Issue 110

Midwifery Today Issue 110Theme: Twins

The ecstatic and overwhelming world of twin birth is the subject of this issue of Midwifery Today magazine. Midwives who are among the most experienced in twin birth have contributed to this issue to make it a truly educational tool. Midwifery Today readers have also sent in their personal accounts of twin birth, and their stories are found within. This edition also contains a section dedicated especially to Marsden Wagner (1930–2014), who was a true friend of midwives and advocated passionately for natural childbirth.

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GBS Updates from a Homebirth Perspective

Author Cassaundra Jah discusses how the vast majority of birth research focuses on out-of-home births, which sets up a unique challenge for homebirth midwives when dealing with GBS.

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Helping a Mother with Twins: Choose Your Words Wisely

We all grew up learning about the power of words, but sometimes in adulthood we forget this wisdom. Midwife Mary Cooper reminds us that it is even more important to stay away from negative words when working with a woman pregnant with twins.

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Twin Birth in Rural Nevada

I am a midwife in Las Vegas, Nevada. Since Nevada is a very rural state, it is not unusual for women to come to me from locations many hours away. About 15 years ago I had a client from Tonapah…

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The Voice of Reason

The medical world has developed its own reason based on managing birth, but midwife Sister MorningStar suggests that midwives need to be the voice of another reason—the kind of reason that honors the birthing mother.

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The Wonderful World of Twin Birth

From her many years of experience, midwife Diane Goslin shares her wisdom of twin birth in all its varying possibilities from Rh-negative to surprise twins to twins born four days apart.

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Why All the Fuss about Twins?

I want to suggest that, in the case of twins, trying to give birth vaginally in an inappropriate environment (e.g., in the presence of a scared doctor or a scared midwife) is a recipe for disaster. We must adapt to our cultural lack of understanding of birth physiology.

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Coming to Twins

Forty-four years ago my calling to midwifery was initiated through women who had been abused, the extent of which created a need for individual birth plans. As a traditional homebirth midwife by training and practice, I have gone on to serve every type of community, focusing primarily on college-educated, back-to-the-land families, as well as Plain and farming communities. While the childbearing landscape has changed over the 3400 births I have witnessed, my devotion to individualized care has never faltered.

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In Memory of Marsden Wagner – A Friend to Midwives, 1930–2014

The world lost a treasure earlier this year, but his passion and kindness will forever remain in our hearts. This tribute contains memories, stories and thoughts about Marsden from some of his midwife friends. Read more…. In Memory of Marsden Wagner – A Friend to Midwives, 1930–2014

Homebirth and the Microbiome

…now I am learning that homebirth is even more important than I ever thought it was. New microbiome research is teaching us that how and where we are born is crucial and even life-altering. Our birth literally sets the foundation for our health and well-being or lack of it. Read more…. Homebirth and the Microbiome

Birth and the Human Future

Earlier this year, I read two of Michel Odent’s books; Birth and Breastfeeding (2008) and Childbirth and the Future of Homo Sapiens (2013). Michel’s writing is very accessible with a conversational style. Over a period of time, I read first one then the other from cover to cover, and the books became my friends. I read for a half-hour with morning coffee and then an hour at bedtime. Read more…. Birth and the Human Future

Catharina Schrader: A Midwife of 18th-Century Friesland

Catharina Schrader, a midwife of Friesland (the northwest region of the Netherlands) practicing in the 1700s, had her doubts about the dignity of her calling. Socially, she was a member of the upper-middle class. She was the daughter of a tailor, yes, but her father served the royal court in Germany. Read more…. Catharina Schrader: A Midwife of 18th-Century Friesland