Midwifery Today Issue 83Theme: Breech Birth/Animal Birth

This issue contains articles describing successful breech births, as well as giving pointers on incorporating breech birth into a midwifery practice. You will also learn about some of the commonalities between human and animal birth, and how animal birth still gets the reverence and quiet that midwives strive for in a normal birth. Once you start reading this issue, you won’t be able to put it down!

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  • Who Are the Statistics? by Jan Tritten
    Listening to Mothers II survey covers statistics on the frequency of various birth interventions. Editor Jan Tritten puts a face on the women and babies behind these statistics and argues that we need to stop interfering in birth
  • Midwifery Model of Care—On Breech Birth—Carol Gautschi
    Midwife Carol Gautschi shares some of her experiences and suggests ways in which were can bring midwifery, rather than med-wifery, to helping with breech births.
  • Marion’s Message: The Safest Kind of Breech—Marion Toepke McLean
    Sharing our birth stories is one way of teaching midwives their trade. Marion tells the story of a frank breech presentation, describing the steps in how the birth occurred.
  • Footling Breech: A Midwife’s Own Birth StoryVeronica Wagner
    In this memoir a midwife reflects on the story of her birth as a footling breech in Germany during WWII, and the homebirths that she has attended in her life. She touches on both themes, remembering not only breech births, but the role that animals have played in many births she has been involved with.
  • Thoughts on Breech Birth—Gloria Lemay
    With a reminder to the practice the three Ps (patience, patience, patience), regular contributor Gloria Lemay gives us some tips on successful breech birthing.
  • Making a Difference: You Can Be an Agent of Change—Christa Bartley
    BirthNetworkd National is helping to build a national grassroots movements to empower women to make informed choices regarding maternity care. Learn more about this movement and what you can do in Christa Bartley’s article.
  • Nancy Wainer: Supporting Birthing Women—Julie Brill
    Nancy Wainer, a birth activist for many years, shares what she is doing to continue to influence birth.
  • Turning Breech Babies after 34 Weeks: the if, how, and when of turning breech babies—Judy Slome Cohain
    Learn about why some babies are breech, techniques for turning them before birth and what the evidence shows.
  • Caleb’s Birth—Nikki Dauphin
    A breech baby successfully turns and his mother avoids a second c-section, thanks to her strength and persistence and a supportive birthing teach.
  • Breech Birth from a Primal Health Research Perspective—Michel Odent
    “Being breech-born by the vaginal route is associated with the highest possible mean intelligence scores.” This is one conclusion of the Primal Health Research of the author. Read his simple rules for vaginal birth.
  • The Power of Georgina—Sister MorningStar
    We include an excerpt from Sister MorningStar’s upcoming book, The Power of Wimyn, about another inspiring birth.
  • Midwives and Uterine Rupture: What We Have to OfferKristin Eggleston
    Learn about uterine rupture and how it can be prevented.
  • Finding Solutions to End Bullying—What a Midwife Can DoMarinah Valenzuela Farrell
    This 4th article in our series on bullying offers solutions for midwives who find themselves the target of a bully.
  • A Surprise Breech—Ireena Keeslar
    Learn how a midwife and mom handle a surprise breech
  • Beautiful Breech Homebirth—Anonymous in Albuquerque
    This story is a recognition of dedicated midwives who are willing to help women despite archaic laws against homebirth.
  • Birth HealingRosetta Thuresson
    Rosetta lost her mother when she was born, as a result of an epidural. She shares here how birthing her own daughter helped her on the road to healing.
  • Safer Birth in a BarnBeth Barbeau
    Veterinarians and ranchers know that horses need peace and quiet when they are birthing. Why have we forgotten that women do best when treated reverently as well?
  • Horse Birth—Casey Makela
    This exciting story—a midwife and horse breeder, is a lesson in trusting in the process of birth.
  • The Story of the Weeping Camel—Dale Bernucca
    A review of a beautifully filmed movie shows that a difficult birth can affect the relationship between a camel and her baby. The resolution will surprise you.
  • Midwifing a Difficult Kidding—Cheryl K. Smith
    The author, a goat farmer, explains how she handles a case of malpresentation of goat triplets.
  • Too Good to Be True—Amanda Bird
    Former Midwifery Today Managing Editor Amanda Bird tells the story of the birth of her first child.
  • The Issues Associated with Postpartum Major Depression—Chantel Haynes
    “Postpartum Major Depression (PMD) occurs in as many as 20% of new mothers.” Learn about its causes, its effects on children and how it can be treated.
  • The Function of Joy in Pregnancy—Michel Odent
    Frequent contributer Michel Odent discusses how joy in pregnancy protects the baby against harmful stress hormones.
  • The Business of Midwifery: Practice Design I—Linda Lieberman
    How have you designed your midwifery practice? What works and does not work? Linda Lieberman tells about the design of her homebirth practice and asks for feedback.

International Midwife

  • Protecting Women from Exploitation–Interview with an Anonymous Midwife—Wanda Walker
    In developing countries midwives are responsible for much more than birth. This interview addresses one midwife’s response issue of coerced birth control in Mexico.
  • The Underside of the World: An American CPM’s View of Midwifery in New Zealand—Darjee Sahala
    The author shares her experience of working in New Zealand, and some of the negative and positive aspects of the free midwifery care in that country.
  • Global Midwifery—Traditional and Official—and Humanization of BirthMarsden Wagner
    From Midwifery Today’s 2007 Costa Rica conference, Marsden Wagner, MD, shares his speech.
  • Improving Health in Assam, India—Rondi Anderson
    This is the story of working for Doctors without Borders in Assam, India.

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