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.
Read more…. How Being a Homebirth Midwife Enabled Me to Learn about Shoulder Dystocia
FlipFLOP is a memory tool listing four successful techniques to free a baby from shoulder dystocia, an emergency caused by one or both shoulders caught by the pelvis after the birth of baby’s head. Read more…. FlipFLOP: Four Steps to Remember
Unfortunately, birth in Mexico’s hospitals isn’t very conducive to natural and empowering experiences for women. In this article, Joni Nichols provides a concise account of the situation for Midwifery Today readers.
Read more…. Hospital Birth in Mexico
In this beautiful story of a beautiful lady, author Mukhopadhyay pays a tribute to the life of her grandmother, a nurturer of women.
Read more…. Memoir of a Sweet Granny
Photos by Frames Modern Photography
Midwifery Today’s Jan Tritten helped midwife Dacosta with a VBAC during her time in Puerto Rico. This is Dacosta’s account of this wonderfully successful birth that wasn’t lacking in miracles.
Read more…. God Answers a Midwife’s Prayer
Proechel focuses on the maternal health crisis and what women can do to provide relief through leadership and collaboration.
Read more…. Power, Leadership, & Collaboration
The effects of donor conception are discussed from a very insightful perspective—that of a grown woman who late in life found out she was donor conceived.
Read more…. Who Am I?
Midwives and doulas may find that they relate to the ideas expressed in this story. Fear is a normal aspect of life, but it is important to know how to handle fear when you have responsibilities during a birth.
Read more…. Midwives and Fear
After an ultrasound, author and then expectant mother, Elaine Alkhas, received unsettling news about the health of her baby. She offers a story worth considering regarding the anxieties such news brings, only to find out that the results were wrong (as is so often the case).
Read more…. Down the Rabbit Hole: The Case against Routine Ultrasound
An American midwife has adapted a piece of first aid equipment with a history spanning more than a century to save the lives of mothers facing the most serious of complications: obstetric hemorrhage. Read more…. LifeWraps: Low-tech First Aid for Obstetric Hemorrhage
Author and university student Alese Colehour gives an insightful look into the world of microorganisms and how details of a birth can greatly affect this environment in a newborn.
Read more…. The Ecology of Childbirth
At attended homebirth, shoulder dystocia poses less of a challenge and has better outcomes compared to hospital birth.
Read more…. Management of True Shoulder Dystocia at Attended Homebirth