Midwifery Today, Issue 120, Winter 2016


Theme: Birth and the Microbiome

In recent years, the microbiome has been a hot topic in the world of research. Scientists are realizing its importance in the lifelong health of an individual. Because the details pertaining to birth can have a drastic impact on the microbiome, either positively or negatively, we at Midwifery Today knew that this issue’s topic, “Birth and the Microbiome,” would be of keen interest to our readers. Enjoy the articles within, written by some of the best in the birth field, including Michel Odent, Ina May Gaskin, Sister MorningStar and internationally known herbalist Susun S. Weed.


Midwifery Today

Issue 120, Winter 2016


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


  • Microbiome and Health—Fernando Molina
  • Micromanaging the Microbiota—Sister MorningStar
  • Homebirth vs. Hospital Birth: The Bacteriological Perspective—Michel Odent
  • Your Mother Will Help—Susun Weed
  • Surrounded by Love and Support—Monet Moutrie
  • Of the Community—Nubia Earth Martin
  • Microbiome and Midwives: A Look at Culture—Vicki Penwell
  • The Microbiome and the Midwife—Marion Toepke McLean
  • The Microbiome: Important or Not?—Ireena Keeslar
  • Stop Cutting: The Right to Bodily Integrity—Jane Beal
  • The Cost of Caring: Midwifery and Traumatic Stress—Bonnie U. Gruenberg
  • Male Mutedness in Childbirth—Erica Andrews
  • Floreta d’Ays: The Trial of a Medieval Midwife of Marseille, France—Jane Beal
  • Connection and Empathy: Enhancing Pre- and Perinatal Health Care Professionals’ Interpersonal Skills—Antonella Sansone
  • Unity: An Elusive but Necessary Goal for US Midwives and Their Advocates—Ina May Gaskin
  • A Glorious VBAC—Françoise “Mamacita” Souverville

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