Midwifery Today Conference Helsinki, Finland • 4–8 October 2017 “Trust, Intimacy and Love—The Chemistry of Connection” Photo by Lynsey Stone—dfwbirthphotographer.com Preregistration for this conference is closed, however walk-ins are welcome. For easy registration, fill out this form, print it out and bring the form, proof of full-time student status if applicable, and your payment to… Read more…. Finland Conference 2017
Editor’s note: This article first appeared in Midwifery Today, Issue 132, Winter 2019.Join Midwifery Today Online Membership Vulnerability during pregnancy has harmful consequences for the child in the first years of life. There are various initiatives in Flanders, and abroad, to more efficiently identify and support vulnerable pregnancies. Nevertheless, there are still many possibilities in Flanders to enhance the pre- and postnatal care path to meet the needs of vulnerable pregnant women. In this article, we present the results of the first phase of a project-based scientific research of the Artesis Plantijn (AP) University College Antwerp. The project developed a detection tool and a prenatal care pathway, tailored to the needs of vulnerable pregnant women. A crucial starting question was what vulnerability means in pregnancy. Because the literature is inconclusive, we asked experts in the field about the concept of vulnerability in pregnancy and the operational possibilities of using a detection tool by midwives. We organised focus groups and interviews with midwives and with representatives from the social services. The combination of both of these professional areas provides similar, but also dissonant, insights about the concept of vulnerability. Introduction A preventive approach, proper health monitoring, and appropriate care provision can… Read more…. Considerations for a Prenatal Detection Tool for Vulnerable Pregnant Women
Read more…. Considerations for a Prenatal Detection Tool for Vulnerable Pregnant Women
Midwifery Today Conference Eugene, Oregon • April 5–9, 2017 “The Heart and Science of Birth” Archived Conference Program PDF Welcome to Eugene! [Letter in event program to participants] We are so thrilled to welcome you to our conference. We will spend the next five days learning, sharing, networking and loving each other! Our teachers and… Read more…. Eugene Conference 2017
From her many years of experience, midwife Marlene Waechter shares her wisdom of premature birth and what she feels are its main causes.
Read more…. Malnutrition, Unhealthy Lifestyles and Scheduled Deliveries: The Causes of Prematurity
In honor of Midwifery Today’s 100th
We asked you, our readers and Facebook friends,
to share the midwifery-related people, places and things you love.
Read more…. We asked; you answered! – Issue 100
Photo by Maxime Caron
One of the authors of the new Motherbaby Press Book, Survivor Moms: Women’s Narratives of Birthing, Mothering and Healing after Sexual Abuse, provides a snapshot of types of trauma exposures reported by first-time mothers in the Midwest and how they relate to risk of PTSD.
Read more…. Survivor Moms: Multiple Trauma Exposures and the Development of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Midwifery Today Issue 90
Summer 2009 Theme: Healing From Sexual Abuse and Trauma Trauma and abuse can occur at any time in life, both before and during pregnancy. This issue addresses a number of issues including fathers who were abused, how midwives can help women heal from trauma and abuse, how childbirth can have a traumatizing effect on women… Read more…. Issue 90
Jan discusses how midwives can help with a problem that is rarely discussed: the impact of becoming a father on men who were abused. Read more…. Fathers Who Were Abused
Photo by Jenna Norman
One of the authors of the pathbreaking book, When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women, describes many of the ways early abuse or trauma may negatively affect the survivors’ later experiences with childbearing and offers some tips for midwives for providing sensitive and effective care and support. Read more…. Early Trauma, Its Potential Impact on the Childbearing Woman, and the Role of the Midwife
I found out I was pregnant in June of ’94 and suddenly everything was different for me. It was as if I had a gun to my head; I had to get better RIGHT NOW. I was convinced that if I didn’t I was going to be the worst mother on the planet. – from Shakta’s story Read more…. Listening to Survivor Moms
The author tells us why she is involved in good birth, and how it can be healing for women with a history of abuse. Read more…. El parto como sanidad
Photo by Larm Rmah
A companion article to “Creating a Safe Space for Healing,” this article gives tips on how to make essential medical procedures as non-threatening as possible for women trauma survivors.
Read more…. Modifying Medical Procedure for the Trauma Survivor