Issue 138

Summer 2021

Theme: Tear Prevention

Preventing tears has long been a concern for birthworkers. Different midwives approach this differently and it has changed over the years. Our midwives share their wisdom in this issue. In addition, we have our final article on autism and birth, more outstanding writing from regulars such as Jane Beal, Sister MorningStar, and Sara Wickham.

Cover photo by Colby Tulachanh ( Colby is a professional birth photographer and doula in upstate New York, where she is currently wandering through life with her husband and their two children. Her children initially influenced her to begin her journey into photography. She began photographing families in 2018, and made the move to birth photography in 2019. Nearly three years later, she has photographed over two dozen birth stories. Her work has been published in magazines and she has won multiple awards for her raw, emotive imagery. Colby’s passion is to combine the art of photography with the art of birthwork—the point at which they meet has always made her heart sing.

Pictured: Denise, the midwife behind Sweet Song Midwifery holds newborn Kataleya, after a long and incredible birth in which her mother (Maryah) resiliently labored throughout the night. This birth story was extra special for me to document because Kataleya’s father, who lives abroad, was unable to attend her birth in-person due to travel restrictions amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Thankfully, because of today’s technology, he was able to witness her birth over video chat. They have since been united and are elated to be living life together as a family of three!

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