Issue 107

Midwifery Today Issue 107Theme: Induction

With the ever-increasing rates of interventions and managed birth, Midwifery Today’s issue on Induction is an important one. As always, the issue features articles from the brightest minds in the natural childbirth world, as well as passionate mothers, midwifery students and doulas trying to make the world a safer place for birth. Ina May Gaskin has written a powerful and emotional article on Cytotec (misoprostol), detailing the dangers and the problems with the use of this drug around the time of birth. Michel Odent includes his thoughts about the huge ramifications induction puts on the future of our species. You will also delight to read the success story of a mother who gave birth at home after not just one, but five cesareans. Enjoy!

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Cesarean Inter-Section

A new cesarean method has been designed by an anesthesiologist and a midwife in the UK and has been acclaimed by participants: a ‘natural’ cesarean in which women can have greater participation in the birth of their child regardless of their surgical route of delivery. Read more…. Cesarean Inter-Section

The Mythical Expiration Date

A doula shares her frustration with having to navigate natural childbirth in a sea of time limits and interventions.

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The Circumcision Conversation

An enjoyable read about a mother’s experiences that led to her decision of not circumcising her sons.

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An Emotional Preparation for Birth

Because birth is an emotional experience, it makes sense that preparation for childbirth may require emotional preparation. Some basic information needs to be presented, but it is the emotional preparation that a pregnant woman will find most useful in her labor.

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Should We Ban Labor Induction?

Natural childbirth advocate and obstetrician Michel Odent speaks about the side effects of synthetic oxytocin and how these and other reasons seem to suggest that induction of labor should be banned.

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The Times and Tools of Induction

Midwife MorningStar speak of nature’s right timing. “Preparing a woman or preparing ourselves for right timing begins with not setting time limits. If a woman’s people take longer to grow a baby, she may, too.

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