Why Do Some Wimyn Die in Childbirth?

Sister MorningStar spins her word magic about the subject of maternal mortality, using examples of women she has known.

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Birth, a Family Rite of Passage

The author talks about the need to return to family-centered birth.

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The Clitoris in Labour

This interesting article discusses how the modern style of birthing on the back fails to account for the role of the clitoris in labor, as well as leading to more birth injuries.

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The Power of Birth

An inspired midwife writes about holy birth.

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In Memory of Ann Eliot, Colonial American Midwife

Ann Eliot (born Hannah Mumford or Mountford) was a midwife in Roxbury, Massachusetts, just outside Boston, during the Colonial era in America. After she died on March 22, 1687, her family, friends, and neighbors commemorated her life by erecting a special monument for her. In a unanimous resolution, they voted to do so: “Mrs. Eliot, for the great service that she hath done this town, will be honored with a burial there.” (qtd. in Gregory 1857, 27). At the time of her death, she had attended more than 3000 births.

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Arrival

The author tells the story of the arrival of her baby and how she arrived at and worked through a dark place to reach that goal.

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Labor Plateaus and Our Sexual Nature

Elizabeth Davis shares more on the interconnection between birth, orgasm and the sexual nature of women.

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Birth in the Age of Information Bombardment

Dr. Odent argues that rather than relying on so much unfiltered information related to birth, women focus on what nature intended.

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Father Birthkeepers

When first I met Te Kaha, he arrived on a typically busy day at Bumi Sehat. Acupuncture clinicians, allopathic nurses, and doctors were working together to give optimal free care to many dozens of sick and injured people. Two pairs of mothers and fathers were laboring, and three newborn mothers/babies/families were resting in the postpartum rooms, breastfeeding and bonding. Midwife Ibu Dewa Rutini and I had just finished teaching a class of over 40 young midwives from Kalimantan about gentle birth. The entryway of Bumi Sehat was chock-a-block full of slippers and shoes when this complete stranger appeared, looking completely strange!

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