Issue 139

Autumn 2021

Theme: The Future of Midwifery

We know where midwifery has been, but where is it headed? This issue shares a variety of perspectives on that question. From short responses to the question addressed by numerous birthworkers, to an editorial in Marion’s Message, to an in-depth discussion of the topic by Deb Puterbaugh and thoughts on the future of Midwifery Education by Vicki Penwell, this issue shares lots of ideas. It also includes great articles by frequent contributors Jane Beal, Sister MorningStar, and Nancy Wainer—and more!

Cover photo by Paige Driscoll (bayareabirthphotographer.com). Paige Driscoll is an award-winning photographer and doula, as well as a mother to five boys. She is a storyteller of real-life moments, specializing in birth and motherhood. She captures the most transformative time of your life in an artful way. The birth of her five boys were the most empowering experiences of her life, which led her down the path to becoming a birth worker. She is a certified doula and has training through Childbirth International and Dona International, and is a trained Hypnobabies doula. She holds a BA in Child and Adolescent Development from San Jose State University and was an elementary school teacher before becoming a mother. She has documented over 250 births, each one so beautifully unique. Her full spectrum of personal birthing experiences ranges from hospital births to birthing at home and she is supportive of all birthing methods. Her goal is to help birthing parents feel confident, safe, and supported during their prenatal, birth, and postpartum journey while documenting their story. With her passion for birth and her extensive experience and expertise as a mother, photographer, and doula, she is able to support women in labor and capture the true rawness and beauty of birth as it unfolds.

Pictured: Taylor Monje welcoming her daughter: “The most freeing moment of my life. The most human I’ve ever felt. Bringing my daughter Earthside the way our bodies intended.”

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