Midwifery Today, Issue 109, Spring 2014


Theme: The Placenta

The placenta … what an organ! Though still mysterious to many, some in our culture seem to be slowly learning of its postpartum benefits. This issue is filled—and I mean filled (over 25 articles!)—with placenta stories and wisdom, as well as information on group B strep, homebirth transfers, how to support Muslim families as a midwife and so much more. In this packed issue, you will read from Robin Lim, Michel Odent, midwife Sister MorningStar, Jodi Selander (the placenta expert!), herbalist Susun Weed and others. Please remember that a subscription to Midwifery Today is a wonderful gift to the childbirth educator, midwife, obstetrician, doula, nurse and pregnant mother in your life. Thank you for your support. Enjoy!



Midwifery Today

Spring 2014, Issue 109


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


  • Motherbaby Placenta: State of Emergency—Robin Lim
  • The Placenta Encapsulation Movement—Jodi Selander
  • Placentophagy—Michel Odent
  • Group B Strep: A Holistic Approach—Laura Donnelly
  • Placentas I Have Known—Marlene Waechter
  • Mercy In Action Midwives Form Disaster Response to Deadly Super Typhoon—Vicki Penwell
  • Honoring Placenta Wisdom—Sister MorningStar
  • Lanyero Karamela: A Midwife of Uganda—Jane Beal
  • Thoughts on Homebirth Transfer—Mary Esther Malloy
  • Research on Placenta Encapsulation—Jodi Selander
  • Microphones on Pregnant Bellies—Giselle E. Whitwell
  • Placenta Stories
  • Consuming Placenta—Rebecca Mack
  • It’s Ours: We Claim the Benefits—Contessa Briscoe
  • My Retained Placenta—Diana Paul
  • Our Placenta Journey—Melissa Williams with Cathy Knight
  • Surprise…It’s a Placenta!—Aubre Tompkins
  • Placenta—Susun S. Weed
  • Herbs and the Placenta—Susun S. Weed
  • Placenta Handling—Shell Walker Luttrell
  • A Watched Pot: The Importance of a Sacred, Private Labor and Birth—Margaret Wallis
  • Supporting Muslim Families as Midwives—Krystina Friedlander and Shannon Staloch
  • The Gift of the Womb—Celesta Rannisi
  • Amniotic Membrane Use for Perineal Healing: A Re-discovery—
    Shell Walker Luttrell
  • A Midwife between Worlds—Aubre Tompkins
  • The Placental Pause—Mhairi Colgate
  • Guardians of Birth—Serena Russell
  • The Breech Birth of Edith—Emily Willett
  • Birth Workers of Color Scholarship: Matching Scholars to Scholarships to Reduce Disparities in Birth Outcomes—Claudia Booker and
    Jennie Joseph

Cover photo by Sophia Williams of Sophia’s Special Deliveries (sophiabirth.com). Sophia has been a doula since 2009 and is on a journey to becoming a homebirth midwife. She lives and photographs families in Sonoma County, California. 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.
Pictured: Cameron Andrew in the hands of his mother, Jeanette.

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