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Meredith Casella with postoperative fistula patients in Dubie, Democratic Republic of Congo (2007)
In compelling dispatches from the field, nurse-midwife Meredith Casella documents her experiences in Africa with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).
Read more…. Letters from the Field: From the Congo to Chad
Midwifery Today Issue 85
Spring 2008 Technology: Stemming the Tide What interventions are on the horizon in obstetrical care? What does the research tell us about those interventions that are being used more frequently? What can midwives do to help women have normal births? Buy This Issue Columns Poem: Red Raspberries—Janice Marsh-Prelesnik Editorial: Technology: Stemming the Tide—Jan Tritten Technology… Read more…. Issue 85
Photos by April Hallwood
Women who have been abused and traumatized may experience a variety of issues related to pregnancy and birth. Maryl Smith discusses developing awareness of signs and triggers, as well as how to work with such women and help them feel safe. Read more…. Creating the Space for Healing: Antepartum Care in Women with Trauma History
One of my most important roles in my midwifery life is that of encourager. My desire is that you carry out the dreams given to you – and I know you have them. I delight in telling about people carrying out their dreams as a way, hopefully, to inspire you. Read more…. Birth Change
Midwives work with a vast array of interesting, creative, amazing and thought-provoking women; it’s one gift of our work. We were drawn to the work to serve, support and be with childbearing women. Consequently, when we find ourselves inclined to ignore, admonish or run away from a particular client, we may experience conflicted feelings of guilt and inadequacy. In the worst circumstances we may develop a belief that the client is an adversary instead of a sincere person seeking our assistance.
Read more…. Determining Relational Needs in Challenging Clients
When seeking help, you may be told that you are experiencing the baby blues or PPD, either of which may be present with PTSD. However, along with the typical weepiness, anxiety and depression of PPD, key symptoms of PTSD include insomnia, irritability and angry outbursts, panic attacks, nightmares… Read more…. Healing the Trauma: Entering Motherhood with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Photo by Robina Weermeijer
Dystocia has not only physical causes, but emotional and psychological ones. This article identifies those causes and suggests some strategies that women and their carers can use to avoid or minimize this problem.
Read more…. Psychological and Emotional Dystocia
Photo by Tim Marshall
I was fortunate to be part of a conversation on networks at a Midwifery Today conference and wanted to elaborate on some of the discussion. When we initially began discussing networks, people were very excited and enthused; several people in the group had started successful birth networks for women in their communities.
Read more…. Midwifery Model of Care—Phase II: Networks in the Birth Community
Photo by Luis Galvez
Frequent Midwifery Today contributor, Piper Martin, discusses the effect of sexual abuse on pregnancy and birth and suggests some homeopathic treatments.
Read more…. Sexual Abuse and Pregnancy—A Homeopath’s Perspective