Issue 101

Midwifery Today Issue 101Theme: Breastfeeding

The breastfeeding relationship can be riddled with all sorts of emotions. From incorrect information regarding milk supply to the delicate balance of hormones, including oxytocin, this stage in a woman’s life can be emotional, challenging, beautiful, uncomfortable, blissful, rewarding and sometimes controversial. In this issue of Midwifery Today, you will share in the emotions of some of the personal breastfeeding stories as well as gain insight into the difficult situations of incarcerated mothers, the birthing conditions in Darfur, Sudan, the process of breast milk sharing and other interesting topics written about by our contributors.

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The Two Faces of Postdate Pregnancies

As practitioners, it is our duty to examine the attitudes we have developed as well as the language and terminology we use. Our society defines a pregnancy with a gestation of 40 weeks plus 1 day as overdue. This notion is planted deeply in our culture with origins I was unable to unearth. Many factors come into play surrounding this issue, including some subjective considerations beginning with dating a pregnancy. Read more…. The Two Faces of Postdate Pregnancies

Kitty Breastfeeding

Why don’t cats have breastfeeding problems? If we answer this we might have an answer to human breastfeeding problems. When Momma Cat had her babies—see last issue’s editorial—they began breastfeeding even before the other babies were born. Read more…. Kitty Breastfeeding

Engaging the Senses as Midwifery Tools

A homebirth midwife shares how all of the senses (touch, taste sight, sound and smell) are valuable to the midwife for gathering important information during a woman’s pregnancy and labor.

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Adapting Birth Services for Incarcerated Mothers

The Prison Birth Project shares the unfortunate situations of incarcerated mothers and their “inherently traumatic” birth experiences. Fortunately, the doula care PBP provides has had such an effect on these women that the cycle of violence is stopping in some of their lives.

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The Role of the Shy Hormone in Breastfeeding

A look at how the hormone oxytocin behaves similarly to a shy person “who does not appear among strangers or observers.

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