Issue 108

Midwifery Today Issue 108Theme: The Umbilical Cord

After a birth, many midwives, doulas, mothers, fathers and even children become scientists as they explore the placenta and umbilical cord, marveling at the twists, colors and texture of what was the baby’s lifeline for nine months (or more!). How wonderful it is to take the time to explore these things and give thanks for the marvelous way in which new life grows and develops. This issue specifically honors the umbilical cord with articles from Michel Odent, Patricia Edmonds, Susun Weed, Sister MorningStar and others. Enjoy!

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Herbal Management of Postpartum Hemorrhage

Midwife Erika Obert provides information on using herbs in the third stage of labor.

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Umbilical Cord Traditions in Puerto Rico

Midwife Gina Dacosta Rivera shares her country’s traditions and beliefs surrounding the umbilical cord.

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The First Mother

A beautifully written article about the placenta and umbilical cord, also known as the baby’s “first mother.”

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Cord Cutting: in the Framework of Neonatal Beliefs and Rituals

Natural childbirth advocate and French obstetrician Michel Odent sheds light on the history of cord cutting while interpreting the contradiction of routine interference and current scientific research.

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Optimal Cord Clamping

A wonderful article highlighting the importance of caring for the umbilical cord at the proper time.

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