Midwifery Today, Issue 103, Autumn 2012


Theme: Shoulder Dystocia

The theme of Midwifery Today Issue 103 is Shoulder Dystocia. It is always beneficial to hone our skills in whatever field of work we find ourselves. Fortunately, this issue of Midwifery Today iwill benefit many childbirth professionals by providing knowledge and insights into shoulder dystocia. Among the wonderful contributors to this issue is Ina May Gaskin, who retells the story of how she came to learn a simple skill that is now known as the “Gaskin maneuver.” Gail Tully, another shoulder dystocia expert, has provided not one, but two articles for this edition of Midwifery Today magazine—both of which will be valuable sources of reference for many of our readers.



Midwifery Today

Issue 103, Autumn 2012


  • Poetry
  • From the Editor
  • Networking
  • Tricks of the Trade
  • Marion’s Message
  • Cards and Letters
  • Media Reviews
  • News
  • Classified Advertising
  • Photo Album


  • FlipFLOP: Four Steps to Remember—Gail Tully
  • How Being a Homebirth Midwife Enabled Me to Learn about Shoulder Dystocia—Ina May Gaskin
  • Preventing Shoulder Dystocia—Michel Odent
  • Stressful! Birth in a Hospital—Nancy Halseide
  • Monique Dembele: A Midwife of Mali—Jane Beal
  • Arm Behind the Back: A Shoulder Dystocia Complication—Gail Tully
  • Sharks and VBACs: The Fears of a Father—Tony Whitman
  • The Power of Natural Progesterone: Treating Hormone-Related Postpartum Depression—Shannon K. Valenzuela
  • Capable Hands and Calm Eyes: My Sixty Seconds of Shoulder
    Dystocia—Mary Ann Lieser
  • Management of True Shoulder Dystocia at Attended Homebirth—Judy Slome Cohain
  • Euphoric Birth—Brianna Z. Kauer
  • The Ecology of Childbirth—Alese Colehour
  • Down the Rabbit Hole: A Case Against Routine Ultrasound—Elaine Alkhas
  • Pregnancy and Yoga—Kiran Bala
  • Midwives and Fear—Alison Bastien
  • The Art of Birth Work: Theatre’s Use in Midwifery—Hannah Sinnhuber Borboleta
  • Who Am I?—Sue Turner
  • Power, Leadership and Collaboration—Sarah Proechel International Midwife
  • God Answers a Midwife’s Prayer—Gina Dacosta
  • LifeWraps: Low-tech First Aid for Obstetric Hemorrhage—Caroline Rodgers
  • Memoir of a Sweet Granny—Soma Mukhopadhyay
  • A Surprise Outcome at Mother Health International—Tammi McKinley
  • Hospital Birth in Mexico—Joni Nichols

Cover photo by Lynsey Stone. Lynsey Stone Photography—www.dfwbirthphotographer.com.

Lynsey has focused primarily on birth photography since 2006 and has now photographed over 200 births. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with her husband and four children, two of whom were waterborn after a cesarean with her first child. She loves the wide range of experiences she has had because it gives her a greater understanding of the emotional and physical aspects of birth when photographing her clients’ deliveries.

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