Stress Deprivation in the Perinatal Period

Natural childbirth advocate and obstetrician Michel Odent discusses the importance of stress for the developing baby, particularly stress in the form of labor.

Early Child Development: Setting the Basis for Effective Communication with Your Unborn Child

Even before conception, and during their life in the womb and the first year of extra-uterine life, all babies experience the feeling of being desired and loved, which is the source of all aspects of life, where there are no opposites, no judgments, no criticism, no condemnation, no discrimination; it is just pure love and surrender during the first phases of consciousness. …

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First, Do No Harm to Newborns

Babies should be treated with the utmost respect, dignity and love. Their first birth minutes are their welcome to the planet. This is where they will first learn what being on earth is all about.

Essential Oils for Prenatal Nausea and Digestion

The use of essential oils for nausea and fatigue during labor is just the crowning head to an incredible body of possible uses throughout the childbearing year. Yet, starting with essential oil uses for digestion is a good idea for midwives and moms-to-be to begin to integrate this powerful natural health modality into practice. …

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Reclaiming Birth within Community

Midwife Sister MorningStar focuses on birth community in this powerful article.

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Bosom Buddies

Long before anyone had thought to coin the term tandem nursing, I was doing it. Back when I started having kids in 1971, breastfeeding was at an all-time low in our country, and so was homebirth. …

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Rings, Lines, Folds, and Other Old-time Tools to Assess Dilation

This is an article that teaches classic midwifery, bringing back some sadly forgotten tricks for the midwife’s tool kit.

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Twenty-plus Years of Infant Craniosacral Therapy Practice

I don’t heal babies. They heal themselves. My midwifery experience compels me to carefully consider what exactly is needed in each situation. I always ask, ‘What would happen if I do less?’ My goal is to offer the smallest intervention necessary to stimulate the body to find balance. That is all it takes.

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Newborn Stories

Midwife Mary Cooper shares some of her most memorable stories of newborns from the births she has attended.

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