Midwifery Today, Issue 108, Winter 2013


Theme: Third Stage

After a birth, many midwives, doulas, mothers, fathers and even children become scientists as they explore the placenta and umbilical cord, marveling at the twists, colors and texture of what was the baby’s lifeline for nine months (or more!). How wonderful it is to take the time to explore these things and give thanks for the marvelous way in which new life grows and develops. This issue specifically honors the umbilical cord with articles from Michel Odent, Patricia Edmonds, Susun Weed, Sister MorningStar and others. Enjoy!


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Midwifery Today

Issue 108, Winter 2013


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


  • Optimal Cord Clamping—Mary Esther Malloy
  • Cord Cutting in the Framework of Neonatal Beliefs and Rituals—Michel Odent
  • The First Mother—Sister MorningStar
  • What If Anything Were Possible? Traumatic Birth as Fertile Ground for Growth—Keren Fridman Gadassi
  • I Am the Umbilical Cord—Susun S. Weed
  • The Navel String—Patricia Edmonds
  • Birth and Rebirth: A Jordanian-American Experience—Suzanne Dwaik
  • Amniotomy and Cord Prolapse—Judy Slome Cohain
  • Umbilical Cord Traditions in Puerto Rico—Gina Dacosta Rivera
  • In Pursuit of the Benefits of Physiological Birth—Dr. Amali Lokugamage
  • When a Midwife Becomes a Doula—Ireena Keeslar
  • The Turquoise Revolution—Diana Paul
  • “It’s a Breech!”—Mo Tabib
  • Herbal Management of Postpartum Hemorrhage—Erika Obert
  • Preserving Normalcy: An Interview with Dr. Bootstaylor—Cindy Morrow
  • “Don’t Go to Her—She’s a Medwife”—Louana George
  • My Future: Midwifery—Caitlin Soileau
  • Gestational Diabetes: Real Risks beyond the Controversy—Crystal Ogle
  • Premature Ligation of the Umbilical Cord—Patricia Edmonds
  • Growing American Midwifery: The Certified Midwife Credential—Cindy L. Farley, Tanya Tringali and Sara O’Connor

Cover photo by Emily Robinson (www.emilyrobinsonphoto.com). Emily is a lifestyle family photographer in South Florida who specializes in maternity, birth, newborn and family portraiture. Her work focuses on storytelling and capturing authentic emotional connections between people. When she’s not shooting, editing or obsessing over photography, she enjoys hanging out with her husband, their two young girls and zany dog, Sonny.

Pictured: Stephanie Hyatt, her baby bump, husband and five children. Stephanie later gave birth to Brooklynn Skye on September 22, rounding out her brood to an even three girls and three boys. “I’ve always wanted to have six kids,” she says, “even when I was a child.” Now she can count that life’s goal as completed!

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