How long is too long? Wise birth practitioners know time tables are arbitrary, says midwife and author Gail Hart. Read about postmaturity in Issue 38 and draw your own conclusions. A mini-theme on transporting to the hospital from home or birth center explores some of the scenarios various birth practitioners have experienced. A midwife who has helped thousands of babies be born gives advice and hard facts about breech birth.
On the Cover
- Transporting—Anne Stohrer, M.D., Gail Hart, Valerie Morris, Belinda Lassen, CNM, and Jan Tritten
This mini-theme explores some of the dilemmas and scenarios of transporting clients to the hospital.
- Accepting the unacceptable—Katherine Jensen, CNM
Until Erin’s birth, I had never considered I would not be able to free a baby from the grip of shoulder dystocia.
- Normalizing the breech delivery—Valerie El Halta, CPM
While demanding respect, breech deliveries do not necessarily pose greater risk to either mother or her baby.
- African-American midwifery: Past, present and future—Karen Salt
What is the future of African-American midwifery, given its history and the state of our times?
- A Crown for Cardelia—Karen Lee Hones
A sonnet crown about a homeless woman’s birth.
- Can we really use Super Glue instead of suture?—Anne Frye
For several years, there has been increasing interest in this issue.
- Postdates vs. postmaturity—An overview by Anne Frye
Questions to keep in mind when assessing current postmaturity protocols.
- Stretching every possible limit—Maria C. Wolford
“The challenges I faced can speak to many of us who serve women as they birth.”
- Calendars, clocks and choices—Valerie El Halta, CPM
When do we become concerned if the baby isn’t born on or around its expected dates?
- Some thoughts on the issue of postmaturity—Deb Phillips, Linda Lieberman and Gail Hart
A recent online discussion provided a variety of responses, by Judy Edmunds.
- Fetal movement chart
Instructions to help your clients with their all-important monitoring.
- Impressions and fond memories—Judy Edmunds
Judy writes about her experiences at the Pacific Rim International Conference.
- Editor’s Page
- Tricks of the Trade
- Marion’s Message – Sorrow at 43 weeks
- Question of the Quarter
- Media Reviews
- Journal Abstracts
- Classified Advertising
- In My Opinion
- Photo Album