderson, of Pinkle Toes Photography, creates images that are spontaneous, fresh and full of life. She loves watching how moms, dads, newborns and children interact in their families, and uses beautiful light, bold colors and deep contrasts to highlight those incredible moments. Her portfolio and recent works can be found at pinkletoesblogstalker.com. Print issue out of stock. Columns Poetry From the Editor Networking Tricks of the Trade Marion’s Message Media Reviews News Classified Advertising Calendar Photo Album International Midwife Cards & Letters Features Welcoming Sophie—Sister MorningStar Sharing Stories: Reclaiming Birth Knowledge—Rachel Reed Thank

Issue 117

Midwifery Today Issue 117, Spring 2016 Theme: 30th Anniversary, Celebrating Midwifery We are pleased to be able to celebrate Midwifery Today’s 30-year anniversary with our readers for the Spring 2016 issue. To celebrate midwifery, we chose thirteen of our favorite articles from thirteen of our most loyal and devoted writers and reprinted them in this anniversary edition. You will be able to read from the best of the best, including Ina May Gaskin, Penny Simkin, Michel Odent, Robin Lim, Sister MorningStar, Gail Tully, Elizabeth Davis and others, as we continue to provide you with only the best and evidence-based information surrounding childbirth. This issue also features some great new articles, including one about institutional biases in birth research—a must read! As an additional way to celebrate our readers and writers, we are pleased to announce that this issue will have our first ever color cover. Here’s to 30 more years! Cover photo by Natasha Hance (birthunscripted.com). Natasha is a mother of five who has a deep passion for birth photography. She photographs births in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area of Texas as NHance Photography and Birth Unscripted. She also teaches birth photography workshops with Birth Stories [101].Pictured: Roman was born in

Issue 118

Midwifery Today Issue 118, Summer 2016 Theme: Core Midwifery Skills Midwifery Today’s goal has always been to bring the best information to midwives and mothers. One of the most effective ways we know of to enact change is through education. That is why we are excited for this issue on Core Midwifery Skills. We have solicited articles from experts in the field of gentle birth, including Michel Odent, Sister MorningStar, Diane Goslin and Vicki Penwell. We hope you enjoy Issue 118, and we are always grateful to hear your feedback, either through our Facebook page or via e-mail at mgeditor@midwiferytoday.com. Cover photo by Lynsey Stone (dfwbirthphotographer.com). Lynsey is a mother of four who has been photographing births in North Texas for the past 10 years. She has had a variety of birth experiences herself from a scheduled cesarean to a home waterbirth. These experiences have made her passionate about birth, so when she was offered the opportunity to photograph a friend’s birth, she jumped at the chance. She would like to dedicate this cover to her mother, Mary Sparks, and her mother-in-law, Billie Stone, who both provided support and childcare for this endeavor and who both passed away in March.

Issue 119

Midwifery Today Issue 119, Autumn 2016 Theme: Birth Is a Human Rights Issue A goal of Midwifery Today is for birth to be safe and compassionate for every motherbaby, everywhere. We hold conferences and publish articles in order to teach the world about childbirth that is physiologic, safe and honoring to both the mother and the baby in all aspects, including emotional, physical and spiritual. In this issue, we are pleased to offer compelling and thought-provoking articles surrounding our theme of “Birth Is a Human Rights Issue.” Michel Odent, Sister MorningStar, Robin Lim and others have written specifically on this theme. We also have a wonderful article on herbs by Susun S. Weed, and Elizabeth Davis has written a piece titled “The Lost Arts of Midwifery: Core Skills to Be Reclaimed.” Cover photo by Elis Freitas (elisfreitas.com). Elis received degrees in pharmacy and biochemistry, but after having two children and experiencing a homebirth after cesarean (HBAC), she became passionate about birth and is now a doula and birth photographer. Currently, Elis lives in Cuiaba, in central Brazil, with her family. She is a member of the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers and also works to support women who wish

Issue 120

Midwifery Today Issue 120, Winter 2016 Theme: Birth and the Microbiome In recent years, the microbiome has been a hot topic in the world of research. Scientists are realizing its importance in the lifelong health of an individual. Because the details pertaining to birth can have a drastic impact on the microbiome, either positively or negatively, we at Midwifery Today knew that this issue’s topic, “Birth and the Microbiome,” would be of keen interest to our readers. Enjoy the articles within, written by some of the best in the birth field, including Michel Odent, Ina May Gaskin, Sister MorningStar and internationally known herbalist Susun S. Weed. Cover photo by Paige Driscoll (santacruzbirthphotographer.com). Paige is a birth photographer and doula, as well as a wife and mother to five boys. She is a storyteller of real life moments specializing in birth and motherhood. She is a certified birth doula and has training through Childbirth International as well as DONA® and is a trained Hypnobabies® doula. Her full spectrum of personal birth experiences range from hospital birth to birthing at home. With her extensive experience and expertise as both a photographer and a birthworker, she is able to support women in labor