Midwifery Today Issue 122, Summer 2017 Theme: Homebirth Homebirth is a topic that our readers can never get enough of, so we made it the theme of this issue. The offerings range from four unique birth stories, two articles that advise what to take to a homebirth, midwives’ thoughts on homebirth in the past and present, and a number of other articles dealing with related subjects, such as complications and prolonged second stage. Cover photo by Katie Mathis (katiemathisphoto.com). Katie spends her days living on call for her birth clients while living life to the fullest for her own family. She was first introduced to the birth world while exploring her own childbirth options. Katie is an award-winning photographer and doula who uses her passion and expertise to help families in and around the Phoenix, Arizona, area. Pictured: This duo was not intending to have a homebirth but when the brand new birth center was not ready for labor day the CNMs and CPMs teamed up and created a beautiful homebirth experience for the parents. The room was filled to the brim with oxytocin as Dad supported his wife through delivering their 9 lb 10 oz baby boy in the
Homebirth. What do we think of when we mention homebirth?
Today, it is commonplace to present Homo sapiens as an ecosystem with a symbiotic interaction between the trillions of cells that are the products of our genes (the “host”) and the hundreds of trillions of microorganisms that colonize the body (the “microbiome”).
Back in 1970, if you wanted to be a midwife, there were very few options for training. There were two nurse-midwifery education programs then, but since I didn’t live in New York City or Jackson, Mississippi, I had no way of knowing about them. I just knew that I wanted to be a midwife. I was lucky to have the opportunity to witness the most gorgeous birth anyone could possibly have, and that birth launched my quest to become a midwife.
Editor-in-Chief Jan Tritten shares her thoughts on hemorrhage. “The most important thing I can say about hemorrhage is, ‘Don’t cause one.’”
There are many reasons people choose to give birth at home, and most have more to do with feelings than statistics.
The birth of the Global Midwifery Council was in June of 2010 at the Home Child/Midwifery Today Conference in Moscow, Russia. It was born to change the paradigm of birth around the world.
Editor in chief Jan Tritten comments on the recent witch-hunt in Europe and on the state of motherbaby rights around the world, calling all natural birth practitioners and supporters to protect birth as an inalienable human right.
What will birth be like 40 years from now? If everyone works together, writes editor-in-chief Jan Tritten, we can transform birth for future generations.