Returning to Traditional Midwifery

As normal birth becomes medicalized and fear replaces faith in the birthing process, traditional and considerate midwifery continues to present a path toward happy, healthy families.

Third Stage of Labor: Hands Off and Have Patience!

Many families are surprised when I say that I do not touch the baby if all is well, and I do not clamp or cut the umbilical cord until after the placenta has been birthed. They are always curious to know why I do this, since the vast majority of obstetricians clamp and cut the cord immediately, and even a good number of homebirth midwives clamp and cut the cord before the placenta has been birthed.

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Leaving Well Alone in the Third Stage of Labour

Third stage represents a time of amazing physical and emotional changes for mothers and their newborns, and this transitional period is best managed by Mother Nature while attendants patiently wait in the background.

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Knitted Noggins—Rethinking the Newborn Cap

Birth caps are seemingly ubiquitous, at home and in the hospital, but why? Nicole Deelah questions the use of these caps and considers how a thin layer of polyester can create a considerable barrier between mothers and newborns.

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Elizabeth Gilmore Remembered: Through the Eyes of a Friend

A touching portrait honoring the memory, legacy and life of midwife Elizabeth Gilmore.

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Placentophagia: Stir-fry, Smoothie or Raw?

After overcoming her initial trepidations, a new mom discovers the benefits of eating placenta.

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Active Interference

Three birth stories illustrate how gentle hospital deliveries can become nightmares in the third stage.

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Globalizing Midwifery

A call to birthing mothers around the world to question those in authority and consider the wisdom of “the village midwife.”

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Lessons from Kitty Birth: Using Placenta to Control Hemorrhage

I went to a totally beautiful and undisturbed birth today. Five of them, actually! The mother had the most natural births as we looked on, not disturbing her but just being “with woman.” With woman—with kitty.