The Mythical Expiration Date

A doula shares her frustration with having to navigate natural childbirth in a sea of time limits and interventions.

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Issue 107

Midwifery Today Issue 107, Autumn 2013 Theme: Induction With the ever-increasing rates of interventions and managed birth, Midwifery Today’s upcoming issue on Induction is an important one. As always, the issue features articles from the brightest minds in the natural childbirth world, as well as passionate mothers, midwifery students and doulas trying to make the world a safer place for birth. Ina May Gaskin has written a powerful and emotional article on Cytotec, detailing the dangers and the problems with the use of this drug around the time of birth. Michel Odent includes his thoughts about the huge ramifications induction puts on the future of our species. You will also delight to read the success story of a mother who gave birth at home after not just one, but five cesareans. Enjoy! Cover photo by Greg Beyer. Greg is a photographer based out of Melbourne, Australia. He specializes in children, families and weddings, but he has also worked in other areas of the industry. These days he mainly functions as a full-time, stay-at-home dad for two (soon to be three) boys. You can check out some more of his images on his blog at imajup.com. Pictured is Daisy Halliday with

The Times and Tools of Induction

Midwife MorningStar speak of nature’s right timing. “Preparing a woman or preparing ourselves for right timing begins with not setting time limits. If a woman’s people take longer to grow a baby, she may, too.

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In Memory of Marsden Wagner – A Friend to Midwives, 1930–2014

The world lost a treasure earlier this year, but his passion and kindness will forever remain in our hearts. This tribute contains memories, stories and thoughts about Marsden from some of his midwife friends.

Hirsch’s Silent Birth

A nice couple, organic farmers whom I had met the previous year, were pregnant and seeing my friend Lori,for their care as they planned their homebirth. This very healthy Jewish couple was looking forward to the birth of their first baby.
Sadly, when the mom was 34 weeks and four days, the mother felt that something was not right. Lori stopped by their home to listen and could not hear the baby’s heartbeat. She called me from the road as she drove to the hospital, ultimately for confirmation of the baby’s death.

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Mortalidad materna: La Maternidad Segura se encuentra en el Protagonismo de las Mujeres mismas

La maternidad segura toma en cuenta los derechos humanos de las mujeres, el derecho a decidir sobre sus vidas reproductivas; éste incluye los derechos en el parto, en especial el derecho a la información precisa sobre los riesgos y beneficios de los procedimientos en el parto. La institucionalización del parto es, en Costa Rica, una regla que habrá que revisar para tomar como punto de partida lo más importante: los sentimientos, necesidades y opiniones de las mujeres.

Birth and Freedom

A student midwife takes on state governments’ encroachment of women’s rights to birth where and how they choose.

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From the Roddom to the Black Sea: My Experiences in Russia

A traditional midwife recounts her journeys to a newly post-soviet Russia, taking us on a tour of a changing birth culture, from the Roddoms of the cold war era to pioneering birth camps at the Black Sea.

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