Midwifery Today, Issue 105, Spring 2013


Theme: Hemorrhage

The theme of Midwifery Today Issue 105 is Hemorrhage. Though hemorrhage is commonly thought of as a deadly scourge of developing countries, it is increasingly present within the US. The management of the third stage of labor has had an impact on the occurrence of this potentially life-threatening problem. The pages of this issue are filled with wisdom from some of the most knowledgeable minds on the subject, such as Robin Lim of Indonesia, French obstetrician Michel Odent and midwife Marlene Waechter. You will also enjoy reading midwife Sister MorningStar’s thoughts on midwifery education and an emotionally charged piece written of a midwife’s story of her arrest. As always, we want to thank you for your support of the magazine.


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Midwifery Today

Issue 105, Spring 2013


  • Poetry: Glory by Maddie Leonard-Rose
  • From the Editor by Jan Tritten
    Editor-in-Chief Jan Tritten shares her thoughts on hemorrhage. “The most important thing I can say about hemorrhage is, ‘Don’t cause one.’”
  • Networking by Marion Toepke McLean
    A very useful article that presents poverty as one of the causes of hemorrhage.
  • Tricks of the Trade
  • Marion’s Message
  • In My Opinion by Celesta Rannisi
    Author Celesta Rannisi shares her idea that perceives the mother as the passageway for her baby’s journey from Heaven to Earth.
  • Cards and Letters
  • Media Reviews
  • Discussions
  • Classified Advertising
  • Photo Album


  • Postpartum Hemorrhage in Bali: A Day at Bumi Sehat—Robin Lim
    Midwife Robin Lim tells how the Bumi Sehat clinic strives to prevent postpartum hemorrhage by lessening what she calls “prenatal scare.”
  • Thinking Green—Marlene Waechter
    In this truly enjoyable article, Waechter shares what she has learned about hemorrhage through her experiences as a midwife.
  • Preventing Postpartum Haemorrhage—Michel Odent
    Internationally known French obstetrician Odent shares the importance oxytocin has on the prevention of postpartum hemorrhage.
  • Midwifery Education?—Sister MorningStar
    In this thoughtful and compelling piece, Midwife MorningStar shares her thoughts on the future of midwifery education.
  • Hemorrhage!—Susun Weed
    As an expert of herbs, Susun Weed educates us on hemorrhage’s herbal allies.
  • Ultrasound: Prematurity and Potential Risks—Beverley Lawrence Beech
    For its prevalent usage, ultrasound has been enormously under-researched. Written by the honorary chair for AIMS, this article is a useful step towards filling the lack of research and data on ultrasound.
  • Madame Angelique le Boursier du Coudray: A Midwife of Enlightenment France—Jane Beal
    This is another well-written historical account by professor and poet Jane Beal. This time her focus is the French midwife Madame du Coudray.
  • Preventing Postpartum Hemorrhage by Respecting the Natural Process of Third Stage—Beth Anne Moonstone
    “Previous to the delivery of the placenta, mothers need to be observed for changes in behavior and alertness and to judge blood loss. When everything is proceeding normally, it is best to wait and let the process happen naturally.”
  • AJOG against Homebirth—Judy Slome Cohain
    Author Cohain wrote this important article in response to AJOG’s recent statement against homebirth.
  • Seven Hours Postpartum—Jenna Hull
    Creator of the online magazine Mother Wit, author Jenna Hull shares her personal birth stories involving hemorrhage.
  • A Postpartum Doula for Every Mother—Allie Chee
    Author of New Mother, Allie Chee discusses the importance of having support during the postpartum time.
  • Mercier Therapy Helps Infertile Women Achieve Pregnancy—Jennifer Mercier and Karen Miller
    A particular therapy involving abdominal and pelvic work, and its success with previously infertile women, is discussed.
  • When I Was Arrested—Ireena Keeslar
    The unfortunate story of a woman’s arrest. Her only “crime” was being a midwife.
  • Superfoods for Postpartum Hemorrhage Recovery—Ash Johnsdottir
    A helpful article stressing the important role food plays in the recovery from a postpartum hemorrhage.
  • PTSD and Obstetric Violence—Ilone Olza Fernández
    In this important read, childbirth trauma is discussed as the result of inadequate and/or violent obstetric care.
  • The Placenta Project: An Artful Birth-based Inquiry—Nané Jordan
    Artist and midwife Nané Jordan speaks of her passion of the placenta and how this has resulted in a powerful and unique art project.

International Midwife

  • An Update on the Netherlands—Robbie Davis-Floyd, Marjolein Faber and Raymond De Vries
    A well-written and thorough update on the current birth situation in the Netherlands.
  • A Scholarship Solution and Grand Challenge from Mercy In Action—Vicki Penwell
    Overseas midwife Vicki Penwell shares her scholarship program and challenges other organizations and midwifery schools to join her in her efforts.

Cover photo by Sophia Williams of Sophia’s Special Deliveries (www.sophiasspecialdeliveries.com). Sophia has been a doula since 2009 and is now starting her journey to becoming a homebirth midwife. She lives and photographs families in the North Bay of California (San Francisco Bay Area). She first learned about doulas and midwives when she was a nanny for a family who had a homebirth. That experience changed her life and she has never looked back.

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