Issue 104

Midwifery Today Issue 104Theme: Doulas

The theme of Midwifery Today Issue 104 is Doulas. Midwifery Today rarely receives as many theme-related articles as it did for this issue on doulas. Obviously, many people feel strongly about the benefits of having this kind of support during labor and birth. With contributions from Michel Odent, Debra Pascali-Bonaro and author of New Mother, Allie Chee, this issue is sure to delight and inspire. Also included within the pages is an educational article by world-renowned herbalist Susun Weed on the benefits of herbs during the childbearing years. And a Midwifery Today issue is always sweeter with the thoughtful reflections of midwife Sister MorningStar; this time she considers the impact on the newborn baby of those present at the time of birth.

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Collusion and Negligence in Hospitals

One predominant problem with planned hospital birth stems from the requirement of collusion among hospital workers. Hospitals are living organisms whose drive for self-preservation takes precedence over the goals and needs of the patient. Read more…. Collusion and Negligence in Hospitals

Help, I’m a Guy! Homebirth from a Man’s Point of View

A husband shares the story of how he eventually became convinced that his wife’s wish to birth at home, which ended up including a horse trough and beer, was the best way to have a baby. Read more…. Help, I’m a Guy! Homebirth from a Man’s Point of View

A Birth Doula for Every Mother

With information taken from her new book, New Mother, author Allie Chee clearly outlines the benefits of having a birth doula and provides helpful details regarding such things as cost and the selection process. Read more…. A Birth Doula for Every Mother

Sing to Your Belly

A two-time Grammy Award-winning children’s musician shares the benefits of singing to babies, both before and after birth.

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Doulas and Midwives Laboring Together

When I worked primarily as a doula, I loved attending births with midwives. I appreciated their family-centered approach to managing normal labor and birth. Read more…. Doulas and Midwives Laboring Together

Herbs for the Childbearing Year

As an expert of herbs, Susun Weed educates us in this article on the benefits herbs have on the pregnant and nursing mother—an easy-to-read and highly informative piece that will be a benefit to many.

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The Doula Phenomenon and Authentic Midwifery: Protection as a Keyword

“I am your bodyguard.”
This is how Liliana Lammers, a highly experienced London doula, answered a question asked by a young pregnant woman. This was a concise way to suggest in daily language the importance of the concept of protection. Today, physiological perspective supports this answer.

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The Midwife and the Doula: A Tale of Two Sisters

For 12 months and more than 100 births, this midwife and doula sister-team have worked together at births. But it was not the first time we attended births together, and it was not the first time we raced to beat each other out the door when a labor call came. Read more…. The Midwife and the Doula: A Tale of Two Sisters

A Doula’s Bag-of-Tricks: What’s in it for You?

I have learned to love unconditionally, to accept, to trust, to believe and to follow my intuition. The tools I once thought I needed, I found were actually within me all the time. It is the same with you—I hope that your toolkit becomes lighter as you look deeper inside to see your authentic self and learn that being is doing! Read more…. A Doula’s Bag-of-Tricks: What’s in it for You?