Midwifery Today Issue 105, Spring 2013 Theme: Hemorrhage Though hemorrhage is commonly thought of as a deadly situation of third world 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 Robim 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 by a midwife’s story of her arrest. As always, we want to thank you for your support of the magazine. Enjoy! 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. Buy This Issue Departments Poetry
Editor-in-Chief Jan Tritten shares her thoughts on hemorrhage. “The most important thing I can say about hemorrhage is, ‘Don’t cause one.’”
As an expert of herbs, Susun Weed educates us on hemorrhage’s herbal allies
Internationally known French obstetrician Odent shares the importance Oxytocin has on the prevention of postpartum hemorrhage.
The first key to preventing postpartum hemorrhage is good prenatal nutrition and supplements as needed. Read Margarett Scott’s article to learn more.